New Releases — March 9, 2018

CDs + Vinyl:

Acid Dad – Acid Dad CD/LP (Greenway)
NYC’s Acid Dad have quickly established themselves as one of the tightest, tireless, and most energetic bands in the Brooklyn scene. The group “boasts an electric sound that welcomes psychedelia, garage rock, and post punk in constantly varying doses, and a rock ‘n’ roll attitude that screams NYC late ’60s (and at times Manchester late ’80s)” writes The Deli Magazine. Their eponymous debut LP was engineered, mixed and co-produced by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, The Drums, The Men) and follows-up their well received 2016 EP Let’s Plan A Robbery.

Bad Religion – Stranger Than Fiction [Reissue/1994] CD/LP (Epitaph)
Digitally remastered edition of the West Coast punk rock band’s eighth album. [Limited grey colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Between The Buried & Me – Automata I CD (Sumerian)
New release from the progressive metal band – the first two parts and eighth album overall. Automata is a concept album that revolves around the concept of being able to view the dreams of others. [Vinyl edition due April 6.]

David Byrne – American Utopia CD/LP (Nonesuch)
American Utopia is the former Talking Heads singer’s first solo LP in 14 years. “If a brain in a jar could observe the world, make sense of it and churn it into a batch of songs, it would make the album American Utopia. This brilliantly analytical album is from David Byrne — an American treasure, an artistic thinker and creator responsible, in part, for the some of the most memorable and distinctive music of the past 40 years. American Utopia’s origins began with tracks from Brian Eno and it grew and morphed from there, bringing in other collaborators and musicians. The music is intense, it’s playful and quite memorable. In a world filled with millions of songs about personal problems and love gone right or wrong, I’m thrilled to have a record that opens my eyes and widens my perceptions and helps me stop and make some sense of this inexplicable, mind-bending world of ours.” – NPR

Crippled Black Phoenix – Horrific Honorifics CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
The UK rockers pay homage with a set of covers of songs by Swans, No Means No, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and others, all closely bound by a subtle undercurrent of despair and deep melancholy.

Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About The Spring CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Drudkh’s latest albums and split-singles have drawn heavily from 20th century Ukrainian poetry for lyrical inspiration and They Often See Dreams About the Spring continues this trend. Black metal poetry at its best…timeless frozen melodies adorn an uncompromising attack, creating yet another epic work from one of the genre’s most important bands.

Editors – Violence CD/LP+MP3 (PIAS America)
Violence is the sixth album from English rockers Editors. It was produced by Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, Florence & The Machine, Frightened Rabbit) and Editors, with additional production from Benjamin John Power (Blanck Mass, Fuck Buttons), and mixing by Cenzo Townshend. The muscular and dynamic collection is ushered in by lead single “Magazine” which the band describes as “a pointed finger aimed at those in power…some corrupt politician or businessman…a character, and a tongue in cheek poke at the empty posturing and playing to the masses of the power hungry.”

Erasure – World Beyond CD (Mute)
Following on from the release of World Be Gone in May of 2017, Erasure release this companion piece. World Beyond is a completely re-recorded version of World Be Gone featuring classical interpretations of the tracks.

Albert Hammond Jr. – Francis Trouble CD/LP (Red Bull)
Albert Hammond Jr’s fourth solo album Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. Taking a page from Bowie, Hammond Jr says: “What the music says may be serious, but as a medium it should not be questioned, analyzed or taken too seriously. I think it should be tarted up, made into a character, a parody of itself. The music is the mask the message wears and I, the performer, am the message.” Working within this mentality, Hammond Jr. created Francis Trouble, an homage to both the death of his twin and his own birth, as well as the complexities of identity that arise because of their intermingling.

Jimi Hendrix – Both Sides Of The Sky CD/2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Both Sides Of The Sky is the third volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the music legend’s archive beginning with Valleys Of Neptune (2010) and followed by People, Hell and Angels (2013). This dynamic third release completes the spectacular recording event in epic fashion with 13 studio recordings made between January 1968 and February 1970, 10 of which have never been released. Hendrix’s desire to push the boundaries of blues music can be heard throughout and Both Sides Of The Sky additionally highlights his mastery of studio production and increasing use of these facilities as a proving ground for new sounds, material, and techniques. Many of the album’s tracks were recorded by the trio that would come to be known as Band of Gypsys: Jimi on guitar/vocals, Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles on drums. For their first-ever recording session on April 22, 1969, Hendrix turned to their shared musical root, delta blues. Their previously unreleased, uptempo reworking of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” opens the album and sets the tempo for what follows.

Judas Priest – Firepower CD/2xLP+MP3 (Epic)
18th album from the legendary British heavy metal band. 14 tracks of pure and highly inspired metal.

Marillion –Brave [Reissue/1994] 4xCD+Blu-ray/5xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Both CD and vinyl editions of this expanded reissue of Marillion’s seventh album feature the new Steven Wilson remaster, and – for the first time ever – a complete recording of the band’s March 1994 performance in Paris, which has been expanded with nine unreleased tracks.

Brad Mehldau – After Bach CD (Nonesuch)
After Bach comprises the pianist/composer’s recordings of four preludes and one fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, each followed by an “After Bach” piece written by Mehldau and inspired by its WTC mate.

Jeremy Messersmith – Late Stage Capitalism CD/LP (Glassnote)
A thoughtful, clever lyricist with a tender voice, singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith crafts songs that are catchy and relatable, and span the emotional gamut from poignancy to whimsy. His new album Late Stage Capitalism is another bold, self-assured artistic statement by a musician who continues to craft lovely, unforgettable songs packed with equal parts ecstasy and grief.

Ministry – AmeriKKKant CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
14th album by the industrial metal band. [Limited red/black swirl and white/grey swirl colored vinyl pressings also available.]

Moose Blood – I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore CD/LP+MP3 (Hopeless)
British rockers Moose Blood have brought emo back to the mainstream, blending thoughtful lyricism with guitar-driven choruses. Expounding on their success of 2016’s Blush, the quartet have gotten even more miserable with their new album.

The Neighbourhood – The Neighbourhood CD (Sony)
Eponymous third album from the critically acclaimed L.A. based alternative rock band.

Nightwish – Decades 2xCD/3xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Comprised of 22 tracks, Decades is a compilation spanning the Finnish symphonic metal band’s prolific 20-year history.

Of Montreal – White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
“Love and paranoia go hand in hand for singer-songwriter Kevin Barnes on Of Montreal’s White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. The Athens, Georgia-based musician has often paired verbose examination of his own mental health with oblique psychedelic pop, and he’s cited the creative process as a means for coping with his depression, most directly on 2012’s exhausting Paralytic Stalks. Unease with our increasingly digital world has gradually worked its way into Barnes’s songwriting in recent years as well, and White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood cranks up his fear of a simulated reality to Philip K. Dickian levels of dread. Drawing inspiration from ’80s-era extended dance mixes, Barnes structures the album as six lengthy tracks, each with two divergent movements woven together with churning electronic or saxophone-fueled interludes.” – Slant Magazine [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Tearing At The Seams CD/2xLP/2xLP+7”+MP3 (Stax)
A staggering album of rock ‘n’ soul music propelled by driving rhythms, blazing horn play, and Rateliff’s rowdy, soul drenched vocals. From anguished sorrow to ecstatic heights, Rateliff’s expressive tenor is unvarnished on the record’s tender R&B ballads and nitro-fueled rave-ups.

Suicidal Tendencies – Get Your Fight On CD/LP (Suicidal)
This new Suicidal Tendencies 10-song EP is the second release for the band with Dave Lombardo on drums (Dead Cross, Slayer, Phantomas, GripInc), Ra Diaz on bass and Jeff Pogan on guitars and anticipates a full-length album coming this summer. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Teenage Wrist – Chrome Neon Jesus CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Fans of alt-rock music rejoice because Teenage Wrist are here to remind you why distorted guitars, dreamy vocals and massive dynamics never go out of style.

Three Days Grace – Outsider CD/LP+MP3 (RCA)
Sixth studio album from the multi-platinum Canadian rock band.

Uncle Walt’s Band – Anthology: Those Boys From Carolina, They Sure Could Sing… CD (Omnivore)
First anthology to chronicle the music of Uncle Walt’s Band, includes five previously unissued tracks. “Walter Hyatt, David Ball and Champ Hood have been an inspiration to me ever since the first time I heard Uncle Walt’s Band,” said Lyle Lovett, a journalism student at Texas A&M University when he first heard the band. “Musically, their finely crafted original compositions reflect diverse influences, while lyrically they demonstrate a sensitive, sophisticated understanding of the dignified South.” Back in the late ’70s at Austin’s famed Waterloo Ice House you could find Uncle Walt’s Band fans listening raptly in the packed venue sitting beside the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Nanci Griffith, Jerry Jeff Walker, or Marcia Ball. Gaining the love of Texas music fans, performing regularly throughout the state, yet unable to get the traction nationally, in 1983 they called it quits. This long overdue collection attempts to right missed opportunities of the past and finally gain Uncle Walt’s Band the recognition they deserve.

Anna von Hausswolff – Dead Magic CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
With the stately sound of Copenhagen’s Marmorkirken church organ as its center piece, Dead Magic calls upon an unlikely array of influences and inspirations – including Yma, Sumac, Sunn O))), Gyorgi Ligeti, Swans and Nils Frahm.

Tom Waits – Closing Time [Reissue/1973] CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Digitally remastered reissue of Tom Waits’ 1973 debut record. Closing Time foreshadows the distinctly lyrical storytelling and original blending of jazz, blues and folk styles that would come to be associated with him. [180gm vinyl pressing also available.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

Asking Alexandria – Asking Alexandria LP (Sumerian)
Released last December on CD – now available on vinyl. Recorded producer Matt Good, Asking Alexandria’s self-titled fifth album is an unbridled celebration of acceptance, of the strength of diversity and the freedom of “leaning into the crazy” (as vocalist Danny Worsnop puts it), instead of struggling for conformity.

Deadbolt – Tijuana Hit Squad [Reissue/1997] LP (Pig Baby)
For almost 30 years, Deadbolt has been a working, touring band. Their most iconic ’90s studio records were never put on vinyl. Pig Baby has taken on the task of beautifully remastering their back catalog. First up is their 1997 iconic record Tijuana Hit Squad. Look for more Deadbolt remastered reissues from Pig Baby Records in the upcoming future.

N.E.R.D. – No_One Ever Really Dies 2xLP+MP3 (Sony)
Released last December on CD – now available on vinyl. The new album from N.E.R.D – their first since 2010 – includes the hit single “Lemon” (featuring Rihanna). Other guest artists include Kendrick Lamar, Future, Andre’ 3000, M.I.A., Gucci Mane, and Ed Sheeran. [A random sampling of the production run will have the second disc of the 2 LPs be colored translucent orange.]

A Perfect Circle – The Doomed b/w Disillusioned 10” (BMG Rights Management)
Limited edition 10” featuring two new tracks, “The Doomed” and “Disillusioned”, from the band’s upcoming new album. Includes dual groove technology and screen-printed B-side.

Porcupine Tree – In Absentia [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Kscope)
Porcupine Tree – Deadwing [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Kscope)
Limited gatefold 180gm colored/clear vinyl reissues of Porcupine Tree’s seventh and eighth studio albums.

The Promise Ring – 30° Everywhere [Reissue/1996] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Vinyl reissue of the influential Milwaukee emo/indie rock band’s 1996 debut. The Promise Ring were formed in 1995 in Milwaukee by guitarist Jason Gnewikow, drummer Dan Didier and bassist Scott Beschta.  In 1996, the group signed with Jade Tree and released their debut, 30° Everywhere: a powerful introduction that distilled the spirit and vigor of some of the members’ punk and hardcore backgrounds and spit-shined it with von Bohlen’s tastefully angsty melodicism. Limited clear pressing also available.