New Releases for July 23, 2021
Leon Bridges – Gold Digger’s Sound CD/LP (Capitol)
Gold-Diggers Sound is the new album from Leon Bridges birthed from extended late nights at the Los Angeles, California studio of the same name. The R&B collection celebrates Leon’s immersive experience of creating music in the same East Hollywood room where he lived, worked and drank over the course of two years. The soulful collaboration between Leon as an artist and the space itself was so encompassing that he chose to name the album after the studio complex. Produced by Ricky Reed and Nate Mercereau, Gold-Diggers Sound features the Terrace Martin collaboration “Sweeter” plus further guest appearances by Robert Glasper and Ink. [An indie-store exclusive vinyl pressing is available.]
Jackson Browne – Downhill From Everywhere CD (Inside Recordings)
Jackson Browne’s latest studio album, Downhill from Everywhere finds the lauded 72-year-old singer/songwriter tackling a variety of topical and emotional themes, including the plight of illegal immigrants, prejudice against same-sex relationships, environmental pollution, racial justice and his own mortality. “I see the writing on the wall,” says Browne. “I know there’s only so much time left in my life. But I now have an amazing, beautiful grandson, and I feel more acutely than ever the responsibility to leave him a world that’s inhabitable.” [Vinyl edition due August 6.]
Rodney Crowell – Triage CD/LP (RC1)
A writer known for the universal and literary quality of his writing, Triage is a departure, a revealing album that Rodney Crowell has called his most personal to date. This is no small statement from such a prolific and acclaimed musician, a man who has stacked up 15 No. 1 hits including six of his own, and dozens of others for an impressively diverse array of artists including Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Keith Urban, Bob Seger, Etta James, Grateful Dead and many others. This new collection of songs was written during the great political, climate and economic upheaval that has marked recent years. The noise of that chaos encouraged the songwriter to go inside for solace and answers.
Darkside – Spiral CD/2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
Darkside is an American rock band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2011. The group consists of Chilean electronic musician/vocalist Nicolás Jaar and American multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington.
Descendents – 9th & Walnut CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Named for their Long Beach practice space back in the day, 9th & Walnut features the Descendents’ earliest material written from 1977 through 1980. Begun in 2002 and finished in the pandemic, the 18-track collection also includes the band’s debut tracks “Ride The Wild” and “It’s a Hectic World” (heard here for the first time with vocals by Milo Aukerman), and the Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over” with the full Descendents treatment.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 CD (ATO)
KGLW’s 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000, might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; 10 songs that began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and seductive dream-pop. It sounds simultaneously like nothing they’ve done before, yet unmistakably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. [Vinyl edition August 20.]
Lacuna Coil – Live From The Apocalypse CD+DVD/2xLP+DVD (Century Media)
Lacuna Coil’s new live album, Live From The Apocalypse, is the fruit of an unprecedented time. Unlike previous live efforts – Visual Karma (Body, Mind And Soul) (2008), Shallow Live: Acoustic At Criminal Records (2010), and The 119 Show – Live In London (2018) – the Italians, under the yoke of the pandemic, cleverly devised a way for their devoted fanbase to hear and see them on stage by organizing a special live stream event performing their latest album, Black Anima, in September 2020.
Paul McCartney – McCartney III Imagined CD/2xLP/Cassette (Capitol)
Hailed upon its 2020 release as “vital and comfortable taking new chances” (Rolling Stone) and “cheery, resilient, forever looking forward” (The New Yorker), Paul McCartney’s McCartney III, which topped album charts around the world, is now literally moving into the future in the form of McCartney III Imagined. Curated by Paul, McCartney III Imagined features an A-List assortment of friends, fans and brand-new acquaintances, each covering and/or reimagining their favorite McCartney III moments in their own signature styles. Contributors include Beck, Dominic Fike, Khruangbin, St. Vincent, Blood Orange, Phoebe Bridgers, Ed O’Brien, Damon Albarn, Josh Homme, Anderson .Paak, and 3D RDN of Massive Attack plus an exclusive remix of “Long Tailed Winter Bird” by Idris Elba included only on physical editions of the album.
Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
In the spring of 1991, Mudhoney recorded Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge – a whirlwind of the band’s influences at the time: the fierce ‘60s garage rock of their Pacific Northwest predecessors The Sonics and The Lollipop Shoppe, the gnashing post-hardcore of Drunks With Guns, the heavy guitar moods of Neil Young, the lysergic workouts of Spacemen 3 and Hawkwind, the gloomy existentialism of Zounds, and the satirical ferocity of ‘80s hardcore punk. This 30th anniversary edition, remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, stands as testimony to the creative surge that drove them in this period. The album sessions yielded a clutch of material that would subsequently appear on B-sides, compilations, and split singles. This edition includes all those tracks, and a slew of previously unreleased songs, including the entire five-track Music Source session.
Piroshka – Love Drips And Gathers CD/LP+MP3 (Bella Union)
Piroshka’s stunning second album Love Drips And Gathers, builds on the acclaim of their 2018 album debut Brickbat, and the reputations of former members of Lush, Moose, Elastica and Modern English. Piroshka emerged in 2018, four individuals with distinct musical identities but also overlapping histories – a combination that might have unsettled, or even overwhelmed, some bands. But in their case, the bond only got stronger. After Brickbat explored social and political divisions by way of what Mojo described as “Forceful, driving garage songs and dream-pop epics”, Love Drips And Gathers follows a more introspective line.
Richard Pryor – Live At The Comedy Store, 1973 CD (Omnivore)
After the release of his iconic debut, Richard Pryor, in 1968, Pryor further sharpened his skills and delivered the comedy classic, “CRAPS” – After Hours in 1971, but he never stopped pushing forward. In preparation for a Kennedy Center show in Washington, D.C., and a February 1974 Soul Train Club date in North Beach, San Francisco, Pryor booked four nights at the, then relatively new, Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard to woodshed new material. It was never meant to be heard beyond its original audience, but luckily tape not only rolled, but survived.
Anika – Change CD/LP/Cassette (Sacred Bones)
When asked to describe the circumstances that influenced her beautifully fraught new work, Berlin-based musician Annika Henderson – better known simply as Anika – quickly articulates a set of feelings and unpredictable circumstances that are familiar to anyone who tried to make art – or simply tried to live through – the recent global pandemic. “It’s a moment caught in time,” she says of Change, her much-anticipated new record. Given that it has been 11 years since the release of her last solo album, 2010 cult-favorite Anika, the artist suddenly found herself with a lot to say. The intimacy of its creation and a palpable sense of global anxiety are seemingly baked into the DNA of Change.
Molly Burch – Romantic Images CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Romantic Images marks a distinct evolution for Molly Burch, both emotionally and sonically. Recorded in Denver with Tennis’ Alaina Moore and Pat Riley producing, the collection celebrates the timeless delights of a well-crafted pop song, flirting with Blondie, Madonna, and even Mariah Carey as it forges a joyful soundtrack to liberation and self-discovery. Burch deliberately worked with more women collaborators than ever before on the album, and the results are transcendent, reveling in the passion and the power of the divine feminine.
Glen Campbell – Live From The Troubadour CD/2xLP (Big Machine)
Live archive release. Country legend Glen Campbell’s last live recorded show at the iconic Troubadour venue in West Hollywood, CA. Recorded in August 2008. [A limited-edition white color vinyl pressing is also available.]
David Crosby – For Free CD (BMG Rights Management)
On his new album For Free, David Crosby shares the latest offering from a life devoted to the pure and powerful alchemy of music. Arriving just a month before his 80th birthday, For Free finds the folk-rock legend continuing to tap into the tremendous surge of creativity he’s experienced since the making of his acclaimed 2016 album Lighthouse, this time collaborating with the likes of Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, and multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Sarah Jarosz. [Release date for the vinyl editi
Dream Theater – Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Dramatic Tour of Events: Board Mixes 2xCD/3xLP+2xCD (Inside Out)
Dream Theater, the two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling legends of progressive music, are pleased to announce the Lost Not Forgotten Archives. This series will see the virtuosic quintet’s long-standing Ytsejam Records catalogue reissued, alongside some brand-new additions. The latest in the series, Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Dramatic Tour of Events: Board Mixes, is a carefully curated selection of tracks recorded in 2011 and 2012. Initially a holiday fan club release, these Select Board Mixes feature Dream Theater classics including “As I Am”, “Peruvian Skies”, and “The Great Debate”.
Bill Evans – Behind The Dikes – The 1969 Netherlands Recordings 2xCD/3xLP (Anagram Music)
Archive release. This is the first official release from pianist Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell captured live in Hilversum and Amsterdam in 1969. The Hilversum recordings feature Evans’ only version of Duke Ellington’s “I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart” known to exist, plus two rare tracks of the trio backed by The Metropole Orchestra. Remastered from the original tape reels, this edition includes an extensive booklet with never-before-published photos, essays and new interviews.
The Gun Club – Fire Of Love [Reissue/1981] 2xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Blixa Sounds)
Digitally remastered reissue of The Gun Club’s debut album, expanded with bonus live album.
LCD Soundsystem – The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden [Reissue/2014] 3xCD (DFA)
The Long Goodbye is the complete, unabridged recording of LCD Soundsystem’s April 2, 2011 “farewell” show at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Spanning 3 hours of music across 28 songs, this remains the band’s lengthiest, most career-spanning show to date, with the core live band of James Murphy, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, Al Doyle, Gavilán Rayna Russom and Tyler Pope joined by a choir, string and horn sections – plus special guest performances including Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Reggie Watts, the Juan MacLean, Shit Robot, Planningtorock, and Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum. [Vinyl box set edition due August 6.]
Ledisi – Ledisi Sings Nina CD (BMG)
It takes a bold talent to step into the shoes of Nina Simone. Ledisi has already shown she’s up for the challenge, taking on the powerhouse musician’s emotionally searing and socially direct songs from her PBS special Ledisi Live: A Tribute To Nina Simone.
Yngwie Malmsteen – Parabellum CD/2xLP (Mascot)
The name Yngwie Malmsteen has always stood for uncompromising excellence. In a career that now spans more than 40 years he has proven himself to be one of the greats. This has never been more focused and informed than on his new album Parabellum, the best example yet of Malmsteen’s creative spark lighting a raging fire. [The Deluxe CD edition includes three guitar picks, two coasters, a postcard and a sticker, all housed in an oversized cardboard box.]
Conor Oberst – Ruminations [Reissue/2016] CD (Nonesuch)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition. Conor Oberst’s critically acclaimed 2016 solo album, Ruminations featuring five bonus tracks that were recorded during the Ruminations sessions; while full band versions of them were released on the 2017 companion album Salutations, these solo acoustic recordings are released for the first time.
Stone Temple Pilots – Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop [Reissue/1996] CD/2xCD/3xCD+LP (Atlantic)
In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the release of Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop, the album has been remastered and expanded with a 15 track collection of early versions, instrumentals and alternate mixes. [The super-deluxe edition includes the album on vinyl, the double-CD expanded edition, and a third CD of a complete concert recording from 1997. A stand-alone single-CD copy of the remastered reissue is also available.]
Various Artists – Bills & Aches & Blues CD/2xLP+MP3 (4AD)
In 2020, 4AD turned 40. Never one to be on time for a party, the label is commemorating that landmark this year with the release of Bills & Aches & Blues. The compilation features 18 of its current artists covering a song of their choosing from 4AD’s past: a creative experiment rooted in the spirit of collaboration and a snapshot of 4AD, 41 years after its inception.
Cedric Burnside – I Be Tryin’ LP (Single Lock)
Recorded over three days at Royal Studios in Memphis (the home studio of Al Green and Hi Records in the ‘60s and ‘70s), I Be Tryin’ is the ultimate statement of purpose for a critically acclaimed artist who has proudly carried the mantle of Mississippi Hill Country blues around the world. Over thirteen tracks, Burnside delivers his bruised but unfettered truth over blistering guitar and deep pocket drums-a sound birthed in his soul but developed and perfected on the road.
Curren$y – Collection Agency 12” (Jet Life)
At just under 24 minutes, Curren$y delivers another unforgettable round of smooth joints and cruising music. Two color vinyl pressings are available: blue and orange.
Page McConnell/Trey Anastasio – December 12” (Jemp)
Limited ‘barn board’ color vinyl pressing. In the fall of 2020, Page & Trey performed some songs on the deck of The Barn overlooking Vermont’s Green Mountains (some were streamed during The Beacon Jams series.) The pair reconvened in December to shoot more videos and as snow fell at The Barn, the mission evolved into the December sessions during which they rearranged a group of Phish songs for piano and guitar, using alternate vocal harmonies and instrumentation to cover all four band members’ parts.
Old Crow Medicine Show – Carry Me Back [Reissue/2012] LP (ATO)
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy [Reissue/2012] 2xLP (ATO)
Two limited-edition color vinyl reissues: Carry Me Back pressed on coke bottle clear vinyl, and Remedy pressed on red, white & blue splatter vinyl.
Orgone – Moonshadows LP (3 Palm Records)
Opaque vinyl pressing. Moonshadows, named for a glossy beachfront Malibu bar where members of the Orgone crew DJed Saturday night sets, is the band’s homage to yacht rock, sweater funk, and late-night cruises on the Pacific Coast Highway. The genre-bending full-length album evokes neon and moonlight shimmering on ocean waves, undulating rhythms, martinis, and luxury convertibles.
Sigur Rós – Valtari [Reissue/2012] 2xLP (Krunk)
Valtari is Sigur Rós’ sixth studio album which was initially released in 2012 on XL Recordings. Sigur Rós started recording Valtari, described by the band as ‘an avalanche in slow motion’ in 2009 co-producing it themselves with Alex Somers in Reykjavik, Iceland. The title means ‘roller’ in English with Jónsi saying it kind of fits with the album because it’s big and slow and rolls over you slowly.
Taylor Swift – folklore 2xLP (Republic)
Double beige color vinyl pressing. “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my eighth studio album, folklore,” Swift said, letting fans know she poured all her whims, dreams, fears, musings into the 17 tracks. “I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; Aaron Dessner, Bon Iver, William Bowery & Jack Antonoff.”