New Releases for November 4, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
Seth Avett – Seth Avett Sings Greg Brown CD/LP (Ramseur)
New solo album from Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers (his first in five years), featuring songs written by lauded folk singer Greg Brown. “This is a man who put forty records out because he had to,” Avett says. “He made his own record label. He played the coffee shops, the bars, the little theaters. He built it. He’s a world-class artist who did it all under the radar, which is just mind-blowing to me.”
Rayland Baxter – If I Were A Butterfly CD/LP (ATO)
If I Were A Butterfly is Rayland Baxter’s first new album in four years. For the making of his fourth album, Baxter holed up for over a year at a former rubber-band factory turned studio in the Kentucky countryside – a seemingly humble environment that proved to be something of a wonderland. If I Were a Butterfly finds Baxter co-producing alongside Tim O’Sullivan (The Head And The Heart, Grace Potter), slowly piecing together the album’s patchwork of lush psychedelia and Beatlesesque pop.
The Blue Stones – Pretty Monster CD/LP (MNRK Music Group)
Pretty Monster is the new album from Candian rock duo The Blue Stones. “The album’s 10 tracks show The Blue Stones exploring sonic textures, with the band’s signature energetic tone wandering into new territory.
Iris DeMent – Infamous Angel [Reissue/1992] CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Iris DeMent released Infamous Angel in 1992. Nearly 30 years later, the album remains among the most singular and fully realized singer-songwriter debuts since the invention of that category in the early ’70s.
Luke Evans – A Song For You CD (BMG)
New release from the country music singer/songwriter. The album features duets with Nicole Kidman and Charlotte Church.
Ezra Collective – Where I’m Meant To Be CD/2xLP/Cassette (Partisan)
Ezra Collective’s new era, a venture in discovered maturity and raised stakes, will be defined by the anticipated second album. Where I’m Meant To Be is a thumping celebration of life, an affirming elevation in the Ezra Collective’s winding hybrid sound and refined collective character.
First Aid Kit – Palomino CD/LP (Columbia)
Palomino is the highly anticipated fifth album from First Aid Kit, the critically acclaimed Swedish folk duo consisting of sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. Their follow-up to 2018’s BRIT Award-nominated Ruins is introduced by the promising singles “Angel” and “Out Of My Head”. “We love this record. It’s a special one. We can’t wait for you to hear it!” the duo proclaims.
Billy Joel – Live At Yankee Stadium 2xCD+Blu-ray/3xLP (Sony Legacy)
22 performances from Billy Joel’s historic two-day run at The House That Ruth Built! Recorded June 22 & 23, 1990 are newly mixed from the original multi-track. Features 11 completely unreleased performances, including “Uptown Girl”, “Only The Good Die Young”, “Allentown” and more. [The double-CD + Blu-ray edition features a meticulously re-mixed and re-edited film of the concert shot in 16mm color.]
The Lone Bellow – Love Songs For Losers CD/LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Over the last ten years, The Lone Bellow has cast an indelible spell with their finespun songs of hard truth and redemptive beauty, faithfully delivered in hypnotic three-part harmony. In a departure from their past work with elite producers like Aaron Dessner of The National and eight-time Grammy-winner Dave Cobb, the Nashville-based trio struck out on their own for their album Love Songs For Losers, dreaming up a singular sound encompassing everything from arena-ready rock anthems to the gorgeously sprawling Americana tunes the band refers to as little redneck symphonies.
The Offering – Seeing The Elephant CD/LP (Century Media)
“Technically flawless, Seeing The Elephant provides further evidence that The Offering are now a band to be taken seriously, if you hadn’t already. They blend their technical prowess with a heaviness that is often crushing in weight. The title was sourced during the US unrest of the George Floyd protests during the pandemic in 2020. The album is rich in political observation and human emotion.” – Paul Hutchings, Metal Talk
Glen Phillips – There Is So Much Here CD/LP+MP3 (Compass)
New album from the singer, songwriter, and frontman for Toad The Wet Sprocket.
Phoenix – Alpha Zulu CD (Glassnote)
Grammy Award-winning French quartet Phoenix returns with their long-awaited seventh studio album Alpha Zulu, their first since 2017’s Ti Amo. Recorded during the height of the pandemic in Paris at the iconic Louvre Museum, the 10-track collection includes the title track single, “Identical” which was featured in Sofia Coppola’s 2020 film On The Rocks and “Tonight” with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.
Tom Skinner – Voices Of Bishara CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Drummer, composer, and producer Tom Skinner (The Smile, Sons Of Kemet) releases his new album, Voices Of Bishara. The first recording under Skinner’s own name is a reference to an album he listened to repeatedly during the COVID-19 lockdown: cellist Abdul Wadud’s 1978 solo album By Myself, which was privately pressed on Wadud’s label, Bishara. The common Arabic name has the intention or meaning of “good news” or “the bringer of good news.”
Turnover – Myself In The Way CD/LP (Run For Cover)
Myself In The Way is the Turnover’s fifth full-length album, and it follows their first pause in consistent touring in almost 10 years. Returning to Pennsylvania to track with longtime friend and producer Will Yip, vocalist & guitarist Austin Getz cites Quincy Jones, Chic, and Dark Side Of The Moon as influences in the way that songs like the infectiously-rhythmic “Ain’t Love Heavy” and the trippy, disorienting “Tears Of Change” feel wider, deeper and more whole than anything in the band’s catalog to date.
Suki Waterhouse – Milk Teeth CDEP (Sub Pop)
The Milk Teeth EP compiles singer-songwriter Suki Waterhouse’s various non-album singles onto a physical release for the first time. It includes the song “Good Looking”, which, in mid-2022, exploded on Tik Tok and hit #1 on the global viral chart.
Iggy Azalea – The End Of An Era 2xLP (Bad Dreams)
Two vinyl pressings of Azalea’s 2021 album are available: Regular blue w/ purple and Deluxe blue/purple including a poster. After a meteoric rise over the past decade, acclaimed Australian rapper Iggy Azalea drops the third and (possibly) final album, The End Of An Era.
Botch – We Are The Romans [Reissue/1999] 2xLP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Legendary Tacoma, Washington mathcore/hardcore/metal band Botch’s second and final full-length album We Are The Romans was originally released in 1999 to critical acclaim, eventually becoming one of the most ground-breaking and influential albums during a pivotal shift in heavy music. This special reissue of their seminal album includes new song “One Twenty Two”, the first new music Botch has released in over 20 years.
Broken Social Scene – Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities 2xLP+MP3 (Arts & Crafts)
Released in July on CD – now available on vinyl. Named by Pitchfork as one of the Most Important Artists of the last 25 years, Broken Social Scene set the gold standard for indie rock in the 21st century. Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities is a career-spanning collection of B-sides, rarities, and outtakes pulled from 20 years of 7”s, compilations, soundtracks, unreleased music, and hard-to-find releases.
Luke Combs – Growin’ Up LP (SME Nashville)
Released in June on CD – now available on vinyl.
Paul Flaherty / Zach Rowden – As Far As Death LP (Family Vineyard)
As Far As Death is the cross-generational debut of fire music evangelist and saxophonist Paul Flaherty with double bassist and composer Zach Rowden. The Connecticut natives forge an album of dynamic free jazz interplay that also draws on imporous textures of contemporary music – an ecstatic reflection.
Tim Kasher – Middling Age LP (15 Passenger)
Black vinyl pressing. Middling Age is the 2022 album from indie rocker Tim Kasher, also known as the front man for Cursive and the Good Life.
Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights LP (RCA)
Gemini Rights follows Lacy’s debut album Apollo XXI (2019), and was preceded by the singles “Mercury”, “Bad Habit” and “Sunshine”. The album includes guest appearances from Fousheé, and Lacy’s The Internet bandmate, keyboardist Matt Martians. Incorporating a variety of genres, the album has been described as an amalgamation of indie rock and alternative R&B, with elements of funk, jazz, and psychedelia.
The Del McCoury Band – Almost Proud LP (McCoury Music)
Released in February on CD – now available on vinyl. The most awarded artist in the history of bluegrass, and one of the few artists with a direct connection to Bill Monroe still touring today, is back again with another stellar collection of songs, ranging from new songs that he wrote, originals from songwriting friends, and some covers that in his usual way, he puts his stamp on.
The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past [Reissue/2012] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Limited ‘tangerine w/ apple galaxy’ color vinyl pressing of the third studio album by The Menzingers, originally released in 2012.
Prince – The Hits 1 [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Prince – The Hits 2 [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Prince’s first compilation ever, The Hits 1 contains 16 of Prince’s best-known singles released between 1978 and 1993 including “When Doves Cry”, “1999”, “Diamonds And Pearls”, and “Let’s Go Crazy”, along with two then-previously unreleased tracks: “Pink Cashmere” and Prince’s own rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, which he had originally written for his protégé act The Family and had become a global hit as performed by Sinead O’Connor. The Hits 2 contains 18 tracks across two LPs, including some of Prince’s most provocative singles from the first half of his career, including “Head”, “Dirty Mind”, and “Gett Off” along with huge hits like “Purple Rain”, “Kiss”, “Raspberry Beret”, and “Little Red Corvette”.
Puff Daddy & The Family – No Way Out [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Bad Boy)
25th Anniversary of the Multi-Platinum debut on limited-edition white color vinyl. Includes the Grammy-Winning Smash “I’ll Be Missing You” Plus the Timeless Classics “It’s All About The Benjamins”, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”, “Victory”, and more.
Spoon – Lucifer On The Moon LP+MP3 (Matador)
On the heels of what Rolling Stone calls “maybe Spoon’s best record ever,” Lucifer On The Sofa, Spoon release a collaborative reconstruction of the studio record with legendary dub pioneer Adrian Sherwood (ON-U Sound).
Vince Staples – Ramona Park Broke My Heart LP (Motown)
Released in April on CD – now available on vinyl.
Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill [Reissue/1972] LP (Geffen)
At long last: the classic Steely Dan MCA Records catalog is back on vinyl. Led by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released seven albums from 1972-1980. The vinyl series will kick off with Can’t Buy A Thrill, now in its 50th Anniversary Year, which features the band’s breakthrough hits “Do It Again”, “Reelin’ In The Years” and the recently viral “Dirty Work”. Meticulously remastered by Bernie Grundman, these reissues were cut by Alex Abrash at AA Mastering studio and pressed at Precision.