Bloodclot – Up In Arms CD/LP (Metal Blade)
At its purest, there is little that can match the visceral thrill and empowering spirit of hardcore. As frontman of New York City hardcore kings Cro-Mags, this is something John Joseph knows very well, and with Up In Arms, he and his Bloodclot compatriots deliver a furious collection that hits hard on every level.
Bonzie – Zone On Nine CD/LP (Beevine)
The second album from Chicago-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bonzie, Zone On Nine pulls off the sublime feat of feeling both intensely intimate and otherworldly in scope. Throughout Zone On Nine, Ferraro eschews the confessional singer-songwriter approach and claims her role as a fiercely honest observer and commentator who delivers her lyrics with powerful abandon.
Boris – Dear CD/2xLP+MP3 (Sargent House)
In the 25th year of their existence Boris deliver an album they describe as “heavenly-far beyond heavy.” Though Boris has traversed a broad swath of sonic territories, they have always been consistent in their embracing of excess, pushing their myriad of approaches and stylistic forays to points of intoxicating absurdity.
Daley – The Spectrum CD (BMG/The End)
Daley is a singer, songwriter and recording artist hailing from Manchester, UK. A British boy who grew up on the sounds of Prince, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, D’Angelo, Radiohead and Oasis – Daley first became prominent after co-writing and featuring on the Gorillaz hit “Doncamatic” under the wing of the band’s creator Damon Albarn in London.
The Dears – Times Infinity Volume Two CD/LP (Dangerbird/Paperbag)
Following 2015’s Times Infinity Volume One, The Dears’ new album, Times Infinity Volume Two, is the darker side of the two-part release.
French Montana – Jungle Rules CD (Epic)
The rapper’s new set boasts a bevy of guests including the Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Future, Travis Scott, T.I., Quavo, Young Thug and more.
Integrity – Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume CD/LP (Relapse)
Known for being one of the most incendiary and influential bands in hardcore and modern metal history, apocalyptic heavy music icons Integrity return with their highly anticipated twelfth studio album Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume. A conceptual foretelling of the final days of Armageddon, Howling… is a manifestation of Pentecostal nightmares and religious depravities, wrought with fire and brimstone sermons and occult prophecies bathed in waves of destruction.
Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet CD/LP+MP3 (Dead Oceans)
Japanese Breakfast’s Soft Sounds From Another Planet is less of a concept album about space exploration so much as it is a mood board come to life. Over the course of 12 tracks, Michelle Zauner explores a sonic landscape of her own design, one that’s big enough to contain her influences. There are songs on this album that recall the pathos of Roy Orbison’s ballads, while others could soundtrack a cinematic drive down one of Blade Runner’s endless skyways. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Charles Lloyd New Quartet – Passin’ Through CD/2xLP (Blue Note)
Saxophonist, flutist, composer, and jazz mystic Charles Lloyd’s latest Blue Note offering is a passionate live recording that marks the 10th anniversary of his acclaimed and enduring New Quartet featuring pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland, a simpatico unit that teems with intuition, contemplation and playfulness. The album is a dynamic seven-song collection of Lloyd compositions old and new.
Lo Tom – Lo Tom CD/LP (Barsuk)
Lo Tom is made up of David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59), TW Walsh (Pedro The Lion, The Soft Drugs), and Jason Martin (Starflyer 59). Recorded over two different sessions when they could find the time to spare, the four friends gathered with half-formed riffs and beats to see what would come out of it.
Offa Rex – The Queen Of Hearts CD/LP (Nonesuch)
The Queen Of Hearts is the debut album from Offa Rex, an adventurous new project featuring English singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists. Produced and recorded by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case) and Colin Meloy at Martine’s studio in Portland, OR, and mostly arranged by Chaney, the album’s 13-tracks draw largely on traditional English-Irish-Scottish repertoire to create a transatlantic musical conversation that flirts with psychedelia and folk rock while maintaining its own inimitable identity.
Psychic Temple – Psychic Temple IV CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Produced and composed by band/cult leader Chris Schlarb, Psychic Temple IV was recorded in Los Angeles over a series of eight large scale sessions. In the spirit of the classic Wrecking Crew sessions for Phil Spector and the Beach Boys, the band was often tasked with recording four songs per session.
Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Born On A Gangster Star came into the world in a big damn hurry, like nightfall on an island. You can see it happening, but then again, it’s so gradual that the next thing you know – it’s dark. Imbued with the energy and ideas from all the creative embers floating in the atmosphere like fireflies, Shabazz Palaces recorded this entire album over the course of two weeks with Blood in Seattle. Born On A Gangster Star flirts with a pop sensibility, but through the prism of Shabazz Palaces’s fire and fury.
Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines is Shabazz Palaces’ extra-spatial twin to Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star. The album, featuring highlights “30 Clip Extension,” “Julian’s Dream (ode to a bad)” and “Effeminence” includes guest appearances from Fly Guy Dai of Chimurenga Renaissance, Amir Yaghamai, John Carroll Kirby, Thaddillac, Morgan Henderson, The Shogun Shot, Laz, and Purple Tape Nate. Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines is a second, fully-realized album of new material that expands the Quazarz universe, and tells the tales of Quazarz, that sent sentient from some elsewhere.
Silverstein – Dead Reflection CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
These 12 songs are each uniquely crafted to showcase the band’s signature mixture of emotional screams and soaring melodies. [Colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Teenage Bottlerocket – Stealing The Covers CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
Teenage Bottlerocket s put their pogo-punk stamp on 14 cover songs. Instead of going the traditional route of covering well-known hits, TBR take the opposite approach by putting their unique twist on songs from obscure and unsigned acts that have caught their fancy over the years. The result is just as satisfying as any of their original work, packed with pop-punk power and ear catching melody from start to finish. [Vinyl edition due July 21.]
The Vamps – Night & Day (Night Edition) CD (Island)
New album from the British boy band.
Various Artists – Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 CD (Fearless)
Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 features 13 brand new unreleased recordings of your favorite Top 40/Pop hits covered by an assortment of pop/punk acts. The latest in the series features artists such as Andy Black (lead singer of Black Veil Brides), State Champs, Dance Gavin Dance and Amity Affliction covering Billboard Top Ten hits from the likes of Justin Bieber, Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers, Bruno Mars and more.
Waxahatchee – Out In The Storm CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Out In The Storm is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, it is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both Katie Crutchfield’s songwriting and her life. The album tells the story of taking control of a volatile situation, embracing flaws, and exploring a new sonic freedom. Crutchfield’s voice oscillates between effortless grace and commanding righteousness, taking the listener with her on an explicitly personal journey. Songs like “Hear You” and “No Question” are lyrically unapologetic and musically resolute, while the softer acoustic songs like “A Little More” and “Fade” let fear and melancholy seep through. [Regular and Limited Deluxe vinyl pressings also available. Deluxe includes a poster.]
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Against Me – Transgender Dysphoria Blues [Reissue/2014] LP+MP3 (Total Treble)
Limited translucent blue vinyl pressing of the punk band’s sixth album, which was released shortly after Tom Gabel publicly came out as transgender.
CKY – The Phoenix LP (Metal/E1)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Raw, authentic, earth shaking rock ‘n’ roll, liberated from useless pretense. There’s heavy, dark, signature CKY grooves, driving, and almost danceable stuff, big melodies, total ear candy, immense diversity… There are even parts that sound like maybe Quincy Jones was given the keys to Rancho De La Luna and just ran amok with the dudes in CKY.”
Kyle Dixon/Michael Stein – Stranger Things: Deluxe Edition 1 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Kyle Dixon/Michael Stein – Stranger Things: Deluxe Edition 2 2xLP (Lakeshore)
Double 180gm multi-colored vinyl LP pressings with new covers including posters and 4” x 6” character cards.
Kendrick Lamar – Damn 2xLP (Aftermath)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Thurston Moore and John Moloney/Bishop, Orcutt, Corsano – Parallelogram: a La Cart LP (Three Lobed)
Thurston Moore, Alan Bishop, Bill Orcutt, John Moloney, and Chris Corsano are five of the most uncompromising and visionary voices to emerge out of the last quarter century of American underground rock. Three Lobed Recordings was honored to capture all of these artists within the confines of a single album for this raucous and boundary-free volume of their Parallelogram series.
Taking Back Sunday – Louder Now [Reissue/2006] LP (WB)
Limited vinyl reissue of Taking Back Sunday’s third studio album – their first on a major label.
Tombs – The Grand Annihilation LP (Metal Blade)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Mike Hill is not a man interested in appeasing his existing audience or modifying the music he makes in the hope of luring in a broader one. Anyone doubting this need only look to the recorded output Tombs have dropped over the past decade, which while ultimately remaining rooted in the blackened, post-metallic sound vomited up on 2007’s self-titled EP, has constantly diversified and evolved.