New Releases for October 11, 2019
Allah-Las – Lahs CD/LP (Mexican Summer)
On their fourth LP, drummer Matt Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian turn their collective gaze outward and toward the horizon. [Indie store exclusive colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Big Thief – Two Hands CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
Big Thief had only just finished work on their recently released third album, U.F.O.F. – “the celestial twin” – days before in a cabin studio in the woods of Washington State. Now it was time to birth U.F.O.F.’s sister album – “the earth twin” – Two Hands. 30 miles west of El Paso, surrounded by 3,000 acres of pecan orchards and only a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, Big Thief (a.k.a. Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia) set up their instruments as close together as possible to capture their most important collection of songs yet. Where U.F.O.F. layered mysterious sounds and effects for levitation, Two Hands grounds itself on dried-out, cracked desert dirt.
The Building – Petra CD/LP (Concord)
The Building’s remarkable and intimate new album Petra was written, produced, and performed by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Anthony LaMarca, also known for his role as guitarist in The War On Drugs.
The Dead South – Sugar & Joy CD/LP (Six Shooter)
A rock band without a drummer, a bluegrass band without a fiddler. To The Dead South, a self-styled four-piece string band from Regina, Saskatchewan, it’s about how, not what, you play. Their combination of cello, mandolin, guitar and banjo has all the hallmarks of a group tuned to bygone times, but with their signature sleight of hand, The Dead South find distinctly modern bathos in this old-time rigging.
Elbow – Giants Of All Sizes CD/LP (Verve)
Elbow’s eighth studio album, Giants Of All Sizes, lyrically takes in moments of deep personal loss whilst reflecting its times by confronting head-on the specters of injustice and division not just in the UK but across the world. It is a record that could only have been made in the 21st Century. Given such bleak, if ultimately redeemed, subject matter, it is also, perversely, the most relaxed record which Elbow have made in some time.
Kim Gordon – No Home Record CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Multi-disciplinary artist Kim Gordon’s first solo album, No Home Record, follows the recent opening of her solo exhibition She Bites Her Tender Mind at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) in Dublin and Lo-Fi Glamour at Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. The album’s title is a nod to the French-Belgian director Chantal Akerman’s film No Home Movie. Despite the exhaustive nature of her résumé, the most reliable aspect of Gordon’s music may be its resistance to formula.
Grade 2 – Graveyard Island CD/LP (Hellcat)
Grade 2 is a UK punk band from the Isle of Wight, formed in 2013. Their music can be described as a classic punk sound, hard and fast whilst also including melodic guitar and vocal parts. Influence taken from classics such as The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers.
Cody Jinks – After The Fire CD (Late August)
Cody Jinks follows up his 2018 album Lifers with After The Fire, the first to be released via the Texas songwriter’s own label. A former thrash-metal singer, Jinks has become one of outlaw country’s most popular new stars, amassing a passionate base of fans who gravitate to his blue-collar brand of lived-in country music and his fierce DIY aesthetic. “I tried to play the game a long time ago, I tried to do the clean-cut thing,” Jinks told Rolling Stone of his indie approach. “I talked to some people who wanted to shelve me for a developmental deal, but it just wasn’t a route I could see myself going down. Too much hand tying.” [Vinyl edition due November 15.]
Kadavar – For The Dead Travel Fast CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Aptly entitled For The Dead Travel Fast after German gothic poet Gottfried August Bürger, Kadavar’s doomed fifth record is a perilous journey into the land of the dead, a foray into the bleakest corners of our minds. A heavy, slow-paced, throbbing force of guitar, bass and drums preciously enriched by spooky synths and a brooding narrative reminiscent of the Victorian death-cult. Beware, this is Kadavar gone pitch-black. Think Hawkwind with old Pink Floyd melodies, eerily sung to you from the grave.
Dan Luke and The Raid – Out Of The Blue CD/LP (New West)
“It’s like a coming-of-age crisis,” says Daniel Shultz about Out Of The Blue, the messy and melodic debut album from his band, Dan Luke and The Raid. “It’s about being in that space in your 20s where you’re trying to get your shit together and figure things out in life. You’re dealing with your problems” – the singer, songwriter and guitarist pauses – “even as you’re going out and partying and getting into trouble all the time.”
Kendell Marvel – Solid Gold Sounds CD/LP (Easy Eye Sound)
Over the past two decades, Kendell Marvel has become one of the great legendary songwriters in Nashville. For years, he’s quietly written massive hits for country royalty – from George Strait to Jake Owen, Gary Allan to Chris Stapleton – but now has stepped from behind the pen and paper into the studio and spotlight. The result is Solid Gold Sounds – a stellar album that weaves a rich tapestry of deep southern songwriting with the unique gravity and talent Marvel brings as a one-of-a-kind performer.
Trigger Hippy – Full Circle And Then Some CD (Turkey Grass)
Rejuvenated artist collective Trigger Hippy is back with their first album in five years. Led by Black Crowes co-founder/drummer Steve Gorman and bassist/vocalist Nick Govrik, Trigger Hippy now features Band Of Heathens vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ed Jurdi and powerhouse vocalist/saxophonist Amber Woodhouse. Full Circle And Then Some finds the band building on a foundation steeped in music that grew out of the South. The unit infuses high energy doses of R&B, funk, blues, rock and gospel with a little Memphis soul and New Orleans boogie tossed into the mix.
Art Alexakis – Sun Songs CD (BMG)
Some 25 years into his career as a recording artist, Art Alexakis – best-known as the singer, guitarist and sole songwriter behind alt-rock outfit Everclear – starts a new chapter in his career, now as a solo artist. [Vinyl edition due November 22.]
Babymetal – Metal Galaxy CD/LP (Cooking Vinyl)
Metal Galaxy is Babymetal’s third album overall and first since 2016’s Metal Resistance which saw the pop-metal outfit become the highest charting Japanese band ever in the UK Official Album Charts. Metal Galaxy also marks the band’s first release with two singers instead of three, after Yuimetal left the fold to pursue a solo career. Vocalists Su-metal and Moametal remain, along with their backing band.
Chris Knight – Almost Daylight CD/LP (Drifter’s Church)
For the past 20 years, Chris Knight has only made music his own way. He’s released eight acclaimed albums, played thousands of electrifying live shows and built generations of fervent fans from Texas honky-tonks to Manhattan rock clubs. He’s been hailed as “the last of a dying breed… a taciturn loner with an acoustic guitar and a college degree” (The New York Times) and “a storyteller in the best traditions of Mellencamp and Springsteen” (USA Today). Bottom line, he’s hard earned his reputation as one of America’s most uncompromising and respected singer/songwriters.
Mark Kozelek & Petra Haden – Joey Always Smiled CD (Caldo Verde)
Mark Kozelek teams up with violinist and singer Petra Haden for a new LP. Along with Haden, it features contributions from Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, character actor Kevin Corrigan, regular Kozelek collaborator Ben Boye, and more. And following six originals with very Kozelekian song titles, the record closes out with a folky, beautifully spare cover of Huey Lewis & The News’ immortal Back To The Future soundtrack hit “The Power Of Love”.
Lacuna Coil – Black Anima CD/LP (Century Media)
Lacuna Coil’s ninth full-length, Black Anima, is epic, atmospheric, groovy, heavy yet forward-thinking. Vocalist Cristina Scabbia is transcendent throughout. Her vocal partner Andrea Ferro has viciously transformed into a beast, while the rest of Lacuna Coil including new drummer Richard Meiz give the performance of their lifetimes. [Limited pink colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Life Of Agony – The Sound Of Scars CD/LP (Napalm)
Life Of Agony emerged from the New York music scene in the early ’90s with one of the most distinctive sounds in its genre. Best known for its 1993 metal/crossover debut River Runs Red, the band instantly built a die-hard, cult following.
Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel CD/2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Lightning Bolt play with abandon that is unmatched and remarkably undiluted since the duo’s formation 25 years ago. They are often called one of the loudest rock outfits in existence, both on record and on (or famously, off) the stage. Brian Gibson creates sounds that are unexpected and remarkably varied with his virtuosic bass playing and his inventive approach to the instrument, centered around melody rather than rhythm. The dizzying fury of Brian Chippendale’s drums twist from primal patterns into disorienting break beats as his distorted, looped, and echoing vocals weave more melody into the mayhem. Amidst the fray there has always been shreds of a pop songs discernible in the eye of every Lightning Bolt song. [Limited magenta colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Steve Miller Band – Welcome To The Vault 3xCD+DVD (Capitol)
Steve Miller Band – Selections From The Vault CD/LP (Capitol)
Welcome To The Vault covers Miller’s genre-blurring six-decade career over 52 audio tracks, pairing a number of greatest hits and certifiable rock ‘n roll classics with 38 previously unreleased recordings that span demos, rehearsals, outtakes, vintage concert performances and five newly uncovered original Steve Miller Band songs recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. Selections From The Vault features tracks taken from Welcome To The Vault. The colored vinyl LP edition features eight tracks, all of which are previously unreleased.
Municipal Waste – The Last Rager CDEP/12” (Nuclear Blast America)
Four ripper tracks that embrace all the bands punk and street metal roots without clutching the past. [Limited yellow/blue splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Nas – The Lost Tapes 2 CD (Mass Appeal)
The sequel to 2002’s The Lost Tapes 1 features unreleased tracks from Nas’ last four studio albums: Hip Hop Is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life Is Good (2012) and the album scrapped in favor of Nasir (2018). It includes production from producers such as RZA, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, No I.D., Pete Rock and The Alchemist, among others. [Vinyl edition due November 1.]
Common – Let Love LP (Loma Vista)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Grammy and Academy Award-winning rapper Common’s twelfth studio album Let Love was inspired by his 2019 memoir Let Love Have The Last Word, which left him “charged to go to raw, personal and spiritual places in the music.”
Coven – Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls [Reissue/1969] LP (Real Gone Music)
Coven – Blood On The Snow [Reissue/1974] LP (Real Gone Music)
Vinyl reissues of the first and third albums by the band that launched the Satanic rock genre.
Creed – Human Clay [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Bicycle Music/Craft Recordings)
Vinyl reissue of Creed’s second album in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Loretta Lynn – Icon [Reissue/2011] LP (MCA Nashville)
Twelve of the best-loved songs from one of country music ‘s most legendary artists. Includes “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)”, “Fist City”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “Ones On The Way”, “Rated X”, “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” (w/Conway Twitty), and “She’s Got You”, plus her classics “Blue Kentucky Girl”, and “You’re Lookin’ At Country”.
Temples – Hot Motion LP (ATO)
Recently released on CD – now available on limited colored vinyl. With their third brilliantly crafted and ingeniously intricate album, Hot Motion, beloved British band Temples has found new ground and a deeper, darker creative well. A glorious technicolor infuses much of the record but there is a David Lynch-ian undertone that adds a gravity to Hot Motion’s soaring moments.
Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance LP (20 Buck Spin)
Disharmoniously melding the pulverizing heaviness of Finnish death metal with a never overbearing technicality, Tomb Mold careen through world after world of alien landscape with formidable singularity.
Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy [Reissue/2009] LP+7”+MP3 (Matador)
Tenth anniversary colored vinyl LP pressing with accompanying 7″. Kurt Vile’s 2009 album was the complete set that he had hidden up his plaid sleeve for half a decade. Featuring nine dreamy, off kilter cuts (most by hometown master-engineer Jeff Zeigler) with the perfect level of fidelity, tunes like “Hunchback” and “Inside Looking Out” show the absolute power the Violators hold.