New Releases for October 1, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Asking Alexandra – See What’s On The Inside CD (11-7 Recording Corp./Better Noise Music)
“Ever since frontman Danny Worsnop’s reconciliation with Asking Alexandria in 2016, the band have continually bridged their vocalist’s love of classic rock and country – something evidenced by his solo output and other band We Are Harlot – with their metalcore roots. A formula that’s undoubtedly paid off for the quintet given the huge streaming numbers that accompanied their hard-rock-leaning previous LP, Like A House On Fire, it makes sense that the band have continued down that path for this seventh record. While See What’s On The Inside doesn’t really break any new ground, what it does do is demonstrate Asking Alexandria’s knack for radio-friendly hard-rock, as well as Danny’s tremendous vocal abilities.”
Asleep At The Wheel – Half A Hundred CD/2xLP (Home Records)
Asleep At The Wheel celebrates their 50th Anniversary with the release of the appropriately titled Half A Hundred Years. The 19 tracks feature original band members, current band members and guest artists. The special guests include legends like Lyle Lovett, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Love For Sale CD/Cassette (Interscope)
Celebrating 10 years since they first recorded together, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga returned to the studio for another collaboration featuring the very best of the Cole Porter Songbook. Tony, who turned 95 on August 3, 2021, has spent over seven decades dedicated to performing the Great American Songbook and Gaga who, with Tony by her side, renewed her love of the popular standard and redefined herself in the process. The album features duets as well as solo performances by both artists accompanied by Tony Bennett’s quartet, The Brian Newman Quintet, along with big band and orchestral arrangements by Marion Evans and Jorge Callandrelli.
Black Sabbath – Technical Ecstasy [Reissue/1976] 4xCD/5xLP (Rhino)
Black Sabbath embraced change in 1976 when the heavy metal innovators started managing themselves and began exploring different sounds on the band’s seventh studio album, Technical Ecstasy. This box set reissue includes a newly remastered version of the original, a brand-new mix by Steven Wilson, plus more than 90 minutes of previously unreleased outtakes, alternative mixes and live tracks.
Boy Scouts – Wayfinder CD (ANTI-)
On Wayfinder, the follow-up to the acclaimed 2019 album Free Company, Oakland-based songwriter Taylor Vick, under her songwriting moniker Boy Scouts, chases down life’s queries to the very edge of the horizon. This is an album that’s not afraid to track down what it all means – how life unspools around the monoliths of love and death, the heavy knots of even quotidian conflict, the task of carrying your own suffering with you day after day, the challenge of meeting other people out here in the tangled expanse of living. In a warm, expansive style that recalls the raw punctures of Lucinda Williams and Alex G, Vick once again shows herself to be a fearless seeker shedding light on the unanswerable.
Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (25th Anniversary Edition) 2xCD/2xLP+2xCD (World Circuit)
25th Anniversary edition featuring previously unheard tracks from the original 1996 recording sessions, previously unseen photos, and new liner notes. Buena Vista Social Club is both the name given to this extraordinary group of musicians and the album, recorded in just seven days in 1996 in Havana’s 1950s vintage EGREM studios. The acclaim of the original album has elevated the artists (including Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González and Omara Portuondo) to superstar status, inspired an award-winning film by Wim Wenders, and has contributed to popularizing Cuba’s rich musical heritage. Produced by Ry Cooder, the timeless quality of the music and the sheer verve of the veteran performers have ensured that this will go down as one of the landmark recordings of the 20th century.
Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days CD/LP (New Elektra)
Brandi Carlile follows up 2018’s Grammy-winning By The Way, I Forgive You with the highly-anticipated new album In These Silent Days. The ten songs chronicle acceptance, faith, loss and love and channel icons like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Joni Mitchell – the latter two who, by some sort of cosmic alignment of the stars, have turned out to be close friends in addition to being her biggest heroes and inspirations. Recorded once again at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A with producers Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is available.]
Melissa Etheridge – One Way Out CD (BMG)
Etheridge stumbled upon these decades old songs/demos years ago while gathering materials for a retrospective box set. As she went through the songs, it brought her back to the start of her career and how they just weren’t right for that particular time or album. Some of the tracks were written before she had even come out and never felt comfortable releasing them but knew they would be perfect for the box set. In 2013, the singer found herself back at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with her original band (Fritz Lewak, John Shanks, Kevin McCormick) and would give these songs a new life. Shortly after she finished the record, she would part ways with her label and the box set was shelved.
Flying Lotus – Yasuke CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Flying Lotus follows the release of his sweeping epic Flamagra and his Producer of the Year Grammy nomination for Thundercat’s It Is What It Is, with an expansive original soundtrack for Netflix’s new anime series, Yasuke. Lotus is the executive producer and composer of Yasuke, which retells the story of feudal Japan’s first African samurai who served with Oda Nobunaga. The music lies heavily steeped within the legacy of jazz and electronic instrumentation, with select feature appearances by longtime friends and collaborators: Thundercat, Denzel Curry and Niki Randa.
Full Of Hell – Garden Of Burning Apparitions CD/LP (Relapse)
A genre-bending blitzkrieg of hardcore, grind and death metal, Garden Of Burning Apparitions sees Full Of Hell expand upon the very elements that have propelled them to the forefront of extreme music over the last decade.
Grateful Dead – Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71 3xCD (Grateful Dead)
Complete, previously unreleased performance. One of the shortest-lived iterations of The Grateful Dead was the band that existed December 1971 through March 1972. Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill, Pigpen, and Keith formed a formidable version of the Dead that only played a few shows together before Donna Jean joined as vocalist, and before Pigpen would depart the stage for good in June 1972. What this sextet lacked in quantity of shows it made up for with creativeness, power, and inspiration. When Pigpen rejoined the Dead on December 1, 1971, after a few months off during which Keith had joined as piano player, the band was now an unstoppably powerful live juggernaut it hadn’t been since the height of the Primal Dead era in late 1968-1969. Widely considered one of the best shows from the Pigpen-Keith era of The Grateful Dead, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71 has it all. [Vinyl box set edition due November 19.]
Hovvdy – True Love CD/LP/Cassette (Grand Jury)
Austin indie folk duo Hovvdy return with their fourth album, True Love. Recorded over the winter of 2020 in L.A. with Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver), the album is about growth and nostalgia.
Strand Of Oaks – In Heaven CD/2xLP (Galacticana)
To say In Heaven is about conquering grief would be oversimplifying everything Tim Showalter has achieved on the eighth studio album from Strand Of Oaks. A stunning, hopeful reflection on love, loss, and enlightenment, In Heaven is a triumph in music making, and a preeminent addition to the Strand Of Oaks discography. Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) is featured on guitar throughout the record, while James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins) contributed vocals and guitar for “Easter”.
Tirzah – Colourgrade CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Colourgrade follows on from 2018’s immediate cult classic Devotion. It forms a subconscious snapshot from across a year when Tirzah was playing live regularly for the first time, in the depths of promoting Devotion and recorded soon after the birth of her first child and shortly before her second child was born. The album explores recovery, gratitude and new beginnings, presenting a singer having discovered the type of love that is shared between a mother and a child for the first time, whilst simultaneously working as an artist.
Various Artists [Metallica] – Metallica Blacklist 4xCD/7xLP+MP3 (Blackened Recordings)
53 artists cover tracks from Metallica’s smash album Metallica (aka The Black Album). Features Ghost, Weezer, Royal Blood, Volbeat, Elton John, Corey Taylor, Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Chris Stapleton, The Neptunes, Juanes, Cage The Elephant, Kamasi Washington, Phoebe Bridgers, and Flatbush Zombies featuring DJ Scratch and many more.
Various Artists – The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At The Apollo 2xCD/3xLP (Daptone)
Daptone celebrates 20 years of soulful music with the release of the 32-track The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At the Apollo. Performed and recorded over three nights in front of a sold-out crowd at the world-famous theater in Harlem, NY (December 4th -6th, 2014), this album brings the electrifying performances that helped put Daptone on the map directly to your living room. Featuring live sets from Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Antibalas, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, Saun & Starr, The Sugarman 3, as well Daptone emcee, Binky Griptite, the album is lovingly dedicated to the memories of Sharon, Charles, Naomi and Cliff.
Dar Williams – I’ll Meet You Here CD/LP (BMG)
The first album in six years from the acclaimed folk/Americana singer/songwriter. Dar Williams’ lyrics contain bouquets of optimism, delivered on melodies alternating between beguiling lightness and understated gravity.
Neil Young – Carnegie Hall 1970 2xCD/2xLP (WB)
On December 4, 1970, Neil Young played two legendary solo acoustic shows at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The 23 songs on Carnegie Hall 1970 have been mixed from the original ¼ inch tapes by Young and Niko Bolas. This is the early show which has never been bootlegged or circulated and is the first release in Neil’s new Official Bootleg Series. “Listening to existing bootlegs, it seems that all the bootleggers got the second Carnegie Hall show,” Young shares. “There was one at 8:00 pm and one at midnight [about 27 hours later]. No one got that first one – the first time I walked onstage at Carnegie Hall, blowing my own 25-year-old mind…This one – Carnegie Hall, December 4th, 1970, is very special to me.”
Donald Fagan – Donald Fagan’s The Nightfly Live LP (Geffen)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. Donald Fagen’s acclaimed 1982 solo album performed live by the Steely Dan Band. Featuring “I.G.Y.”, “New Frontier”, and more.
Duster – 1975 [Reissue/1999] 12” (Numero)
Y2K prepper-rock for the underemployed. Tracked at home in 1999, the 1975 EP expands on Stratosphere’s slacker-positive dreamscape, with layers of guitars both clean and fuzzy, humming organ, and-gasp! – a drum machine. Needle down, candles on.
Samantha Fish – Faster LP (Rounder)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
OneRepublic – Human LP (Mosley Music/Interscope)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Steely Dan – Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! 2xLP (Geffen)
Released last week on CD – now available on vinyl. The first live Steely Dan album in over 25 years. Featuring “Hey Nineteen”, “Aja”, “Reelin’ In The Years” and more.
Taylor Swift – Fearless (Taylor’s Version) 3xLP (Republic)
Limited-edition gold color vinyl pressing. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is a re-recorded edition of her second studio album Fearless. Originally released in 2008, the new edition marks the first of six re-recorded albums Swift plans to release. The album features multiple collaborations with her Folklore and Evermore collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff. In addition to newly recorded versions of the 19 tracks originally included on the deluxe edition of Fearless, the new album includes the 2010 song “Today Was a Fairytale” (first released on the soundtrack for the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day) and six additional songs “from the vault.”