New Releases for July 12, 2019
BANKS – III CD/LP (Harvest)
The result of a self-imposed period of quiet and reflection, brooding pop singer Banks returns with her third album III and first full-length effort since 2016’s The Altar. “This album is an ode to my journey,” the artist explains. “It documents a major growth spurt. Of self-acceptance, letting go, forgiveness, and deep love. It has been painful to realize that life is not black and white. Romanticism leads to fierce reality checks, which leads to wisdom, which leads to deeper empathy which leads to greater love. This album documents the cycle.” The album’s first single “Gimme” “feels kind of like a slap in the face,” she says, explaining that it’s “about having no shame in who you are and being proud of your own desires.
Bones UK – Bones UK CD (Sumerian)
For London-bred band Bones UK, every song is a chance to speak their minds, and to shed light on the disconnect between the status quo and the far more glorious world inside their heads. On their self-titled debut album, vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg confront everything from the beauty industrial complex to toxic masculinity to music-scene sexism, embedding each track with choruses primed for passionate shouting-along. Bones UK offer up an album that’s both provocative and endlessly exhilarating, even in its most outraged moments. True to the L.A.-based band’s anti-conformist spirit, Bones UK unfolds with an entirely uncontainable sound, a riff-heavy collision of rock-and-roll and rough-edged electronic music.
Calexico/Iron & Wine – Years To Burn CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Calexico and Iron & Wine first made an artistic connection with In Ihe Reins, the 2005 EP that brought Sam Beam, Joey Burns and John Convertino together. The acclaimed collaboration introduced both acts to wider audiences and broadened Beam’s artistic horizons, but it was the shared experience of touring together in the tradition of Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” that cemented the bond. Their metaphorical roads diverged in the years that followed, but they kept in touch and cross-pollinated where they could. Although they often talked about rekindling their collaboration in the studio and on stage, it wasn’t until 2018 that their schedules finally aligned. While Beam wrote all the songs for In the Reins, this recording features contributions from both Beam and Burns.
Kyle Craft – Showboat Honey CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
There is this curious equilibrium to existence: In order to create balance, the universe must giveth, and the universe must taketh. Kyle Craft, along with his now solidified backing band dubbed Showboat Honey, know this all too well. And therefore, their self-titled album – the contemplative yet restless Showboat Honey – reflects that sturm und drang.
Jerry Garcia Band – GarciaLive Volume 11: November 11th, 1993 Providence Civic Center 2xCD (Rounder/ATO)
The next installment of the Jerry Garcia live archival series GarciaLive features a performance from the final Jerry Garcia Band East Coast tour. The concert from Providence finds Jerry Garcia backed by keyboardist Melvin Seals, bassist John Kahn, drummer David Kemper and vocalists Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch. This long-running Jerry Garcia Band lineup provided a bevy of gems from the group’s repertoire including Garcia/Hunter standouts “Cats Under The Stars” and “Mission In The Rain” as well as covers of Norton Buffalo’s “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox”, Peter Rowan’s “Midnight Moonlight”, The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” and Jesse Stone’s “Don’t Let Go”. GarciaLive Volume 11 contains a pair of rarities: the infrequently played by JGB renditions of Van Morrison’s “He Ain’t Give You None” and Smokey Robinson’s “When The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game”.
Gauche – A People’s History Of Gauche CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Washington, DC’s Gauche present A People’s History Of Gauche, a collective catharsis of anger, frustration, and trauma through creativity. Jason P Barnett, Adrienne CN Berry, Mary Jane Regalado, Pearie Sol, and Daniele Yandel find their agency and joy through creating and performing music together in 36 minutes of groove-filled power punk. Gauche bring us music and movement and struggle and light, and now it is our job to dance.
Glitterer – Looking Through The Shades CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Looking Through The Shades is Glitterer’s debut full-length album and features Ned Russin, bassist/vocalist of Title Fight. This is Glitterer all grown up. Now there are live drums (twin brother Ben did the honors) and dopamine-releasing fuzzy guitars to go with the synths, the bass, and the voice.
The Gotobeds – Debt Begins At 30 CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
“‘Go big or go home’ is a phrase that is seldom heard in indie/punk circles. Generally, it’s the opposite that is true. There has been a history in indie/punk of this feeling unauthentic, as authenticity only involves who plays on the album instead of what you’re saying/sound like. Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds have decided to ignore this maxim on their third album, Debt Begins At 30. Instead of getting into a studio with each other again, they decided to invite some friends along. On every track. Yup. That’s right. Every track on Debt Begins At 30 features a guest spot. This idea is generally used in hip-hop, jazz and electronic circles, but here it works incredibly well. Musically it’s business as usual from The Gotobeds. The guitars are slightly abrasive but catchy. The bass is right where you need it and holds each track to the group, and the drums sound flawless. Overall all there is a spiky, Sonic Youth vibe but with a brash optimism that is hard to ignore.” – New Noise
Imperial Teen – Now We Are Timeless CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Imperial Teen includes members of Faith No More (Roddy Bottum), The Dicks (Lynn Perko Truell), Hey Willpower (Will Schwartz) and The Wrecks (Jone Stebbins). Their releases over the past 20+ years have been pointed and specific diaries of musical celebration, windows into the hypersensitive personal drama of relationships within the band, individual conquests and failures, and collective, aspirational hopes, dreams, and perspectives.
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You [Deluxe Edition] CD (Nice Life/Atlantic)
Deluxe edition includes three bonus tracks. Channeling boundless self-confidence through a downright earth-quaking voice, colorful persona, and undeniable star power, Lizzo struts into the spotlight and steps up with a whole lot of sass, spirit, and soul. Embracing her vocal range like never before and celebrating herself to the fullest, she speaks her mind, censors nothing, and delivers an enviable level of honesty, pure passion, and fresh fire.
Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaboration Project CD/2xLP (Atlantic)
“Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project,” Ed Sheeran notes on his newest release, No.6 Collaborations Project. “Since then, I’ve always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year. I’m a huge fan of all the artists I’ve collaborated with and It’s been a lot of fun to make.” The 15-track offering features collaborations with Khalid (“Beautiful People”), Camila Cabello & Cardi B (“South Of The Border”), Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock (“Cross Me”), Stormzy (“Take Me Back To London”), YEBBA (“Best Part Of Me”), Justin Bieber (“I Don’t Care”), 50 Cent & Eminem (“Remember The Name”), J Hus & Young Thug (“Feels”), Ella Mai (“Put It All On Me”), Dave & Paulo Londra (“Nothing On You”), H.E.R. (“I Don’t Want Your Money”), A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Meek Mill (“1000 Nights”), Skrillex (“Way To Break My Heart”), and Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars (“BLOW”).
Various Artists – Red Gold Green & Blue CD/2xLP (Trojan Jamaica)
The conceptual adventure that became the compilation, Red Gold Green & Blue calls on the black cream of Jamaican artistry, generations of talent spanning decades. Completing a circle, the classic American blues songs performed here, bring out an intriguing tonality in this record’s top-notch selection of already flavorful voices, familiar and brand new. This modern anthology throws down a creative challenge: how will today’s great Jamaican artists, themselves descendants of captured Africans, reinterpret African American blues songs written and sung by artists who are effectively their own long-lost family?
311 – Voyager CD (BMG Rights Management)
311 are back with their 13th studio album Voyager, which features 13 new songs, four of which were recorded with Grammy-nominated producer John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco) and nine of which were recorded with longtime collaborator/live engineer Scotch Ralston, who produced 311 albums Transistor, Soundsystem and Stereolithic. As with every 311 album, Voyager features 311’s unique hybrid sound of rock, reggae, pop, hip-hop and funk that the band have come to blend so seamlessly.
Bleached – Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? CD/LP/Cassette (Dead Oceans)
Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? is what Jennifer Clavin asked herself when she hit a turning point in her life. It’s also the title of the new record from Bleached, Jessie and Jennifer Clavin’s first LP written from a place of sobriety. That newfound perspective serves as the guiding force, yielding a courageous, honest, and sonically ambitious album. It’s a record about fighting both literally and figuratively for your life – and the clarity born from that struggle. The album glimmers with inspiration found in touring with the likes of The Damned and Paramore. That arena- ready pop, incisively catchy, was a palpable influence helping to push Bleached’s sound in a new direction. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Insane Clown Posse – Hell’s Cellar CD (Psychopathic)
A compilation featuring previously unreleased recordings from the Hell’s Pit recording sessions.
Paul McCartney & Wings – Wings Over America [Reissue/1976] 2xCD/3xLP (Capitol)
Paul McCartney – Choba B CCCP [Reissue/1988] CD/LP (Capitol)
Paul McCartney – Paul Is Live [Reissue/1993] CD/2xLP (Capitol)
Paul McCartney – Amoeba Gig (Live In Los Angeles) [Reissue/2010] CD/2xLP (Capitol)
Remastered CD and vinyl reissues of four McCartney live albums, including his unannounced performance at Amoeba in L.A. on June 27th, 2007.
METZ – Automat CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
A collection of non-album singles, B-sides, and rarities dating back to 2009. METZ, the delightfully noisy three-piece punk band from Toronto, have been laying waste to stages around the globe for over 10 years. During that tumultuous chunk of time the band has cemented their reputation as one of the planet’s most exhilarating live acts and trusted providers of bombastic outsider rock.
Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
After a decade in the wilderness, David Berman has returned to record-making – this time around as Purple Mountains, leaving his iconic Silver Jews brand to history. Fortunately for all the fans, he’s retained his iconic songwriting style, with a new batch of tunes conveying an astonishing variety of 21st-century mid-life crises.
Angie Stone – Full Circle CD/LP (Cleopatra)
New album from the R&B singer. Includes a duet with Jaheim. [Limited purple colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Torche – Admission CD/LP (Relapse)
Fifteen years into their career, Torche has established themselves as a cornerstone of American heavy rock. On new album Admission, the band’s unforgettable vocal harmonies are met with hook-driven, pop sensibilities that propel the music to new heights.
Tycho – Weather CD/LP (Mom + Pop)
Tycho is the Grammy-nominated electronic music project led by Scott Hansen as primary composer, songwriter and producer. Respected for both their musical output and Scott’s graphic design work under the ISO50 moniker, Tycho has drawn comparisons to of Boards Of Canada, Ulrich Schnauss and Jon Hopkins. Weather is an exciting progression from his previous output, with most of the new tracks featuring vocals.
Yuna – Rouge CD/LP (Verve)
There’s a timeless groove to the R&B of Yuna on her fourth album Rouge, one that’s been two years in the making. It’s the most ambitious project the songwriter has ever taken on, and the first album she’s putting out as a fully realized woman.
Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield [Reissue/1966] LP (Atlantic)
Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield Again [Reissue/1967] LP (Atlantic)
Buffalo Springfield – Last Time Around [Reissue/1966] LP (Atlantic)
When Canadian transplants Neil Young and Bruce Palmer intersected with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Dewey Martin on the Sunset Strip in 1966, one of the truly great Los Angeles bands was born: Buffalo Springfield. Taking their name from a steamroller they’d seen parked on a street, the quintet emerged as folk-rock/country-rock leaders during their tumultuous two-year existence.
Grateful Dead – Fillmore West, February 28, 1969 5xLP (Grateful Dead)
The Grateful Dead’s four night stand at The Fillmore West from Thursday February 27 through Sunday March 2, 1969 stands as one of the premier events in Grateful Dead history. For once, The Dead played at their creative best when state-of-the-art recording equipment was hooked up and rolling.
Khruangbin – Hasta El Cielo LP (Dead Oceans)
Globetrotting Texan trio Khruangbin release a dub version of their second album Con Todo El Mundo. The band’s exotic, spacious, psychedelic funk aligns with the dub treatment particularly well. Includes h two bonus dubs by renowned Jamaican producer Scientist. [Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]