New Releases for November 1, 2019
John Batiste – Chronology Of A Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard CD (Verve)
Recorded live at the historic Village Vanguard in NYC in the fall of 2018 during Jon Batiste’s residency, Chronology Of A Dream includes more of the raucous, full band material Jon Batiste, and his hometown New Orleans, are often associated with. The album serves as the companion to the August release of Anatomy Of Angels: Live At The Village Vanguard. Features eight new tracks and an interlude. [Vinyl edition due Black Friday 2019 (November 29).]
Black Stone Cherry – Black To Blues 2 CDEP/12”+MP3 (Mascot Label Group)
Black Stone Cherry return with another riotous, rip roaring tribute to their blues heroes on Black To Blues Volume 2. The EP kicks off with Chris Robertson introducing Yates McKendree on the organ as they launch into Freddie King’s “Big Legged Woman”. It’s wild, raucous and has their own unmistakable groove woven through the song as does their unrelenting take on Howlin’ Wolf’s “Down In The Bottom”. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Cannabis Corpse – Nug So Vile CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Cannabis Corpse’s new album Nug So Vile is an onslaught of dank death that stands on the shoulders of the US metal giants that precede them. Featuring Phil “Landphil” Hall (Municipal Waste), the trio wield 420-ton riffs like weapons of iron and steel. Each track unfolds deranged fables of stoner horror.
Cold War Kids – New Age Norms 1 CD/LP (CWKTWO Corp.)
Just over two years from delivering L.A. Divine, Cold War Kids release New Age Norms 1, the first volume of a three-album trilogy. As the band’s Nathan Willett explained in a press release, New Age Norms takes its title from a phrase bassist Matt Maust had written on a T-shirt. They also took inspiration from Kanye West in plotting out the trilogy. “Last summer we were on tour when Kanye was putting out his new records,” Willett said. “Pusha T, Kids See Ghosts, Nas, etc. They were eight songs each. It was so fun waking up to these brand-new records and taking them in as a whole while hanging out, working out, talking shit, pushing each other. I knew then I wanted our next release to be three volumes — eight songs each.” [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Counterparts – Nothing Left To Love CD/LP (Pure Noise)
“AIn true Counterparts fashion, new joint ‘Wings Of Nightmares’ oscillates wildly between scrape-gnash hardcore aggression and soaring, melodic hooks. There’s also a real neck-snapper of a breakdown near the end. their sound reminds me more of Swedish death metal than it does North American Bandcamp hardcore. But that sound does not prevent them from kicking hard.” – Stereogum
CUP – Spinning Creature CD/LP (Northern Spy)
CUP is the duo of Nels Cline (the guitarist/composer best known for his work with Wilco) and Yuka C Honda (the composer/keyboardist/programmer best known for her work with Cibo Matto). Combining aspects of electronica, folk, improvisation, and some heated rocking, this debut recording – perhaps predictably – defies easy categorization. Contained within this package is a sometimes sweet, sometimes jarring, but always compelling excursion into what a shared sensibility sounds like.
Bob Dylan – Travelin’ Thru: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15 1967-1969 3xCD/3xLP (Legacy/Sony)
The latest chapter in the highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series revisits Dylan’s pivotal musical journeys to Nashville, from 1967 to 1969, focusing on previously unavailable recordings made with Johnny Cash and unreleased tracks from the John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, and Self Portrait sessions. The first disc of Travelin’ Thru: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15 1967-1969 finds Dylan in Columbia’s Studio A in Nashville recording alternate versions of compositions written for John Wesley Harding (October 17 and November 6, 1967) and Nashville Skyline (February 13-14, 1969) while introducing a new song “Western Road” (a Nashville Skyline outtake). Discs two and three are centered around Dylan’s collaborations with Johnny Cash including the much sought-after Columbia Studio A sessions and on-stage performances at the Ryman Auditorium (May 1, 1969) for the recording of the premiere episode of The Johnny Cash Show (originally broadcast on ABC-TV on June 7, 1969). The third disc closes with tracks recorded on May 17, 1970 with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass banjo legend Earl Scruggs for the PBS television special, Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends (originally aired January 1971).
Nils Frahm – All Encores CD (Erased Tapes)
All Encores collects all three installments of his Encore EP series. Whilst Encores 1 focused on an acoustic pallet of sounds with solo piano and harmonium at the core, and Encores 2 explored more ambient landscapes, Encores 3 sees Nils expand on the percussive and electronic elements in his work.
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This CD/LP (Verve)
With his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra in tow, Jeff Goldblum’s enticingly titled second album finds the multi-talented artist bringing his on-screen charisma and eccentricities to the piano once again, with a style that is totally unique, and an impressive array of surprising duet guests. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This features an extraordinary gang of vocalists from all walks of musical life, some of whom reveal their jazz voices for the very first time. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten stars on the first single, Irving Berlin’s classic number “Let’s Face The Music and Dance”.
Half Moon Run – A Blemish In The Great Light CD/LP+MP3 (Glassnote)
Half Moon Run return with their third album, A Blemish In The Great Light, produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, Beck, Killers). The word everyone comes back to when describing Montreal indie rockers Half Moon Run is “complex” (The Guardian, Exclaim, et al.) Whether they’re billed as dreamy alt-pop, bucolic alt-folk, or psychedelic indie rock, the four multi-instrumentalists have built their name on cerebral, acrobatic arrangements and harmonies that lilt prettily till they turn feral.
Hootie & The Blowfish – Imperfect Circle CD (Capitol Nashville)
Imperfect Circle is the latest milestone in a remarkable career that has seen Hootie & The Blowfish win numerous awards including two Grammy Awards, and secure the tenth biggest selling album in history with their 1994 debut Cracked Rear View. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events whilst also pursuing solo projects. Imperfect Circle features new co-writes with superstar singer/songwriters Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton. “There’s something timeless about their sound,” proclaimed USA Today. “From their stupendous debut to their reunion album, Imperfect Circle, Hootie & The Blowfish appear ready to pick up where they left off as a pop music phenomenon.”
The Mavericks – The Mavericks Play The Hits CD/LP (Mono Mundo Recordings)
“The Mavericks have never been averse to putting their own spin on another band’s song. This is a group, after all, who once recorded their own Tejano/surf-rock take on Motley Crue’s ‘Dr. Feelgood’. Now The Mavericks release an entire album of covers. A collection of songs originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen, Waylon Jennings, and Elvis Presley, it’s a way to further illustrate the eclecticism of the group, says singer Raul Malo.
Omni – Networker CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Omni’s sound is still defined by sparse drums, locked-in bass, blistering guitar, and nonchalant, yet assured vocals, but from the first notes of “Sincerely Yours” you’ll immediately notice that Networker sounds much cleaner and more hi-fi than their prior two albums, Deluxe (2016) and Multi-task (2017). The departure in fidelity suits the new record and allows the listener to enjoy the nuances of their meticulous arrangements. Don’t worry, the riffs of Gang Of Four and Wire are still present, but the production is more lush and the harmony is even more expansive.
The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary Edition) CD/2xLP+2xCD+7” (ABKCO Music)
The Rolling Stones groundbreaking multi-platinum selling album Let It Bleed was released in late 1969. The Rolling Stones, at this point already a critically and commercially dominant force, composed and recorded their eighth long player (tenth for the US) amidst both geopolitical and personal turmoil. The second of four Rolling Stones albums made with producer Jimmy Miller (Traffic, Blind Faith), Let It Bleed perfectly captures the ominous spirit of the times with “Gimme Shelter”, the opening track. The 2019 remaster has been engineered by eleven-time Grammy-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.
Josh Rouse – The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse CD/2xLP (Yep Roc)
Produced by Brad Jones and Josh Rouse, The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse features beautiful harmonies and gentle, bright melodies wrapped in the lush, folk/pop soundscapes that have become his signature. The album illustrates themes of childhood nostalgia and holidays spent away from home, with lighthearted, upbeat instrumentals that make these songs enjoyable year-round.
Stray From The Path – Internal Atomics CD/LP (UNFD)
Long Island, NY hardcore heavyweights Stray From The Path has been bringing their charged-up punk fury and politically outspoken voice to the masses for the better part of two decades, and Internal Atomics is proof that they aren’t slowing down any time soon.
Sudan Archives – Athena CD/LP (Stones Throw)
Violinist, singer and songwriter Sudan Archives (born Brittney Denise Parks) releases her debut album, Athena. Sudan Archives is widely acclaimed for her thrilling combination of styles: powerful and anthemic R&B, electronic music, a violin style inspired by Northeast African fiddling, and West African rhythms.
Turnover – Altogether CD/LP (Run For Cover)
Altogether demonstrates the band’s eclectic mix of personalities from the very start, opening with a lo-fi, jazzy intro that quickly gives way to the driving drums and delay-drenched guitar of “Still In Motion”. Like much of the album to come, the song is a meditation on change and perspective, on learning to quiet your mind and appreciate the moment before it’s gone.
Voyager – Colours In The Sun CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Voyager explode like a supernova onto the worldwide stage with their new album Colours In the Sun. The Australians radiate an ultra-modern and prismatic hard rock that delivers on their promise of “epic electro progressive power pop metal.” Each of the album’s ten tracks are bright, vibrant hook-laden affairs that resonate long after listening.
The Damned – Black Is The Night: The Definitive Anthology 2xCD (BMG)
Legendary band The Damned was the first UK punk band to release a single back in 1976. Along with the Sex Pistols and the Clash, they helped to spearhead the punk movement in the UK. As their career developed they became one of the first gothic rock bands and were a major influence on the goth subculture. [Vinyl edition due November 15.]
The Doors – The Soft Parade [Reissue/1969] CD/3xCD+LP (Elektra)
Digitally remastered. Available in single-disc and Deluxe editions. The Deluxe box set features more than a dozen unreleased mixes across three CDs as well as a copy of the album on vinyl. Most of The Soft Parade was recorded following a grueling tour during which the band was left with little time to compose new material. Producer Paul A. Rothchild recommended a total departure from The Doors’ first three albums: develop a fuller sound by incorporating brass and string arrangements provided by Paul Harris.
Keith Jarrett – Munich 2016 CD (ECM)
A solo concert recorded on the last night of Jarrett’s 2016 European tour at Munich’s Philharmonie. Creating a spontaneous suite of forms in the moment with the assurance of a master builder – interspersing touches of lyricism between pieces of polyrhythmic and harmonic complexity, he delivered one of his very finest performances. [Vinyl edition due November 22.]
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka CD/2xLP (Interscope)
New release from the British indie and folk rock singer/songwriter and record producer. Produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo.
Miranda Lambert – Wildcard CD (SME Nashville)
Seventh studio album by the country music artist. Features the single “It All Comes Out In The Wash”.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – From Out Of Nowhere CD/LP (Sony)
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, whose music has touched fans deeply across three generations now, has found himself in recent years at the peak of his powers as a songwriter, musician and producer. As does its predecessor, 2015’s Alone In The Universe, From Out Of Nowhere shows Lynne finding new facets to his signature sound, at once drawing on his globally loved legacy and forging new paths in both sounds and emotions. Once again, he plays nearly every note of the music on guitars, bass, piano, drums, keyboards and vibes, as well as singing all of the lead and layered harmony vocals.
Montgomery Gentry – Outskirts CD (Average Joe’s Ent.)
New release from the country duo. Outskirts delivers the last songs recorded prior to Troy Gentry’s death in 2017.
Nile – Vile Nilotic Rites CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Ninth album from the technical death metal veterans.
R.E.M. – Monster [Reissue/1994] 2xCD/5xCD+Blu-ray/LP/2xLP (Craft Recordings)
25th Anniversary Expanded and Remastered Edition – available in a variety of configurations: standard single-disc (vinyl and CD), expanded double-disc featuring Scott Litt’s 2019 remix of the album (vinyl and CD) and new artwork, and a Super Deluxe box set featuring an additional CD comprised of 15 previously unreleased demos as well as a double-CD live set from the 1995 Monster Tour and a Blu-ray disc containing both hi-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of Monster, a 90-minute film Road Movie and six music videos.
Vetiver – Up On High CD/LP (Mama Bird)
Vetiver is the long-running stage and recording name of San Francisco’s Andy Cabic. Up On High is his seventh studio album and the first since 2015. Vetiver has toured around the world on headline tours and supporting artists that include Wilco, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Bob Weir & Phil Lesh, and Vashti Bunyan. Vetiver craft nuanced, understated songs that reward careful listening, building a rich duality; a space where sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy, an introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus and subtlety tries to be outgoing in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis.
High On Fire – Electric Messiah 2xLP (E1)
Limited picture disc pressing.
Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York [Reissue/1994] LP (Geffen)
Double 180gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. 25th Anniversary edition. Expanded to include five rehearsal performances previously only available on DVD, the anniversary release also features an exclusive gatefold jacket including anniversary silver foil detail on the front and back cover.
Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster [Reissue/1983] LP (Craft Recordings)
Social Distortion – Mainliner (Wreckage From The Past) [Reissue/1995] LP (Craft Recordings)
Social Distortion – Sex, Love And Rock ‘N’ Roll [Reissue/2004] LP (Craft Recordings)
Vinyl reissues. Over the past four decades Social Distortion have all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard rockabilly and punk that’s cut with frontman Mike Ness.