New Releases for November 22, 2019
Beck – Hyperspace CD/LP (Capitol)
On the heels of two Grammy-winning albums – Morning Phase, which saw him reunite in the studio with his Sea Change band, and Colors, which he created with Greg Kurstin – Hyperspace brings to fruition Beck’s 20-year wish to collaborate with Pharrell Williams. Hyperspace’s new dimensions in sound are the result of Beck’s most collaborative efforts to date. Seven of the album’s 11 tracks – including singles ‘Uneventful Days” and “Saw Lightning” – feature co-writing/co-production from Pharrell. “See Through” is co-written/co-produced by frequent collaborator Kurstin, “Stratosphere” features back-up from Chris Martin, the album’s title track features guest vocals from Terrell Hines and “Die Waiting” features backing vocals from Sky Ferreira.
Danny Brown – Uknowhatimsayin? CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Uknowhatimsayin? marks a buoyant new chapter in Danny Brown’s career, a transitional and celebratory moment. His profile has grown since Atrocity and now armed with a cable TV show and a co-sign from one of rap’s icons, he solidifies his positioning as a ubiquitous entertainer, independent rap hero, and one of the essential cultural voices of this era, while still retaining the edgy, maverick style that makes him a fan-favorite. Uknowhatimsayin? was executive produced by Q-Tip, includes guest appearances by Run The Jewels, Blood Orange and Obongjayar, and boasts production by Q-Tip, JPEGMAFIA, Flying Lotus, Paul White and Standing on the Corner. “This is my version of a stand-up comedy album,” Brown says. “Most of my close friends now aren’t rappers – they’re comedians and actors. So, I wanted to create something that mixed humor with music. Something that was funny but not parody.”
David Byrne – American Utopia On Broadway (Original Cast Recording) CD (Nonesuch)
[Vinyl edition due December 20.] Original Cast Recording of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia, with music and lyrics by Byrne. The former Talking Heads mastermind shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of eleven musical artists from around the globe to deliver “a marvel of staging and motion” (Chicago Tribune) that’s a “thought-provoking example of the power of live music” (Forbes). “Dazzling, rapturous and jubilant,” exclaims the New York Times of the show. “Byrne puts the central tenet of making contact with a world outside your mind into dynamic, sensory practice onstage.” “Gorgeously designed, deliciously fun,” says the New Yorker, “backed by a rangy, versatile, exuberant band…Most important, the songs sound great.”
Leonard Cohen – Thanks For The Dance CD/LP (Legacy/Sony)
At the end, the last dance is truly saved for Leonard Cohen. Before he passed away in 2016, the man with the golden voice asked his son, Adam, to bring to fruition an album the singer had mostly completed. Fulfilling his father’s wishes, the younger Cohen recruited members of the National and Arcade Fire, along with various orchestras and choirs, to finish the poet’s final work. Produced by Adam, and engineered and mixed by Michael Chaves, Thanks For The Dance is not a commemorative collection of B-sides and outtakes, but an unexpected harvest of nine new songs: exciting and vital, a continuation of the Cohen’s legacy. “In composing and arranging the music for his words, we chose his most characteristic musical signatures, in this way keeping him with us,” said Adam. “What moves me most about the album is the startled response of those who have heard it.”
Coldplay – Everyday Life CD/2xLP (Atlantic/Third Man)
Coldplay’s eighth studio album and most adventurous offering since 2008’s groundbreaking Viva la Vida Or Death And All His Friends. Announced and publicized via cryptic ads in subway stations and random newspapers, Everyday Life is a double-length concept album that is divided into two halves — Sunrise and Sunset — and runs the stylistic gamut from pop and rock to uplifting gospel, hypnotic Afrobeat, field recordings and more. Two songs from the album, “Orphans” and “Arabesque”, have been released as a 7” vinyl single courtesy of Third Man. Everyday Life’s cover image is based around a 1919 photo of guitarist Jonny Buckland’s great-grandfather’s band. Ten words that summarize the album: “Ambitious, experimental, multi-cultural, spiritual, life-affirming, contemplative, compassionate, cinematic, inspirational, earnest.” – Tinnitist
Lindemann – F & M CD/2xLP (Caroline)
German-Swedish power duo Lindemann – consisting of Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and Peter Tägtgren, mastermind of metal bands Pain and Hypocrisy – deliver their second album, F & M. It takes a distinct turn from the 2015 debut set Skills In Pills, which was sung entirely in English and went gold in Germany. This time, Till Lindemann sings the lyrics in German as part of an intense, unique composition. F & M was inspired by Till Lindemann’s collaboration with the Hamburg Thalia Theatre, in the context of a modern adaptation of Hänsel & Gretel, the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. It addresses such subjects as fear, hope, poverty, abundance, cannibalism and death. Five songs from the acclaimed production are augmented with six brand new compositions.
Idina Menzel – Christmas: A Season Of Love CD/2xLP (SRV Label Co./Decca)
Timed to coincide with the release of Disney’s Frozen 2, which includes Menzel’s unforgettable voice in the title role of Elsa, the Tony Award-winner drops an album of traditional and brand-new holiday songs.
Harry Nilsson – Losst And Founnd CD/LP (Omnivore)
Superstar vocalist Harry Nilsson was struck down by a heart attack at the age of 52 on January 15, 1994. At the time he was at work on his first album of original material in nearly fifteen years – a project that finally sees the light of day 25 years after his death. Losst And Founnd features nine Nilsson originals as well as covers by Jimmy Webb and Yoko Ono. With musical contributions from an all-star cast of musicians like Van Dyke Parks, Jim Keltner, Webb, and Harry’s son, Kiefo, the album features the classic Nilsson melodies that have been his trademark for over 50 years.
Various Artists – Hanukkah+ CD (Verve Forecast)
Adam Sandler gets some competition in the Hanukkah music world. Haim, Jack Black, the Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo and other prominent artists have recorded songs for the new compilation Hanukkah+. The album also features contributions from folk singer Loudon Wainwright III, Adam Green (of the band Moldy Peaches), Alex Frankel (of the electronic group Holy Ghost and a founder of the Jewish deli Frankel’s in Brooklyn) and more.
Various Artists – This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 3 CD (Republic)
Jack Johnson delivers the latest in a trilogy of holiday albums from his Brushfire Records label. This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 3 features both original and classic holiday songs from Johnson and friends, including G. Love, Bahamas, Mason Jennings, Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave, Zach Gill, Paula Fuga and others.
Jason Aldean – 9 CD (Broken Bow)
The reigning ACM Artist of the Decade continues to hold his ground making modern albums with an old-school soul.
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent CD (Capitol)
The debut album by Scottish singer-songwriter includes the Top 10 singles “Grace”, the UK and US #1 single “Someone You Loved” and “Hold Me While You Wait”. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent peaked at #1 in the UK and Ireland, becoming the fastest-selling album of the year.
Grateful Dead – Ready Or Not CD/2xLP (Grateful Dead/WEA)
Live archive release featuring nine unreleased performances from the early ’90s, presenting what the next Grateful Dead studio album may have been. Recorded live between 1992 and 1995, Ready Or Not spotlights performance by the final Grateful Dead lineup: Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, and new keyboardist Vince Welnick.
Jimi Hendrix – Songs For Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts 5xCD (Sony Legacy)
Live archive release. Songs For Groovy Children assembles all four historic debut concerts by Jimi Hendrix’s newly assembled Band Of Gypsys at New York’s Fillmore East on New Year’s Eve 1969 and New Year’s Day 1970. Presented in their original performance sequence and encompassing 43 tracks, the set boasts over two dozen tracks that have either never been released commercially. Newly mixed and restored in sequence without edits, fans can finally hear Hendrix, Cox and Miles blast through their genre-defying sets. [Vinyl edition due December 13.]
Ben Lee – Quarter Century Classix CD/LP/Cassette (New West)
New covers album from the Australian singer-songwriter. The album comprises his interpretations of early ‘90s indie rock favorites from artists such as Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Pavement, and Superchunk among others. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Lord Mantis – Universal Death Church CD/LP (Profound Lore)
More developed and immeasurable, vast and towering, Universal Death Church continues the doomed and blackened depraved metal paradigm that has become the signature resonating palpitation surrounding the Lord Mantis sound. The threading between punishing, torturous yet direct, and, at times, tangible industrial-influenced riffing with the more abstract, dark, blackened surreal-like crawling and swift passages paint a new disturbing sonic portrait for the band.
Pernice Brothers – Spread The Feeling CD/LP (Ashmont)
“Spread The Feeling is the sixth or seventh studio LP by the Pernice Brothers and my 17th or so in general. I recorded a full length Pernice Brothers record a few years back, but ditched it after it was mixed. Scrapping it had everything to do with me not liking the songs. The playing, the recording and mixing were fantastic to my ears. It is a return to some kind of form. That’s for other people to decide.” – Joe Pernice [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Rod Stewart – You’re In My Heart: Rod Stewart With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CD (Rhino)
You’re In My Heart: Rod Stewart With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra pairs classic vocal tracks from his most popular songs with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Various Artists – Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits CD/LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Aimee Mann, Joseph, Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Phoebe Bridgers, Corinne Bailey Rae, Angie McMahon, Courtney Marie Andrews, and more each put their own unique spin on the gravel-voiced songwriter’s work.
Zac Brown – The Owl LP (BMG)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Coldplay – Arabesque b/w Orphans 7” (Third Man)
7” vinyl single of two songs from Coldplay’s new album, Everyday Life. “Orphans” and “Arabesque” were produced by The Dream Team. “Arabesque” features vocals from Stromae and horns by Femi Kuti and his band.
Cream – BBC Sessions 2xLP (UMe)
Double opaque beige colored vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Cream – BBC Sessions was originally released in 2003 and until now hasn’t been available on vinyl. This limited edition, numbered vinyl set contains 22 tracks and four interviews recorded live at the BBC studios in London.
Deerhoof – The Man, The King, The Girl [Reissue/1997] LP (Polyvinyl)
Deerhoof – Holdypaws [Reissue/1999] LP (Kill Rock Stars)
Deerhoof – Halfbird [Reissue/2001] LP (Joyful Noise)
To celebrate their 25th anniversary of being a band, Deerhoof reissue three of their earliest records on vinyl for the first time via three labels that have supported the group throughout their career. Pitchfork once called Deerhoof the best band in the world.
Mark Knopfler – The Princess Bride [Reissue/1987] LP (WB)
Limited clear vinyl pressing of the Mark Knopfler produced soundtrack to the beloved 1987 romantic fantasy/action/adventure/comedy film.
Old Crow Medicine Show – Live At The Ryman LP (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Against The Wind [Reissue/1980] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the 11th studio album by the rock singer/songwriter Bob Seger and his fourth with the Silver Bullet Band.
They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants LP (Idlewild)
They Might Be Giants’ first album, often called the pink album, is celebrating its 33 1/3 birthday, hence this fully remastered 180gm opaque pink vinyl reissue.