New Releases for November 13, 2020
AC/DC – Power Up CD/LP (Columbia)
Power Up is the long-awaited new album from AC/DC, and the band’s seventeenth studio effort overall. For Power Up, the band reunited with producer Brendan O’Brien who helmed the double-platinum Black Ice in 2008 and the gold Rock Or Bust in 2014. Charged up for the next decade, AC/DC cut twelve new tracks for the album, proudly maintaining their signature sound and all of its powerful hallmarks. “This record is pretty much a dedication to Malcolm, my brother,” Angus says. “It’s a tribute for him like ‘Back In Black’ was a tribute to Bon Scott…All of the tracks that we’ve got on the album were written by me and Malcolm. A lot of them were ideas we had that we knew were good AC/DC ideas at the time. But we just never got around to getting them on record.” FREE POSTER WITH PURCHASE WHILE SUPPLY LASTS!
Andrea Bocelli – Believe CD/2xLP (Verve)
Internationally renowned, beloved Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli releases the breathtaking new album, Believe, celebrating the power of music to soothe the soul. It follows his record-breaking ‘Music For Hope’ performance at Easter from Milan’s historic Duomo cathedral. Believe features classic favorites, a previously unreleased track from late Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, plus “Gratia Plena” (from acclaimed film Fatima), duets with Alison Krauss and Cecilia Bartoli, and interpretations of “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Nels Cline Singers – Share The Wealth CD/2xLP (Blue Note)
The third Blue Note album by guitarist extraordinaire and Wilco bandmember Nels Cline features an expanded edition of his long-running project The Nels Cline Singers with saxophonist Skerik, keyboardist Brian Marsella, bassist Trevor Dunn, drummer Scott Amendola and percussionist Cyro Baptista. Share The Wealth is a dynamic double album created from spontaneous music-making that brims with swirling, evocative soundscapes and uninhibited explorations.
Chris Stapleton – Starting Over CD/2xLP (Mercury Nashville)
Five-time Grammy Award-winning country superstar Chris Stapleton delivers the highly anticipated new studio album, Starting Over. Of its 14 songs, he co-wrote 11, with a combination of longtime friends and new collaborators including Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers on electric guitar and Hammond B3 organ respectively, as well as equally revered pedal steel player Paul Franklin. The Nashville Urban Choir feature on “Watch You Burn”, written by Stapleton and Campbell. Three hand-picked covers augment the new material, John Fogerty’s “Joy Of My Life” and two by Guy Clark, “Worry B Gone” and “Old Friends”. Starting Over opens with the acoustic-based title track single which finds the talented troubadour and his whiskey-soaked soul vocals imparting, “It don’t matter to me / Wherever you are is where I wanna be / And honey for once in our lives / Let’s take our chances and roll the dice / I can be your lucky penny / You can be my four-leaf clover / Starting over.”
Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guide CD/2xLP (Rhymesayers)
Since his debut in the late nineties, Aesop Rock’s writing has been of the highest caliber, but one thing that has continually evolved is his near-flawless and diverse flow, now perfectly infused with his personality and a gift for visual imagery. On Spirit World Field Guide, characters, inanimate objects, and their surrounding environments vividly come to life as Aesop describes each passing moment throughout the album’s twenty-one chapters. Welcome to the Spirit World. Explore with intention. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Sara Bareilles – More Love – Songs From Little Voice Season One CD (Epic)
After quietly teasing its arrival, Grammy Award-winner and Tony and Emmy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles releases More Love – Songs From Little Voice Season One. For the surprise album, Sara personally performed and recorded the ten tracks she had originally penned for Little Voice (Original Series Soundtrack). Taking the creative reins, she produced the project alongside Tyler Chester. This notably marks the first time she has unveiled her renditions of these songs. Among its ten tracks, the record includes her version of the lead single “More Love”. [Vinyl version due December 18.]
William Basinski – Lamentations CD (Temporary Residence)
William Basinski’s reputation as the foremost producer of profound meditations on death and decay has long been established, but on his new album, Lamentations, he transforms operatic tragedy into abyssal beauty. More than any other work since The Disintegration Loops, there is an ominous grief throughout the album, and that sense of loss lingers like an emotional vapor. Captured and constructed from tape loops and studies from Basinski’s archives – dating back to 1979 – Lamentations is over 40 years of mournful sighs meticulously crafted into songs. They are shaped by the inevitable passage of time and the indisputable collapsing of space – and their collective resonance is infinite and eternal. [Vinyl edition due January 22.]
Randall Bramblett – Pine Needle Fire CD/2xLP (New West)
With Pine Needle Fire, Bramblett continues to channel his singular voice and unique storytelling approach and experiences into something insightful, tuneful and incredibly soulful. [Limited edition clear vinyl pressing also available.]
The Cranberries – No Need To Argue [Reissue/1994] CD/2xCD/2xLP (Island)
Digitally remastered. Originally released in 1994, No Need To Argue the second studio album by Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries, was the band’s highest-selling album and features the hit single “Zombie”. [Double CD and vinyl editions include a remaster of the album and three B-sides: “Away”, “I Don’t Need”, and “So Cold In Ireland” from the original tapes plus 19 previously unreleased tracks including two songs never officially released in any format – “Yesterday’s Gone”, recorded unplugged in New York in 1995 for MTV, and a demo of a track “Serious” that has previously only existed as low quality live bootlegs.
Hum – Inlet CD/2xLP+MP3 (Earth Analog)
Hum influenced a generation of shoegaze bands, but their singularly epic sound swirls with ripples of punk and prog, too. Outside of a few scattered live shows, those glorious Hum sonics have lain dormant since the 1997 release of Downward Is Heavenward. Their first new album in 22 years has already won raves from Pitchfork, Stereogum and many others; it’s a stunning return to peak form.
Elton John – Jewel Box 8xCD (Mercury)
Elton John – Jewel Box: Deep Cuts 4xLP (Mercury)
Elton John – Jewel Box: Rarities & B-Sides 3xCD (Mercury)
Elton John – Jewel Box: And This Is Me 2xLP (Mercury)
Archive collection(s) from the veteran British singer/songwriter spanning the years 1965 to 2019. An in-depth exploration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s extensive catalog including early rarities and deep cuts personally curated by Elton.
Lambchop – Trip CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
In the fall of 2019, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner had a unique idea: In lieu of going on what would become an economically disastrous tour, he would invite the band to Nashville to make a record as a way to provide them with similar financial support and realize something tangible in the process. Each band member was tasked with choosing one song for the band to cover, and leading the recording session to completion each day. Trip sounds like a culmination of the band’s older work and current work. There’s a looseness and freedom that recalls their older sound mixed with a group sophistication and innovation derived through the process of playing together for so long.
The Pogues – The BBC Sessions 1984-1986 CD (Rhino)
An extensive collection of BBC recordings from the band between 1984 and 1986 with 13 of the recordings previously unreleased apart from their initial airing. This 23-track album features a collection of songs from six separate live sessions – The John Peel Show (April 1984), David ‘Kid’ Jensen show (July 1984), The John Peel Show (December 1984), The Phil Kennedy Show (March 1985), the Janice Long Show (July 1985) and the Janice Long Show (November 1986). Each session is grouped distinguishing them apart from each other.
Gwenifer Raymond – Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain CD/LP (Tomkins Square)
Welsh musician Gwenifer Raymond’s acclaimed 2018 debut album, You Never Were Much Of A Dancer, introduced a talented new voice on acoustic guitar. Her latest, Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain, finds Raymond moving into unexplored experimental territory, drawing from her Welsh roots.
Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos – Live At The Hollywood Palladium CD/2xLP/2xLP+10”+CD+DVD (BMG)
On December 15, 1988, Keith Richards and his incomparable band, The X-Pensive Winos, played the Hollywood Palladium. It was the penultimate show in a 12 city US tour.
John Zorn – Azoth CD (Tzadik)
Jay Campbell (The JACK Quartet) and Michael Nicolas (Brooklyn Rider) are two of the greatest cellists in new music. Long-time members of Zorn’s inner circle, here they perform four compositions written expressly for them. Featuring two works for solo cello and two works for cello and rhythm section, the music is filled with spectacular leaps, intense textures, dizzying tremolos, hypnotic ostinatos, scordatura and more
Alice In Chains – Facelift [Reissue/1990] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
30th anniversary standard black vinyl remastered reissue. Not only did the album introduce the world to Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, and Mike Starr, it was also a pivotal album in the era of grunge music.
Bahamas – Sad Hunk LP (Republic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The fifth album from Bahamas, Sad Hunk takes its title from a nickname bestowed upon the artist by his wife in reaction to how he was being portrayed in the media, “Something like ten years ago I did a photo shoot, and in all the pictures they sent back I was lit half in shadow, looking all brooding and mysterious,” says the award-winning singer/songwriter otherwise known as Afie Jurvanen. “When my wife saw the photos the first thing she said was, ‘Whoa—sad hunk,’ and after that it became sort of a joke among our friends.” It’s a fitting backstory for an album that embodies an undaunted self-awareness, each track graced with Bahamas’s wry wit and unabashed heart. In sketching Sad Hunk’s delicately composed batch of songs, Jurvanen drew much inspiration from his home life and all the joy and struggle that comes with building a family together. [Limited purple colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Grateful Dead – American Beauty [Reissue/1970] LP (Grateful Dead)
50th anniversary standard black vinyl LP reissue. The pinnacle of the Grateful Dead’s studio output, American Beauty certainly lives up to its name. Made just months after its companion release, Workingman’s Dead, the San Francisco legends’ second 1970 masterpiece furthers the former work’s close-knit relationship between country and folk while adding extra rock and bluegrass currents. Understated amplified passages, graceful melodies, layered singing, and old-time string flavors – including mandolin work from masterful guest David Grisman – bestow the material with easygoing, comfortable vibes.
The Menzingers – From Exile LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Philadelphia-based indie rockers, The Menzingers made great use of their free time during this summer’s stay at home order by recording a re-imagined acoustic version of their 2019 album Hello Exile.
John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey – Dance Hall At Louse Point [Reissue/1996] LP (Island)
PJ Harvey and John Parish’s first full on collaborative album, the 1996 raw art-punk gem Dance Hall At Louse Point, is comprised of twelve songs including eleven new compositions, each with music by Parish and words by Harvey, plus a cover of the Peggy Lee standard “Is That All There Is?” which features a guest appearance from Mick Harvey of The Bad Seeds.
Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You [Reissue/1965] LP (Verve)
Nina Simone – Pastel Blues [Reissue/1965] LP (Verve)
I Put a Spell On You features some of Nina Simone’s best-known songs. With cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You”. The original version gave it an ironic theme, but Simone transformed it into a thrilling love song, complete with horns and strings, becoming one of her most well-known songs. Pastel Blues features “Be My Husband”, written by Simone’s husband/manager, Andrew Stroud. She sings a cappella, with handclapping and a hi-hat as her only accompaniment.
Trippie Redd – Pegasus 2xLP (Ten Thousand Project)
Recently released on CD – now on vinyl. With penetrating lyrics and a nuanced but hard-hitting vocal performance, 21-year-old Trippie Redd (Michael Lamar White IV) defies genre boundaries, embedding his melodic take on rap with rock-and-roll and heavy metal elements to create a wildly experimental yet massively appealing sound.