New Releases — May 12, 2017

The Allman Brothers Band – The Fox Box 8xCD (Peach Records)
The Fox Box is an eight-disc set of The Allman Brothers performing three-nights September 24th -26th, 2004 at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

B.o.B. – Ether CD (No Genre)
New album from the rapper featuring Ty Dolla $ign, T.I. Lil Wayne, and more.

Zac Brown Band – Welcome Home CD (New Elektra)
“Zac Brown isn’t just trying to sell records, he’s selling a way of life, a Southern Fried way of life, and he’s doing it very successfully. He and his band are as tight as a small community and they play a highly professional, appealingly commercial country style. His voice is a warm, comforting aubergine and the tunes are homespun and inclusive. There was a feeling they over elaborated on their last couple of albums, so on Welcome Home they are back to the simplicity of their breakthrough, The Foundation, with some songs completed in one take. It’s very skillfully produced and very easy on the ear.” – The Afterword. [Vinyl edition due June 30th.]

Don Bryant – Don’t Give Up On Love CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Memphis soul original and Hi Records hit man Don Bryant returns to music with Don’t Give Up On Love. Recorded in honor of his wife of 43 years, the soul legend Ann Peebles, the collection is Bryant’s first release in decades. From the opening vamps of the classic “A Nickel And A Nail,” it’s evident that Don Bryant, at 74 years old, is in prime fighting shape and as versatile a performer as ever – sensual and expressive on “It Was Jealousy,” swaggering and suave on “One Ain’t Enough,” and swept up by the grandeur of the Almighty on “How Do I Get There?” These ten songs – including seven Bryant-penned originals – show a soul survivor in action, exhibiting the kind of sharp vocal acumen that can only be honed by years spent on the road and in the studio.

Dreamcar – Dreamcar CD/LP (Columbia)
There’s something romantic about a band’s early days. A sense of innocence, optimism, and wonder courses through the music. In the summer of 2014, No Doubt’s Tony Kanal (bass), Tom Dumont (guitar), and Adrian Young (drums) and singer Davey Havok (AFI, Blakq Audio) began writing and demoing music together. Without telling a soul outside of their significant others, the four musicians clandestinely moved into a cramped downtown Los Angeles rehearsal spot and revved up what would become Dreamcar. When Havok heard the first four demos, the music immediately resonated, transporting him back to his childhood fascination with the celebrated New Romantic movement. Rife with shimmering guitar tones, percussive slap bass, bombastic drums, and a neon-lit dancefloor dreaminess, Dreamcar gleefully nods to the decade of Boy George and Back To The Future through a kaleidoscope of wisdom.

Girlpool – Powerplant CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (ANTI-)
Life has been a whirl for Girlpool since the release of their acclaimed 2015 debut Before The World Was Big. Shortly before the record came out, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker relocated from their hometown of Los Angeles all the way across the country to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. Girlpool made their mark with a spare, simple sound — two guitars and two voices, with absolutely nothing else accompanying them. It was an original, intimate sound, and it made the two sound like they were united against the rest of the world. But on their new album, Powerplant, they’re trying something else. They’re playing with a full band. The album’s 12 tracks grow and burn with greater fire than the duo have possessed heretofore. Both bandmates were heavily inspired by Elliott Smith, the Cranberries, the Cocteau Twins, Brian Eno, Arthur Russell, and Graham Nash.

Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call CD (Prestige)
Jazzmeia Horn – winner of both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition and Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition – releases her highly-anticipated debut recording A Social Call, an album that reveals a talent ready to take its place alongside the best headlining jazz vocalists of today. The album features 10 tracks composed of originals and covers.

Lil Wyte – Drugs CD (Real Talk Ent.)
The quick rapping, crunk-to-the-core Southern rapper delivers his classic sound and rhymes on his new album.

Los Colognes – The Wave CD/LP (Big Deal Media)
One of the highest and rarest aspirations in popular music is to reach for the transcendental, to access the spirit. On the third album The Wave by Nashville based Los Colognes, they succeed just this – in breaking through the confines of everyday pop song lyricism to tell a sort of holistic story.

Machine Gun Kelly – Bloom CD (Bad Boy/Interscope)
Third studio album from the rapper. [Vinyl edition due June 30th.]

Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel – I Can Spin A Rainbow CD/2xLP (Cooking Vinyl)
I Can Spin a Rainbow marks the first full-length collaboration between Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel, founding member of visionary Anglo-Dutch psychedelicists The Legendary Pink Dots and one of her greatest artistic heroes. Recorded largely on Ka-Spel’s computer, I Can Spin A Rainbow is a truly collaborative effort, “a spiritual experience,” says Palmer, in which both artists’ stories, song fragments, poems, and lyrics became wholly meshed with loops, melancholy piano playing, melodic beds, and strange rhythms.

Paramore – After Laughter CD (Fueled By Ramen/WB)
Paramore are back with their fifth album and first in four years. After Laughter marks the return of drummer Zac Farro, who quit the band in 2010. The album also represents the first-time Paramore recorded an LP in their native Nashville, with the group laying down the album at the city’s famed RCA Studio B with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. In an interview with The New York Times, the band cites Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Cyndi Lauper and Blondie, as influences on the new album. “We’ve gotten to a point with our new music where we don’t really want to headbang anymore,” guitarist Taylor York said. Singer Hayley Williams revealed it was a difficult process getting to this point, due to various personnel changes, lawsuits and personal issues. “You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you really hard,” Williams explained.

Passafire – Longshot CD/LP (Easy Star)
A genre-defying mix of reggae, hard rock, hip-hop from the Savannah, GA outfit.

Art Pepper – The Art Pepper Quartet [Reissue/1957] CD (Omnivore)
Recorded in late 1956 and released in early 1957, the same year as the landmark Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section, The Art Pepper Quartet (Art Pepper: saxophone, Russ Freeman: piano, Ben Tucker: bass, Gary Frommer: drums) is back for its 60th anniversary. Pawelski. In addition to the album’s seven classics, this remaster includes five bonus tracks—alternate takes of “Pepper Pot” and “Blues At Twilight” (originally issued in 1990 in Japan) and a journey through the creation of “Val’s Pal” (including previously unheard incomplete takes and false starts) via three more tracks. New liner notes from Laurie Pepper trace the story of how her (and many folks’) favorite Art Pepper record was not only conceived, but ended up back where it belongs—with Art’s estate, and in the eyes, ears, and hands of jazz lovers everywhere.

PWR BTTM – Pageant CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
“Every episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race — reality TV’s finest drag queen competition — ends the same way. Host and judge RuPaul turns to the assembled queens and says, with an air of total sincerity: ‘If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?’ The sentimental send-off is corny, but it comprises a powerful truth about being queer: In a world where LGBT identity can get you fired from your job, or kicked out of your home — or jailed or even killed — the act of loving yourself (and loving the capacity of queerness to upset entrenched norms) can be radical. Pageant, the sophomore album from pop-punk duo PWR BTTM, may as well take RuPaul’s question as a mission statement. Over 13 tracks, the duo fleshes out its razor-sharp pop-punk sound while exploring the challenges and rewards of queer self-actualization.” – NPR. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]

Todd Rundgren – White Knight CD (Cleopatra)
Veteran producer, pioneering performer and legendary songwriter Todd Rundgren returns with a new album featuring a stellar line-up of all-star guest performers. White Knight showcases Rundgren’s incredibly diverse range of styles from soulful art rock to ambient synth pop and includes performances from Rundgren’s equally diverse musical companions such as Trent Reznor, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Daryl Hall, Dam Funk, Joe Satriani, Robyn and others. Rundgren says: “It’s easy to get used to playing to your own audience, even if you are absorbing and experimenting with new ideas. I wanted to collaborate not just for the musical possibilities, but also to play for new audiences and expose my fans to the range of artists I enjoy working with.” [Vinyl edition due June 23.]

Seether – Poison The Parish CD/LP (Canine Riot)
Seether, one of hard rock’s most successful and enduring outfits returns with their seventh full-length studio album, Poison The Parish. The album is among the heaviest and emotionally pure efforts of the band’s career. Recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN, Poison the Parish marks the first album produced in its entirety by the band’s lead singer and songwriter. Playing with a newfound ferocity and purpose, the new material gelled quickly providing Morgan’s dense, melodic grooves and brooding subject matter a gritty luster and room to breathe. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks.]

Soundtrack – The Bob’s Burgers Music Album 2xCD/3xLP+7”MP3 (Sub Pop)
The Bob’s Burgers Music Album features 109 songs from the first 107 episodes of the show (all six existing seasons), plus five special cover versions of songs from the show. Originally broadcast within the episodes – and often in abbreviated form – these songs appear here in their freestanding glory for the first time. The Bob’s Burgers Music Album – in both its standard edition and its impressive deluxe edition – is a must-have for any fan of the show (and, really, any sentient life-form). The album features the main cast members – Bob (Jon Benjamin) and Linda (John Roberts) and their children Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) – singing original songs that build on the show’s unique sense of humor. Also featured are many of the show’s recurring and special guests, from comedians like Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Kline, Bill Hader, Zack Galifianakis, and Fred Armisen, to musical guests Cyndi Lauper and Carly Simon. Includes five never-aired “Bob’s Buskers” cover versions of songs from the show performed by St. Vincent, The National, Lapsley, and Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields. [Limited Deluxe “condiment” color vinyl pressing also available.]

Harry Styles – Harry Styles CD/LP+MP3 (Sony)
Debut album from the global superstar. The ten-track album features the lead single “Sign of the Times.” [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe hardcover book edition features 32 pages of exclusive images of the recording process.]

Colter Wall – Colter Wall CD/LP (Young Mary’s Record Co.)
Husky voiced 21-year old Canadian singer-songwriter Colter Wall releases his self-titled debut album. Helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, Colter Wall was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. In addition to Wall on vocals and acoustic guitar and Cobb on acoustic guitar, the album features Chris Powell (Brent Cobb, Jamey Johnson) on drums, Robbie Turner (Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapleton) on pedal steel and Mike Webb (Southern Family) on piano. A native of Swift Current, Saskatchewan Canada, Wall’s sound is comprised of resonate and raw baritone vocals, folk and bluegrass style guitar and banjo picking, steady kick-drum stomping, and visually provoking, storytelling lyrics.

Paul Weller – A Kind Of Revolution CD/3xCD/LP+MP3/5×10”+MP3 (Parlophone)
Weller releases his eagerly awaited thirteenth studio album A Kind Revolution — ten absolute classic modern Paul Weller songs (expanded double-CD and five-piece 10” vinyl editions contain both an instrumental version of the album as well as eight remixes and the non-album track “Alpha”). By “modern Paul Weller songs” we mean, instantly recognizable but in no way predictable. He doesn’t make a “kind of” album, he fits together all his influences – rock, R&B, soul, jazz, funk, folk…whatever – and builds a song from them, delivering something that drifts through genres unselfconsciously and at ease.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

David Bowie/Trevor Jones – Labyrinth [Reissue/1986] LP (Capitol)
New remastered vinyl reissue of the soundtrack to the Jim Henson film featuring David Bowie, returning to vinyl for the first time since its original 1986 release.

The Garden – U Want The Scoop? 12”+MP3 (Epitaph)
Representing a youthful California punk scene with their dirty, raw and immediate two-piece bass and drum attack, the Rob Schnapf (Joyce Manor, Elliott Smith, Beck) produced U Want The Scoop? which follows the band’s 2015 album Haha.

Massive Attack – Mezzanine [Reissue/1998] 2xLP (Virgin)
180gm vinyl reissue. After a long hiatus, Massive Attack returned in 1998 with Mezzanine, a record announcing not only that the group was back, but that they can create a masterpiece as good as their debut. Here Massive Attack recruit a live band, while maintaining their trademark downtempo sound.

Panic! At The Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out [Reissue/2005] LP (Fueled By Ramen)
Vinyl reissue of the double platinum Vaudeville-meets-pop-punk full-length debut from the Las Vegas, NV pop/punk band.

Prick – Prick [1995] LP (Nothing/Interscope)
Prick was an American industrial rock band signed to Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records imprint. Founded in 1992 in Los Angeles by guitarist and songwriter Kevin McMahon, after his first project Lucky Pierre disbanded. Here McMahon uses the basic production style of industrial metal, but twists it into a mix of Bowie glam rock and Gary Numan new wave that sounds way ahead of its time. Pressed on vinyl for the first time, this is a must for fans looking to dig deeper into industrial music’s past.

Soundtrack – Lost Highway [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Nothing/Interscope)
Lost Highway is the 1997 French-American neo-noir-horror mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. The film’s score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti with additional music by Barry Adamson. Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails was responsible for assembling the soundtrack.