New Releases for July 22, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
Jack White – Entering Heaven Alive CD/LP (Third Man)
Jack White returns in 2022 with not one but two brand new albums – his first new full-length collections in over four years. Fear Of The Dawn arrived in April, while Entering Heaven Alive is now available. White has been writing and recording music throughout the entirety of the past several years, creating two entirely distinctive albums – each defined by different inspirations, different themes, different moods. Introduced by the countrified “Taking Me Back (Gently)” (which appears on Fear Of The Dawn in a blazing electric version), Entering Heaven Alive is the fifth solo studio album from the founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. [An indie store exclusive blue vinyl pressing is available.]
Bananarama – Masquerade CD/Cassette (Absolute Label SRVCS)
New release – the twelfth album from the veteran girl group.
Beach Bunny – Emotional Creature CD/LP/Cassette (Mom + Pop)
Simultaneously about personal growth, Emotional Creature is a collection of highly relatable songs that capture the highs and lows of new relationships, the joys, and vulnerabilities of letting someone in, the gut-wrenching realities of experiencing anxiety, leaving toxic relationships, and seeing yourself through the eyes of the one you love. These complex feelings are expertly contrasted with ultra-poppy melodies, anthemic choruses, and a slight punk edge.
Broken Social Scene – Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities CD (Arts & Crafts)
Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities is everything in between: A career-spanning collection of B-sides, rarities, and outtakes pulled from 20 years of 7” singes, compilations, soundtracks, unreleased music, and hard-to-find releases. Despite being a compilation, it has the same cohesion of a meticulously considered full-length album with all the familiar euphoric highs and meditative lows.
Cuco – Fantasy Gateway CD/LP (Interscope)
Fantasy Gateway opens a new chapter for Cuco over the course of 12 songs which includes the new single “Caution”. The sophomore effort also contains features from Kacey Musgraves, Adriel Favela, DannyLux and Bratty.
Dawes – Misadventures Of Doomscroller CD/LP (Rounder)
From the first note, Misadventures Of Doomscroller, the eighth studio album by the Los Angeles based rock band Dawes, sets a tone all its own. The 6-track wonderfully epic and at times psychedelic album highlights Dawes’ popular live shows, showcasing their natural musicality. Taylor Goldsmith explains, “We’ve always tried to be minimalists. Now we wanna be maximalists. See how far a song can take us. Find the song within a song.” [An indie store exclusive blood orange color pressing is available. An indie store exclusive triple brown color 10″ vinyl box set is due September 30.]
Ben Harper – Bloodline Maintenance CD (PIAS)
Ben Harper returns with his eagerly anticipated, fiercely personal soulful album, Bloodline Maintenance. “This whole album is really soul music reinterpreted with a lap steel,” Harper says. “I believe strongly that music has this great capacity for communication like a sonic newsprint. And I’ve always believed that the music I write has a place in the choir.” Bloodline Maintenance is a work largely inspired by the loss of a long-time friend and the lingering influence of his mercurial and charismatic father. [Vinyl edition due September 30.]
Imperial Triumphant – Spirit Of Ecstasy CD/2xLP (Century Media)
Avant garde metal band Imperial Triumphant deliver their fifth studio album Spirit Of Ecstasy. Imperial Triumphant convince once again with their complex songwriting and outstanding musicianship, including contributions from some well-known guest players from the jazz and metal scene, that this is a must have for all fans of sophisticated and avantgarde metal.
The Kooks – 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark CD/LP (AWAL)
“With a career that spans nearly two decades, it is hardly any wonder that indie trailblazers The Kooks have been on the lookout for new ideas and fresh sources of inspiration, and their sixth studio album marks a different creative route for the Brighton band. Influenced by electro-pop, the use of digital technology plays a key part on 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark, and it lets you hear The Kooks like you have not heard them before.” – Susan Hansen, Clash Music
John Moreland – Birds In The Ceiling CD/LP (Old Omens)
John Moreland’s new album Birds In The Ceiling is a nine-song collection that offers the most comprehensive insight into the thoughts and sounds swimming around in his head to date. A compelling blend of acoustic folk and avant-garde pop playfulness, Birds In The Ceiling lives confidently in a space of its own, enriched by tradition but never encumbered by it. [An indie store exclusive translucent blue color vinyl pressing is available.]
Oceans Of Slumber – Starlight And Ash CD/LP (Century Media)
Texas-based New Southern Gothic outfit Oceans Of Slumber transmogrify on incredible new album, Starlight And Ash. Equipped with a profoundly deep musical background, a staunch reverence for the American South, and starry-eyed artistic curiosity, Oceans Of Slumber has created a sonic expression like no other. They’ve become singular, the first entry (and likely not the last) into a style that can only be called New Southern Gothic. This is as much eloquent extensions of famed singer-songwriters Nick Cave and Chris Stapleton as it is the heartbreaking pulse of Type O Negative and Katatonia.
ODESZA – The Last Goodbye CD/2xLP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
Odesza returns after four years with their new album The Last Goodbye. Symphonic, vast, and emotionally stirring, The Last Goodbye serves as the Grammy-nominated duo’s most ambitious album to date. The Last Goodbye features collaborations with Låpsley, Ólafur Arnalds, Julianna Barwick, The Knocks, Bettye LaVette, Izzy Bizu, Maro, and Charlie Houston.
Palisades – Reaching Hypercritical CD/LP (Rise)
Reaching Hypercritical is the fifth studio album by post-hardcore band Palisades. This is their first album since the departure of vocalist Louis Miceli Jr. and the first to feature bassist Brandon Elgar as lead vocalist. NOT the Lexington band of the same name.
Joe Pug – Nation Of Heat / Revisited CD/10” (Joe Pug)
A complete, full-band reimagining of the 2008 solo-acoustic debut. This entirely new album features performances by Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Derry Deborja of Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, Courtney Hartman, and many others. The album’s cover is by legendary Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick and the liner notes were composed by Steve Earle.
Ty Segall – Hello Hi CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
Tossing down straight acoustic shots with electric guitar back, Hello, Hi rides through the valley of yer ol’ Canyon legends, finding an isolated place to unspool Ty Segall’s copious reserves of nervous energy beneath an open sky. Swarms of harmony vocals caper among the clouds, but there’s a rider on the horizon behind, with crossbow trained on his very own heart – the engine driving all the relationships of life, whether down Broadway or over the cliffs at night.
She & Him – Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson CD/LP (Fantasy)
She & Him’s seventh studio album is a loving tribute to one of the greatest living American singer/songwriters, Brian Wilson. Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook with fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honored classics and overlooked gems. These 14 covers are infused with the familiar magic She & Him fans know and love, offering a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog.
Tony Joe White – The Beginning CD/LP (New West)
Tony Joe White’s The Beginning was originally released on CD in 2001. Stripped down and recorded without any bells and whistles, this is Tony Joe recording himself playing his classic swamp blues sound. The LP is regarded as the first album where Tony Joe controlled all elements of the studio.
ZZ Top – Raw: ‘That Little Ol’ Band From Texas’ Soundtrack CD/LP (BMG)
Sturdy American blues-rock trio ZZ Top was formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands. Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band.Raw was recorded in connection with the band’s wildly popular and critically lauded 2019 Netflix documentary That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is available.]
House Of Pain – House Of Pain (Fine Malt Lyrics) [Reissue/192] LP (Tommy Boy)
Tommy Boy Records celebrates 30 Years of House of Pain’s debut album House Of Pain (Fine Malt Lyrics) with this remastered edition. Everlast, DJ Lethal & Danny Boy formed House Of Pain while attending high school and were signed to Tommy Boy Records after fashioning themselves as rowdy Irish-American hooligans, hitting the local rap and alternative music scene.
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Go Down Under [Reissue/2011] 10” (Fat Wreck Chords)
Covers of tracks from famous Aussies INXS, Olivia Newton-John, and Air Supply, to name a few.
Mötley Crüe – Too Fast For Love [Reissue/1981] LP (BMG)
Mötley Crüe – Shout At The Devil [Reissue/1983] LP (BMG)
Mötley Crüe – Theatre Of Pain [Reissue/1985] LP (BMG)
Mötley Crüe – Girls, Girls, Girls [Reissue/1987] LP (BMG)
Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood [Reissue/1989] LP (BMG)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl. Digitally remastered editions of the Los Angeles metal band’s first five albums.