New Releases for March 13, 2020
The Boomtown Rats – Citizens Of Boomtown CD/LP (BMG)
The Boomtown Rats – Bob Geldof on vocals, Pete Briquette on bass, Simon Crowe on drums and Garry Roberts on guitar – mark 2020 (The Year Of The Rat) with the release of Citizens Of Boomtown, their first new studio album since 1984.
Circles Around The Sun – Circles Around The Sun CD/2xLP (The Royal Potato Family)
Circles Around The Sun explore new horizons on the band’s new double album, Let It Wander, the first new music from the quartet since their acclaimed 2015 debut, Interludes For The Dead. Originally, the band – guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall (his bandmate in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy – were only supposed to record some Grateful Dead-influenced instrumentals to be played during the set breaks at the Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts. But the response was so positive, and they were having so much fun making music together, that they all agreed to keep it going.
Deap Lips – Deap Lips CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Deap Lips is Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd from Oklahoma psych-heroes The Flaming Lips and Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards from the Los Angeles, California rock & roll duo Deap Vally. [Limited indie store exclusive colored vinyl pressing available.]
The Districts – You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere CD/LP (Fat Possum)
While You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere builds on preceding albums, it takes an ambitious leap to a new level, exhibiting a widened sense of experimentation and expansiveness at its heart. There’s Rhodes, Mellotron, strings, samples, drum machines, tape loops, Wurlitzer, ambient swells, piano, synthesizers; bandleader Rob Grote lists 12 instruments next to his name alone.
Sam Doores – Sam Doores CD/LP (New West)
“Recording in a foreign environment like Berlin, I was inspired to experiment with more cinematic, psychedelic sounds,” says Sam Doores, “but my love for old-school New Orleans R&B, Memphis soul & rock ‘n’ roll, Detroit Motown & gospel, doo-wop, early blues & folk music will probably always bleed into whatever I do. Recording this album was an opportunity to explore the space between these worlds.”
The Garden – Kiss My Super Bowl Ring CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
“The chaotic and experimental punk-ish duo aren’t afraid to throw genres and labels out the window on Kiss My Super Bowl Ring, but they’re also focused more on blatant honesty and a lack of sugarcoating than they ever have been before. “The new record is about establishing who we are a little bit more,” Wyatt said. “All of the songs that we wrote are based off of personal experiences and our mindset — hence the name Kiss My Super Bowl Ring, which is another way to say ‘kiss my ass’ because we just want to do what we want to do.”
Sam Gendel – Satin Doll CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Sam Gendel’s new album, Satin Doll, is a futuristic homage to historical jazz. It features three musicians – Gendel on saxophone, Gabe Noel on electric bass, and Philippe Melanson on electronic percussion – engaging in simultaneous synchronized sonic construction/deconstruction of jazz standards, including Miles Davis’ “Freddie Freeloader”, Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, and Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll”. Gendel is most known for his work with the saxophone, though he is proficient on multiple instruments.
Grouplove – Healer CD/LP (Atlantic)
Grouplove kicked off 2020 with their anarchistic, high-energy new single “Deleter”, and show no signs of slowing down with their fourth studio album, Healer. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Niall Horan – Heartbreak Weather CD (Capitol)
Irish singer/and songwriter and former One Direction member Niall Horan follows-up his 2017 Flicker with the highly-anticipated sophomore release, Heartbreak Weather. Featuring his new single “No Judgement” and uptempo number “Nice To Meet Ya”, this body of work showcases his unique musicianship and magnetic vocal range.
Early James – Singing For My Supper CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Early James, an Alabama native and the latest signing to Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound roster, releases his debut album, Singing For My Supper. The album spans hard-charging blues, wistful folk, and ages-old pop crooning, anchored by the singer’s voice that oscillates from gravel-gruff shout to a honey-smooth whisper. James’ inspirations run from Fiona Apple and Tom Waits to the Southern Gothic poets, as heard in the album’s darker themes and in the wry humor with which he writes about them.
Joywave – Possession LP (Hollywood)
Weaving blissed-out synths and unstoppable dancefloor grooves with euphoric hooks, exuberant wit, and uncommon emotional depth, Rochester, NY-based band Joywave has spent much of the past decade holding an aural mirror to society, concocting a distinctively modern approach towards pop music that is both organic and synthetic, much like our own day-to-day lives. Continuing with the band’s creative use of noteworthy samples and field recordings, Possession is woven together with audio from Voyager’s Golden Record (launched by NASA in 1977).
Porches – Ricky Music CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
On 2016’s Pool, Porches’ Aaron Maine made a notable change in his musical outlook and practice. The collapsible guitars and home-recorded dynamics of his earlier work were replaced with some serious beat-making skills and a new groove was weaved through the atmosphere of his musical territory: a thought-filled, late night kind of place, one that maybe doesn’t host a party too often, but one that also knows how to put on a very real good time if pressed to do so. Since then, The House (2018) and, now, Ricky Music have added further layers of emotion and sophistication to his unique cracked-glass pop.
Rookie – Rookie CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
Rookie is six matching jumpsuit-clad, shaggy-haired friends from Chicago who play rock ‘n’ roll that’s more at home next to their parents’ battered LPs than on their friends’ streaming playlists. The band’s self-titled debut full-length album deftly reformats the classic rock landscape with blowtorch hooks, enthralling harmonies, evocative touches of cosmic country, and distinctively indie-minded songwriting.
Shabaka and The Ancestors – We Are Sent Here By History CD (Impulse!/Verve)
Spiritual jazz pacesetters Shabaka & the Ancestors, led by Shabaka Hutchings, release their sophomore album, We Are Sent Here By History. It’s the follow-up to their 2016 breakout Wisdom Of Elders, which established them as leading lights in the contemporary jazz scene. Says Hutchings: “We Are Sent Here By History is a meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species. It is a reflection from the ruins, from the burning. A questioning of the steps to be taken in preparation for our transition individually and societally if the end is to be seen as anything but a tragic defeat.” [Vinyl edition due April 24.]
Caitlyn Smith – Supernova CD/LP (SME Nashville/Monument)
With the release of her 2018 debut, Starfire, Caitlyn Smith established herself as one of the brightest rising stars in Nashville, TN with finely etched songwriting and a soulful voice. Now, with the follow-up, Supernova, the singer-songwriter has upped the ante, delivering a set of songs that are bigger, bolder, and more powerful sonically and lyrically. “I had years to collect songs for the first album,” says Smith. “This time I was much more focused going in. I had a better idea of what I wanted to create.”
Ultraísta – Sister CD/LP (Partisan)
Sister, Ultraísta first new album since their 2012 debut Tin King, is a collection that defies easy categorization and is far more than just the sum of its remarkable parts with production from Grammy-winning producer/engineer/musician Nigel Godrich, best known for his two decades helming Radiohead’s groundbreaking studio output.
Code Orange – Underneath CD (Roadrunner)
Rattling drum loops give way to bursts of rage as Underneath transforms into something colossal, daring, and resilient, setting the tone for one of the year’s most exhilarating heavy records. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Al Di Meola – Across The Universe CD/LP (earMUSIC)
Di Meola returns with his second Beatles covers collection, this time with a full band sound.
Ella Fitzgerald – The Complete Piano Duets 2xCD (Verve)
Many of the most beautiful recordings in Ella Fitzgerald’s catalog were her duets with pianists. The freedom afforded by this simple configuration resulted in some of her most sensitive, affecting and heartfelt work. This collection assembles every recording Ella made in the piano duo format for the Decca, Verve and Pablo labels.
Frights – Everything Seems Like Yesterday CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
New album from the surf punk band.
Spoon – A Series Of Sneaks [Reissue/1998] CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Spoon – Kill The Moonlight [Reissue/2002] CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Spoon – Transference [Reissue/2009] CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Matador reissues three Spoon albums that were originally released by Merge.
Spice Girls – Spice World [Reissue/1997] LP (Virgin)
Spice Girls – Greatest Hits [Reissue/2007] LP (Virgin)
Standard black vinyl reissues.
Peter Bjorn & John – Endless Dream LP (PJB Musik AB)
New album from the Swedish trio. Endless Dream is their ninth full-length and is released to celebrate Peter, Bjorn and John’s 20th anniversary. It follows 2018’s Darker Days, which marked their first LP in three years.