New Releases for November 20, 2020
John Calvin Abney – Familiar Ground CD/LP (Black Mesa)
The sojourn back to what could be called familiar ground is a multi-faceted path, different for everyone, every time. When writing this album, Oklahoma multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter John Calvin Abney couldn’t shake this feeling, this awareness of the ephemeral and impermanent state of existence that we all dwell in, and how fast our time runs without knowing where it all goes.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandria Palace 2xCD/2xLP (AWAL)
Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace is a live album by musician Nick Cave. It was filmed by cinematographer Robbie Ryan and live streamed across three different time zones on July 23rd, 2020 and features Cave performing solo on piano at Alexandra Palace in London. Idiot Prayer serves as the final film in a trilogy-along with 20,000 Days On Earth (2014) and One More Time With Feeling (2016) and was described by Cave as “it’s luminous and heartfelt climax.” The set features songs (including rare tracks) from across the breadth of Cave’s career, including early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen.
Neil Diamond with The London Symphony Orchestra – Classic Diamonds CD/2xLP (Capitol)
Classic Diamonds is a new 14 song collection featuring new vocals from Neil Diamond paired with an interpretation of some of the unrivaled artist’s most celebrated chart-topping hits performed by The London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London and Diamond’s studio in Los Angeles, the album was produced by Grammy-winning producer/arranger Walter Afanasieff and co-arranged by Afanasieff and Grammy-winning conductor/arranger William Ross, who also conducted The London Symphony Orchestra for the recording.
The Dirty Knobs – Wreckless Abandon CD/2xLP (BMG)
While 2020’s Wreckless Abandon is their first official release and occasion to tour, The Dirty Knobs first came together 15 years ago after Mike Campbell met guitarist Jason Sinay at a session and liked the way their guitars sounded together. After adding the acclaimed rhythm section of bassist Lance Morrison (Don Henley) and drummer Matt Laug (Slash, Alanis Morrisette), The Dirty Knobs became an outlet for Campbell to work on some of the other songs he was writing between Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers records and touring. They got together when schedules permitted, playing music without an agenda, expectations or deadlines, without worrying about outcome or hits, pushing boundaries of taste, imagination, and genres and creating some of the most brutally confident yet psychically dangerous rock and roll since sonic-renegade juggernauts the Yardbirds first sauntered onto a London stage and ripped into “For Your Love”.
Dirty Projectors – 5EPS CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
The newest chapter for Dirty Projectors is a sequence of five four-song EPs. Each EP features lead vocals by a different band member including Maia Friedman, Felicia Douglass, Kristin Silpp and Dave Longstreth. The final EP features vocals by all members. Each song collection is strikingly different from the next, but true to itself: Maia’s Window Opens is acoustic and folky; Felicia’s Flight Tower is super future, both soulful and electronic. Kristin’s Earth Crisis is cut-up orchestral collage – looped, pitch-shifted, and digitally deconstructed – and Dave’s Super Joao is four-track bossa nova. Ring Road, the final EP, recapitulates everything with a classic full-band Dirty Projects sound.
Eels – Earth To Dora LP (PIAS America)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. “Mark ‘E’ Everett’s 13th album under his melancholic indie moniker is a life-worn collection that charts the rise and fall of a relationship, exuding fragile hope.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Live In San Francisco ’16 2xLP (ATO)
Just under a month after delivering their award-winning 2016 album Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard took the stage at San Francisco’s The Independent for a set both wildly frenetic and meticulously executed. In one of their final club gigs before bursting onto the international scene – soon selling out amphitheaters and headlining festivals – the Melbourne septet laid down a breakneck performance that, in the words of SF Weekly, “made every organ ache just right.” Multi-tracked and impeccably mixed, Live in San Francisco ’16 simultaneously channels the massive energy of King Gizzard’s set while echoing the sweaty intimacy of the 500-capacity venue. CD edition due December 4.
Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon – Noon CD/LP (ATO)
The unlikely partnership between acoustic guitar pioneer Leo Kottke and Phish bassist Mike Gordon continues with the long-awaited Noon, their first new album in fifteen years. Couching late-night melancholy in a summer lilt, Noon features eleven tracks of warmly askew songs and intricate playing – and the intimate third voice created by Kottke and Gordon, two of the most accomplished and idiosyncratic instrumentalists in American music. Noon is the pair’s third collaborative LP following 2005’s Sixty Six Steps and 2002’s Clone.
Rob Mazurek and The Exploding Star Orchestra – Dimensional Stardust CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Marfa, Texas-based multidisciplinary artist Rob Mazurek delivers the new album Dimensional Stardust with the Exploding Star Orchestra. The album recalls an array of Mazurek’s symphonic influences – from Béla Bartók to Morton Feldman to Gil Evans to Sun Ra to Pedro Santos to Bill Dixon to The Art Ensemble of Chicago. Opting to focus on tight ensemble orchestration over passages of open improvisation, Mazurek distills an orchestra of explosive improvisers into a beautifully restrained, graceful group exercise in melodic minimalism. Mazurek himself is sparsely present as an instrumentalist, only occasionally joining the ensemble with his piccolo trumpet.
Dave Alvin – From An Old Guitar: Rare And Unreleased Recordings CD (Yep Roc)
This 16-song collection features studio performances that Dave Alvin recorded over the years for his own albums or for tribute albums but mainly they’re just things he did for the pure kicks of playing music he loves with musicians he loves and admires. The songs range from some originals to interpretations of compositions by friends like Peter David Case, Chris Smither and the late Bill Morrissey to tunes written by heroes like Willie Dixon, Bob Dylan, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Earl Hooker and Marty Robbins. The music ranges from acoustic blues and ballads to electric barroom blues, folk/rock and even a little country/rock. [Vinyl edition due December 18].
Mary J. Blige – My Life [Reissue/1994] 2xCD/2xLP (Republic)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the second studio album by the R&B artist.
Garth Brooks – Fun CD (Pearl)
Garth Brooks’ 12th studio album, Fun features 14 tracks including “Dive Bar”, the rowdy (Rolling Stone) and anthemic (Billboard) collaboration with Blake Shelton.
BTS – Be CD (Bighit Entertainment)
Limited edition boxset. Be imparts a message of healing to the world. The set includes: CD, one photobook, one making book, one lyric poster, eight photo cards, one polaroid photo card, one photo frame, seven postcards, and one poster.
Isobel Campbell – Amorino [Reissue/2003] CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Isobel Campbell – Milk White Sheets [Reissue/2006] CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
After vaulting to fame as a founding member of the beloved indie pop collective Belle & Sebastian, Isobel Campbell enjoyed success as a solo artist, recording lush and elegiac chamber pop under her given name, under the moniker the Gentle Waves, and with longstanding duet partner Mark Lanegan. Following excellent reviews for her recent solo album, There Is No Other…, released earlier this year, Campbell reissues her third and fourth solo albums, Amorino and Milkwhite Sheets on CD and vinyl.
Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 3xCD/6xLP (Rhino)
Held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, 2019’s two-day Crossroads Guitar Festival concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua – the chemical dependency treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998. With actor Bill Murray as the Master of Ceremonies, this set features outstanding performances by Clapton (of course), James Bay, Jeff Beck, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Andy Fairweather Low, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, Sonny Landreth, Lianne La Havas, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo’, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Randolph, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughan and many more. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions are also available.]
Raheem DeVaughn – What A Time To Be In Love CD (Sonos)
New album from the R&B singer and undisputed Love King.
John Fogerty – Fogerty’s Factory CD (BMG)
Fogerty’s Factory is a newly recorded album of stripped back tracks from legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist John Fogerty. All 12 songs were recorded during lockdown by John and his family including his sons Shane and Tyler (who together are the band Hearty Har) and daughter Kelsy. None of these included tracks have been available physically before. [Vinyl edition due January 15.]
Josh Groban – Harmony CD (WB)
The making of the Harmony album was cathartic for Josh. He wanted to go back to basics, and interpret songs that make him feel good, are a blast to sing, and most importantly, are songs that fans have asked for. Highlights include “The Impossible Dream”, “Angels”, “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, and “Celebrate Me Home”. Special guest appearances on the album include a duet with Leslie Odom Jr. (Tony award for Hamilton On Broadway) on “Shape Of My Heart”, plus a duet with Sara Bareilles of the Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides Now”, and Kirk Franklin bringing his unique blend of energy and a choir to a new and timely original called “The Fullest”.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live In Maui 2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP+Blu-ray (Experience Hendrix L.L.C./Legacy)
A companion piece to the brand-new feature length documentary Music, Money, Madness…Jimi Hendrix In Maui, (included here on Blu-ray) Live In Maui chronicles the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s storied visit to Maui and how they became ensnared with the ill-fated Rainbow Bridge movie produced by their controversial manager Michael Jeffery. The Blu-ray includes the full documentary as well as bonus features featuring all of the existing 16mm color film shot of the two performances that afternoon mixed in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound.
Iron Maiden – Nights Of The Dead, Legacy of The Beast: Live In Mexico City 2xCD/3xLP (BMG)
Iron Maiden’s new concert recording Nights Of The Dead, Legacy Of The Beast: Live In Mexico City relives the band’s three sold out arena shows in Mexico City in September 2019. The 17-track setlist spans from Maiden’s eponymous debut to the 2006 release of A Matter Of Life And Death.
Jewel – Pieces Of You [Reissue/1995] 2xCD/4xCD (Craft Recordings)
This 25th anniversary limited edition reissue (available as a double-CD and four-CD box set) comprises Jewel’s breakthrough debut album, newly remastered, plus a dog’s dinner of bonus tracks. [Vinyl edition due December 18.]
Arlo McKinley – Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound [Reissue/2014] CD/LP (Oh Boy)
McKinley has washed his songs in the blood of street soul, country, punk and gospel – and tattooed them onto the underground. They’re filled with an honest weight and gritty hope from rustbelt city life. McKinley was the last artist John Prine and his son Jody signed together to their label Oh Boy records who released 2020’s Die Midwestern and reissues Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound here.
Nas – King’s Disease CD/2xLP/Cassette (Mass Appeal)
Produced by Hit-Boy (Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Travis Scott) and co-executive produced by Hit-Boy and Gabriel “G Code” Zardes, Nas’ thirteenth studio album King’s Disease follows up 2019’s The Lost Tapes 2 and the Kanye West-helmed Nasir from 2018.
Pink Floyd – The Delicate Sound Of Thunder [Reissue/1988] 2xCD/2xCD+DVD+Blu-ray/3xLP (Pink Floyd Records)
A new remixed and remastered reissue of Pink Floyd’s Grammy-nominated film/live album, complete with nine bonus songs not included on the original release. [Deluxe double-CD+DVD+Blu-ray+40-Page Book box set edition features the original album plus the full concert film restored/re-edited from the original 35mm film and enhanced with 5.1 surround sound. Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions are also available.
Elvis Presley – From Elvis In Nashville 4xCD/2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Available as both a four-CD box set and double-LP. From Elvis In Nashville is the definitive chronicle of Elvis 1970 “Marathon” sessions at RCA Studio B with the Nashville Cats. The CD box includes 40 undubbed, newly mixed recordings plus two discs of rare/unreleased outtakes.
Duke Robillard – Blues Bash CD (Stony Plain Music)
Duke Robillard has defined himself as not merely a great artist, but also a true historian, scholar and curator who is adept at electric and acoustic blues, jazz, jump, swing, ballads and standards. Grammy-nominated and a five-time winner of the Blues Award, over his 50 plus year career Duke has been a prolific songwriter and is considered a blues guitar master.
Tombs – Under Sullen Skies CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
A blackened fury of extreme metal, intertwining with savage, doom-laden brutality.
War On Drugs – Live Drugs CD/LP (Super High Quality)
Culled from over 40 hard drives of recorded live shows spread out across years of touring behind multiple critically acclaimed records, Live Drugs is a document showcasing the evolution of the band’s live show over the years. Additionally, Live Drugs is a portrait of the enduring relationship between Adam Granduciel and Dominic East. A longtime friend, guitar tech and stage manager, East is Live Drugs’ co-producer and the presence Granduciel credits as holding everything together. Inspired to finally finish with fresh ears, Granduciel and East poured through the vaults of live multi-tracks, sending final selections for mixing to Jonathan Low at Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond Studio. Sequenced to reflect how a typical 70-minute set would flow, Live Drugs thrives on live set staples immortalized on record for the first time. [A limited indie store exclusive colored vinyl pressing is available.]
Battles – Juice B Mixed 12”+MP3 (Warp)
This release sees the aforementioned artists using an array of sounds from across the spectrum of Battles’ latest LP Juice B Crypts, released late last year. In utilizing the wide array of sounds, the remixers have created work that is not singularly indebted to one song or another, rather inspired by the sonic world of the album and serving as an extension of it. The remixers have utilized this creative freedom to the fullest, delivering a collection of songs that occupy distinctly different spaces of the electronic music landscape while retaining a shared connectivity to the original work.
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Roots & Herbs [Reissue/1970] LP (Blue Note)
One Art Blakey’s greatest albums with the Jazz Messengers, Roots & Herbs, is little known. In 1961, the group featured Lee Morgan (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Bobby Timmons (piano) and Jymie Merrit (bass). Recorded in Rudy Van Gelder’s New Jersey studio, it’s a brilliant set of six Shorter compositions. Reissued as part of The Blue Note Tone Poet Series: all-analog, remastered 180gm vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Drive-By Truckers – Decoration Day [Reissue/2003] LP (Yep Roc)
Drive-By Truckers – The Dirty South [Reissue/2004] LP (Yep Roc)
Drive-By Truckers – A Blessing And A Curse [Reissue/2006] LP (Yep Roc)
Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark [Reissue/2008] LP (Yep Roc)
Drive-By Truckers – The Fine Print (A Collection Of Oddities And Rarities) 2003-2008 [Reissue/2009] 2xLP (Yep Roc)
Limited colored vinyl pressings.
Rilo Kiley – Rilo Kiley [Reissue/1999] LP (Little Record Co.)
For the first time on vinyl, Rilo Kiley’s rare original self-released record from 1999. Originally only a homemade CD and only sold at shows, this release features the same artwork in a gatefold package.
Various Artists – Black Snake Moan [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] LP (New West)
Limited colored vinyl pressing. As Hustle & Flow depicted the underground world of Dirty South rap, Black Snake Moan, which was filmed in Memphis, Tennessee and surrounding environs, employs as a setting the contemporary North Mississippi hill country music scene, revealing it’s sound through purveyors like the North Mississippi Allstars, R.L. Burnside, and Jessie Mae Hemphill.