New Releases for June 24, 2022
Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever CD/LP/Cassette (Loma Vista)
Sometimes, Forever – the immersive and compulsively replayable new Soccer Mommy full-length – cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. The album finds Sophie broadening the borders of her aesthetic without abandoning the unsparing lyricism and addictive melodies that made earlier songs so easy to obsess over. [An indie store exclusive pink w/ black color vinyl pressing and an indie store exclusive CD featuring alternate cover art, are available.]
Alexisonfire – Otherness CD/2xLP (Dine Alone)
Otherness is the first album in over a decade from the group Rolling Stone declared “put Canadian post-hardcore on the map.”
The Animals – The Animals [Reissue/1964] CD/LP (Abkco)
The Animals – The Animals On Tour [Reissue/1965] CD/LP (Abkco)
The Animals – Animal Tracks [Reissue/1965] CD/LP (Abkco)
The Animals – Animalization [Reissue/1966] CD/LP (Abkco)
English rhythm and blues group The Animals emerged in 1964 with their debut single “Baby, Let Me Take You Home”, but it was runaway second single, “House Of The Rising Sun” that truly catapulted them to international fame. Eric Burdon’s howling vocals and the dramatic arrangement created arguably the first folk rock hit. Both were featured on the band’s Mickie Most-produced 1964 full-length debut album. This and their next three albums now available on fresh reissues.
Automatic – Excess CD (Stones Throw)
Automatic’s second album Excess rides the imaginary edge where the ’70s underground met the corporate culture of the ’80s – or, as the band puts it, “That fleeting moment when what was once cool quickly turned and became mainstream, all for the sake of consumerism.”
Capital Theatre – A Hero’s Journey CD/LP (Amplified Media)
Melodic and edgy, Melodic and edgy, A Hero’s Jouney’s 10 guitar/keyboard-driven tracks take inspiration from Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero With A Thousand Faces, using it’s seminal study of the archetypal hero as a lens for exploring the human condition in chaotic times.
Eric Clapton – Nothing But The Blues CD+CDEP+2xLP+DVD+Blu-ray (Reprise)
Eric Clapton’s lifelong passion for the blues burns brightly in Nothing But The Blues. The audio soundtrack (available on CD and Super Deluxe box set which includes the 1995 PBS film) features 18 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1994 during the legendary guitarist’s tour supporting his Grammy-winning, multi-platinum blues album From The Cradle.
Coheed and Cambria – Vaxis II: A Window Of The Waking Mind CD/2xLP (Roadrunner)
Coheed and Cambria’s ambitious new album, Vaxis II: A Window Of The Waking Mind welcomes us back to “The Amory Wars” as the second installment of the five-part Vaxis arc about a couple on the run from tyrannical forces and their mysterious new addition.
Hollie Cook – Happy Hour CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
With Happy Hour, Hollie Cook matures into the queen of modern-day “lovers rock” – the lush girly harmony reggae style beloved in Britain since the 1970s.
Martin Courtney – Magic Sign CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Second solo album from the Real Estate frontman, following 2015’s Many Moons.
Ella Fitzgerald – Ella At The Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook CD/LP (Verve)
Previously unreleased 1958 Hollywood Bowl performance discovered in the private collection of Norman Granz; mixed from the original ¼” tapes by Grammy Award-winning producer/musician Gregg Field. Ella and the orchestra deliver peerless renditions, full of life and warmth, of some of Berlin’s best-known work including such ballads as “How Deep Is The Ocean” and “Supper Time”, the Hollywood songs “You’re Laughing At Me” and “Get Thee Behind Me Satan”, and uptempo numbers such as “Cheek To Cheek”, “Top Hat”, “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”, “Heat Wave”, and “Puttin’ On The Ritz”.
G. Love – Philadelphia Mississippi CD/LP (Philadelphonic)
Mixing old school blues and folk with new school hip-hop and funk, G. Love’s electrifying new album, Philadelphia Mississippi, brings together both sides of the genre-bending pioneer’s eclectic career in a wildly innovative and deeply reverent sonic pilgrimage to the heart of the South.
Linda Hoover – I Mean To Shine CD (Omnivore)
Unissued Gary Katz-produced 1970 album featuring members of the original Steely Dan line-up. In the summer of 1970, Linda Hoover, then 19, entered Manhattan’s Advantage Sound Studio to cut her first album with Gary Katz, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen leading a team that also included guitarists (and future Steely Dan members) Denny Dias & Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, and Eric Weissberg, saxophonist Jerome Richardson, plus members of the Dick Cavett Orchestra.
Jack Johnson – Meet The Moonlight CD/LP (Brushfire)
Meet The Moonlight, Jack Johnson’s eighth studio album and first full-length release in five years, was produced by Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius, Jim James) and recorded in Los Angeles and Hawaii. The creation process marks a major artistic milestone from past work, taking shape from a one-on-one collaboration with Mills, and unveiling an intimate and highly experimental process that involved embedding Johnson’s elegantly stripped-back arrangements with enchanting sonic details.
Charles Lloyd – Trios: Chapel CD/LP (Blue Note)
Charles Lloyd has long been a free spirit, master musician, and visionary. For more than six decades the legendary saxophonist and composer has loomed large over the music world, and at 84 years old he remains both at the height of his powers and as prolific as ever. As a sound seeker, Lloyd’s restless creativity has perhaps found no greater manifestation than on his latest masterwork, an expansive project that encompasses three individual albums that are connected by an overarching theme with each presenting him in a different trio setting – a Trio of Trios. The first, Trios: Chapel, features Lloyd with guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan.
Phil Lynott + Thin Lizzy – Songs For While I’m Away + The Boys Are Back In Town (Live) CD+DVD/CD+DVD+Blu-ray (Mercury Studios)
Songs For While I’m Away is the story of how a young black boy from working class 1950s Dublin became one of Ireland’s greatest rock stars. As lead singer of Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott was a songwriter, a poet, a dreamer, a wild man.
Joan Shelley – The Spur CD/LP (No Quarter)
Joan Shelley returns with The Spur, her first new album in three years. The twelve-song set is a profound meditation on light and darkness, recorded in the spring of 2021 at Earthwave Farm in the Kentucky countryside. James Elkington serves as co-producer (alongside Shelley) and the album features collaborations with Bill Callahan, Meg Baird, and the British novelist Max Porter along with Shelley’s musical partner and husband Nathan Salsburg.
Regina Spektor – Home, before and after CD (Sire)
Home, before and after is Regina Spektor’s eighth studio album and most quintessentially “New York” in years. Recorded in upstate New York, produced by John Congleton and coproduced by Spektor, the album is Spektor at her most inspired, heralded by “Becoming All Alone”, a surrealist ballad that swells with arrangements and comes alive in your head.
Alestorm – Seventh Rum Of A Seventh Rum CD/2xCD/LP (Napalm)
It’s time to put on your pirate hat and inflate your rubber ducks as the world-famous pirate metal drinking crew releases their seventh studio album.
Black Stone Cherry – Live From The Royal Albert Hall… Y’all! 2xCD+Blu-ray/2xLP
On Wednesday September 29, 2021 – the year of the band’s 20th Anniversary – Kentucky’s favorite sons, Black Stone Cherry, realized their childhood dream of playing at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, London.
Caamp – Lavender Days CD/LP (Mom + Pop Music)
Lavender Days was written in the aftermath of a period of loss and heartache suffered by Taylor Meier. A great love, a great dog, his livelihood, his sanity… all gone in the same period when touring and every bit of human interaction was taken from him and the rest of the world. It was a humbling experience, and one that placed him firmly back in the spot that Caamp so often writes about – his Midwestern home and the life he lives there in the state of Ohio. [A limited-edition pink and purple color vinyl pressing is available.]
Luke Combs – Growin’ Up CD (SME Nashville)
Growin’ Up is Combs’ third studio album following 2019’s 3x Platinum What You See Is What You Get and his 4x Platinum debut, This One’s For You. The new album consists of twelve songs, including Combs’ first single “Doin’ This”, which has topped the charts at country radio.
Jungle Rot – A Call To Arms CD (Unique Leader)
Essential for fans of Celtic Frost, Vader, Obituary and S.O.D – Jungle Rot was founded in 1992 and remain a staple name in the death metal genre.
Damien Jurado – Reggae Film Star CD (Maraqopa)
25 years since his debut album Waters Ave S. came out, Jurado is more prolific, driven, and creative than ever. The twelve mystical songs on Reggae Film Star are gorgeously cinematic and feature a rich production and diverse sonic textures. [Vinyl edition due July 8.]
Christine McVie – Songbird (A Solo Collection) CD/LP (Rhino)
First ever compilation from rock & roll hall of famer highlights songs from her solo career, newly remastered by Glyn Johns, along with two unreleased studio recordings. Also includes new orchestral version of Fleetwood Mac classic “Songbird”.
Poliça – Madness CD/LP (Memphis Industries)
Minneapolis-based project Poliça return with the new album Madness. Recorded mostly from 2020-2021 in Ryan Olson’s Minneapolis studio with lyrics written and recorded by Channy Leaneagh, Madness is an experimental expansion of the 4-piece family band to include the anthropomorphic production tool “allovers(c)”, designed by Olson and fellow producer and sound-artist Seth Rosetter.
Porcupine Tree – Closure / Continuation CD/CD+Blu-ray/2xLP/3xLP (Kscope)
Over the years Porcupine Tree (featuring Steven Wilson, Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison) has constantly evolved as their expansive music has shifted from pastoral psychedelic rock and ambient electronic soundscapes to experimental pop and eventually – with 21st century masterpiece In Absentia – a propulsive metal sound all of their own. One of the UK’s most forward thinking, genre defying rock bands, returns in 2022 with their first new music in twelve years.
Tegan and Sara – Still Jealous CD/LP (Sire)
Tegan and Sara revisit the indie-pop duo’s 2004 breakout album, So Jealous, on a new version of the record titled Still Jealous. It features the original’s 14 tracks, all of which have been re-recorded acoustically, with the twin sisters singing each other’s songs.
Zola Jesus – Arkhon CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
There is a way a voice can cut through the fascia of reality, cleaving through habit into the raw nerve of experience. Nika Roza Danilova, the singer, songwriter, and producer who since 2009 has released music as Zola Jesus, wields a voice that does that.
Blake Babies – Sunburn [Reissue/1990] LP (American Laundromat)
‘Leaf green’ opaque color vinyl reissue. “Sunburn is not only the Blake Babies’ best album, it’s in many ways the last great college rock album.” – All Music Guide.
Converge – Bloodmoon: I 2xLP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl, including an indie store exclusive pressing.
Dengue Fever – Dengue Fever [Reissue/2003] LP (MRI Associated)
Dengue Fever – Escape From Dragon House [Reissue/2005] LP (MRI Associated)
Los Angeles based Cambodian and American band Dengue Fever released their first album (2003’s self-titled) with no idea how it would be received. Was Khmer-rock, or the very idea of covering lost classic Cambodian songs, even something that would resonate with music fans? Would anyone in the indie community want to hear songs in Khmer? Would anyone in the world music community want to hear psych or garage rock? More than a decade and many releases later, the answer to all those questions is an emphatic yes.
The Distillers – Sing Sing Death House [Reissue/2002] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Limited 20th Anniversary ‘doublemint’ color vinyl pressing of the second studio album by punk rock band The Distillers, originally released in 2002. The song “Seneca Falls” was featured in the game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.
Lou Donaldson – Blues Walk [Reissue/1958] LP (Blue Note)
Lou Donaldson had already helmed seven Blue Note sessions by the time he made his undisputed masterpiece Blues Walk in 1958. Joining the saxophonist were Herman Foster on piano, Peck Morrison on bass, Dave Bailey on drums, and Ray Barretto on congas for a 6-song set that yielded one of his most memorable themes with the cool struttin’ title track. This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is stereo, all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes.
Machine Gun Kelly – Mainstream Sellout LP (Bad Boy/Interscope)
Released in March on CD – now available on vinyl.
Painted Shield – Painted Shield 2 LP (Loosegroove)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Sophomore release from Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s new project, Painted Shield. The group also features Mason Jennings, Matt Chamberlain, and Brittany Davis.
These Arms Are Snakes – Oxeneers Or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home [Reissue/2004] LP (Jade Tree)
These Arms Are Snakes – Easter [Reissue/2005] LP (Jade Tree)
Vinyl reissues – including indie store exclusive colorways – of the post-hardcore/mathrock’s first two albums.
Tyler, The Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost 2xLP (Columbia)
Double vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket. Includes poster. Call Me If You Get Lost is Tyler’s sixth studio album and includes additional guest appearances from 42 Dugg, Lil Wayne, Domo Genesis, Brent Faiyaz, Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell Williams, Teezo Touchdown, Fana Hues, and Daisy World.
Kanye West – Donda 4xLP (Def Jam)
Kanye West delivers a Deluxe Edition of the record-shattering Donda, featuring four bonus tracks plus fan-favorite verses from Andre 3k, Kid Cudi and more.