New Releases for November 2, 2018
New in our Listening Stations This Week:
Rodney Crowell – Christmas Everywhere CD/LP (New West)
“A few years back, it became evident to my family, and indeed myself, that I’d gone sour on all things related to Christmas. Sometime around Christmas 2016 I came home to find my granddaughters, sitting side by side and playing on our old upright piano a melody that to my ear sounded like something from the early nineteenth century. I asked them what song they were playing and in unison they replied, ‘something we just made up.’ I hit record on my iPhone and asked them to play it again. Using their melody almost entirely, I spent a couple of months composing the words to ‘Come Christmas’. I was finally ready to record an album of original Christmas songs. With Dan Knobler producing and some very gifted musicians and vocalists lending their talents, the making of the album Christmas Everywhere ranks as some of the most enjoyable recording sessions I’ve ever experienced.” – Rodney Crowell
Dead Can Dance – Dionysus CD/2xLP+CD (PIAS America)
Dead Can Dance’s new album took shape as Brendan Perry became fascinated by long established spring and harvest festivals that had their origins in Dionysian religious practices throughout Europe. Dionysus brings to the fore the rites and rituals that today continue to be informed by the Greek god. The album’s seven movements, in the form of an oratorio, represent different facets of the Dionysus myth and his cult. As with the rest of the Dead Can Dance catalog, rhythms inspired by world traditions play a key role, with tracks seeming less like songs and more like fragments of a cohesive whole. Perry blends all of the album’s elements together using field recordings and chanting, including a goatherd in Switzerland, beehives from New Zealand, and bird calls from Mexico and Brazil. Perry uses this not only to invoke the album’s atmosphere and symbolic references but also to demonstrate how music can be found everywhere. [Indie-exclusive deluxe edition features heavyweight colored vinyl, CD and a 16-page 12″ x 12″ hardback picture book with padded cover.]
Marianne Faithfull – Negative Capability CD/LP+CD (BMG)
Negative Capability (a title borrowed from Romantic poet John Keats) is Marianne Faithfull’s 21st album of her 54-year recording career. Facing down arthritis and bolstered by collaborators including Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, Rob Ellis, Ed Harcourt and Mark Lanegan, Negative Capability is charged with brutal honesty and autobiographical reflection as she addresses losing old friends, the loneliness of living in her adopted city of Paris and still hoping love can come around. It includes the single “The Gypsy Faerie Queen” co-written with Nick Cave and covers of contemporaries The Rolling Stones (“As Tears Go By”) and Bob Dylan (“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”). [Deluxe vinyl + CD edition includes bonus tracks.]
JD McPherson – Socks CD/LP (New West)
Featuring eleven original tracks written by JD McPherson and his friends, Socks is a collection of holiday songs sure to become standards while you are decking the halls or decorating the tree. Come get warm by the fire with songs such as, “All The Gifts I Need” and “Every Single Christmas”, or burn the cookies to the title cut and “Ugly Christmas Sweater”. There is something for everyone on this record to enjoy whether you are in the Christmas spirit or if you just wanna say, “Bah Humbug.”
The Prodigy – No Tourists CD/LP (BMG)
Original electronic music trailblazers The Prodigy are back with a new album. No Tourists is “ultimately about escapism and the want and need to be derailed. Don’t be a tourist – there is always more danger and excitement to be found if you stray from the set path” says Prodigy found and frontman Liam Howlett. The album was written, produced and mixed Howlett in his studio in London’s Kings Cross though this is – Liam notes – “very much a band album.” Members Maxim and Keef Flint are very much present and correct, each supplying their legendary vocal skills. Yes, there are one or two collaborators, but fundamentally this is the sound of the central Prodigy three, bringing their riotous sound to audiences old and new, two decades since their epochal album The Fat Of The Land. Expanding on the general shape of the project, Liam says: “this album is equally aggressive as the last records – but in a different way.” A musician, songwriter and studio maestro, Howlett is as rigorous and righteously up for it as he was when he formed his 28-years-young band. He explains that, as ever, the new songs “are built to play live. That’s the one thing that brings everything together. I couldn’t write this music unless it has that outlet on stage. That helps write the music. This is what I do it for: the live thing. And until we feel like we can’t do it, or the buzz goes, we won’t stop.” [Indie-exclusive vinyl pressing also available.]
Tenacious D – Post-Apocalypto CD/2xLP (Columbia)
Post-Apocalypto is an original, six-part animated video series from the minds of rock duo Tenacious D, comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Each frame of every episode was hand-drawn by Jack himself, with every character voiced by Black and Gass, and can be watched via Tenacious D’s YouTube page. True to the title, Post-Apocalypto finds Tenacious D thrust into a world of complete and utter destruction following the drop of an atomic bomb. Surviving the attack in classic cinematic fashion (a good old imperishable 1950’s refrigerator), the duo quickly learns that new forms of evil have spawned from the blast. One thing becomes apparent – for humanity to prevail, Tenacious D must save the world. All six episodes feature new Tenacious D songs, culminating in this new 21-track album of the same name. [Limited green colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Touché Amoré – 10 Years/1000 Shows – Live At The Regent Theatre CD/2xLP+MP3 (Epitaph)
February 2018 marked the 10-year anniversary of the first show ever played by Los Angeles, CA melodic post-hardcore quintet Touché Amoré. To celebrate the feat the band played their 1000th show at the Regent Theater in downtown L.A, and the incredible event was captured on their new live album, 10 Years/1000 Shows – Live At The Regent Theater. 27 tracks spanning the band’s entire catalogue. Mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou.
More CDs + Vinyl…
Badfinger – Badfinger [Reissue/1974] CD (Real Gone Music)
Badfinger – Wish You Were Here [Reissue/1974] CD (Real Gone Music)
Expanded editions of Badfinger’s fifth and sixth albums. Most folks point to Badfinger as the greatest power pop band of all time. They released their first four albums on The Beatles’ Apple Records between 1970 and 1973.
Rosanne Cash – She Remembers Everything CD/LP (Blue Note)
Dreams still beckon in a damaged world, and Rosanne Cash renders them with fierce grace on her new Blue Note offering She Remembers Everything. The follow-up to Cash’s 2014 release The River & The Thread, the album offers shimmering pop – with hints of twang and jazz – that could find a home in almost any year of postwar American music. But the luminescence and bright production are shot through with a darker vision, trenchant vocals, minor chords, and bent notes that destabilize the landscape. Familiar yet alien, Cash’s take on being a woman in the world reveals just how much has gone awry. [Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing also available. Deluxe CD edition includes three bonus tracks. Box set due November 16.]
Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 CD/6xCD/2xLP (Sony)
The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Dylan during six extraordinary sessions in 1974 – four in New York (September 16, 17, 18, 19) and two in Minneapolis (December 27, 30) – that resulted in the artist’s 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks. [The strictly limited Deluxe six-CD set includes every surviving take from the album, including the complete New York sessions.]
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Willoughby’s Beach [Reissue/2011] CDEP/12” (ATO)
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – 12 Bar Bruise [Reissue/2012] CD/LP (ATO)
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Story Written And Narrated By Broderick Smith – Eyes Like The Sky [Reissue/2013] CD/LP (ATO)
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Float Along – Fill Your Lungs [Reissue/2013] CD/LP (ATO)
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Oddments [Reissue/2014] CD/LP (ATO)
CD and vinyl reissues of the Australian psychedelic rock band’s second EP and first four albums.
Richard Lloyd – The Countdown CD (Plowboy)
Lloyd’s (Rocket From The Tombs, Television) trademark fusion of garage rock crunch, irresistible power pop hooks and metaphysical soul is apparent from the opening riff of the The Countdown’s inaugural rocker “Wind in the Rain”. [Also available: Deluxe edition containing an autographed copy of the CD and a paperback copy of his recent autobiography Everything Is Combustible.]
Metallica – …And Justice For All [Reissue/1988] CD/3xCD/2xLP/5xLP+10”+11xCD+4xDVD/Cassette (Blackened)
Remastered reissues of the fourth studio album by heavy metal icons – available across a variety of editions. The deluxe triple-CD edition includes two discs of previously unreleased demos, rough mixes & live tracks. The one-pressing-only numbered Super Deluxe box set includes the remastered double 180gm LP and CD versions of the album, One 10″ vinyl picture disc, a triple-LP live set, four DVDs of largely previously unreleased footage, and 10 CDs of unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews and live tracks, many of which have never been available and were pulled from the band’s personal collections. Single-disc CD, double-disc vinyl, and cassette editions are also available.
Michael Martin Murphey – Austinology: Alleys Of Austin CD (Wildfire Productions)
Michael Martin Murphey’s new album, Austinology: Alleys Of Austin is filled with songs that laid the groundwork for what is today considered Americana music, but don’t think for one minute that this is a nostalgia project. 50 years after Murphey helped pioneer the Austin Music Scene (along with Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn and more), his latest offering is a look at the seminal period of Austin’s music history that set the stage for the outlaw movement with Nelson and Waylon Jennings, among others, and the live music scene that is still thriving there. [Vinyl edition due November 30.]
The Ocean – Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic CD (Metal Blade)
Based in Berlin, Germany, The Ocean have been making what they refer to as ‘ambient soundtrack doomrock’ since 2001. Their style combines elements of hardcore punk and modern, technical metal with epic arrangements and classical instrumentation. After five years of touring on 2013’s Pelagial, the band delivers their long-awaited eighth studio album, Phanerozoic, split into two volumes. [Vinyl edition due December 14.]
Will Oldham – Songs Of Love And Horror CD/LP (Drag City)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. Songwriter Oldham, guitar and voice operating in quiet tension and ultimate accord, revisits songs that made him (that he made) and others in new versions that quiver like fresh young things in the air of today.
Paint – Paint CD/LP (Mexican Summer)
Paint (Allah-Las guitarist/singer Pedrum Siadatian) makes his mark with his first self-titled solo record. After Allah-Las 2016 Calico Review album he started 4-tracking his own strange ideas fed by the acid-bitter poetry and murky music of Kevin Ayers & Syd Barrett. He found a producer in Frank Maston who instinctively understood the songs would fall apart in the studio if scrubbed too hard. Paint’s first album isn’t always clean but it’s very, very clear: sometimes the mess is the message.
Doug Paisley – Starter Home CD/LP (No Quarter)
To make his first album in nearly five years, Doug Paisley stayed in his hometown of Toronto, Canada playing with old friends and collaborators, and recording in home studios around the city. He spent the previous few years writing, and Starter Home showcases an already brilliant songwriter getting even better. The songs are rooted in the sound of folk and country, but the themes are universal and expansive, not belonging to any genre. The recording itself is quiet, often only minimally adorned, showcasing Paisley’s incredible voice and guitar playing.
Peter, Björn And John – Darker Days CD/LP (Ingrid)
The eighth studio album from the Swedish trio, Darker Days first began coming together in Stockholm at Atlantis Studios, where the songs were written in the immediate aftermath of Breakin’ Point. A concerted effort to, as a press release puts it, “strip away the noise,” however, has resulted in a careful, measured march towards a “composed and simple” album. The album’s construction began with the conjuring of its title, which Peter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Eriksson used as a jumping off point for their songs. Though composed separately, the songs each feature contributions from the individual members.
Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel CD/LP (RCA)
Country supertrio Pistol Annies – featuring Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley – return with their third album. Interstate Gospel showcases the Grammy-nominated group’s stunning harmonies, encompassing celebratory anthems, classic country storytelling and vibey swagger.
Sick Of It All – Wake The Sleeping Dragon CD (Fat Wreck Chords)
The godfathers of NYC hardcore make their triumphant return a 17 track banger. [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
Sun Kil Moon – This Is My Dinner CD (Caldo Verde)
This Is My Dinner was written during Sun Kil Moon’s November 2017 European tour. The album was recorded November 18, 2017 at TAPF Studio in Copenhagen and December 7, 8, 9, 2017 at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. Music by Tony Scherr, Ben Boye, and Ramon Fermin. Words by Mark Kozelek. Musicians include Tony Scherr, Jim White, Scott McPherson, Ben Boye, Ramon Fermin, Chris Connolly and special guest Jordan Cook.
Steve Wilson – Home Invasion: In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall 2xCD+2xDVD/2xCD+2xBlu-ray (Eagle Records)
At the end of March 2018, Steven Wilson played a sell-out three-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Home Invasion: In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall captures the last show of the three-night run and includes nearly three hours of live performance. [Vinyl edition tentatively scheduled for March 2019.]
Exclusively on Vinyl This Week :
Arcade Fire – Arcade Fire [Reissue/2003] 12” (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the original Arcade Fire demo EP recorded in August 2003 in a barn in Maine, and featuring an earlier lineup of the band (Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Dane Mills, Brendan Reed and Myles Broscoe).
Louis Armstrong – The Paramount Recordings 1923-1925 LP (ORG Music)
Louis Armstrong was one of the most renowned trumpeters, bandleaders, singers, and soloists. Also known as “Satchmo,” the incredibly influential musician was born into poverty in New Orleans, LA and worked his way to the top of the jazz circuit beginning in the early 1920’s. The Paramount Recordings is a collection studio sessions tracked between 1923 and 1925, recorded at the time for Paramount Records.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – The Proposition (Original Soundtrack) [Reissue/2005] LP (Mute)
The Proposition was the first feature length soundtrack composed by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and saw a departure in the pair’s previous band-orientated projects, (The Birthday Party, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) providing a haunting and uneasy soundtrack to the film.
Filter – Short Bus [Reissue/1995] LP (Craft Recordings)
Long out of print on vinyl, this reissue features vinyl mastering by George Horn and Anne-Marie Suenramat Fantasy Studios and was pressed at Memphis Record Pressing.
Kids See Ghosts – Kids See Ghosts LP (G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Kids See Ghosts is the eponymous debut from the hip-hop duo of the same name featuring Kanye West and Kid Cudi and the third of five 7-track 2018 albums produced by West succeeding Pusha T’s Daytona and his own ye and preceding Nas’ Nasir and Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E. It includes contributions from Pusha T, Yasiin Bey, Ty Dolla Sign and a posthumous vocal sample of Louis Prima.
Mac Miller – Swimming CD (WB)
Released in August on CD – now available on vinyl. Introduced by the sonically laid-back and funk/R&B-heavy tracks “Self Care”, “Small Worlds” and “What’s The Use?”, Swimming is the last offering from shape-shifting rapper/singer/producer Mac Miller who died on September 7. The album includes contributions from fellow rapper/producer J. Cole, British singer/songwriter Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and composer/instrumentalist John Brion. Miller told Zane Lowe that the album is focused on space and “what it means to be inside of a record.” RIP.