New Releases for July 26, 2019
Soundgarden – Live From The Artists Den 2xCD/4xLP/2xCD+Blu-ray+4xLP (UMe)
On February 17, 2013, Soundgarden concluded a sold-out US Winter tour in support of King Animal, their first studio album in over sixteen years, with a special Live From The Artists Den taping at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. Soundgarden mixed new songs with classic radio hits and rarities performed live for the first time, in front of a rapturous crowd. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]
BJ The Chicago Kid – 1123 CD/LP (Motown)
Soul music legend-in-the-making Bryan James Sledge aka BJ The Chicago Kid returns with the modern yet deeply moving 1123 which follows-up his Grammy-nominated 2016 major label debut In My Mind.
Dude York – Falling CD/LP (Hardly Art)
“There are two ways things can fall,” says Dude York’s Claire England. “They can fall and be ruined, or they can fall gently like a feather and be fine.” Recorded at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco with producer Patrick Brown, Falling finds Dude York sounding bigger and more fully-realized than ever with hits that would feel perfectly at home sandwiched between Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind in early 2000s alt-rock radio rotation, while somehow still sounding utterly their own.
Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men + Dana – Tall, Dark, & Handsome CD/LP (Hot Shot)
“Roots music visionary” (Rolling Stone) Delbert McClinton returns with the swaggering and swingin’ new album, Tall, Dark, & Handsome. Featuring 14 new, original new songs – all written or co-written by Delbert – the album dives deep into the blues, Americana and beyond, bursting with horns, fiddle, accordion, blazing guitar work, back-up singers and McClinton’s charismatic rasp, proving Lyle Lovett’s claim that “if we could all sing like we want to, we’d all sound like Delbert McClinton.” Tall, Dark & Handsome features Delbert’s band the Self-Made Men + Dana: Dana Robbins (saxophone), Jack Bruno (drums), Mike Joyce (bass), Bob Britt (guitar), James Pennebaker (guitar), Kevin McKendree (keyboards), Dennis Wage (keyboards). It’s evident from the first downbeat that McClinton and company had a blast making the record, shining a raucous light on the swinging, jazzy virtues of Texas blues.
Sugar Ray – Little Yachty CD (BMG)
“With so many nineties trends storming back into the zeitgeist—tiny sunglasses, low-rise jeans, Newt Gingrich—maybe we should have seen another Sugar Ray album coming. But we didn’t. And, to be fair, neither did lead singer Mark McGrath. The album is called Little Yachty as a nod to the rapper Lil Yachty and a signal that Sugar Ray has fully pivoted into yacht rock. It is both Sugar Ray’s first album in ten years and their first release since losing two original members of the band, who were around for the ‘Fly’ and ‘Every Morning’ days.” – GQ
Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target CD/LP (Nuclear Blast America)
Privatized prisons enforce police states, where nonviolent offenders languish for decades. Pharmaceuticals numb the mind. Social media distracts the spirit. All while the very planet lurches toward an inevitable climate disaster that will extinguish humanity. Against this backdrop of postmodern dystopia, chaos, and confusion, arrives Human Target, the earth-scorching fifth album from extreme metal titans Thy Art Is Murder
Violent Femmes – Hotel Last Resort CD/LP (PIAS America)
Violent Femmes’ tenth studio album, Hotel Last Resort resides among the groundbreaking band’s finest work, simultaneously refining and redefining their one-of-a-kind take on American music, mingling front porch folk, post punk, spiritual jazz, country blues, avant garde minimalism and golden age rock ‘n’ roll into something still altogether their own. Founded and fronted of course by singer/ guitarist Gordon Gano and acoustic bass guitarist Brian Ritchie, the Milwaukee-born combo remains as warm, wise and weird as ever before.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana CD/LP (RCA)
The second collaborative studio album by rapper Freddie Gibbs and record producer Madlib. Entirely produced by Madlib, Bandana is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2014 album Piñata, and their sixth project as MadGibbs overall. The album features guest appearances from Pusha T, Killer Mike, Anderson Paak, Yasiin Bey, and Black Thought.
Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark [Reissue/1992] CD (BMG)
Iron Maiden – X Factor [Reissue/1995] CD (BMG)
Iron Maiden – Virtual XI [Reissue/1998] CD (BMG)
Iron Maiden – Brave New World [Reissue/2000] CD (BMG)
Digitally remastered digipak editions of Iron Maiden’s 9th – 12th albums.
Nebula – Holy Sh*t CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
20 years after their first release To The Center (1999) and eleven years after their last album Heavy Psych (2008), the Los Angeles, CA based psychedelic/stoner rock band is back. [Limited edition transparent splatter black and pink fluorescent vinyl pressing also available.]
Of Monsters And Men – Fever Dream CD/LP (Republic)
You think you know the Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men, but you have no idea. Within the first minute of their single “Alligator” you’ll be wondering if this huge anthem is the brainchild of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs fronting Arcade Fire – all thumping drums, brimming guitars and a call-to-arms chorus about taking control. During a day of final mixing at the L.A. studio of their co-producer Rich Costey (Muse, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches), the five-piece gather in stages. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
Suicide – Suicide [Reissue/1977] CD/LP (Dangerous Minds/Mute)
The definitive reissue of Suicide’s genuinely classic and highly influential eponymous debut album. The hardback CD and 140gm red vinyl packages include exclusive photographs and extensive sleeve notes by The Quietus’ John Doran exploring the impact of the band.
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash [Reissue/1969] LP (Atlantic)
Limited burgundy colored vinyl LP pressing. Crosby, Stills & Nash spawned two Top 40 hit singles, “Marrakesh Express” and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”.
Doyle – Abominator LP (EMP Label Group)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Abominator is the debut album by the horror punk/heavy metal band Doyle. The band’s founder member is ex-Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein.
Robbie Fulks – Country Love Songs [Reissue/1996] LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
Robbie Fulks’ debut album – now on vinyl for the first time – was the surprise hit of ’96, and at the time served notice that a) Country Music did NOT have to suck b) that he was a top-notch songwriter and performer and c) things in the underground country scene were never going to be the same.
Solange – When I Get Home LP (Sony)
Limited clear vinyl pressing. When I Get Home is the latest album from Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles. This release represents the next phase in Solange’s evolution as an artist, and is the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2016 album A Seat At The Table.