New Releases for July 31, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
Paul McCartney – Flaming Pie [Reissue/1997] 2xCD/2xLP/3xLP (Capitol)
Digitally remastered edition of the 13th release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, personally supervised by McCartney and remastered at Abbey Road Studios. Originally released in 1997, the critically acclaimed and universally beloved solo album was produced by Paul, Jeff Lynne, and George Martin, featuring a supporting cast of family and friends including Ringo Starr, Steve Miller, Linda McCartney, and son James. [Expanded double-CD edition features 21 bonus tracks. The triple 180gm vinyl LP edition features the remastered album cut at half-speed, packaged in a gatefold sleeve with exclusive artwork & booklet, plus one LP of unreleased home recordings in hand-stamped white label sleeve, both housed in a slipcase.]
Brandy – B7 CD/LP (Urban Inspirational)
Seventh album from the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning R&B/pop singer-songwriter and actress. Includes the lead single “Baby Mama” featuring Chance The Rapper.
Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death CD/LP/2xLP (Partisan)
Barely a year after the release of their acclaimed debut album Dogrel (which charted Top 10 in the UK, earned a Mercury Prize nomination, and No. 1 Album of the Year positions for BBC 6Music and Rough Trade), Dublin, Ireland post-punk outfit Fontaines DC return with an intensely confident, patient, and complex sophomore album. A Hero’s Death arrives battered and bruised, albeit beautiful – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world, and its great uncertainty.
Bobbie Gentry – The Delta Sweete [Reissue/1968] 2xCD/2xLP (Capitol Nashville)
Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 brilliant conceptual masterpiece and second studio album The Delta Sweete has been given the deluxe treatment. This expanded reissue features the original mono mix alongside a new stereo mix of the album (sourced directly from the surviving four-track and eight-track tapes), plus 10 bonus tracks including a previously unreleased original demo “The Way I Do” and a special instrumental version of “Okolona River Bottom Band”.
Steve Howe – Love Is CD/LP (BMG)
17th solo record from the legendary Yes/Asia guitarist.
Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks In The Road CD/LP (Epiphany Music)
Alanis’ first original album since 2012’s Havoc And Bright Lights.
Photay – Waking Hours CD/LP (Mexican Summer)
Waking Hours, by NYC artist Photay (aka Evan Shornstein), is a meditation on time and, more specifically, our obsessive need to fill every moment with activity. The 10-track collection is largely electronic, but frequently verges on pop and extensively features Shornstein’s own vocals. The music is intimate and inviting, but it also suggests that Photay is perhaps at his best when he’s blurring genre boundaries.
The Psychedelic Furs – Made Of Rain CD/2xLP (Cooking Vinyl)
From its exhilarating opening bars, Made Of Rain – the first Psychedelic Furs album in nearly 30 years – sounds like them and them alone. It’s a joy to hear again, fresher than ever, that unique mesh of sounds and layers, that fusion of smooth and stark, of restraint and abandon, of melancholy and rage, of optimism and nihilism, of tough and tender. Their ageless charisma flows anew. The six-piece line-up has gelled into a groove-some, guileful beast. [Limited indie store exclusive vinyl pressing also available.]
Septicflesh – Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX 2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP+DVD (Season Of Mist)
Captured in February 2019 at the Metropolitan Theatre in Mexico City in front of a sold out audience of 3200 metal maniacs, this unique live album/concert recording captures the brutality and bombast of the band playing in tandem with the Symphony Experience Orchestra – led by award-winning Maestro Gerardo Urbán Y Fernández – and the National University Of Mexico Children’s and Youth Choir (over 130 musicians total).
Lou Barlow – Emoh [Reissue/2004] LP+MP3 (Merge)
From Lou Barlow: “Emoh was released in January 2005, within a day or two of my first child, Hannelore, being born. I put my real name on it, and it felt like the beginning of a new, more confident era. At the same time, I was asked to rejoin Dinosaur Jr, so, instead of spending the next year touring in support of Emoh, I started a Dinosaur Jr reunion that continues to this day.”
Between The Buried And Me – The Silent Circus [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
This sophomore album from Grammy-nominated progressive metal five-piece Between The Buried And Me was their first release after catching the attention of Chicago powerhouse Victory Records. The Silent Circus features the single “Mordecai”, which is still a fan favorite to this day. Originally notable for being the only album of the band’s not to be produced by Jamie King, King came back to remaster this new vinyl reissue.
James Booker – Classified [Reissue/1982] LP (Craft Recordings)
A deeply complex character, Booker only released two studio albums in his lifetime. However, Classified – his unintended swan song – offers one of his greatest commercially released performances. Recorded in 1982, it is primarily the result of a whirlwind, four-hour session. In addition to several originals, the album includes a jaunty repertoire of mainly local fare, including Fats Domino’s “One For The Highway” and Lloyd Price’s “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”.
Dashboard Confessional – The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most [Reissue/2001] LP (Hidden Note)
Limited indie store exclusive orange/opaque colored vinyl pressing. “Of all the downtrodden intellectuals turning skate-punk into emo, Dashboard Confessional’s Christopher Carrabba is by far the most bruised. With just an acoustic guitar and some choice words, the Ben Folds sound-alike turns the concept of the love song on its head with The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most’s torrent of poetic abuse aimed at girls who’ve taken advantage of his good nature. Wallowing in self-pity has seldom been so much fun.” – Dan Gennoe
William Tyler – Music From First Cow LP+MP3 (Merge)
In First Cow, Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America. William Tyler composed the music for First Cow almost entirely on several of his guitars and a dulcimer.
Wye Oak – No Horizon 12”+MP3 (Merge)
Wye Oak’s new EP was originally composed in a tight, concentrated timeframe at the end of 2018 and early 2019, and then performed at New York’s Merkin Hall as part of Ecstatic Music Festival in collaboration with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. No Horizon is beautiful and strange: distinctly and recognizably Wye Oak, while simultaneously unlike any other of the band’s studio work. Eerie and dreamy, a complicated, unpredictable amalgamation of thoughtful lyrics, steely glints of synths and effects, lithe guitar lines, and the depth of Jenn Wasner’s voice, it all unfurls with the ease of any Wye Oak song, built out by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ presence, their tangle of crystalline voices presenting like an orchestral arrangement.
The Zombies – The Zombies [Reissue/1965 LP (Craft Recordings)
The Zombies – I Love You [Reissue/1967] LP (Craft Recordings)
The Zombies – R.I.P. [Reissue/2015] LP (Craft Recordings)
While these LPs appeared in a box set and as a special edition in recent years, this constitutes their first ever widely available release in the U.S. and Canada.