New Releases for March 17, 2023
CDs + Vinyl:
100 Gecs – 10,000 Gecs CD/LP (Atlantic)
100 Gecs, the duo comprised of Dylan Brady and Laura Les, return with their sophomore album, 10,000 Gecs. Following their breakout debut album 1,000 Gecs, the anticipation of their next body of work has been high and the band’s teases have been plentiful. The new album includes previously released singles “Mememe” which has been described as “an ebullient carnival of ska-inflected verses that bounce off a chorus of thrash guitars and a squiggling synth line” along with the ‘90s alt rock-inspired “Doritos & Fritos”, which The Fader noted is “unlike any other Gecs track before it”.
All Time Low – Tell Me I’m Alive CD (Fueled By Ramen)
All Time Low has undeniably carved out their own corner of popular culture. The multi-platinum Maryland pop-punk quartet topped charts, sold out arenas worldwide, and served up a series of instantly irresistible anthems in the process. Tell Me I’m Alive is their ninth album.
The Band Of Heathens – Simple Things CD/LP (Boh)
New album from the Texas rock ‘n’ roll band. “The Band of Heathens are not Pollyannas. They know the light at the end of the tunnel may be a train headed in our direction, ready to run us over. The songs on Simple Things express the courage to keep going even when life seems dark. One doesn’t need to be naïve to appreciate our gifts and be grateful.” – Steve Horowitz, Pop Matters
Sarah Borges – Silver City [Reissue/2007] CD/LP (Blue Corn Music)
Reissue of the singer/songwriter’s 2007 debut album. A stunning set of songs exploring American music in all its many aspects.
Drake – Honestly, Nevermind CD (Republic)
Drake / 21 Savage – Her Loss CD (Republic)
Honestly, Nevermind is Drake’s seventh studio album. Producers include longtime collaborators like Noah (40) Shebib, Oliver El-Khatib, and Noel Cadastre, as well as Black Coffee. Her Loss is Drake’s collaborative studio album with Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage. Features a guest appearance from Travis Scott.
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse: 10th Anniversary Edition CD/2xLP (Atlantic)
Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit were among the most acclaimed bands of the 2000s, earning wide-ranging critical applause and a fervent international fan following with their emotionally exhilarating melodies and scathingly frank lyricism. The band’s 2013 acclaimed fourth album Pedestrian Verse served as their first for Atlantic Records and is home to the signature singles “State Hospital” and “The Woodpile.”. In celebration of the cornerstone album’s 10th anniversary, it’s been reissued in an expanded edition with 11 bonus tracks.
Kamelot – The Awakening CD/2xLP (Napalm)
Kamelot’s first album in five years, The Awakening shines as a massive and diverse offering mixing symphonic, melodic, and power metal styles, yielding some of the heaviest tracks in the band’s history.
Julian Lage – The Layers CD/LP (Blue Note)
The Layers is a stunning companion piece to guitarist Julian Lage’s acclaimed 2022 album View With A Room. The collection features six original pieces recorded during the same sessions which found Lage discovering new orchestration possibilities by augmenting his deeply attuned trio of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King with the addition of guitar icon Bill Frisell. I
M83 – Fantasy CD/LP+2xMP3 (Mute)
Over the span of two decades, M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez has firmly established himself as an artist whose work transcends mere escapism in favor of full-on worldbuilding. Now with the project’s ninth studio album Fantasy, the artist returns with his most personal album to date. Featuring long-time collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Joe Berry, M83’s touring keyboardist and sax player, the album was born out of extended jam sessions that lasted nearly a year. The result is an exuberant, live-sounding record where trademark M83 goosebump moments abound.
Doug Paisley – Say What You Like CD/LP (Outside Music)
Doug’s new record, Say What You Like, underscores his prowess as a songwriter, while exploring new sonic terrain with producer Afie Jurvanen (aka Bahamas). Distilled from more than 250 songs penned by Paisley over the last decade, the 11 tracks combine folk, country, and pop sensibilities to showcase his rich sense of melody and remarkable way with words.
Ten Years After – A Space In Time [Reissue/1971] 2xCD/2xLP (Chrysalis)
A Space In Time is Ten Years After’s sixth, and bestselling album, and was originally released in August 1971. Featuring their most well-known track “I’d Love To Change The World”, which regularly features in movies and TV shows, saw the band taking a more melodic direction from previous releases and showcased the band at their peak. This new (delayed) 50th Anniversary edition of the album features a brand-new mix by the original producer/engineer, Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones/Emerson Lake & Palmer/Marillion), using the original 2″ multitrack tapes.
Theory Of A Deadman – Dinosaur CD (Roadrunner)
Theory Of A Deadman’s new 10-track album Dinosaur features their signature wit on “Two Of Us (Stuck)”, a breezy piano-laden breakup bop that takes a hard left from the refrain of the Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers classic “Just The Two Of Us”. Elsewhere on the album is the gritty “Medusa (Stone)” and the aggressive “Get In Line”. Ultimately, Theory Of A Deadman delivers a barrage of rock anthems on Dinosaur.
U2 – Songs Of Surrender CD/2xLP/4xCD/4xLP (IGA)
Songs Of Surrender delivers 16 new acoustic and reimagined recordings from the U2 catalog, produced and compiled by The Edge, including “One”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, and “Pride (In The Name Of Love) .” “Music allows you to time travel,” explained The Edge, “And we became curious to find out what it would be like to bring our early songs back with us to the present day and give them the benefit, or otherwise, of a 21st century reimagining. [Super Deluxe four-disc CD and vinyl editions – each featuring 40 tracks total – are available. An indie store exclusive white color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – V CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
Created between Palm Springs, California and Hilo, Hawai’i, V is the first double album from the Hawaiian-New Zealand singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ruban Nielson’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra band. Designed to play as one continuous movement and road-tested on dry California freeways, V is the definitive Unknown Mortal Orchestra car record. Across fourteen sun-bleached songs Ruban draws from the rich traditions of West Coast AOR, yacht rock, weirdo pop and Hawaiian Hapa-haole music.
The Animals – The Best Of The Animals [Reissue/1966] LP (Abkco)
The Best Of The Animals is the first greatest hits collection by the British rock group the Animals. MGM Records originally released the album in February 1966 in the United States. It showcases the Animals’ tough-edged pop hits combined with their more devoted blues and R&B workouts.
The Dils – Dils Dils Dils [Reissue/1990] LP (Radiation Reissues)
The Dils are one of the most legendary punk bands of all-time. Fronted by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman, the group was as important to the US scene as The Clash and Sex Pistols were to England.
The Flaming Lips – Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell [Reissue/2003] LP (WB)
The Flaming Lips – Fight Test [Reissue/2003] LP (WB)
Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell is comprised of seven Yoshimi-era tracks that were included in the six-CD Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 20th Anniversary Box Set released in November 2022. Originally released as CD EP in 2003, it is now being released on vinyl for the first time. It features two versions of the title track (one remixed by Jason Bentley), a remix by The Postal Service of “Do You Realize?”, and four non-album tracks. This limited-edition version is pressed on glow in the dark green vinyl. Fight Test was the third single released from Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots and is now available on pink color vinyl.
Herbie Hancock – Empyrean Isles [Reissue/1964] LP (Blue Note)
Pianist Herbie Hancock showcased the full breadth of his artistry on his masterful fourth Blue Note album Empyrean Isles recorded in 1964. The album presented four diverse original compositions including the hit song “Cantaloupe Island” performed a deeply attuned quartet featuring Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums.
Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park (10th Anniversary) LP (Mercury Nashville)
Limited-edition Zoetrope picture disc vinyl pressing. Same Trailer Different Park is the debut studio album by country music artist Kacey Musgraves, originally released in 2013.