New Releases for November 16, 2018
Anderson .Paak – Oxnard CD (Aftermath)
The third album from California singer Anderson .Paak serves is his first release on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label. The album’s title is a homage to Anderson’s hometown. It is also a continuation of the theme which .Paak has been using for some years, which is naming his projects after coastal towns of California. These include his 2014 mixtape, Venice and his debut album, Malibu. Earlier this year, he shared with Rolling Stone that “… this is the album [he] dreamed of making in high school, when [he] was listening to [Jay-Z]’s The Blueprint, The Game’s The Documentary, and [Kanye West’s] The College Dropout.” Guests include Kadhja Bonet, Norelle, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre & Cocoa Sarai, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg & The Last Artful Dodgr, J. Cole, Q-Tip, and BJ The Chicago Kid. [Vinyl edition due 2019.]
Michael Bublé – Love CD/LP (WB)
Love is the first studio album in two years from multi-Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bublé and the global superstar’s most romantic record to date. After a two-year break from public life to spend time with his family, the Canadian singer-songwriter returned to the studio with a new perspective on life and a renewed commitment to honoring the music he has always loved. Bublé co-produced the collection and brings new love to several rich classics from the American Songbook. The album opens with the idealistic and dreamy “When I Fall In Love”. It also includes a haunting take on another Rogers & Hart standard, “My Funny Valentine.” Other standouts are an ebullient “When You’re Smiling”, a swinging “Such A Night” as well as Bublé’s hand-picked favorites including “Unforgettable”, “Help Me Make It Through The Night”, and “I Only Have Eyes For You”. [Deluxe CD edition includes two bonus tracks.]
The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Merrie Land CD/LP (Studio 13)
Merrie Land is the second album from The Good, The Bad & The Queen, a band comprising of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong. Produced by Tony Visconti and the band, and completed in London and Wales in 2018, during the current ongoing period in which the UK is preparing to leave the European Union, Merrie Land is a questioning good-bye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018. The album sees the band’s focus move beyond London with a beautiful and hopeful paean to the Britain of today – an inclusive Britain – and the possibilities of the future. In the band’s own words, Merrie Land is a ten-song lament of Anglo-Saxosentialism marking the reluctant end of a relationship, and about picking up the pieces and seeing what can be salvaged. The band set a beautifully muted palette and lustrous finish to bring out a mood that is bruised yet unapologetically defiant and optimistic, and carries the underlying message: we will survive. In times of metaphysical trauma, the people need to forge ahead and wear armor. Here it is, set to the mood music of a nation about to be broken yet undefeated.
Mark Knopfler – Down The Road Wherever CD/2xLP/3xLP+CD (Blue Note)
Down The Road Wherever features 13 unhurriedly elegant new Mark Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including his early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray football fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow, and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon. The album stays true to the folk and roots-inflected ambience of his previous solo albums and introduces new elements of jazz, funk and even a hint of the rockier leanings of earlier days. Knopfler has a poet’s eye for telling details that infuse his songs with his unique psychogeography – “where the Delta meets the Tyne” as he describes it – and his warm Geordie vocal tone and his deft, richly melodic guitar playing are as breathtaking and thrilling as ever. Knopfler says: “‘Down The Road Wherever’ is a line from ‘One Song At A Time.’ I remember my pal Chet Atkins once saying that he picked his way out of poverty one song at a time, and it just stuck in my mind. You get to an age where you’ve written quite a few songs. But ‘Down The Road Wherever’ seems to be appropriate for me just because it’s what I’ve always done. I’ve always tried to make a record and also to keep my own geography happening in the songs.”
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – Upside Down Flowers CD/LP (Fantasy)
Andrew McMahon’s dazzling songwriting has always been rooted in honesty. From the angst filled youth of Something Corporate, to the existential musings of Jack’s Mannequin, and again now as Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, he’s consistently shown an uncanny ability to tap into a higher melodic frequency. The latter project’s beautiful third full-length album, Upside Down Flowers was produced by Butch Walker and follows Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (2014) and Zombies On Broadway. It’s introduced by “Ohio”, which McMahon describes as being about his “family’s pilgrimage from a small town in Ohio to the coast of California…I suppose it’s one thing to run away but it’s another to be pulled down the road by what feels like the hand of fate.” [Limited indie-exclusive opaque yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Mumford & Sons – Delta CD/2xLP (Glassnote)
Since the release of Wilder Mind in May 2015, and the collaborative Johannesburg mini-album in the summer of 2016, Mumford & Sons have found a rich, prolific vein of form in the writing for the Paul Epworth-produced Delta. Where Wilder Mind harnessed a widescreen electric sound that seemed custom built to be belted back to them from the festival main stages, Delta loses none of that sense of scale, but couples it with an intimacy that has so successfully combined to make Mumford & Sons one of the biggest bands of recent years. Delta is a record of differing shades, colors and textures. It’s also a record that marks ten years since Mumford & Sons formed and draws on that shared experience of being on and off the road. It’s a moving collection of songs perhaps more intimate and expansive, both lyrically and musically, than ever before. Introspective and reflective but married with those ecstatic stadium-sized dynamics.
Old 97’s – Love The Holidays CD/LP (ATO)
The Old 97’s present their first-ever collection of original Christmas songs, a sack full of rockin’ new Yuletide favorites, as well as the Old 97’s take on the New Year’s Eve standard, “Auld Lang Syne”. Among its many highlights are the title track, co-written with Kevin Russell (The Gourds, Shinyribs), “Gotta Love Being A Kid (Merry Christmas)” and “Snow Angels”, both co-written with acclaimed writer Ben Greenman, and the continuing saga of everyone’s favorite reindeer, “Rudolph Is Blue”, co-written by Old 97’s and Dan Bern. [Two colored vinyl pressings are available as well: regular white with red & green splatter; Limited edition candy cane & white swirl.]
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Solace CD (Reprise)
“There are few artists in the past three years that have exploded and captivated electronic music like RÜFÜS DU SOL. Since the release of their sophomore album Bloom, the trio of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt have gone on to play just about every major festival around the world, every big city multiple times and made them favorites of most big DJs. After the intense touring, they turned the page and took some time to step away and write their new album, Solace. Sonically, [their] albums have managed to bridge a gap between summery house music and a darker, more melodic style of electronic music, and Solace still keeps that same ethos, but leans towards more of the darker, dancefloor vibe. The productions are more complex with more emphasis and care taken towards drums and bass, potentially a byproduct of their years of touring and seeing how certain drops work on crowds.” – Magnet [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
The Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/No Past. No Future. No Sun. CD/LP (Napalm)
In June of 2018, The Smashing Pumpkins released their new single “Solara” ahead of their monumental Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour. The churning track was the first song in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin, alongside longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder and offered the first glimpse of music from the newly reformed lineup. In September of 2018, the band formally announced the release of their tenth studio album, Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / No Past. No Future. No Sun. and shared its melodic mid-tempo second single “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”. The highly-anticipated album features eight new Corgan-penned tracks recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin.
Those Damn Crows – Murder And The Motive CD/LP (Earache)
Rising from deep down in The Valleys of South Wales, Those Damn Crows have concocted an explosive ten-track album of rock ‘n’ roll dynamite. Brimming with defiant attitude, serious riffage, soulful rock vocals and an unnerving knack for infectious melody, Murder And The Motive sees the Welsh quintet spread their wings and aim for the sky. Recently signed to Earache Records, Those Damn Crows are the next outfit to follow in the footsteps of like-minded rock bands such as Rival Sons, Blackberry Smoke and The Temperance Movement. Exhilarating, arena-sized hard rock.
Various Artists – Greatest Showman Reimagined CD (Atlantic)
The Greatest Showman Reimagined sees songs from the film, all written by Grammy, Tony, and Academy Award-winning duo Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) covered by a remarkable cast of artists. The album is highlighted by a new version of “This Is Me”, performed by Keala Settle, Kesha and Missy Elliott. Other superstars contributing include Panic! At The Disco, P!nk (and her daughter, Willow Sage Hart), Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Years & Years and Jess Glynne, MAX and Ty Dolla $ign, James Arthur and Anne-Marie, Zac Brown Band among others. The album also includes four bonus tracks, performed by Pentatonix, Craig David, Kesha, and Zendaya.
Black Eyed Peas – Masters Of The Sun CD (Interscope)
New album from will.i.am and crew, their first in eight years. A political album loosely inspired by the graphic novel of the same name and the contemporary social climate of the United States, it is a departure from The Black Eyed Peas’ electronic dance and pop-influenced albums The E.N.D. and The Beginning, marking a return to the group’s hip-hop and boom bap style of their early career. 12 new tunes including “Back 2 Hiphop” featuring Nas.
Kate Bush – Remastered Part I 7xCD (Rhino/Parlophone)
Kate Bush – Remastered In Vinyl I 4xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Kate Bush – Remastered In Vinyl II 3xLP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Kate Bush – The Kick Inside [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Kate Bush – Lionheart [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Kate Bush – Never For Never [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Kate Bush – The Dreaming [Reissue/1982] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love [Reissue/1985] CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Remastered Part 1 contains remastered versions of the first seven Kate Bush albums. This is the first (and definitive) program of remastering undertaken by the artist. Includes the albums The Kick Inside (1978), Lionheart (1978), Never For Ever (1980), The Dreaming (1982), Hounds Of Love (1985), The Sensual World (1989), and The Red Shoes (1993).
Glen Campbell – Glen Sings For The King CD/LP (UMe)
18 recently unearthed and unreleased tracks from the recordings that Campbell made for Elvis between 1964 and 1968.
Mariah Carey – Caution CD (Epic)
Exhibiting a transcendent vocal ability, irrepressible staying power and unparalleled body of work that only a handful of artists in the modern era have achieved, Mariah Carey delivers one of the most accomplished albums of her career with Caution, her first studio effort since 2014. Produced by Grammy nominated/multiple ASCAP award winner Nineteen85, who has worked with Drake and Jordan Manswell (Daniel Caesar), atmospheric beats abound on preceding tracks like “GTFO”, with Mariah finding even more nuance in her seamlessly-spun vocal repertoire, her velvety, middle-range virtuosity once again dazzling in breathy hues. [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
John Coltrane – 1963: New Directions 3xCD (Impulse)
Features material from Trane’s recordings during 1963, from the albums Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, Dear Old Stockholm, Newport ‘63 and Live at Birdland. 1963 came to be regarded as a point of transition between his previous jazz masterpieces and the genre-expanding music he went on to create. [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell CD/4xCD/2xLP/4xCD+7xLP+DVD (UMe)
A new collection that commemorates Chris Cornell’s life and legacy compiled by his widow Vicky, who worked extensively with Chris’ bandmates. Includes selections culled from the deep catalogs of his three influential bands – Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave – as well as songs from his solo career. [Deluxe four-CD edition includes 64 tracks including 11 unreleased recordings. The Super Deluxe box includes the 64-track set on CD plus a 7xLP version and a 22-track DVD comprised of 24 videos.]
Fleetwood Mac – 50 Years – Don’t Stop CD/3xCD/5xLP (Rhino)
This new compilation that touches on every era of Fleetwood Mac’s rich history and offers a deep dive into their expansive catalog by bringing together essential tracks released between 1968 and 2013. 50 Years-Don’t Stop also highlights the talented musicians who have recorded under the Fleetwood Mac banner over the years, including Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremey Spencer, John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, Bob Welch, Bob Weston, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Billy Burnette, Rick Vito, Dave Mason, and Bekka Bramlett.
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me – 1981 Extended Play CD (Fearless)
Debut EP from the two-piece band consisting of Dallon Weekes (ex-Panic! At the Disco) and Ryan Seaman (ex-Falling in Reverse). [Vinyl edition due December 21.]
Adrianne Lenker – Hours Were The Birds [Reissue/2014] CD/LP (Saddle Creek)
Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek – A-Sides and B-Sides CD/LP (Saddle Creek)
“Adrianne Lenker has become one of the most praised indie folk artists of the last five years.” – Consequence Of Sound
Dan Mangan – More Or Less CD/LP (Arts & Crafts)
More Or Less is about “witnessing birth, and in some ways rebirth,” says Dan Mangan. “It’s about feeling disconnected from a popular identity and becoming acclimated to a new one. It’s about raising kids in a turbulent world. It’s about unanswerable questions and kindness and friendship and fear.”
Memphis May Fire – Broken CD/LP (Rise)
New album from the Dallas, Texas metalcore outfit.
Montgomery Gentry – 20 Years Of Hits CD (Average Joe’s Ent.)
This collection of 12 classic Montgomery Gentry songs was re-recorded shortly before Troy Gentry’s untimely death in 2017 in celebration of the band’s milestone anniversary.
Needtobreathe – Acoustic Live 1 CD (Atlantic)
The Grammy-nominated South Carolina rock release their first-ever acoustic live album.
P.O.D. – Circles CD/LP (Mascot)
New album from the San Diego rock band – an amalgamation of rock, reggae, punk, metal and hip-hop.
The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet [50th Anniversary Edition] CD/2xLP+7” (Abkco)
Digitally remastered edition. Beggars Banquet is the album that changed everything for the Rolling Stones. From the manner it was recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, to the track selection, a mixture of rockers (“Street Fighting Man”), blues numbers (“Prodigal Son”, “No Expectations”) and ballads (“Salt Of The Earth”), the band truly came into their own, and the Stones’ music of today is a reflection of what happened in that studio in 1968, they reached their musical manhood. While 1967’s Their Satanic Majesties was recorded after Mick and Keith’s traumatic and unjust drug bust, it was almost too soon to be reflected in their songwriting. Whereas “Sympathy For The Devil,” and much of Beggars Banquet hint at a defiance at what they’d been through, and a strength from the experience. [Vinyl edition includes a flexi 7” “Hello, This Is Mick Jagger!” London to Tokyo April 17th, 1968 phone interview.]
The Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge Uncut 2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP (Eagle Rock)
Voodoo Lounge Uncut presents for the first time the full, unedited show filmed in Miami on November 25th, 1994. Features 10 performances omitted from its previous release in the ‘90s, and the full show is now presented in its original running order. Includes guest appearances from Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Bo Diddley.
Rush – Hemispheres [Reissue/1978] 2xCD/3xLP/3xLP+2xCD+Blu-ray (Mercury)
Rush’s classic 1978 album Hemispheres receives luxe 40th anniversary reissue treatment. Deluxe edition (both vinyl and CD) adds a bonus disc featuring previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content consisting of the band’s 1979 Pinkpop festival performance. Super deluxe edition adds a 5.1 surround mix (Blu-ray) and tons of memorabilia.
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James Booker – The Lost Paramount Tapes LP (General General)
James Booker was one of America’s most stunning piano players. He was born, and died, in New Orleans, and in his 43 short years created an approach to the piano that has not been matched since. His music defies classification. It’s not exactly the blues, it’s not exactly jazz, it’s not R&B, it’s not classical; it’s a synthesis of all those. In a rare alignment of some forces that could never possibly be replicated, The Lost Paramount Tapes features James Booker leading a band comprised of New Orleans’ greatest underground monster musicians recording overnight in a studio after playing a gig in Los Angeles in 1973.
Drake – Scorpion 2xLP (Republic)
Released last July on CD – now available on vinyl. The 25-track fifth studio release for the Canadian hip-hop artist features guest appearances from Jay-Z and Ty Dollar $ign as well as vocals from Michael Jackson and Static Major. “Drake aims to come out stronger, more focused and more righteous than ever. … He goes hard at addressing his industry ops on Side A, and it’s full of the effortlessly cut-throat Drake we’ve come to love. … Drake gets all the way into his feelings on the second half of Scorpion.” – Exclaim
Brian Eno – Discreet Music [Reissue/1975] LP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno – Ambient 1 (Music For Airports) [Reissue/1978] LP (Astralwerks)
Brian Eno – Ambient 4 (On Land) [Reissue/1982] LP (Astralwerks)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP reissues. While his earlier work with Robert Fripp on No Pussyfooting and several selections from his own Another Green World feature similar ideas, Discreet Music marked a clear step toward the ambient aesthetic Eno would later codify with 1978’s Ambient 1 (Music For Airports). On Ambient 4 (On Land) – the final edition in Eno’s ambient series – his palate shifted from electro-mechanical and acoustic instruments towards non-instruments like pieces of chain, sticks and stones.
Josephine Foster – Faithful Fairy Harmony LP (Fire)
Limited clear vinyl LP pressing. Josephine raises a stained-glass lamp and shepherds us spelunking the depths of spirit in this four-part double album. Following the fame of her voice are choruses of winged entities (and a space shuttle) that ascend and descend a maze of spirituals: ritual prayers, blues laments, vestal hymns and jubilant benedictions. The edges of the natural world are revolving backdrops from which our narrator perches upon symbolic precipice or saunters desolate snow-blanched forest, exploring eternal themes of mortality and morality, beneath the moon and in occasional dialogue with a mysterious lord of love, an ambiguous mystical figure.
Aretha Franklin – This Christmas Aretha [Reissue/2008] LP (Rhino)
First-time vinyl pressing. Aretha Franklin didn’t get around to cutting a holiday album until 2008.
Cody Jinks – Less Wise: Modified Reissue 2017 LP (Cody Jinks Music)
Released late last year on CD – now available on vinyl. A remixed and remastered version of Jinks’ 2010 album, which includes a couple of alternative takes of original songs and a cover of Hank Jr.’s “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound.”
Robert Earl Keen – A Bigger Piece Of Sky [Reissue/1993] LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Limited-edition sky-blue vinyl of Keen’s first breakthrough album.
MewithoutYou – [Untitled] Album LP (Run For Cover)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Primus – Pork Soda [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Interscope)
Primus – Brown Album [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Interscope)
Primus’ third and fifth studio albums are reissued on double-LP, each newly remaster from the original analog tapes.
The Runaways – The Best Of The Runaways LP (Mercury)
From the all-female rock band The Runaways comes an updated vinyl compilation featuring 13 of the band’s top hits.
Travis Scott – Astroworld 2xLP+MP3 (Epic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Astroworld is the critically acclaimed third studio effort from the Grammy-nominated rapper/producer.
The Vandals – Peace Through Vandalism [Reissue/1982] LP (Kung Fu)
Vinyl reissue of the legendary debut EP from the SoCal pop punk rabble rousers. Features The Vandals’ signature brand of light-hearted, often laugh-out-loud funny lyrics matched with no nonsense punk rock thrashing. [Limited picture disc vinyl pressing also available.]