New Releases for July 16, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
AFI – Bodies CD/LP (Rise)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. California-based rock band AFI are back with their eleventh album, Bodies. The long-standing quartet – comprised of singer Davey Havok, guitarist/keyboardist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson – known for their unshakeable connection with their audience is a testament to the band’s knack for reinvention, renewal, and exploration, anchored by an unblemished authenticity.
The Allman Brothers Band – Live At The Atlanta International Pop Festival July 3 & 5, 1970 [Reissue/2003] 2xCD (Allman Brothers Band)
Two performances recorded at the 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival, at the Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron, Georgia, a year before the concerts that appear on At Fillmore East.
Barenaked Ladies – Detour de Force CD (Raisin Music)
Barenaked Ladies return with their first new album in four years. The 14-track Detour de Force is the result of both pre- and post-lockdown recording sessions. The band spent five weeks at vocalist/guitarists Ed Robertson’s cabin outside Toronto pre pandemic writing and recording in a makeshift studio.
Black Pumas – Capitol Cuts: Live From Studio A CD/LP (ATO)
Recorded direct to acetate – all live, no overdubs – Capitol Cuts: Live From Studio A captures a powerful moment in time. After months of cancelled shows Black Pumas went to Los Angeles in Fall 2020 and laid down eight explosive tracks at the famed Capitol Studio A. The recording brims with pent up energy, nearly bursting through the grooves on the expansive and mind-blowing seven-minute rendition of “Colors”. A few weeks later the song would receive a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. [A limited-edition red color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Chet Faker – Hotel Surrender CD/LP (BMG)
Five-time ARIA award-winning producer, songwriter and artist, Nick Murphy releases the highly anticipated new album from his Chet Faker project. In a return to making music that simply felt good, Nick Murphy revived his acclaimed billion streaming Chet Faker project in October 2020 after a six-year hiatus. The culminating result is Hotel Surrender: a self-produced, self-written 10-track LP that reintroduces the swaggering bass lines and electrifying melodies that made fans fall in love with Chet Faker the world over.
Clairo – Sling CD/LP (Fader/Republic)
Associated with soft, intimate vocals, day-dreamy atmosphere, and rumination, Clairo is lo-fi singer/songwriter Claire Cottrill. Alternating keyboards and guitars as accompaniment, and often coloring her recordings with samples and sound effects, Clairo began uploading dozens of her styled, but low-key, melody-driven tunes to music-sharing sites as a young teen in 2013. Introduced by the delicate lead single “Blouse”, her second studio album Sling follows-up her 2019 debut Immunity.
J. Cole – Off-Season CD (J. Cole/Dreamville)
The sixth studio album from the Grammy Award winning recording artist features contributions by 21 Savage, Morray, Bas, Lil Baby and 6LACK. [Vinyl edition due August 27.]
Alice Coltrane – Kirtan: Turiya Sings CD/2xLP (Impulse!)
Archive release. Alice Coltrane is the undeniable godmother of spiritual jazz and an acknowledged influence on everyone from Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington to Solange and Radiohead. Kirtan: Turiya Sings features Alice Coltrane at peak spirituality and is presented in this arrangement for the first time. Turyia Sings was originally released in 1982 on cassette as a collection of devotional songs including vocals, organ, strings, and synthesizers available only at Alice’s Sai Anantam Ashram.
The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin Companion CD/2xLP (WB)
The Soft Bulletin Companion was originally assembled by Flaming Lips management 22 years ago as a promo-only CD to accompany the band’s 1999 groundbreaking album The Soft Bulletin. It consisted of unreleased material, outtakes, early mixes, B-sides, international bonus tracks, and stereo versions of tunes from Zaireeka, and given out to family, friends, and a handful of radio programmers. Among the hidden audio treasures, “The Captain” emerged as a fan favorite rarity and never saw an official release until now.
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac Live [Reissue/1980] 3xCD/2xLP (Rhino)
Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe three CD edition and standard double-LP vinyl pressing now available. When Fleetwood Mac released its first live album in December 1980, it captured the legendary band’s most iconic lineup on stage demonstrating the full scope of their collective, creative powers. Recorded mostly during the world tour for Tusk, Fleetwood Mac Live delivered a double-album’s worth of exhilarating performances that included massive hits like “Dreams” and “Go Your Own Way”, “Rhiannon”, and “Don’t Stop”.
Ida Mae – Click Click Domino CD/LP (Vow Road)
Written primarily in the backseat of a moving car, Click Click Domino embodies all the momentum and possibility of the great American unknown, offering up a series of cinematic vignettes full of hope and disappointment, promise and regret, connection and loneliness. The songs are raw and direct, fueled by an innovative mix of vintage instruments and modern electronics, and the performances are loose and exhilarating to match, drawing on early rock and roll, classic country, British folk, and ‘50s soul to forge a sound that’s equal parts Alan Lomax field recording and 21st century garage band.
The Interrupters – Live In Tokyo! CD/LP (Hellcat)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Los Angeles based alt-rock quartet The Interrupters release their first-ever live album Live In Tokyo! With a set list that captures the live power that made them one of the busiest touring bands in the world, Live In Tokyo! features fan favorite songs from their three Hellcat Records albums including hit tracks such as “She’s Kerosene”, “Gave You Everything”, “Take Back The Power” and “Bad Guy”.
John Mayer – Sob Rock CD/LP (Columbia)
Sob Rock is the eighth studio album from 7x Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter John Mayer and the artist’s first since 2017’s The Search For Everything which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Launched by the 1980s-esque lead single “Last Train Home” featuring Maren Morris, the 10-track collection was produced by Mayer and Don Was and recorded at Los Angeles’ Henson Studios. “I asked myself, ‘What music makes me feel like everything’s going to be OK?’ And it’s the music I listened to growing up in the ‘80s. There’s a security-blanket aspect about that sound that reminds me of a safer time,” Mayer told the Wall Street Journal. [Includes a value-added button pack – while supplies last.]
Laura Nyro – Trees Of The Ages: Laura Nyro Live In Japan CD (Omnivore)
A member of both the Songwriters and Rock & Roll halls of fame, Laura Nyro not only wrote songs that became hits for acts including The 5th Dimension, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night, Barbra Streisand, and many more, but has been cited as a major influence by Kate Bush, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), and countless others. She recorded ten studio albums (one released posthumously), but a live performance from Nyro was always an event. Originally issued only in Japan as Live In Japan in 2003, these 16 tracks, originally recorded in 1994 at Kintetsu Hall, include five tracks recorded at On Air West.
Opeth – Blackwater Park [Reissue/2001] CD/2xLP (Sin UK)
20th anniversary edition. Two decades in and still a breath- taking piece of work, Blackwater Park is dense with extraordinary melodic moments, spine-tingling atmospherics and agile but crushing heaviness, and one that saw the Swedish metallers kick open prog’s ornate doors, fed death metal through the cosmic kaleidoscope and introduced a generation of music nerds to a world of limitless musical possibilities.
A Place To Bury Strangers – Hologram CD (Dedstrange)
Hologram is the first release from New York post-punk legends A Place To Bury Strangers on their own newly formed label, Dedstrange. Hologram is the follow up to their highly regarded fifth album, Pinned, and is a sonic return to A Place To Bury Strangers’ rawest, most unhinged sound. With songs addressing the decay of connections, friendships lost, and the trials and tribulations of these troubled times, Hologram serves as an abstract mirror to the moment we live in. Written and recorded during the on-going global pandemic and in the midst of the decline of civilization, Hologram is a sonic vaccine to the horrors of modern life. [Vinyl edition due September 10.]
Powerwolf – Call Of The Wild CD/2xCD/LP (Napalm)
Eighth album from the German heavy metal band. [A deluxe double-CD media-book edition is also available.]
Nathaniel Rateliff – Red Rocks 2020 2xCD (Fantasy)
Red Rocks 2020 was recorded in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Nathaniel Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows, which was limited to 125 attendees per night in the 9400-capacity venue. Through Red Rocks 2020, Rateliff offers this 90-minute live experience to the fans who were unable to attend his live shows last year. Red Rocks 2020 features a wide range of music from Rateliff’s celebrated career, which includes songs that had never been performed live, several tracks from And It’s Still Alright and his previously released solo albums – In Memory Of Loss, Falling Faster Than You Can Run and the Shroud EP – as well as “Still Out There Running”, a track from The Night Sweats’ beloved 2017 album Tearing At The Seams. In addition, Rateliff’s close friend Kevin Morby, who was set to open the cancelled Red Rocks dates in August 2020, joins him for a duet on Leonard Cohen’s “There Is A War”. [Indie store exclusive deluxe double-CD version includes a poster. Vinyl edition due July 30.]
Matt Sweeny & Bonnie Prince Billy – Superwolves CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
They look like we do and may live somewhat the same. Yet, they are multiplied. Where once was Superwolf, now are Superwolves. What world, REALLY are Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy from? A place of all-music, knowing no borders, no morals other than natural tribal lines to be violated in the name of love and light, for all together.
Tedeschi Trucks Band featuring Trey Anastasio – Layla Revisited (Live At Lockn’) 2xCD/3xLP (Fantasy)
Layla Revisited (Live At Lockn’) captures Tedeschi Trucks Band at their incendiary best, together with Phish’s renowned guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio. Recorded on August 24, 2019, the performance of Derek and the Dominos’ hallowed 1970 album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs in its entirety was kept secret until the moment the band took stage. [Vinyl edition features an etching on Side F.]
Various Artists – Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack CD/2xLP (Loma Vista)
To accompany the unrestrained awesomeness of DC’s Dark Nights: Death Metal comic series, executive producer/composer Tyler Bates (Guardians Of The Galaxy, John Wick) presents the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack. Directly inspired by the comic series’ storyline, the diverse soundtrack illuminates the darkest corners of each DC character’s psyche. Featuring Mastodon, Chelsea Wolfe, Rise Against, Manchester Orchestra, Denzel Curry, Starcrawler, Idles, Soccer Mommy and more.
Various Artists – Space Jam: A New Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) CD (Republic)
The soundtrack to the mega-anticipated, animated/live-action film. The first single, “We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart and unites multiplatinum Grammy Award-nominated rapper Lil Baby with 16x Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum gospel icon Kirk Franklin over a beat from Just Blaze (Eminem, Jay-Z).
Braids – Native Speaker [Reissue/2011] LP (Kanine)
Debut album, Native Speaker, from Montreal based Braids marks its 10-year anniversary with limited edition canary yellow and spring green deluxe vinyl pressing. Upon the album’s release, Braids quickly became one of Canada’s bands to watch. Mixing pop, electronic and indie music together with Raphaelle Standell Preston’s distinctive voice, their unique sound earned them heaps of praise.
Ani Di Franco – Revolutionary Love LP (Righteous Babe)
Limited color vinyl pressing.
Shinedown – Leave A Whisper [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Atlantic)
Shinedown – Us & Them [Reissue/2003] LP (Atlantic)
Shinedown – The Sound Of Madness [Reissue/2008] 2xLP (Atlantic)
Shinedown – Threat To Survival [Reissue/2015] LP (Atlantic)
Limited-edition color vinyl reissues of the Florida hard rock band’s first, second, third and fifth albums.