New Releases — November 10, 2017

Audn – Farvegir Fyrndar CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
“Audn are a prime example of the power and atmosphere of Iceland’s booming black metal scene.”

Andrew Bird – Echolocations: River CD/LP (Wegawam)
Recorded under the Hyperion bridge in Los Angeles, California’s Atwater Village, Echolocations: River is the second piece in a series of short films and recordings documenting site specific compositions. Performed by Andrew Bird and filmed by Tyler Manson in remote and acoustically interesting natural and urban environments, the first installment, Echolocations: Canyon, was originally released in 2015.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Born In Chicago: The Best Of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band CD (Varese Sarabande)
New best-of collection. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the most important American bands of the ‘60s, featuring Paul Butterfield (harmonica/lead vocalist), Mike Bloomfield, and Elvin Bishop. Unlike the British blues revivalists, the Butterfield band was schooled in the tough Chicago bars that housed Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Howlin’ Wolf.

Cloak – To Venomous Depths CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Cloak captures the magic, mystique, and mystery of classic heavy metal with their long-awaited debut To Venomous Depths. Drawing from metal’s most impactful sub genre’s, the quartet distill their collective influences into an enthralling full-album experience that honors the spirit of the early classics while standing firmly in the now.  Cloak’s bold and blackened metal teems with dark energy, and To Venomous Depths is a testament to the genre’s primal power and magic.

Entheos – Dark Future CD/LP (Spinefarm)
Second album from the California tech-metal band.

Escape-ism – Introduction to Escape-ism CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Introduction To Escape-ism is the first ‘solo’ record by Ian Svenonius – of groups The Make-Up, Chain & The Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic. It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be.

Four Tet – New Energy CD/Cassette (Temporary Residence)
Four Tet expands on the new age meditations of his recent singles with a freshly focused New Energy. Fully formed within the endlessly possible creative confines of Ableton Live, New Energy follows on from 2015’s Morning / Evening and features contributions from Tom Baker and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Mixing his usual classic trip-hop leanings with a digitized melodic and at times melancholic edge, New Energy neatly pulls together the lighter ends of Beautiful Rewind’s house moves and Morning / Evening’s lush atmospherics. [Vinyl edition due December 8.]

Aretha Franklin – A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CD/2xLP (Atlantic)
The Queen of Soul sings some of her classic tunes over new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the standout tracks are newly re-imagined versions of classics like the Billboard #1 R&B hits “Respect,” “Think,” “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied),” and “Angel.”

Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires CD (Republic)
Debut 8-song mini-album from the emerging young Michigan rockers.

Guided By Voices – Live From Austin, TX CD+DVD/2xLP (New West)
From the vaults of the award-winning PBS Austin City Limits TV show, GBV live in 2004. Reissued on CD (includes DVD) and pressed on vinyl for the first time.

Mickey Hart – Ramu CD (Verve)
While most albums function as a snapshot of a place and time, Ramu is more like a photo album, containing samples and recordings from around the globe, originating between 1944 and 2017. Mickey’s life ambition has always been to record and preserve the music of the world using the most innovative and high-quality equipment possible.

Hüsker Dü – Savage Young Dü 3xCD/4xLP (Numero)
Experience the punishing sonic origins of a punk icon. Collected here for the first time, and skillfully remastered from original board tapes, demos, and session masters, this collection is an authoritative chronicling of the wellspring and maturation of Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould – three Minneapolis teenagers who’d go on to become one of the most heralded trios of the American punk underground. 47 of the 69 songs compiled here are previously unissued.

Elton John – Diamonds CD/2xCD/3xCD/2xLP (Mercury)
Newly remastered versions of many of Elton’s greatest songs – available in an array of editions: 17-track single CD; 21-track double vinyl LP; 34-track double-CD; and 52-track Deluxe triple CD. Diamonds coincides the 50th anniversary of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Langhorne Slim – Lost At Last Vol. 1 CD/LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Langhorne Slim’s career been defined by reflective songwriting and a passionate delivery; his newest offering, Lost At Last Vol. 1, is a record that he wanted to do differently from the start. The songs challenge the idea of social rigidity: the attitude that there’s a “correct” way for us to live and a side we should be on.  He re-interprets the sound of the free-spirited yet vulnerable everyman heard on 2015’s The Spirit Moves and brings forth anew the call for us to abandon “the fold” and re-connect with ourselves and each other.

Lindstrøm – It’s Alright Between Us As It Is CD/LP (Feedelity Recordings)
“The Norwegian electronic producer’s first solo album in a half decade finds him replacing ‘space disco’ with cool, ’80s-influenced arrangements.” – Pop Matters

Metallica – Master Of Puppets CD/3xCD/LP/10xCD+3xLP+2xDVD+Cassette/Cassette (Blackened)
Master Of Puppets was originally released on March 3rd,1986, on Elektra Records and went on to become the first Metallica album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. In 2016, the album became the first metal album to be added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, an honor granted to works deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. This remastered reissue is available in several editions: Single disc CD and vinyl, and cassette; Triple-disc CD featuring previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks; and a limited deluxe box set edition featuring a 108-page hardcover book including never before seen photos, three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.

Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis – Come See Me and Come Lonely CD (Goldenlane)
Two queens of contemporary country music join forces.

Angel Olsen – Phases CD/LP+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
From the lo-fi, sparse folk-melancholy of her 2010 EP, Strange Cacti, to the electrified, polished rock ‘n’ roll bursting from 2016’s My Woman, Olsen has refused to succumb to a single genre, expectation, or vision. Impossible to pin down, Olsen navigates the world with her remarkable, symphonic voice and a propensity for narrative, her music growing into whatever shape best fits to tell the story. Phases is a collection of Olsen’s work culled from the past several years, including a number of never-before-released tracks.

Quicksand – Interiors CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Epitaph)
New York City post-hardcore legends Quicksand return with Interiors, their first album in 22 years. The 12-track collection features the band’s original (and only) lineup of drummer Alan Cage (New Idea Society), frontman/guitarist Walter Schreifels (Rival Schools), bassist Sergio Vega (Deftones), and guitarist Tom Capone (Instruction). Recorded at Studio 4 Recording in Conshohocken, PA, Interiors was produced and engineered by Will Yip (The Menzingers, Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth) and finds Quicksand embracing the cathartic, guitar-driven dynamic of their earlier work, while also taking on a wider spectrum of sound. [Limited clear with black smoke colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Live At Red Rocks CD/2xLP (Stax)
On August 21st, 2016, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats marked the one-year anniversary of their debut album with a triumphant, sold-out homecoming show at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Honed by the extensive touring that took them around the world and back during the preceding 12 months, the mighty rock and soul band tore through a tight set.

R.E.M. – Automatic For The People [25th Anniversary Edition] 2xCD/3xCD+Blu-ray/LP+MP3 (Craft Recordings)
25th Anniversary reissue featuring the original album remastered and expanded with a CD of previously unreleased material. 25 years ago, firmly ensconced as US rock royalty, R.E.M. unleashed the album many count as their defining moment in Autumn 1992. The legendary Automatic For The People stood alone at a time when many of the other great alternative acts had packed up, filling any void with the likes of “Drive” (referencing both David Essex’s “Rock On” and any of Queen’s stop-start stadium fillers), the Andy Kaufman homage “Man On The Moon,” the oblique “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight” and the deliberately heavy angst of “Everybody Hurts,” a song that managed to appeal to woebegone adolescents and wannabe-young-again oldsters, with John Paul Jones’ orchestral arrangement increasing the emotional overload.

Seal – Standards CD/LP (Republic)
Seal tackles timeless songs with a collection of versions of standards. Includes “Luck Be A Lady” and “It Was A Very Good Year.” [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks.]

Sweet & Lynch – Unified CD/2xLP (Frontiers/Vinyl Eck)
Sophomore album by this band featuring guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Stryper, legendary guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), bassist James LoMenzo (Megadeth, White Lion, Black Label Society) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, and Ozzy Osbourne, The Dead Dasies).

Taylor Swift – Reputation CD (Big Machine)
Sixth studio album from the pop singer/songwriter – the long-awaited follow-up to her 2014 album 1989.

Tears For Fears – Rule The World: The Greatest Hits CD (Mercury)
New 16-track best-of collection featuring two new tracks. [Vinyl edition due December 8.]

Tropidelic – Heavy Is The Head CD (LAW)
The six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip-hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country.

Various Artists – Served Like A Girl CD+DVD (We Are Here)
The official soundtrack to the powerful documentary film includes a broad catalog of never-before-heard songs by some of today s greatest female musical artists in the world including Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, P!nk, Natasha Bedingfield, LION, Lykke Li, Dorothy, Willa Amai, and more. Includes a copy of the documentary on DVD (which is also available on stand-alone DVD).

Walk The Moon – What If Nothing CD/2xLP+ MP3 (Sony)
Hailing from Cincinnati, Walk The Moon consists of Nicholas Petricca (singer/keyboardist), Kevin Ray (bassist), Eli Maiman (guitarist), and Sean Waugaman (drummer). In 2015, the band catapulted to stardom when their hit single “Shut Up and Dance” became a multi-platinum global smash. Interview Magazine proclaimed, “There’s something about Walk The Moon that’s absolutely out of this world. Their music is addictive, energetic, and fun.” Rolling Stone also raved about the band, “The precocious Ohioans stack melodies upon melodies in new-wave-infected songs that attack the ear like a starving Mike Tyson.”

Yung Lean – Stranger CD (Kobalt)
Swedish rapper Yung Lean shot to fame after a series of YouTube clips recorded with friends went viral, but since then he’s pursued his own devoutly independent path. Recently appearing on Frank Ocean’s Blonde, the Stockholm songwriter is perfectly poised to reach fresh heights. [Vinyl edition due February 2.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! 2xLP (Glassnote)
Released last December on CD – now available on vinyl.

Bob Dylan – Hard Rain [Reissue/1976] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming [Reissue/1979] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bob Dylan – Shot Of Love [Reissue/1980] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bob Dylan – Good As I Been To You [Reissue/1992] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Limited 150gm vinyl LP pressings.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Echo In The Valley LP (Rounder)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.

The Golliwogs – Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967 LP (Fantasy/Craft)
This comprehensive collection offers fans a unique opportunity to hear the artistic progression and apprenticeship of John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford in the three years leading up to the band’s transformation into Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Sondre Lerche – Pleasure LP+MP3 (Analog Spark)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl.

Morphine – Live At The Warfield 1997 LP (Run Out Groove)
Archive live release includes unreleased recordings found in their vault from an incredible live performance at the Warfield in San Francisco, CA, during Morphine’s Like Swimming tour in 1997. Limited double 180gm vinyl LP pressing in a gatefold tip-on jacket.

Nickelback – Feed The Machine LP (BMG)
Released last June on CD – now available on vinyl.

Pearl Jam – Ten [Reissue/1991] LP (Epic)
Pearl Jam – Light Years b/w Soon Forget [Reissue/2000] 7” (Epic)
Pearl Jam – Binaural [Reissue/2000] 2xLP (Epic)
Pearl Jam – Nothing As It Seems b/w Insignificance [Reissue/2000] 7” (Epic)
Pearl Jam – Riot Act [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (Epic)
Pearl Jam – Save You b/w Other Side [Reissue/2002] 7” (Epic)
Pearl Jam – Bu$hleaguer b/w Love Boat Captain [Reissue/2002] 7” (Epic)
Pearl Jam – I Am Mine b/w Down [Reissue/2002] 7” (Epic)
Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam [Reissue/2006] 2xLP (Epic)
Pearl Jam – World Wide Suicide b/w Life Wasted [Reissue/2006] 7” (Epic)
Limited vinyl reissues of albums one and six through eight and their associated singles.

Power Trip – Nightmare Logic LP (Southern Lord)
Limited picture disc pressing. Nightmare Logic is the second crushing, soul mangling, neck bustin’ album from these Texas hardcore thrashers. Power Trip’s raw energy, musical proficiency, perfect song structure, rich tones, fierce riffs, persecution, and collective attitude have seeded them as one of the most prolific underground staples in the US metal, punk, and hardcore scenes.

Tennis – We Can Die Happy 12” (Mutually Detrimental)
The Husband-and-wife pop-rock duo follow-up their critically-acclaimed 2017 album Yours Conditionally with a new 5-track EP.

Bryson Tiller – True To Self 2xLP+MP3 (RCA)
Released last summer on CD – now available on colored vinyl. Sophomore album from the R&B singer/songwriter.

Gene Vincent And His Blue Caps – Blue Jean Bop [Reissue/1956] LP (Capitol)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album of Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, featuring rock ‘n’ roll music as well as covers of pop standards.

Lucinda Williams – This Sweet Old World 2xLP (Highway 20)
Standard black double-vinyl edition. Produced by Lucinda Williams and Tom Overby, This Sweet Old World – recorded to mark the 25th anniversary of the original 1992 album Sweet Old World – features all-new renditions of the record’s 12 songs, some of which have been dramatically rearranged and rewritten.