New Releases for November 9, 2018
All That Remains – Victim Of The New Disease CD (Razor & Tie)
Metalcore vets All That Remains follow-up 2017’s The Madness with Victim Of The New Disease which is ushered in by the pull no punches lead single “F*** Love” and also features a guest appearance by Asking Alexandria singer Danny Worsnop on “Just Tell Me Something”. Integrating excruciating personal experiences, political rants and controversial commentary with music that’s just as confrontational, it’s an unapologetic showcase of honesty and ingenuity which induces gentle head-bobbing one moment and teeth-clenching fist pounding the next. [Vinyl edition due January 11.]
Charles Bradley – Black Velvet CD/LP/LP+12”+MP3 (Daptone/Dunham)
Black Velvet is a celebration of Charles Bradley, lovingly assembled by his friends and family at Dunham/Daptone Records. Though chronologically the material spans Charles’ entire career, this is no anthology, “greatest hits” or other shallow rehashing of the songs that already made him famous. Rather, this album is a profound exploration through the less-traveled corners of the soulful universe that Charles and his longtime producer, co-writer and friend Thomas “TNT” Brenneck created in the studio together over their decade-long partnership. It features new songs recorded during the sessions from each of his three albums, heard here for the very first time in all their scorching glory.
Sarah Brightman – Hymn CD (Decca Gold/Verve)
Sarah Brightman returns with an inspirational collection of orchestrated, choir-based songs. For Brightman, every project comes from an emotional place, and Hymn is no exception. The album encompasses songs by such modern composers as Eric Whitacre (Fly To Paradise), Japanese superstar musician and songwriter Yoshiki (Miracle), and German DJ Paul Kalkbrenner (Sky And Sand). Hymn’s mystical, uplifting tone is set with its title track, a song by British prog-rock band Barclay James Harvest.
Cult Leader – A Patient Man CD/LP (Deathwish)
Cult Leader is a chaotic band from Salt Lake City, Utah. From the first hits of opener “I Am Healed” Cult Leader take listeners on a sonic rollercoaster ride. Much of A Patient Man follows this blueprint. Songs like “Curse Of Satisfaction”, “Craft Of Mourning”, and “Share My Pain” are driven by a weave work of unorthodox metallic riffing and fueled by hyper-aggressive percussion. While the technical proficiency is impressive, it’s in their use of dynamics where they truly shine. The album contains four beautifully brooding epics; “To: Achlys”, “A World Of Joy”, title track “A Patient Man” and “The Broken Right Hand Of God”. Each one of them carries a maturation and sense of melody that few “extreme” bands have within their arsenal. Proving that aggressive music still has much to offer the world in terms of originality, creativity, and emotion.
Marianne Faithful – Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45s 1964-69 CD (ABKCO)
The A and B-sides of the ten singles Marianne recorded for UK Decca between 1964 and 1969, plus her Go Away From My World EP. All tracks are in authentic mono, just like the actual 45s. Mastered from the best possible sources, including some fresh Abbey Road transfers of the original tapes. The CD features Marianne’s Top 20 hits “As Tears Go By”, “Come And Stay With Me”, “This Little Bird” and “Summer Nights”, plus lesser-known gems such as “Something Better”, “That’s Right Baby”, “House Of The Rising Sun”, “Counting” and the controversial cult favorite “Sister Morphine”. Producers include Andrew Loog Oldham, Mike Leander, Tony Calder and Mick Jagger.
Robben Ford – Purple House CD/LP (earMUSIC)
Innovative and influential contemporary premier electric guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Robben Ford offers up the new studio album, Purple House. Featuring nine powerhouse tracks, the album’s genesis, according to Ford, was simple and uncomplicated: “My concept for the record was to do something with a lot more emphasis on the production than I’ve had in the past. I’m always pushing myself with each record. I haven’t made one record that sounded like the one before it and this was going to be no different. Purple House was a great opportunity to try something really different.” The album includes guest appearances by blues powerhouse vocalist Shemekia Copeland, Travis McCready (the lead singer of the Natchez, MS band Bishop Gunn), and Bishop Gunn guitarist Drew Smithers.
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – Brought To Rot CD/LP+MP3 (Bloodshot)
To say Laura Jane Grace has had a defiant career would be an understatement. Whether being accused of leaving the DIY punk scene to pursue a major label career over a decade ago, or courageously challenging people’s conceptions of gender identity, Grace has remained a daring and influential cultural figure in her over 20+ years of creating dynamic art across various mediums. Now she presses pause on Against Me! to release a more intimate singer-songwriter leaning solo album under the name Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers.
Greenleaf – Hear The Rivers CD/2xLP (Napalm)
The mighty Swedish Stoner force Greenleaf present their latest album, Hear The Rivers. The album is a mesmerizing bag of tricks that seizes the Swedish stoner sound and enriches it with so many wonderful things, like the unforgettable riff-o-rama “Good Ol’ Goat” or the slow soul feeder, “We Are The Pawns”. An absolute gem of an album that is best kept in the family – which is why former Greenleaf and Dozer drummer Karl Daniel Lidén (Craft, Bloodbath, Crippled Black Phoenix amongst others) produced it.
Internal Bleeding – Corrupting Influence CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Pioneering New York death metal legends Internal Bleeding return with their devastatingly heavy sixth full length album. Featuring all of the raw, crushing, groove heavy aggression that fans have come to expect from the group, Corrupting Influence also sees Internal Bleeding continuing to push themselves and the sound that they help create in new and unexpected ways.
J Mascis – Elastic Days CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
“Like its predecessors, Elastic Days was recorded at J’s own Bisquiteen studio. Mascis does almost all his own stunts, although Ken Miauri (who also appeared on Tied To A Star) plays keyboards and there are a few guest vocal spots. These include old mates Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), and Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), as well as the newly added voice of Zoë Randell (Luluc) among others. But the show is mostly J’s and J’s alone. But for those expecting the hallucinatory overload of Dinosaur Jr’s live attack, the gentleness of the approach here will draw easy comparisons to Neil Young’s binary approach to working solo versus working with Crazy Horse. This is a lazy man’s shorthand, but it still rings true. Elastic Days brims with great moments. Epic hooks that snare you in surprisingly subtle ways, guitar textures that slide against each other like old lovers, and structures that range from a neo-power-ballad (“Web So Dense”) to jazzily-canted West Coasty post-psych (“Give It Off”) to a track that subliminally recalls the keyboard approach of Scott Thurston-era Stooges (“Drop Me”). The album plays out with a combination of holism and variety that is certain to set many brains ablaze.” – Byron Coley
Rhett Miller – The Messenger CD/LP+MP3 (ATO)
The Messenger sees Rhett Miller playing it faster and looser than perhaps any other time in his quarter century career, instilling what might be his most personal songs to date with a groovy limberness that belies the reflective darkness within. Backed by a white hot backing combo comprised of Sam Cohen (electric & acoustic guitars, pedal steel, piano, organ, drums), Brian Betancourt (bass), and Ray Rizzo (drums), Miller goes deep into his own youthful experiences with suicide and depression, placing “a long distance phone call to myself as a 14-year-old” on surprisingly buoyant new songs like “The Human Condition” and “Permanent Damage”. “I wanted this record to be less safe,” Miller says.
Muse – Simulation Theory CD/LP (WB)
Muse’s eighth studio album Simulation Theory follows-up 2015’s Drones which won a Grammy for Best Rock Album in 2016. The science fiction-themed record was produced by the band, along with several award-winning producers, including Rich Costey, Mike Elizondo, Shellback and Timbaland. Simulation Theory is introduced by the era-blending singles “Something Human”, “Thought Contagion”, “Dig Down” and “The Dark Side”, all featuring Matt Bellamy’s unmistakable soaring vocals and blistering guitars and the driving rhythm section of Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard which have become a hallmark of Muse’s stadium-filling sound. Artwork for the album was illustrated by digital artist Kyle Lambert, who has done the poster art for Stranger Things, Jurassic Park and many other films. [Deluxe CD edition featuring five alternate takes is also available.]
The Revivalists – Take Good Care CD/LP+7” (Loma Vista)
Marked by songwriting that is both intensely personal and also an escape, Take Good Care is brimming with sonic complexity, celebration, and catharsis. Sometimes raising more questions than answers, it’s a reflection of the up-and-down journey of life that we’re all on together. Album opener “Otherside” came to life in just one vocal take bolstered by fingerpicked clean guitars and cathedral-size harmonies. The guttural grooves of “Oh No” spiral towards a fret-burning solo as wild and gritty as David Shaw’s delivery. “Hate To Love You” is tender and gorgeous and “Change” climaxes on a raw howl. “You Said It All” illuminates the dynamics at the heart of the record. The Revivalists have been on an unbelievable ride where ten years of tireless hard work was unexpectedly revved up by the wrongly dubbed “overnight success” of the No. 1 single “Wish I Knew You”, which was recently certified platinum by the RIAA. Now, the band returns with a newfound depth and ambition that has brought their songcraft to a whole new level.
The Beatles – The White Album [Reissue/1968] 3xCD/2xLP/4xLP/6xCD+Blu-ray (Capitol)
For 50 years, The White Album has invited its listeners to venture forth and explore the breadth and ambition of its music, delighting and inspiring each new generation in turn. The Beatles have now released a suite of lavishly presented White Album packages, including an expanded 3xCD and 4xLP package. The album’s 30 tracks are newly mixed and remastered by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell on two CDs (standard double 180gm vinyl LP pressing featuring this new stereo mix is available) and features a third CD of the Esher Demos. A Super Deluxe expanded 6xCD + Blu-ray package featuring 5.1 surround audio, 27 early acoustic demos and 50 session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form, is also available.
Kane Brown – Experiment CD (RCA Nashville)
Tennessee’s Kane Brown is a contemporary country singer/songwriter blessed with a rich baritone voice. Experiment is his second album.
Sonny Clark Trio – The 1960 Time Sessions 2xCD (Tompkins Square)
Sonny Clark’s reputation as one of the finest jazz pianists of his era has grown in recent years, with many folks rediscovering his classic Blue Note recordings like Cool Struttin’ (1958), Dial ‘S’ For Sonny (1957), Leapin’ And Lopin’ (1961), as well as session work with Lee Morgan, Grant Green and others. Cut down by heroin addiction at age 31 in 1961, Clark’s legacy continues to expand. The Time Sessions were produced by the late Bob Shad, owner of Time and Mainstream Records. This reissue includes the original Time album remastered from the original tapes by Dave Donnelly, plus an extra disc of alternate takes.
Donna The Buffalo – Dance In The Street CD/LP (Donna The Buffalo)
The Americana jam act headed to Street at Sonic Ranch Studio in El Paso to team up with producer/engineer Rob Fraboni whose list of credits include producing the soundtrack for The Band’s The Last Waltz along with working with the likes of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. Dance In The Street is their first album of new material in five years.
Fleet Foxes – First Collection 2006-2009 4xCD/LP+3×10” (Sub Pop)
A limited-edition collection in honor of the 10th anniversary of Fleet Foxes’ debut LP. First Collection 2006-2009 spans the early days of Fleet Foxes’ career, including the self-titled debut album, plus the Sun Giant EP, The First EP (formerly a self-titled, very limited-edition, self-released EP), and B-sides & Rarities.
The Gibson Brothers – Mockingbird CD/LP (Easy Eye Sound)
The celebrated bluegrass duo-named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013 return with a new album. A mix of smooth country and ‘70s rock, Mockingbird further cements the sibling duo of Leigh and Eric Gibson – still only in their 40s – as musical trailblazers.
The Glands – Double Coda CD/LP (New West)
The Glands – Double Thriller [Reissue/1996] CD/LP (New West)
The Glands – The Glands [Reissue/2000] CD/LP (New West)
Doulbe Coda is comprised of 23 unreleased tracks written by the late Ross Shapiro. Athens, GA luminaries The Glands’ first two albums established Ross as an unlikely and maybe even unwilling cult artist; you could argue that not enough people bought Double Thriller and The Glands, but everyone who did became avid fans for life. Ross’s passing in 2016 left a hole in Athens, where he had become a fixture and arguably even a celebrity of sorts. And there really is something heroic about his career as an artist, something noble to a life devoted to creativity.
Grapetooth – Grapetooth CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Concocting a freshly strange blend of synth pop and damaged folk music, Grapetooth is a band from Chicago, IL consisting of Chris Bailoni and Clay Frankel. Their eponymous debut captures a feeling the duo happily felt was somewhere between the doomy disco of ‘80s new wave and the woozy laments of artists like Arthur Russell and Jeff Cowell.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland [Reissue/1968] 3xCD+Blu-ray/6xLP+Blu-ray (Sony Legacy)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience masterpiece Electric Ladyland, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings present a special Deluxe Edition box set. The set includes the original album newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes, Electric Ladyland: The Early Takes, which presents 20 never before heard demos and studio outtakes from this period in Hendrix’s career, Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At The Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68, part of Experience Hendrix’s Dagger Records official bootleg series, and a Blu-Ray disc including the full-length documentary At Last… The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland plus a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the entire original album by Hendrix’s original engineer Eddie Kramer plus the original stereo mixes in uncompressed 24 bit/96k high resolution audio.
Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2 CD/LP (Columbia)
Posthumous sequel to late singer/rapper Lil Peep’s 2017 debut studio record Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1, produced and guided by Peep’s friends and collaborators, Smokeasac and George Astasio of IIVI. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Ted Nugent – Music Made Me Do It CD (Round Hill Music)
Nugent’s first studio album in four years.
Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings The Hits! CD/LP (In The Red)
Often imitated, never duplicated, the original NYC underground-rock legend Jon Spencer returns from the wilderness with 12 red-hot hits. This is the truth serum America has been craving, the beginning of a rock ‘n’ roll rebellion that takes no prisoners and puts the squares on ice. A wizard’s brew of rhythm and blues and subversive dance grooves, weaponized with sci-fi skronk and industrial attitude, calibrated for the Revolution, a Molotov cocktail of sound guaranteed to destroy any post-modern hangover. [Limited purple marbled colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Various Artists – Confessin’ The Blues Volume 2xCD/5×10” (BMG Rights Management)
Various Artists – Confessin’ The Blues Volume 1 2xLP (BMG Rights Management)
Various Artists – Confessin’ The Blues Volume 2 2xLP (BMG Rights Management)
Confessin’ The Blues collects the greatest bluesmen ever and provides a perfect study of the genre. Includes tracks by the biggest blues pioneers including Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson. [Limited 5×10” vinyl book-pack (mimicking the original 78 RPM releases) also available.]
More Vinyl Releases:
Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself [Reissue/2012] LP (Mom + Pop Music)
Picture-disc vinyl reissue of the sixth studio album by singer-songwriter. The 2012 release finds Bird as warm-hearted and eclectic as ever and sounds like all the music and no music you’ve ever heard, from jazz to country to classical to folk and pop, visiting a thousand exotic places along the way.
Boygenius – Boygenius 12”+MP3 (Matador)
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus formed Boygenius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that. Through a series of tours and performances and chance encounters that led to friendships – including Bridgers’ and Dacus’ first in-person meeting backstage at a Philadelphia festival, greenroom hangouts that felt instantly comfortable, and a couple of long email chains – the lyrically and musically arresting singer-songwriters and kindred spirits got to know each other on their own terms. With gut-wrenchingly personal yet easily relatable verses and spare, lilting melodic arrangements, all three are leading a new rock vanguard that values unflinching self-awareness and unassailable songcraft.
Deadbolt – Voodoo Trucker [Reissue/1999] LP (Pig Baby)
First-time vinyl pressing of the surf rock band’s fifth album.
Dr. John, The Night Tripper – Gris-Gris [Reissue/1968] LP (Jackpot)
Limited colored vinyl reissue of the 1968 debut album from the king of the psychedelic bayou. Recorded in its own psychic and stylistic vacuum, Gris-Gris borrows as heavily from the New Orleans’ musical culture in which he grew up as it does the looming continuous pulse of war, heavy drugs, and the end of the free love/hippie movement.
Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway [Reissue/1974] 2xLP (Atlantic)
This Peter Gabriel-era Genesis masterpiece just missed the Top 40 but remains a magnificent achievement, marrying hypnotic instrumentals with hook-infused rockers.
Queen – Jazz [Reissue/1978] LP (Hollywood)
Vinyl reissue of the seventh studio album by the legendary British rock band.
Stereolab – Peng! [Reissue/1992] LP (Too Pure)
Stereolab – The Groop Played “Space Age Batchelor Pad Music” [Reissue/1993] LP (Too Pure)
Colored vinyl reissues. Sometimes jam-packed with thundering keyboards and driving drums, at other times ethereal, airy and light, Stereolab’s debut album Peng! (1992) captures the thinking man’s band at the early stages of its prolific career. Their 1993 EP, The Group Played Space Age Bachelor Pad, is one of the avant-pop group’s most experimental works, featuring their twin obsessions – krautrock-derived electronic minimalism and lush pop owing much to both Brian Wilson and Ray Conniff.
Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas [Reissue/2006] 5xLP+MP3 (Asthmatic Kitty)
First-time vinyl pressing. From 2001 through 2010, Sufjan Stevens recorded an annual Christmas album that he gifted to friends and family. The recording process took place every December for one week, usually at home, provoking collaborations with friends, roommates, and musical peers. In 2006, Stevens’ label, Asthmatic Kitty Records, released Songs for Christmas, a CD boxset compiling the first five of these albums, Volumes I-V.