New Releases for March 29, 2019
Steve Earle And The Dukes – GUY CD/LP (New West)
Steve Earle was 19 and had just hitchhiked from San Antonio to Nashville in 1974. Back then if you wanted to be where the best songwriters were, you had to be in there. Guy Clark had moved to Nashville and if you were from Texas, Guy Clark was king. A few years later, Steve would be playing bass guitar in Guy’s band and flying high on what would become an indelible friendship of like-minded musicians who bonded in a kinship of stories told through song. In the fall of 2018, Steve and The Dukes went into House Of Blues studio in Nashville and recorded his tribue to Guy Clark, GUY, in six days. “I wanted it to sound live…When you’ve got a catalog like Guy’s and you’re only doing sixteen tracks, you know each one is going to be strong.” Earle and his current, perhaps best-ever Dukes lineup take on Clark’s songs with a spirit of reverent glee and invention.
Free Throw – What’s Past Is Prologue CD/LP (Triple Crown)
After two studio albums and nearly seven years as a band, Free Throw is making a significant change to their identity. The group – who has sung openly of personal struggles related to substance abuse and body image – holds nothing back on What’s Past Is Prologue, their third full length record. The album’s 12 tracks detail the continuing mental health struggles of lead singer Cory Castro and serve as a complete story of what happens when you decide that everything in your life needs to change.
Garcia Peoples – Natural Facts CD/LP+MP3 (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Consider Natural Facts by Garcia Peoples to be your heady, friendly reminder that it’s alright to let the sunshine in. The second album in less than a year from those lovable New Jersey moptops with the sweet twin guitars, Natural Facts provides a portal to the carefree place that both indie rock and jam bands forgot, and a handy alternative to whatever you may need an alternative from.
Beth Gibbons – Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 CD/CD+DVD/LP+MP3/LP+DVD+MP3 (Domino)
Performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) was conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki at The National Opera Grand Theater in Warsaw on November 29th 2014, and was part of an evening of programming that also featured Jonny Greenwood’s (Radiohead) 48 Responses To Polymorphia and the world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s (The National) Réponse Lutosławski. Following an invitation to collaborate at the concert, Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language. Typical to Beth though –the elusive yet iconic frontwoman of one of the most important British bands of the last two decades – the challenge was met and exceeded.
I Prevail – Trauma CD/LP (Concord)
“Gold-certified Michigan quartet I Prevail not only redefine themselves on their sophomore offering, Trauma but they also redefine the genre for tomorrow’s generation. Brian Burkheiser [clean vocals], Eric Vanlerberghe [harsh vocals], Steve Menoian
Journey – Escape & Frontiers – Live In Japan 2xCD+DVD/2xDVD+Blu-ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
In February 2017, Journey went to Japan for a special show at Tokyo’s Budokan that featured a complete performance of 1981’s Escape and 1983’s Frontiers at the request of legendary Japanese concert promoter Mr. Udo in honor of his 50th anniversary in the business. “There’s a few songs I don’t even recall playing, like [the Frontiers track] ‘Troubled Child’,” Journey guitarist Neal Schon told Rolling Stone at the time. “Digging back into that stuff has been a lot of fun.” Live In Japan 2017: Escape + Frontiers features many of Journey’s most enduring songs, including “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Faithfully”, “Separate Ways”, and “Open Arms” as well as deep cuts such as “Lay It Down” and “Back Talk” that the band hadn’t attempted to perform in decades. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions are also available.]
Yngwie Malmsteen – Blue Lightning CD/2xLP+MP3 (Mascot Label Group)
With Blue Lightning, Yngwie Malmsteen highlights not only his enduring dexterity and diversity, but also pays homage to those from the blues and rock worlds who have fueled his artistic spirit for so long. Anyone who is expecting Malmsteen to copy exactly the way the original versions sound is in for a shock. Because that is not what he has done here. He has masterfully transformed classics like “Smoke On The Water”, “Purple Haze” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” into his own inimitable style, and wrote and recorded four new tracks for the album to boot. [Deluxe CD ddition adds two bonus tracks (not available on the regular CD), and Yngwie-themed coasters, a sticker, a postcard and a guitar pick. Limited blue colored vinyl pressing featuring two bonus tracks also available].
Mekons – Deserted CD/LP (Bloodshot)
Emboldened by a sold-out tour and a surge of interest in the States after the release of the documentary Revenge Of The Mekons, Mekons retreated to the fringes of Joshua Tree National Park and popular culture to record their new album Deserted. The long-running, genre-hopping, impossible-to-kill British folk-punk collective summoned the forces of magic, fear and superstition for an album of shifting sand Sturm und Drang. It is at once a distorted howl into the emptiness of space as well as a quiet submission to the shimmering allure of a mirage. The heat and endless horizon can lead to madness or clarity, and while there is relief when the sun goes down you know the deep chill is not far off.
Chris Quelle – Guns CD/2xLP (Mello Music Group)
“Over the years, the Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based rapper and producer Quelle Chris has become one of the most thoughtful, inventive, bugged-out forces on the rap underground” (Stereogum). Quelle’s new album, Guns, features contributions from Jean Grae, Mach-Hommy, Denmark Vessey, and Bilal Salaam, among others. “Guns is an arsenal of both sounds, styles and subjects. At its core it’s about things that can be weaponized for good or evil, including ourselves. The words we say, what we fear, how we love, how we live, what we ingest, what we believe in, who we idolize, sh*t like that. Somewhat a sonic study of the question “do ‘guns kill people or do people kill people?” I never start an album the same way, but one constant is I try to forget about everything I made before and do something different.” – Quelle Chris
Show Me The Body – Dog Whistle CD/LP (Loma Vista)
“New York hardcore trio Show Me The Body released their impressive debut album Body War back in 2016, followed by their Corpus I mixtape in 2017. The lead single from their sophomore album Dog Whistle ‘Camp Orchestra’ opens with a gloomy, creeping bassline and delicate riffing. It strays from the sludgy noise SMTB are known for, but the melody builds toward a fiery explosion before you have time to question it, complete with frontman Julian Cashwan Pratt’s signature muffled bark. The song was inspired by a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland. Its title references the Jewish orchestra groups that were formed in concentration camps during World War II” (Stereogum).
Son Volt – Union CD/LP (Transmit Sound)
Jay Farrar channels folk music’s enduring legacy of the troubadour on Son Volt’s ninth studio album, Union. “There are so many forces driving our country apart,” observes Farrar. “What can we do to bring our society back together?” Initially intended to be an entirely political statement, Union morphed into a combination of politically inspired material balanced by a cluster of new songs reflecting the power of love, time and music that sustains us. “While Rome Burns” emphasizes finding unity during times of turmoil while an album highlight, “Devil May Care”, offers the distraction we need, an effusive tribute to the fun of playing and creating music. A unique aspect of Union is that eight of the thirteen songs were recorded at places associated with two figures in American history whom Farrar considers important – labor and community organizer Mary Harris “Mother Jones” and iconic folk hero Woody Guthrie.
The Strumbellas – Rattlesnake CD/LP (Glassnote)
Rattlesnake is the fourth studio album from The Strumbellas, a six-piece collective who rocketed to success with the breakthrough hit “Spirits”. For the group, which consists of Simon Ward (lead vocals/guitar), David Ritter (keys), Jeremy Drury (percussion), Isabel Ritchie (strings), Jon Hembrey (guitar) and Darryl James (bass), Rattlesnake marks a stylistic turn from their melancholy, introspective releases. While staying true to their roots, the band has delivered an album that elicits the feelings of joy and the promise of hope. “A lot of our music is known for being dark,” says Ritter. “I like that people can turn to our music in dark times, but we were interested in seeing whether we could make something a little more hopeful and positive.”
Uncle Walt’s Band – Uncle Walt’s Band CD/LP (Omnivore)
Uncle Walt’s Band, originally from Spartanburg, S.C., was an eclectic music trio that moved to Nashville in 1972 and, shortly thereafter, to Austin at the urging of singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. An attempt at an album with Ramsey at the helm was unsuccessful, so the band headed back to Spartanburg in 1974 to produce their own debut LP, Blame It On The Bossa Nova. The original self-released vinyl edition – 1,000 copies sold through performances and self-promotion – disappeared quickly. Heat was gaining for the band, so they headed back down to Austin with a reissue of the album, simply titled Uncle Walt’s Band. While the album gained many fans and followers, it wasn’t enough to sustain the band’s larger ambitions. “Walter Hyatt, David Ball and Champ Hood have been an inspiration to me ever since the first time I heard Uncle Walt’s Band,” says Lyle Lovett, a journalism student at Texas A&M University at the time of its original release.
Vitimas – Something Wicked Marches In CD (Season Of Mist)
Vltimas (pronounced Ultimas), the new band featuring Rune “Blasphemer” Eriksen (Mayhem, Aura Noir), David Vincent (Morbid Angel) and Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) –who are responsible for some of the most legendary and groundbreaking death and black metal albums of all time – unleash their powerhouse debut album Something Wicked Marches In. A behemoth of death metal extremity, the nine-track slab sees these titans bring their prodigious talents to bear on a commanding synthesis of their storied histories.
Whitechapel – The Valley CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Since their 2007 debut, The Somatic Defilement, Whitechapel’s output has been mired in darkness, but they have never inhabited blacker territory than on their seventh full-length, The Valley. “Lyrically, emotionally, melody wise, there are not many ‘happy’ sounding parts on this record,” states guitarist Alex Wade. “Our last album, Mark Of The Blade (2016) did not sound exactly ‘happy’ either, but the majority of those songs did not have much emotion or vibe behind them, they were just straightforward metal songs. These songs have a darker, more melancholic presentation to them.” The valley of the title relates to the part of Hardin Valley, west of Knoxville, TN, where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up.
2Chainz – Rap Or Go To The League CD (Def Jam)
2Chainz’ fifth album features guest appearances from Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, E-40, Kendrick Lamar, Kodak Black, Lil Wayne, Marsha Ambrosius, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign, and Young Thug. Production is handled by a variety of producers, including 9th Wonder, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Mike Dean, Mustard, Pharrell Williams, Terrace Martin, and WondaGurl, among others, and it is executive produced by LeBron James.
John Coltrane – Coltrane ’58: Prestige Recordings 5xCD/8xLP (Craft Recordings)
This collection celebrates the 60th anniversary of jazz pioneer John Coltrane’s 1958 recordings for New York based indie jazz label Prestige Records, presented in a complete chronological sequence. The duration of time covered on this box set may be one calendar year, but the rate at which Coltrane’s musical abilities grew – as well as his fanbase – is remarkable. These 37 tracks serve an inspiring listening session revealing all aspects of Coltrane’s approach that year.
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? CD/LP (Darkroom/Interscope)
Debut album from the seventeen-year-old Los Angeles pop songsmith. [Deluxe clamshell CD box edition includes CD, tattoos, sticker sheet poster, and lithos. Super deluxe fan box adds a beanie, shoelaces, and Blohsh glow in dark stars.]
Fennesz – Agora CD (Touch)
Agora is Christian Fennesz’s first solo album since Mahler Remix and Bécs (both released in 2014). He uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. His lush and luminous compositions are anything but sterile computer experiments. They resemble sensitive, telescopic recordings of rainforest insect life or natural atmospheric occurrences, an inherent naturalism permeating each piece.
Ben Folds – Live At MySpace CD/LP (Real Gone Music)
Recorded in 2007, Live At MySpace features Ben Folds in front of a small audience housed in a custom set built in his home studio in Tennessee. He performed songs from his third and latest solo album, Supersunnyspeedgraphic, as well as a couple of tunes from his previous group, Ben Folds Five. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Iron Maiden – Powerslave [Reissue/1984] CD (Sanctuary)
Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time [Reissue/1986] CD (Sanctuary)
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son [Reissue/1988] CD (Sanctuary)
Iron Maiden – No Prayer For The Dying [Reissue/1990] CD (Sanctuary)
Four albums from the English heavy metal band, remastered from the original analogue source.
Stevie Nicks – Stand Back: 1981-2017 CD (Atlantic)
Music from all eight of Nicks’ studio albums are included in the set, from Top 10 hits like “Stand Back” and “Talk To Me” to “The Dealer” from 2014’s 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault. Those solo tracks are joined by Nicks’ memorable collaborations with other artists, including “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and “Leather And Lace” with Don Henley. [Vinyl edition due June 28.]
O.A.R. – Mighty CD (Red Music)
Pop rock band O.A.R. release their new album, The Mighty. The set was produced by friend Gregg Wattenberg and up-and-comer Pom-Pom (Helen Pomerantz) and is the first time O.A.R. has had a female producer. Pomerantz has brought new ideas to the table and blends O.A.R.’s organic sound with modern digital technology. [Vinyl edition due April 19.]
Oh Sees – The Cool Death Of Island Raiders [Reissue/2006] CD/LP (Castle Face)
Chirping birds, gently lapping tempos and the nascent harmonization of Bridgid Dawson and John Dwyer detail a definitive highlight of their early quiet period of the band. The tree hangs heavy with Patrick Mullins’ handiwork, manning the musical saw, drums, and an assortment of homemade electronics. It seemed a bit radical to be so quiet about it, but the tunes are total ear-worms among the assorted drones, cut-up bits of tape noise, and mellow front porch-vibes, and the whole thing hangs together in a lovely hand-made way, helped in no small part by Dave Sitek’s production (he would later work on Master’s Bedroom as well).
Joshua Redman Quartet – Come What May CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Joshua Redman Quartet’s Come What May is the first album in almost two decades from this group of musicians – the saxophonist and his longtime friends and colleagues pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson – and features seven Redman tunes. Mr. Redman’s place is secure as one of the most effusive and engaging tenor saxophonists in straight-ahead jazz, says the New York Times, and the Quartet is well attuned to his language of elastic tenacity.
Keith Richards – Talk Is Cheap [Reissue/1988] CD/LP/2xCD+2xLP+2×7” (BMG Rights Management)
Digitally remastered 30th Anniversary Edition of the rock legend’s debut solo album. [A limited red colored vinyl pressing is also available. The Super Deluxe edition is packaged in an exquisite deluxe folio pack and includes a CD and LP of bonus material, two 7” singles, an extensive 80-page hardback book, a tour laminate, lyric sheets, a guitar pick, and posters.]
Ty Segall – Deforming Lobes CD/LP/Cassette (Drag City)
Deforming Lobes captures The Freedom Band in fiery flight, igniting a handful of songs from Ty Segall’s catalog live at L.A.’s Teragram Ballroom. The band explores everything with unrestrained curiosity and zeal, never losing their collective bond with the audience.
Sleaford Mods – Eaton Alive CD/LP (Extreme Eating)
Sleaford Mods are one of the most important, politically charged and thought-provoking duos currently making their mark on the UK music scene and beyond. Eaton Alive is their fifth album and first since parting ways with Rough Trade.
George Strait – Honkey Tonk Time Machine CD/LP (MCA Nashville)
Strait returns to the country music spotlight with his first album of all new material in four years.
Devin Townsend – Empath CD (Inside Out U.S.)
New release from the guitar great featuring Mike Keneally as music director, Morgan Agren [Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal], Anup Sastry [Monuments, Periphery], Samus Paulicelli [Decripit Birth, Abigail Williams], Chad Kroeger [Nickelback], Anneke van Giersbergen and many more. [Vinyl edition due May 3.]
White Denim – Side Effects CD/LP (City Slang)
Less than a year after their critically acclaimed last album Performance, the ever-prolific White Denim are back with their eighth record, Side Effects. More in line with the experimental, freewheeling spirit of their fan-favorite record Last Day Of Summer than anything else they’ve done since, Side Effects is a record that captures the essence of the band’s full-throttle live shows. [Limited clear colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Frank Zappa – Zappa In New York [Reissue/1977] 5xCD/3xLP (Zappa Records)
Frank Zappa played four historic sold-out concerts at The Palladium in New York City the week between Christmas and New Year’s. In celebration of its eventual release in 1978, this 40th Anniversary Edition features all-analog mastering of the original album mix, unavailable since first issued. [Five-disc CD edition features over three hours of unreleased live performances representing every composition played during the post-Christmas four-show engagement of 1976 and newly mixed in 2018.]
Exclusively on Vinyl This Week:
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival [Reissue/1968] LP (Craft Recordings)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country [Reissue/1969] LP (Craft Recordings)
Limited 50th Anniversary 180gm vinyl LP pressings housed in a tip-on jacket replicating the packaging of the original pressing. Half-speed at Abbey Road Studios.
John Frusciante – Empyrean [Reissue/2009] LP+MP3 (Record Collection)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this 2009 album from the eclectic guitarist. Features an array of collaborators and guest musicians, including Frusciante’s former bandmate Flea, and friends Josh Klinghoffer and former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.
Marvin Gaye – You’re The Man 2xLP (Motown)
The first-ever planned lost Tamla/Motown album from Marvin Gaye. 15 of the album’s 17 tracks make their vinyl debut and three tracks are newly mixed by SaLaAM ReMi. The album also includes a rare long LP version of Marvin Gaye’s cancelled Christmas single, as well as an unreleased vault mix of its instrumental B-side, and new essay by Marvin’s biographer, David Ritz. You’re The Man was the album originally proposed to follow-up the monumental What’s Going On. [CD edition due April 26.]
Kiss – Kissworld (The Best Of Kiss) LP (Mercury)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Kissworld contains 20 of their best including “Detroit Rock City”, “Rock And Roll All Nite”, “I Was Made For Loving You”, “Christine Sixteen” and many more.