New Releases — March 17, 2017

Adult. – Detroit House Guests CD/LP (Mute)
Adult. is the Detroit duo Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller. Their seventh album (and first on Mute) Detroit House Guests became a reality after receiving a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant, and is based on the “visual” artist residency model but for musicians. Each musician would come for up to a three-week period with the parameter that we live, work, and collaborate together. The results — a total anthropological sound experiment and a full-length album.

Anohni – Paradise CDEP/10”+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
Anohni’s Paradise EP is the extension, into 2017, of a language of protest and distress. The songs presented here — already featured in her arresting live performances — were made during the same sessions as Hopelessness, but rather than trimmings or bonus material, they are, instead, unique touch points for old problems and newly minted geo-political crises writ macabre.

Blackfield – V CD/2xLP (Kscope)
“Blackfield is the most accessible band that Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame has been involved in, despite maintaining the melancholic tone present in his main projects. The group has been an outlet for him to shift away from progressive rock and metal in favor of a straightforward brand of art rock, while still retaining the emotional weight present in his music. V marks a return of equal songwriting credits between Wilson and collaborator Aviv Geffen, the latter being more accustomed to this style in his solo material. The previous two albums were more comprised of his vision while Wilson focused on his own solo albums. This latest from Blackfield returns to the strengths and compositional focus seen on their first two records, despite the expected somberness being largely absent this time. ” – Sputnik Music

Gary Clark Jr. – Live/ North America 2016 CD/2xLP (WB)
Live North America 2016 was recorded absolutely live, with no overdubs. What you hear is how it went down. The album includes all new and unreleased live recordings from Gary Clark Jr’s 2016 tour in support of his internationally acclaimed The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim. It features several songs from that album, including “The Healing,” “Grinder,” “Our Love,” “Cold-Blooded,” and “Shake,” featuring Leon Bridges and his saxophonist Jeff Dazey. The set is characterized by raw soul and funk, classic solo and blues performances, and several lengthy, tour de force guitar jams. It includes two previously unreleased covers, Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do” and Elmore James’ “My Baby’s Gone” as well as “You Saved Me” and “When My Train Pulls In” — fan favorites from Clark’s debut Blak And Blu. Much like the great blues, jazz, and soul legends of past, these recordings are lightening in a bottle – historical moments in time for an artist who is ever morphing and one of the truly great improvisers of his generation.

Jarvis Cocker/Chilly Gonzales – Room 29 CD (Deutsche Grammophon)
Jarvis Cocker, former frontman of the famous Brit pop band Pulp and Canadian pianist/rapper/producer/composer Chilly Gonzales have teamed up for this exciting new project. Room 29 was initially conceived as a theatre piece about the legendary room 29 of Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont. Cocker wrote the piece during his own stay there, inspired by one of the room’s more unusual features – a baby-grand piano – as a witness of all the countless dramas that must have taken place within. The tales from the Chateau have become so legendary that anyone with even a passing interest in rock ‘n’ roll – or any facet of the entertainment industry for that matter – will have heard a Hollywood story related to the Chateau. [Vinyl edition due March 31.]

Depeche Mode – Spirit CD/2xCD/2xLP (Columbia)
Spirit is the new album from Depeche Mode, and the band’s 14th studio release. It marks the band’s first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys). “‘We’re living in a time of real change,’ says Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan, a vision of intensity dressed head-to-toe in black. ‘As I get older, the things going on in the world affect me more. I think about my kids and what they’re growing up into. My daughter, Rosie, was deeply affected by the election last year. … She just sobbed, and I was like, ‘Wow.’ That sense of worry informed Gahan and his Depeche Mode bandmates while writing Spirit, as many of the LP’s 12 songs deal directly with the general Weltschmerz circulating the planet lately.” – Rolling Stone. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus disc of remixes. Double-vinyl LP edition features an etching on Side D.]

Fit For An Autopsy – Great Collapse CD (Metal/E1)
The crushing music of Fit For An Autopsy is for any fan of extreme metal, as it’s devoid of preachy politics or grandstanding soapboxing, but its sound and fury is absolutely unflinching in purpose. The band expertly blends excessive-force fueled death metal with atmospheric groove and impassioned personal diatribes, reflecting back the dark state of current events. Their fourth album, The Great Collapse, doesn’t waste time with fantasy bullsh!t or cliché gore horror. [Vinyl edition due April 28.]

House Of Pain – House Of Pain [Reissue/1992] CD (Rhino)
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of House Of Pain’s eponymous debut album, best remembered for the gargantuan and lasting success of the single “Jump Around.”

Milky Chance – Blossom CD (Republic)
Time describes Blossom’s first single “Cocoon” as “somewhere between the folksy rock of Vampire Weekend and the haunting electropop of Beach House.” Indie Shuffle writes, “they have wonderfully upbeat songs and can also put on a pretty solid live performance,” while Indie Obsessive claims, “the band s sound combines deep, organic warmth instrumental arrangements and it also brings forth a palpable sense of returning to a place of serenity.” [Vinyl edition due April 14.]

Conor Oberst – Salutations CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Salutations is a companion piece to 2016’s lauded Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo—with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica—he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band—upstate New York’s The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)—the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form. The Sunday Times of London called it “the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation” and “political and very, very personal,” saying Oberst is “one of the best songwriters around.” Salutations includes full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.

Obituary – Obituary CD/LP (Relapse)
Legendary death metal band Obituary return with their self-titled, tenth studio album, further cementing their legacy as one of the most important metal bands of all time. Picking up where 2014’s critically acclaimed Inked In Blood left off, Obituary show no signs of slowing down as they continue to reign as kings of their genre. Recorded at their home studio in Tampa, FL, Obituary is a 10-track tour-de-force of bone-pulverizing death metal that is as heavy, uncompromising and infectious as anything they’ve released in their historic, nearly 30-year career. [Limited silver color vinyl pressing also available.]

Pinback – Some Offcell Voices CD/LP+MP3 (Temporary Residence)
In the early days of Pinback, they were known mostly as two lauded musicians who spent their spare time away from their primary projects (Three Mile Pilot, Thingy, Heavy Vegetable) to hone their home recording skills while experimenting with ideas, tones, and instrumentation that didn’t quite fit into those primary projects. Pinback hadn’t yet become their day job; it hadn’t yet become a well-oiled five-piece touring machine; and it had no idea where it was going to go. In retrospect, that earnest curiosity is what makes those early Pinback recordings so resonant and so unique, and what separated them from every indie rock band of this century. Every bit as powerful and expressive as their first two albums, the 1999 EP, Some Voices, and the 2003 EP, Offcell, famously bucked the perception of EPs as outtakes and toss-offs. What were ostensibly minor stopgaps between albums became massive fan favorites and staples of Pinback’s live show. Having never been released on vinyl, it’s only fitting that we revisit these poignant recordings – and take the opportunity to painstakingly remaster and repackage them into the full-length album that never was, the aptly named Some Offcell Voices.

CJ Ramone – American Beauty CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
“American Beauty is the record I’ve been working towards since I started putting out records as CJ Ramone. My songwriting has definitely grown up some, but the raw energy is still there. Steve Soto, Dan Root, and Pete Sosa helped me drive every track home in a way that only veterans of the business can do, with engineer/co-producer Paul Miner throwing gas on the fire every step of the way.”

Real Estate – In Mind CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
In Mind is the fourth album from the NJ dream pop group, their first to feature Julian Lynch on guitar, and produced by Cole M.G.N. Long respected for their deft lyrical hand and gorgeous melodies, In Mind builds upon the Real Estate’s reputation for crafting perfect songs and carries them even deeper into the pantheon of great songwriters. Here they fine-tune the winsome songwriting and profound earnestness that made previous albums—Real Estate, Days, and Atlas—so beloved, and pushes their craft in compelling new directions. Written primarily by guitarist/vocalist Martin Courtney, In Mind offers a mild shifting of the gears, positing a band engaged in the push/pull of burgeoning adulthood. Reflecting a change in lineup, changes in geography, and a general desire to move forward without looking back, the record recasts the band in a new light—one that replaces the ennui of teen suburbia with an adult version.

Rick Ross – Rather You Than Me CD (Sony)
The rapper’s ninth album features Nas, Young Thug, Future, Meek Mill, Wale, Yo Gotta, Chris Rock, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, Dej Loaf, Scrilla, Raphael Saadiq, and Anthony Hamilton.

Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band – Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band CD (Rhino)
After a 24-year gap since their first album, The World’s Most Dangerous Party produced by Todd Rundgren, the eponymous Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band features appearances by an all-star pan-demographic lineup including guest vocalists Dion, Jenny Lewis, Bill Murray, Darius Rucker, Shaggy, and Valerie Simpson. Shaffer and bandmates Will Lee and Felicia Collins round out the lead vocal duties.

Regina Spektor – Live On Soundstage CD+DVD (BMG)
On Friday July 29, 2016, singer/songwriter and pianist Regina Spektor performed at WTTW’s Grainger Studio in Chicago to about 400 of her biggest fans, delivering an array of her compositions from past and current projects. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]

Spoon – Hot Thoughts CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
“In a career that spans more than 20 years, Spoon has perfected a kind of ruthlessly airtight efficiency: Every few years, the Austin band returns with a new batch of perfectly compact three-minute pop-rock songs. As consistent as it is beloved, Spoon never fails to hit its mark — delivered forcefully, and with hooks for days. If the title track on the band’s ninth album Hot Thoughts is any indication, that impeccably chosen palette’s got a few new colors. Thanks in part, no doubt, to Dave Fridmann joining the band as a co-producer, ‘Hot Thoughts’ has a rangy, swirly sparkle to it, portending an album that spreads out for a bit of a journey” – NPR. [Limited red color vinyl pressing also available.]

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live From The Fox Oakland 2xCD/2xCD+DVD/2xCD+Blu-ray (Fantasy/Concord)
In September of 2016, Tedeschi Trucks Band set out for the West Coast to make a live album. After 10 shows, there was no shortage of great music to choose from, but for everyone on the tour, one night stood out from the rest: September 9th at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. Live From The Fox Oakland is a live double album that David Fricke calls “a new peak in the continuing story of a great American rock & roll family band.” The set is available as a Regular double-CD version as well as a Deluxe edition which adds your choice of a DVD or Blu-ray video of the show. In addition to the 15 blistering tracks, the film also features extensive behind the scenes footage, including Derek’s recent visit to Marc Maron’s garage for the WTF! Podcast, and an interview with Derek and Susan conducted by Rolling Stone critic David Fricke for SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Live From The Fox Oakland was mixed using a vintage Neve console to achieve an exquisitely immersive sound experience, and mastering guru Bob Ludwig added his craft to the full 5.1 surround sound mix and album audio. [Vinyl edition due April 14.]

The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle: 50th Anniversary Edition CD (Varese Sarabande)
This CD reissue celebrates the 50th anniversary of Odessey & Oracle, recorded between June and August of 1967 and officially released in 1968. Remastered from the best sources possible, the package includes seven bonus tracks, (alternate versions and outtakes from the original recording sessions), rare photos and new notes.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

Animals As Leaders – Animals As Leaders [Reissue/2009] LP (Prosthetic)
Animals As Leaders – Weightless [Reissue/2009] LP (Prosthetic)
Limited silver color vinyl pressings of the instrumental prog metal band’s first two albums.

Counting Crows – August And Everything After [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Geffen)
Counting Crows – Recovering The Satellites [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Geffen)
Two albums of early-mid- ‘90s multi-platinum alt rock – back in print on vinyl.

Dead Can Dance – The Serpent’s Egg [Reissue/1988] LP (4AD)
Dead Can Dance – Aion [Reissue/1990] LP (4AD)
Dead Can Dance – Spiritchaser [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (4AD)
Vinyl reissues of DCD’s fourth, fifth, and seventh albums. This completes the recent vinyl reissue campaign of their classic 4AD back-catalog.

Peter Gabriel – 1 [Reissue/1977] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – 2 [Reissue/1978] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – 3 [Reissue/1980] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – 4 [Reissue/1982] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – So [Reissue/1986] LP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – Us [Reissue/1992] 2xLP+MP3 (Real World)
Peter Gabriel – Up [Reissue/2002] 2xLP+MP3 (Real World)
HQ-180gm vinyl LP (half-speed remastered) pressings in gatefold sleeves, including download cards.

Lamb Of God – New American Gospel [Reissue/2000] LP (Prosthetic)
Limited silver color vinyl pressing of the metal band’s debut album.

Pulp – Different Class [Reissue/1995] LP (Plain)
Limited peach color vinyl pressing of Pulp’s Mercury Prize winning fifth LP.

Skeletonwitch – Beyond The Permafrost [Reissue/2007] LP (Prosthetic)
Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed [Reissue/2013] LP (Prosthetic)
Limited vinyl reissues of the Ohio thrash metal band’s second and fifth albums. [Serpents Unleased is pressed on silver color vinyl.]