New Releases for November 6, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
Alter Bridge – Walk The Sky 2.0 CDEP/12” (Napalm)
Alter Bridge return with a new EP features six electrifying live versions of the biggest hits and crowd favorites on 2019’s Walk The Sky, recorded during the band’s most recent two-leg headline tour.
Aminé – Limbo CD (Republic)
Rapper/director/innovative artist Aminé moves culture forward for Portland’s music scene. Keeping his promise to change perceptions and defy expectations, the project pays homage to his past on tracks like “Shimmy”, and features a selection of high-profile guest artists, including Young Thug on “Compensating”. [Vinyl edition due November 13.]
David Bowie – Metrobolist (aka The Man Who Sold The World CD/LP (Rhino/Parlophone)
Originally titled Metrobolist, the album’s name was changed at the last minute to The Man Who Sold The World — the original stereo master tapes were in fact labeled Metrobolist, with the title ultimately crossed out. The 2020 re-release of the album under its Metrobolist moniker has been remixed by original producer Tony Visconti, with the exception of the track “After All” which Tony considered perfect as is and is featured in its 2015 remaster incarnation.
Dave Brubeck – Lullabies CD/LP (Verve)
In 2010 at 91 years old, Dave Brubeck recorded peerless takes on best-known children’s songs, beloved standards, and originals as a gift to his grandchildren and as his last studio recording. His playing, ingenuity and integrity, all hallmarks of great Brubeck recordings, are abundantly apparent on Lullabies. Bookended by two versions of “Brahms Lullaby”, the five originals among the covers are “Going To Sleep”, “Lullaby For Iola”, “Koto Song”, “Softly, William, Softly” and “Briar Bush”.
Kylie Minogue – Disco CD/LP (BMG)
The Australian singer’s 15th album is a departure from her previous country-tinged album Golden (2018), and was influenced by 1970s and 1980s disco, as well as modern-day club music.
Charlie Parker – The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection CD (Craft Recordings)
CD configuration of the Charlie Parker LP box set released earlier in the year. The collection highlights Bird’s pioneering bebop recordings for Savoy Records from 1944-1948, featuring jazz legends Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis, Bud Powell, Max Roach and more. The package includes faithfully restored original album artwork, plus a booklet containing vintage photos, rare ephemera and new liner notes by Grammy-winning author Neil Tesser.
Pylon – Gyrate [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (New West)
Pylon – Chomp [Reissue/1983] CD/LP (New West)
Pylon – Pylon Box 4xLP (New West)
In the late 1970’s Athens, Georgia was buzzing with a raw but sophisticated music scene. Traditional southern rock had been the Georgia musical export for years before but the turn of the decade began producing new sounds from bands like the B-52’s, R.E.M. and alt rock luminaries, Pylon. Before they were a band, Pylon were art-school students at the University of Georgia: four kids invigorated by big ideas about art and creativity and society. Pylon was less a band, however, and more of an art project, which meant they had very specific goals in mind as well as an expiration date. While their time together as a band was short lived (1979-1983), Pylon had a lasting influence on the history of rock and roll. [Pylon Box (CD edition due next year) is a comprehensive look at the band and features their studio LPs Gyrate and Chomp, both of which have been remastered from their original tapes, the 11-song collection Extra which includes rarities and 5 previously unreleased studio and live recordings, as well as Razz Tape, Pylon’s first-ever recording: a 13-song unreleased session that pre-dates the band’s seminal “Cool” b/w “Dub” debut.]
Sólstafir – Endless Twilight Of Codependent Love CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
Music will always be inspired by the environment in which it is created. With its incredible array of highly diverse landscapes ranging from white glaciers via volcanic bizarreness, moss-green bubble-fields, deep fjords, and frost-cracked mountains to black beaches, Iceland has shaped a host of astonishingly original in Sólstafir. [Deluxe CD box edition includes two bonus tracks, embroidered wristband, magnet, and more.]
Heather Trost – Petrichor CD/LP (Third Man)
New Mexico-based artist Heather Trost’s new solo full-length, Petrichor, is fresh, unique, and really good. Sonically, this modern psychedelic pop music is as experimental as it is accessible. These seven lush, beautiful songs defy easy categorization, gleefully mixing elements from multiple genres – but it’s never to impress you or show off. You might not even notice how smart the record is until a fifth listen, a testament to how much work was put into the futuristic and shimmering sound
Laura Veirs – My Echo CD (Raven Marching Band)
My Echo is Laura Veirs’ eleventh studio album, and includes appearances and features from Jim James, Bill Frisell, Karl Blau, Matt Ward and others. [Vinyl edition due November 27.]
The Who –Who [Deluxe & Live At Kingston] 2xCD (Interscope)
The Who release a new version of 2019’s album Who featuring an updated version of “Beads On
One String” newly remixed by Pete Townshend and acoustic tracks from the band’s only live shows of 2020. The songs on the deluxe version of Who were recorded in Kingston on Valentine’s Day this year exactly 50 years to the day since The Who’s seminal show at Leeds which became the infamous live album Live At Leeds. [Vinyl edition due December 4.]
Wilco – Summerteeth [Reissue/1999] 4xCD/5xLP (Rhino)
Wilco’s third album, Summerteeth, arrived in March 1999 to glowing reviews for it’s daring arrangements, lush harmonies and revealing lyrics. This Deluxe Edition reissue includes a Bob Ludwig 2020 remastered version of the original album along with an entire disc of unreleased studio outtakes, alternate versions and demos that chart the making of the album from songwriting demos to alternate studio arrangements to finished masters. The two remaining discs feature a previously unissued live show. The concert took place late in the Summerteeth tour, on November 1, 1999 in Colorado at The Boulder Theatre, when the new songs had been road-tested and the band was in top form. Sourced from an uncirculated soundboard recording, it features band members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Ken Coomer and Jay Bennett. Most of the songs on Summerteeth were performed during the show, along with several tracks from the band’s two previous records, Being There (1996) and A.M. (1995), as well as Mermaid Avenue (1999).
Wynonna – Recollections CDEP (ANTI-)
The new release from the younger half of country music duo The Judds, Recollections marks both a literal and a figurative homecoming for the Grammy-winning icon, who recorded much of the collection while quarantining on her Tennessee farm in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forced off the road for the first time in years, she found herself reconnecting with her roots as she sang once again for the sheer joy of it, performing a series of loose and lively covers with her husband, former Highway 101 drummer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Cactus Moser
Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Return To Greendale 2xCD/2xLP/2xCD+2xLP+Blu-ray+DVD (WB)
Return To Greendale is the next installment in Neil Young’s Performance Series (#16) and features a concert (audio & on film) from the historic and unique 2003 tour supporting the release of the Neil Young with Crazy Horse album Greendale. On the 2003 tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse were joined on stage by a large cast of singers and actors to perform the story Neil Young wrote about the small town of Greendale and how a dramatic event affects the people living there. The ten songs from the powerful original album are performed in sequence, with the cast speaking the sung words – adding to the intensity of the performance.
John Lee Hooker & The Coast To Coast Blues Band – Live At Montreux 1983 & 1990 2xLP (Eagle Records)
The legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker brought his boogie style blend of rhythm & blues to deliver two blistering performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1983 and 1990. Joined by The Coast to Coast Blues Band they cover an impressive set of hits from across his career including “Boom Boom”, “Crawlin King Snake” and his very first single “Boogie Chillen’”.
INXS – Kick [Reissue/1987] LP (Atlantic)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing of the best-selling album from INXS, featuring the hit singles “Need You Tonight”, “New Sensation”, “Devil Inside” and “Never Tear Us Apart”.
Lindsay Lohan – Speak [Reissue/2004] LP (Casablanca)
Originally released in 2004, Lindsay Lohan’s debut studio album Speak is available on vinyl for the first time.
Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets To My Downfall LP (Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Tickets To My Downfall is Machine Gun Kelly ‘s fifth studio album and first full project that is unabashedly rooted in pop-punk, following the platinum success of I Think I’m Ok. Produced by Travis Barker and containing previously released hits “Bloody Valentine” and “My Ex’s Best Friend” (with Blackbear).
Juana Molina – Juana Molina “ANRMAL” (Live in Mexico) LP (Crammed Disc)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. ANRML sees Juana Molina and her excellent bandmates Odín Schwartz and Pablo González at the top of their high-energy shape. It’s her first-ever live album, and will undoubtedly be a revelation to anyone who hasn’t had a chance to attend a recent concert. Recorded at the NRML Festival in Mexico, in early March 2020, a few days before the world came to a halt in a massive lockdown, Juana’s live recording will bear forever the memory of the world “before”. The powerful rock-punk vibe of the whole set gives us hope for a better world to come.
Nickle Creek – Nickle Creek [Reissue/2000] LP (Craft Recordings)
Nickle Creek – Why Should The Fire Die? [Reissue/2005] LP (Craft Recordings)
While Nickel Creek’s earlier recordings showed off their musical prowess, the trio consider their self-titled 2000 release to be their official debut. Released on Sugar Hill Records and produced by Alison Krauss, the album incorporates elements of rock, alternative, jazz, and even classical. Featuring both traditional and original material, Nickel Creek showcases the band’s unique style as well as their deft songwriting skills. As Nickel Creek integrated more rock and pop elements into their music, they went in a new direction with their 2005 album Why Should
Sevendust – Blood & Stone LP (BMG)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.