New Releases May 17, 2011

Alcest – Le Secret [Reissue/2005] CDEP (Prophecy)
Debut EP, originally released in 2005, featuring new recordings of the tracks. Alcest bridge black metal and shoegaze.

Anaal Nathrakh – Passion CD (Candlelight)
“The UK duo has produced a hurricane of sound, with a whole spectrum of throat-wrenching vocal eviscerations, thundering blasts, grinding riffs, and lightning-speed leads.” — Hellbound

Arsonists Get All The Girls – Motherland CD (Century Media)
New from SoCal grind six-piece draws from influences as varied as Despised Icon, Cryptopsy, Dream Theater and Between The Buried And Me.

Patti Austin – Sound Advice CD (Shanachie)
New album from the jazz vocalist.

Austra – Feel It Break CD/LP (Domino)
A stark, danceable masterpiece suitable for both ritual incantations and clubs. Feel It Break harkens back to the seedier side of new wave but is still deeply rooted in a classical and operatic upbringing.

Bachelorette – Bachelorette CD/LP (Drag City)
New album from New Zealand singer/songwriter Annabel Alpers and her Bachelorette project is built on buzzing synth grooves, folky guitar strums, and the occasional snap of drums and percussion aided and abetted by a whimsical, searching sense of instrumental color.

Bahamas – Pink Strat CD/LP (Universal/Republic)
Finnish/Canadian singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen creates songs about sunsets, love affairs and making out with crooked smiles.

Matraca Berg – The Dreaming Fields CD (Dualtone)
“One of Nashville’s most graceful singer/songwriters.” — USA Today

BMX Bandits – C86 & Star Wars CD (Virtual Label)
Two remastered albums from the Scottish pop band originally recorded in 1989 and 1991 — available for the first time in over a decade.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Let Love In [Reissue/1994] CD+DVD (Mute)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads [Reissue/1996] CD+DVD (Mute)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call [Reissue/1997] CD+DVD (Mute)
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part [Reissue/2001] CD+DVD (Mute)
Each of the Nick Cave The Bad Seeds reissues includes B-sides, short films, videos, exclusive sleeve notes and more.

The Chariot – Before There Was 3xCD (Solid State)
Collects three albums at a low price: Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead And Nothing Is Bleeding (2004), The Fiancée (2007), and Wars And Rumors Of Wars (2009).

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Present: Rome CD (Capitol)
An homage to the spaghetti western film music that is a passion for both, Rome combines the original musicians from the Morricone scores of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West and augments them with revelatory vocals from Jack White and Norah Jones. Vinyl version due June 21. Free lithograph with purchase — while supplies last!

The Elected – Bury Me In My Rings CD/LP (Vagrant)
The Elected is a projected of Blake Sennett — former member of Rilo Kiley. A mixture of mid ‘70s Bowie bounce, early Rolling Stones and early Talking Heads.

Face To Face – Laugh Now, Laugh Later CD (People Like You)
Seventh album from this veteran punk band — their first since 2002.

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones – Rocket Science CD (E1)
Rocket Science marks the first recording by the original line-up of The Flecktones in almost two decades.

Rory Gallagher – Notes From San Francisco 2xCD (Eagle)
In 1977, Rory Gallagher entered a San Francisco studio and recorded a whole album’s worth of material. The first disc features the results of this recording session. Disc Two consists of a live concert recorded in December of 1979 at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco.

Glasvegas – Euphoric /// Hearbreak \\\ CD (Columbia)
Sophomore album — produced by Flood (U2, The Killers, Depeche Mode).

Go-Go’s – Beauty And The Beat [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] 2xCD (Capitol)
The 30th Anniversary of this classic ‘80s album is digitally remastered for the first time since 1987. The 2xCD set includes the original album plus full concert recorded in 1981, while the single-disc vinyl version is now available on pink wax.

Euge Groove – Seven Large CD (Shanachie)
On his seventh album, Euge delivers more of his trademark contemporary funk/jazz grooves.

Ben Harper – Give Til It’s Gone CD (Virgin)
Harper’s tenth album — and first in five years — features two tracks co-written with Ringo Starr and a guest appearance by Jackson Browne. Vinyl version due June 21.

Levon Helm – Ramble At The Ryman CD/LP (Vanguard)
On September 17, 2008, Levon Helm — accompanied by Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, George Receli, Sam Bush and Billy Bob Thornton — performed at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Also available on stand-alone DVD.

Il Volo – Il Volo CD (Geffen)
Three young Italian tenors take on a range of both new and traditional classically influenced pop songs on their debut.

Sarah Jarosz – Follow Me Down CD (Sugarhill)
Jarosz’s approach to acoustic music is expansive and vital; she sees no need to choose between old-timey and modern material; between picking, singing and writing; between experimenting and reviving tradition.

The Long Ryders – Native Sons [Reissue/1984] CD (Prima)
Reissue of influential alt-country/Americana album which Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) have both praised publicly.

Miracle Fortress – Was I The Wave? CD/LP (Secret City)
There’s not much of an argument for calling Was I The Wave? indie-rock — it’s essentially an electronic offering — but existing fans won’t find it too difficult to hear Van Pelt’s signature habit-forming hooks swimming among the big synths, and deep beats.

Moby – Destroyed CD/2xLP+CD (Mute)
Destroyed was written by Moby on the road during the small hours of the night, when his insomnia was in full tilt. CD available in Regular and Deluxe Editions. Deluxe version is packaged in a hardcover book with expanded artwork. Double vinyl includes a copy on CD and a fold-out poster.

Necrophagia – Deathtrip 69 CD (Season Of Mist)
New from the legendary gore metal pioneers.

Mickey Newbury – An American Tragedy 4xCD (Drag City)
Deluxe 4xCD box set from the songwriting great includes the original albums Looks Like Rain, ‘Frisco Mabel Joy, and Heaven Help The Child, plus a disc of previously unreleased demos, single tracks, and a live radio performance. Due in later this week.

NRBQ – Keep This Love Goin’ CD (Clang!)
New album written by keyboardist/mainstay Terry Adams with a new cast of supporting musicians.

Iggy Pop – Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009 4xCD (Shout Factory!)
Comprehensive 4xCD set of newly remastered bootleg concert recordings.

Queen – Queen [Reissue/1973] 2xCD (Hollywood)
Queen – Queen II [Reissue/1974] 2xCD (Hollywood)
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack [Reissue/1974] 2xCD (Hollywood)
Queen – A Night At The Opera [Reissue/1975] 2xCD (Hollywood)
Queen – A Day At The Races [Reissue/1976] 2xCD (Hollywood)
Queen’s first five studio albums remastered in deluxe reissue editions with rare bonus material.

Queens Of The Stone Age – Queens Of The Stone Age [Reissue/1998] CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino/Rekords Rekords)
Remastered and expanded edition of QOTSA’s 1998 debut includes three bonus tracks. Due in later this week.

The Rentals – Resilience: A Benefit Album For The Japanese Relief Effort CD/LP (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
With its orchestral gestures, delicate piano and poetic interludes, the music paints a fitting tribute to the character and resilience of the Japanese people.

Samael – Lux Mundi CD (Season Of Mist)
New from the second-wave black metal band.

Scar Symmetry – Unseen Empire CD (Nuclear Blast)
New from the Swedish melodic death metal band.

Seether – Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray CD/CD+DVD (Wind-Up)
New album from the hard-rock band — their first in five years — available in Regular and Deluxe Editions. The Deluxe Edition contains four bonus tracks and a DVD featuring the video for “Country Song,” as well as the “Making Of The Video” and a making of the album documentary.

Soulstice – In The Light CD (Om)
New album culled from previously unreleased tracks from the Illusions era with two cuts recorded in 2011.

Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy CD (Astralwerks)
The UK pop/hip-hop sensation makes his US debut.

Vampires Everywhere! – Kiss The Sun Goodbye CD (Hollywood Waste/Century Media)
New from the L.A. electronica/metalcore group.

Chad Vangaalen – Diaper Island CD/LP (Sub Pop)
Every so often, Chad VanGaalen emerges from his bunker in Calgary with a batch of songs, giving us a window into the private world of this reclusive and enigmatic songwriter. With Diaper Island, VanGaalen distills his approach, giving us the closest thing he has done to a rock album.

Warrant – Rockaholic CD (Frontiers)
New album from the ‘80s hair metal band featuring original lineup.

Hank Williams III – Hillbilly Joker CD/LP+CD (Curb)
Hank Williams III had a contentious and turbulent relationship with Nashville’s Curb Records during his 14-year run at the label, a run that recently ended. The catalyst for the departure — the oft-bootlegged This Ain’t Country, gets a new title and a dress-up with some unreleased material. Also available on clear vinyl with black, red and white flecking.

DVDs + Blu-ray:

Levon Helm – Ramble At The Ryman DVD (Vanguard)
On September 17, 2008, Levon Helm — accompanied by Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, George Receli, Sam Bush and Billy Bob Thornton — performed at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. 120 minutes.

Louis Prima – In Person! The Wildest Performances 1936-1973 DVD (S’More Entertainment)
A retrospective of rare performances highlighting the many phases of Louis Prima’s remarkable 50-plus year career.

Max Roach – Live At Blues Alley DVD (MVD)
This 1981 live show at Washington DC’s famous Blues Alley features drummer extraordinaire Max Roach and his band.

Glenn Tilbrook And The Fluffers – Live In New York City DVD (Rockster Productions)
For the first time on video, Glenn Tilbrook, co-writer, lead singer and guitarist of Squeeze, performs live in New York City with his group The Fluffers.


The Hollies – Lost Recordings And Beat Rarities 10×7” (Sundazed)
Collects 20 long-buried tracks and hard-to-find gems, ranging from rare US and British singles to EP rarities and unissued songs, all perfectly ripe for release as an original Hollies 45, whether that happened or not. Follow the group from their first single (released in May of 1963), the savage “Ain’t That Just Like Me” b/w “Hey What’s Wrong With Me,” through their discotheque dance floor raves “Come On Back,” “What Kind Of Love” and “She Said Yeah.” Due in later this week.

Iron And Wine/The Low Anthem – Daytrotter Sessions LP (Iron And Wine/Low Anthem)
In (late) celebration of Record Store Day, The Low Anthem and Iron And Wine release a split 12″ of their Daytrotter sessions. Vinyl only.

Junior Kimbrough – Do The Rump! With The Soul Blues Boys LP (Sutro Park)
First time on vinyl. This 1979 album has become hill country legend, and Kimbrough’s band, featuring Calvin Johnson on drums, created a sound that launched a whole new generation of blues fans.

The Replacements – Don’t Tell A Soul [Reissue/1989] LP (Original Recordings Group)
Reissue of The Replacements’ 1989 album — their second for a major label — featuring the college radio hits “Talent Show,” “I’ll Be You,” and “Achin’ To Be.”