New Releases — March 8, 2019

New Releases for March 8, 2019

Dido – Still On My Mind CD/LP (BMG)
Dido is back with her first new album in five years. Still On My Mind encapsulates a variety of styles and genres, ranging from her love of hip-hop to her folk roots, but ultimately the entire record carries a dance and electronic music sensibility, even on the tracks with no beats. At the core, it’s about the songs which capture the beautiful essence of Dido personally and emotionally. The first taste of the album is “Hurricanes”. From the first few notes of this powerful track, Dido’s voice has never sounded bigger and better, making you realize how much we’ve missed that sound. Dido describes the making of Still On My Mind as “an absolutely magical experience. I wanted to capture the feeling I still get from listening to music, just that rush like you don’t need anything more than this.” [Exclusive indie-store vinyl pressing also available.]

Flight Of The Conchords – Live In London CD/3xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
In October of 2018, ten years after the launch of their hit HBO series, Flight Of The Conchords, New Zealand musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement returned to HBO for an all-new comedy special. Live In London was taped before a live audience at the Eventim Apollo – located in the Hammersmith, London – and featured the Conchords performing songs from the sold-out UK and Ireland edition of Flight Of The Conchords Sing Flight Of The Conchords Tour. The Live In London album features seven new songs including “Iain and Deanna”, “Father And Son”, “Summer Of 1353”, “Stana”, “Seagull”, “Back On The Road”, and “Bus Driver”. The album also features performances of fan favorites “Inner City Pressure”, “Bowie”, “Foux du Fafa”, “Mutha’uckas – Hurt Feelings”, “Robots”, “Carol Brown” and “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)” (the latter two bonus tracks edited out of the broadcast due to time constraints). [Vinyl edition features an etching on Side 6.]

Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1 CD/LP (WB)
Foals return with two new albums in 2019: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 and Part 2, a pair of releases, separate but related. Part 1 is now available, with Part 2 following in the Autumn. Eager to break the traditional pop song structure which they felt they were becoming increasingly tapered to, the 20 tracks defy expectation. There are exploratory, progressive-tinged songs which occasionally break the 10-minute mark alongside atmospheric segues which make the music an experience rather than a mere collection of songs. Yet the band’s renowned ability to wield relentless grooves with striking power also reaches new heights. Part 1’s lead single “Exits” is a case in point, featuring frontman Yannis Philippakis conjuring the image of a disorienting world via a contagious vocal melody. It’s a fresh anthem for Foals’ formidable arsenal, but also an ominous forecast. “Exits” signposts what to expect thematically from Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. The title is a warning that anything – from the tiniest fleeting moment of inspiration through to the planet’s own biological diversity – can be under threat of being irrevocably erased.

David Gray – Gold In A Brass Age CD/2xLP (IHT/AWAL)
David Gray’s 11th album, Gold In A Brass Age, finds the singer-songwriter in renewed creative form. “With this album, my default position was to do everything differently. I didn’t think ‘this would be a good hook or ‘these lyrics could work for a chorus’. I was keen to get away from narrative. Instead of writing melodies, I looked for phrases with a natural cadence, so that the rhythm began with the words. I reimagined where a song might spring from and what form it could take.” The album’s first single, “The Sapling”, “has a positive vibe and reflects Gray’s new drive, with a bouncy yet soft baseline and lyrics that are inspiring and accomplished and all about finding your way through and rising up, despite not knowing the route always. The whole album seems aimed to hit that tone and trend, to find the brightness in a melancholy status. And, it’s an easy listen this single, and one to find a gentle hope from to match the challenges of life. Gray is on-form and we recommend you find a place for this on your playlist, it’s the perfect groove to lighten up to.” — GSGM

Patty Griffin – Patty Griffin CD/2xLP (PGM/Thirty Tigers)
Patty Griffin’s self-titled collection represents an extraordinary new chapter for the incomparable singer-songwriter and immediately stands among the most deeply personal recordings of her remarkable two-decade career. The album – which follows 2015’s Grammy Award-nominated Servant Of Love – collects songs written during and in the aftermath of profound personal crisis, several years in which she battled – and ultimately defeated – cancer just as a similar and equally insidious disease metastasized into the American body politic. Yet as always, like very few others, Griffin’s power lies in how, as Holly Gleason in the Martha’s Vineyard Gazette observed, “her songs seem to freeze life and truth in amber.” It’s in how Griffin can express the strikingly intimate while never making it about herself, all wrapped in sparse arrangements that breathe an incomparable force and import into her songcraft.

Meat Puppets – Dusty Notes CD/LP (Megaforce)
Dusty Notes is the first Meat Puppets studio album to feature the original trio (Curt and Cris Kirkwood and returning drummer Derrick Bostrom) since 1995’s No Joke! Since the band debuted in the early ‘80s, Curt has continually proven himself to be among the most brilliant songwriters of his generation. Time after time, album after album, he’s demonstrated an extraordinary ability to draw upon various roots and rock styles en route to a unique new vision of what the Meat Puppets can be. His latest contributions, especially songs such as “Warranty”, “On”, “Nine Pins”, and “Outflow” could be forgotten gems from Nashville, Bakersfield and Laurel Canyon. Dusty Notes also features keyboardist Ron Stabinsky, a jazz-trained virtuoso adept at any style, and Curt’s son Elmo, whose old-school rock-guitar grit ideally complements his father’s spacier explorations. Intuitive, inspired and overflowing with genuine musicianship, it’s the sort of band that transforms what Curt describes as “simple yet engaging” songs into majestic maiden voyages. [Exclusive indie-store vinyl pressing now available.]

Misery Index – Rituals Of Power CD/LP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
Misery Index return in furious fashion with their sixth full-length album, Rituals Of Power which finds the American icons putting on a hard hitting display of strength and brutality grown out of the experience gained as a relentless touring machine. The general trend of their continuous evolution to incorporate less core elements and move towards classic death metal hits a new high water mark here. Revolving around the concept of “truth”, Misery Index deliver nine crushing tracks which tackle how “truth” has been constructed and molded throughout history as a means to uphold power, regimes and ideologies. [Deluxe CD edition includes bonus tracks, an embroidered carabiner key strap with bottle opener and stickers.]

Maren Morris – Girl CD (Sony Nashville)
“Since Maren Morris established her undeniable presence in 2016 with her glowing debut album Hero, she’s since become a crossover star with a voice that’s elevated country music. She reflects her evolution on her sophomore album, Girl, stepping outside the confines of country music to blossom artistically in bold and beautiful ways. Morris continues to experiment sonically on Girl, blending soul and country to create a distinct sound alongside themes of love and empowerment. Across 14 soul-searching songs, Morris proves that she’s a woman of integrity finding herself in different ways: through love, experimentation and, perhaps most notably, defying artistic boundaries. Girl demonstrates her unique songwriting prowess, as she eloquently moves from the inspiring title-track to songs like “Make Out With Me” that are dripping in romance, before rounding out the album with “The Bones”, where she uses a withered, but unwavering home as a potent metaphor for a strong relationship.” – Sounds Like Nashville [Vinyl edition due April 4.]

Amanda Palmer – There Will Be No Intermission CD/2xLP (Cooking Vinyl)
There Will Be No Intermission, Amanda Palmer’s third solo effort and first in more than six years, is the multi-faceted artist’s most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all. While the themes may be dark, the album’s overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life’s most ineffably shitty circumstances. Beginning with the epic Bill-Hicks-inspired “The Ride”, it sees Palmer revealing her heart in total, turning the coals of fraught experience into musical diamonds. Themes of death and reproduction recur throughout, including “A Mother’s Confession”, a funny, honest, slice-of-life ramble detailing Palmer’s failings as a new mother, and “Machete” written in tribute to her best friend, Anthony following his untimely passing from cancer. “Voicemail For Jill” chronicles a different sort of death as Palmer reaches out to a friend on her way to an abortion clinic. Lead single “Drowning In The Sound” explores hidden connections between political unrest, the impending uncertainty of Hurricane Harvey, climate change, the solar eclipse, internet-hate and, bizarrely, Taylor Swift. One of the more lavishly produced songs on the album, the song combines Palmer’s singular style of piano-taming with a restrained chorus that pays sonic homage to two diverse but connected mentors: Prince and Ani DiFranco. [Exclusive indie-store vinyl pressing also available.]

Sasami – Sasami CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Sasami (aka Sasami Ashworth) has been making music in the Los Angeles area, in almost every way you can, for the last decade. From playing French horn in orchestras and studios and playing keys, bass, and guitar in local rock bands (Cherry Glazerr, Dirt Dress), to contributing vocals/string/horn arrangements to studio albums (Curtis Harding, Wild Nothing, Hand Habits) and producing on tracks for other respected artists (Soko), she has gained a reputation as an all-around musical badass. Sasami’s self-titled debut album is playful, heartfelt and personal, chronicling the surprising ways that relationships – with lovers, with friends, with oneself – can shift in a single year. Sasami says, “‘Not The Time’ and ‘Callous’ are basically entries in the diary that is my first record of songs. Maybe it’s a mix of a diary and a collection of letters; written but never sent to people I’ve been intimately involved with in one way or another.” [Exclusive indie-store vinyl pressing also available.]

Nick Waterhouse – Nick Waterhouse CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Nick Waterhouse’s eponymous fourth album was recorded at the finest working studio in Los Angeles, Electro Vox Recorders, and co-produced by Paul Butler (The Bees, Michael Kiwanuka, Devendra Banhart), the master of all things warm, rich and wooly. Nick’s songs here are personal, but personal in the way that “Please Mr. Postman”, “What’s Going On” and “Cathy’s Clown” are – intimate, direct, yet still malleable enough for listeners to suffuse their own life stories into the mix. The album is thick with talented players, including Andres Rentaria, Paula Henderson and the staggering, howling saxophone of Mando Dorame. All of the new Waterhouse songs sound big. Brawny and muscular. The lyrics are suspicious, outraged and, at times, very vulnerable (muscle is just flesh, after all). Waterhouse uses an economy of words to deliver complex, coded messages. He offers up equal parts criticism of the time we live in and innate human flaws. He paints relationships under the cover of darkness, slashing through neo-noir fantasies that are romantic, blood-spattered and bracingly aware of the powerlessness felt among people, amid the rapid onslaught of commercialism and technological progress.

Weezer – Weezer (The Black Album) LP (Crush Music)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Weezer (The Black Album) was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, with whom the band worked for the first time. The album’s songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalog. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek’s own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer (The Black Album) is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they’ve released since 2014.

William Basinski – On Time Out Of Time CD/LP+MP3 (2062/Temporary Residence)
On Time Out Of Time is a suite of works originally commissioned for the 2017 installations ‘ER=EPR’ and ‘Orbihedron’ by artists Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand (in collaboration with Jean-Marc Chomaz and LIGO) for the exhibition, ‘Limits of Knowing’ at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin by curator, Isabel de Sena. These works utilize, among other things, exclusive source recordings from the interferometers of LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) capturing the sounds of the merging of two distant massive black holes, 1.3 billion years ago.

Buckcherry – Warpaint CD/LP (Red Music)
The hard rock band returns with their eighth studio album. The first single, “Bent”, is anthemic but raw, with big drums and even bigger guitars. Warpaint delivers an aural punch, a refreshing boldness even on the ballads, and stellar lead guitar work (check out the fretwork on “Vacuum”).

Chatham County Line – Sharing The Covers CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Sharing The Covers is a tribute to those whom Chatham County Line hold dear, and a chance for the group to perform modern and traditional classics in the bluegrass-style they’re known for. On the 13-track collection, CCL takes the familiar and adds a touch of originality to create a wholly new and inventive roster of covers by Tom Petty, Alton Delmore, John Lennon, The Louvin Brothers, Beck, James Hunter, and more.

Children Of Bodom – Hexed CD/LP (Nuclear Blast America)
Hexed is a high-energy, up-tempo record seething with new life but also all of the Bodom trademarks. Their mix of melo-death meets blackened thrash with a neo-classical twist, and piercing Derek Sherinian-intense keyboards peppered with Alexi Laiho’s venomous vocal bile, is what makes a Bodom spread so engaging.

The Coathangers – The Devil You Know CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
The Devil You Know takes the Atlanta trio’s vitriolic punk, playful house party anthems and heart worn ballads and melds them into a new sound that retains all their former live show glories while revealing a new level of songwriting and nuance.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – Gnomes And Badgers CD (MRI Associated)
The first new studio album in over five years from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe distills the sweeping stylistic range of the band’s concert performances into its own authentic sound. Masterfully incorporating elements of vintage rock, old school soul and classic funk, the inimitable saxophonist/flutist/vocalist Karl Denson and his long-standing six-piece unit. [Vinyl edition due April 5.]

Eagles – Hell Freezes Over [Reissue/1994] CD/2xLP (Geffen)
Originally released in 1994 following a 14 year-long break up, Hell Freezes Over celebrates its 25th anniversary with a remastered reissue.

Howe Gelb – Gathered CD/LP (Fire)
24th solo studio album from the Giant Sand mainman. Gathered features Gelb’s celebrated song-writing style, filled with emotive tunes and heart-warming arrangements invariably offset by gorgeous discordant moments. It is a chance meeting of the indie/alt country Sinatra annotated by clever wordplay, teased by tongue twisters and an earthy ramble. [Limited gold colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Tesla – Shock CD/LP (UMe)
Tesla’s eighth studio album features 12 new tracks produced and co-written by Phil Collen (Def Leppard).

Various Artists – Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration CD (Decca)
The all-star tribute salutes Mitchell as a boundary-breaking artist highlighting her songs throughout her career. Featured performers include Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, and Rufus Wainwright. DVD also available.

Just on Vinyl This Week:

The Antlers ‎– Hospice [Reissue/2009] LP+MP3 (Frenchkiss)
Limited edition white colored vinyl LP pressing. Though singer/guitarist Peter Silberman had previously released two solo works under the moniker of The Antlers, 2009’s Hospice represented the full-length debut as a trio rounded out by drummer Michael Lerner and keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci. An elaborate song cycle dealing with life, death, and all the in-between, the album earned rapturous praise while also striking a deep chord in a generation of listeners.

The Black Crowes – Before The Frost… [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Silver Arrow)
Vinyl reissue of the eighth and final studio album by The Black Crowes. Before The Frost… was recorded before a live audience at Levon Helm’s Woodstock, NY studio, The Barn in late February and early March, 2009.

James Brown – Motherlode [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Polydor)
Originally a 1988 compilation album focusing on James Brown’s funk recordings of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and including live performances and remixes as well as studio recordings, this is the first vinyl edition of the 2003 expanded edition of Motherlode. Highlights include a live “Say It Loud – I’m Black And I’m Proud”, “I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want To Dance)”, the chart hit “She’s The One”, and more.

Bunk Johnson & Leadbelly – At New York Town Hall 1947 2xLP (ORG Music)
Pressed to vinyl for the first time with redesigned artwork, this 20-track live double LP collection captured At New York Town Hall 1947 is filled with a set of players from all over the jazz, folk, and blues communities.

The Promise Ring ‎– The Horse Latitudes [Reissue/1997] LP (Epitaph)
Nestled between the emotionally terse 30 Degrees Everywhere and the pop explosion of Nothing Feels Good, this singles and unreleased songs compilation sees The Promise Ring in a number of different musical phases. [Limited clear colored vinyl LP pressing also available.]

Weezer – Weezer (The Black Album) LP (Crush Music)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Weezer (The Black Album) was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, with whom the band worked for the first time. The album’s songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalog. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek’s own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer (The Black Album) is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they’ve released since 2014.

Neil Young ‎– Dead Man [Reissue/1996] LP (Vapor)
All instrumental pieces provided by Young interspersed with memorable movie sound bites.