New Releases for June 8, 2018
CDs + Vinyl:
Lily Allen – No Shame CD/LP (WB)
English singer-songwriter Lilly Allen returns with her fourth album, No Shame. Working with collaborators Fryars, Mark Ronson, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Burna Boy, P2J and Cass Lowe, Lily says her goal was to make an album that is “as truthful as possible.”
The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CD/2xLP (Capitol)
The Beach Boys’ original vocal performances are paired with new symphonic arrangements, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. Brian Wilson says, “I always knew the vocal arrangements I did back in the 1960s would lend themselves perfectly for a symphony and there is no better one in the world than the Royal Philharmonic. I am both proud and humbled by what they have created using our songs and I hope everyone falls in love with it like I have.”
Dierks Bentley – The Mountain CD/2xLP (Capitol Nashville)
Ninth studio album from the country music superstar. The Mountain is unified by themes of presence and positivity, and ranges in style from textured rock to acoustic folk.
Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Kadhja Bonet’s second album, Childqueen, is something of a hero’s quest. Acting as a sort of diffuse chanteuse, Kadhja’s almost painfully lovely voice achieves what can only be described as ambient song. Particularly in songs like “Delphine” and “Nostalgia,” we hear the jazzier intricacies of the vocal melodies brushed soft at the edges, at times so soft they vaporize into pure mood, or merge with other instruments or with backing vocals that seem emanate from celestial bodies.
Eric Clapton – Life In 12 Bars 2xCD (UMe)
The Official Soundtrack to the new Eric Clapton documentary Life In 12 Bars (available on DVD and Blu-ray), directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck. The documentary about the legendary 18-time Grammy winner premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before Showtime bought the US TV rights. The 32-track double CD features four previously unreleased songs, and includes tracks by Clapton, Yardbirds, Derek & The Dominoes, Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Muddy Waters. [Vinyl edition due July 20.]
Dennis Coffey – One Night At Morey’s: 1968 CD (Omnivore)
Previously unissued live set from Detroit in 1968. Includes covers of songs by The Meters, The Beatles, and Charlie Parker. “Dennis Coffey is a guitar legend. The ’70s didn’t slow him down for one second as he struck out on his own and had a million selling hit with ‘Scorpio,’ in 1971.”
Dance Gavin Dance – Artificial Selection CD/LP (Rise)
Dance Gavin Dance’s unique blend of screamo, funk and experimental music makes their sound easily recognizable to many and is what has won them loyal fans around the world. After seven full-lengths, an EP and a live album, the band returns with a new album. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Jesse Dayton – The Outsider CD/LP (Blue Elan)
The Outsider was recorded in Atlanta, Denver, Nashville and Austin during a non-stop touring cycle and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer/producer Vance Powell (who has worked with the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Jack White). All the influences are there; the George Jones-inspired singing on “Changin’ My Ways”, the Outlaw country twang of Waylon and Jerry Reed on “Belly Of The Beast”, the angst and energy of The Clash and X on the hillbilly protest song “Charlottesville”, and the deep east Texas blues and Cajun rockabilly of “May Have To Do It (But I Don’t Have To Like It)” and “Hurtin’ Behind The Pine Curtain”.
Exmortus – Sound Of Steel CD/LP (Prosthetic)
A visceral call to arms via a maelstrom of thrashing, neo-classical, blackened death.
The Get Up Kids – Kicker CDEP/12”+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
The four-song Kicker EP is the newest addition to The Get Up Kids’ catalog of influential EPs (such as 1997’s Woodson and 1999’s Red Letter Day), as well as their first new release since 2011’s LP There Are Rules. While the band’s early releases were written when the band members were entering their 20s, Kicker sees them in their 40s, and the songs show a perspective that can only be learned from experience.
Ghost – Opvs Eponymous [Reissue/2010] CD (Rise Above)
A daringly beautiful combination of Satanic rock music with an almost unthinkable pop sensibility, 2010’s Opvs Eponymous is where it all began for the beautifully dark global phenomena. Litanies of sexually pulsating heavy rock music and romantic lyrics, which glorify and glamorize the disgusting and sacrilegious. [Vinyl reissue due July 27.]
Howlin Rain – The Alligator Bride CD/LP (Silver Current)
Oakland, California’s Howlin Rain return with their fourth album of swampy, ragged, unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll.
Lykke Li – So Sad So Sexy CD (RCA)
“It’s rare that an album title can summarize the essence of a musician, but ‘so sad so sexy’ has been Lykke Li’s MO since the release of her debut album Youth Novels in 2008. However, this time round, instead of dinky indie songs that contain a twee frailty, Li dives right into a pool of Tumblr-stylised depression that echoes within a spacious electronic soundscape, leaving us with nothing else to do but doggy-paddle behind her in support. In the sad pop and R&B era of Drake, The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey and SZA, Lykke Li has long worn the crown, and her fourth album plays into the self-inflicted misery of dead-end relationships and blind devotion, all the while owning the title of a Bad Woman.” – The Irish Times
Dave Matthews – Come Tomorrow CD (RCA)
The Dave Matthews Band’s long-awaited ninth studio album Come Tomorrow serves as their first since 2012’s Away From The World. Brandi Carlile harmonizes with Matthews on the shimmering title track which finds hope in our youth and the impact they will have on the world while fan favorite “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” has been hailed by Rolling Stone as an “understated plea for compassion and tolerance.” [Vinyl edition due June 29.]
Megadeth – Killing Is My Business. And Business Is Good – Final Kill CD/2xLP (Century Media)
Digitally remastered, remixed and retooled edition of the metal band’s 1985 debut album. This is a remix of the entire record by Mark Lewis (Trivium, Devil Driver, Whitechapel) that restores previously unheard parts and performances and restores the album to Dave Mustaine’s intended vision. [Limited translucent red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Ne-Yo – Good Man CD (Motown)
The three-time Grammy-winning R&B artist with returns with his seventh studio album.
Erin Rae – Putting On Airs CD/LP (Raw Heart/Single Lock)
Rae – whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk, indie-rock, and 1960s psych-rock production has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs – returns with her sophomore album, Putting On Airs. Recorded at The Refuge, a beautiful, historic Franciscan monastery-turned-creative space on Wisconsin’s Fox River, the record – which NPR’s Ann Powers says, “is going to bewitch and enlighten the nation” – continues the tradition of songwriting by Rae that is deeply personal, and universally relatable.
Gruff Rhys – Babelsberg CD/LP (Rough Trade)
Fifth album from the Welsh singer-songwriter. Lean and laser focused, Babelsberg is a playful ten-song set recorded in a feverish three-day burst of activity early in 2016 and features orchestral scores by Swansea-based composer Stephen McNeff and the incredible work of the 72-piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The result is something close to perfection; a place where Gruff found himself “in service to the song and the emotion above anything else” (Mojo).
Shannon Shaw – Shannon In Nashville CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Shannon Shaw, the vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & The Clams, strikes out on her own with her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville. In a nod to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic Dusty In Memphis, Shaw made her own pilgrimage down South to collaborate with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and a congregation of revered old-school session musicians which have played on notable records by Elvis, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin, and Johnny Cash, to name just a few.
Jorja Smith – Lost & Found CD/LP (FAMM Limited)
On her debut offering, UK artist Smith’s playfully infectious pop spirit intertwines with her youthful charisma, idiosyncratic storytelling, and informed opinion.
Sugarland – Bigger CD/LP (Big Machine)
After taking a hiatus to pursue a series of high profile solo projects Grammy Award-winning superstar duo Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush) return with their first album since 2010. Bigger embodies the musical spirit of the band and contains tracks both uptempo and upbeat as well as powerful message songs that address specific issues facing the world.
Midge Ure – Orchestrated CD/2xLP (BMG)
A collaboration with Ty Unwin, Orchestrated features stunningly re-imagined orchestrated versions of Ultravox hits and Midge Ure classics including rich, lush, filmic soundscape versions of “Vienna,” “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes” and “If I Was” plus the new track “Ordinary Man.” Musician, singer-songwriter, producer and activist, Midge Ure has worn many musical hats over the years; however, working on a fully orchestrated album has been a new venture for Midge. “The record took eighteen months to make, but a lifetime of work to achieve,” he remarks.
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (Concord Music Group)
Violent Femmes – Hallowed Ground [Reissue/1984] CD (Concord Music Group)
Violent Femmes – Permanent Record: The Very Best Of Violent Femmes [Reissue/2005] CD (Concord Music Group)
Violent Femmes have released nine studio albums and more than a dozen iconic singles, among them such classics as “American Music,” “Gone Daddy Gone,” “Nightmares, “Add It Up,” and of course, “Blister In The Sun.” Their remarkable three-decade-plus career has earned them cumulative worldwide sales in excess of 10 million, with 1983’s Violent Femmes awarded with RIAA platinum certification eight years after its initial release. [180gm vinyl repress of Violent Femmes also available.]
YOB – Our Raw Heart CD/2xLP (Relapse)
From tragedy to triumph, YOB’s eighth full-length recording was conceived amidst dire circumstances that it nearly killed frontman Mike Scheidt. Suffering from an extremely painful and potentially fatal intestinal disease, Scheidt miraculously recovered and reinvigorated the Oregon trio with a new sense of purpose for Our Raw Heart, an album informed by the will to survive. More exposed than ever both physically and emotionally, YOB bleed out seven riveting tracks of enormous volume and pensive, transcendental beauty across 75 minutes of ultimate doom. The riffs are massive, the vocals captivating, and the songwriting sublime.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Blink-182 – Buddah [Reissue/1994] LP (Kung Fu)
Limited colored vinyl reissue of the third and final demo by the American rock band. Recorded and released in January 1994 under the name Blink, it was the band’s first recording to be sold and distributed.
Madonna – The Immaculate Collection [Reissue/1990] 2xLP (Rhino)
Import-only vinyl reissue of Madonna’s first hits collection.
Liz Phair – Whip-Smart [Reissue/1994] LP (Capitol)
Liz Phair – Whitechocolatespaceegg [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Capitol)
Liz Phair – Liz Phair [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissues of the second, third and fourth albums from the singer-songwriter.
Thirty Seconds To Mars – America LP (Interscope)
Released in April on CD – now available on vinyl.
Tom Waits – Small Change [Reissue/1976] LP (ANTI-)
After signing with Asylum Records in the early 1970s, Tom Waits recorded a series of acclaimed albums whose noir tales about the after-midnight underworld transformed the seedy into the sublime in songs laced with both dark humor and profound longing. Decades and several musical evolutions later, Waits’ Asylum years still hold a special place in the hearts of many fans. Waits’ first seven albums on Asylum have been remastered and are being re-released via Anti-Records. 1976’s Small Change is a masterpiece that contains some of Waits’ best early work. Classic jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and Stephen Foster filtered through Tom’s unique worldview and lyrical genius.