New Releases for October 18, 2019
1349 – The Infernal Pathway CD/2xLP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
Norwegian black metal titans 1349 return with their long awaited seventh full-length, The Infernal Pathway. Following-up 2014’s Massive Cauldron Of Chaos, the album promises a journey through chaos and madness, darkness and peril, terror and annihilation.
The Almost – The Fear Caller CD/LP (Fearless)
“I feel like I do the best under pressure when things are bad,” states The Almost frontman, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Aaron Gillespie. On The Almost’s new album, The Fear Caller, storytelling takes center stage. Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Brand New, and Dawes, Aaron delivers the masterpiece he was always meant to make, achieving an artist breakthrough on par with his influences by diving into the songwriting process like never before. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
Alter Bridge – We Walk The Sky CD/2xLP (Napalm)
For over 15 years, Alter Bridge has been a band known for blurring the line between hard rock and heavy metal. Building upon the sound that has won them worldwide critical acclaim and a devoted global fan base, the group returns with their sixth studio album, Walk The Sky. [Indie exclusive vinyl pressing also available.]
Ariel View – Until My Lungs Are Cleared CD/LP (Epitaph)
Growing up in the suburbs of Ontario, CA, sisters Harmonie and Heaven Martinez have been playing music before they could walk and songwriting since middle school. It was when the two brought a few friends into the equation that they formed what is now an indie rock band they call Ariel View. Influenced by garage, surf, psych rock, emo, and pop punk, Ariel View make music you can dance to, party to, sing along to, or maybe even cry to if that strikes the mood.
Ali Barter – Hello, I’m Doing My Best CD/LP (PIAS America)
Two years on from her blistering debut, A Suitable Girl, Ali Barter makes her triumphant return with follow-up Hello, I’m Doing My Best.
Battles – Juice B Crypts CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Battles return with Juice B Crypts on Warp Records to follow their complex, mind-bending predecessors Mirrored (2007), Gloss Drop (2011) and La Di Da Di (2015). Their latest album is a sensory overload of information that throws everything you thought you knew about Battles into flux once again. Marrying synthesizer loops, cut-throat drum patterns and cyclical riffs, the album flirts with new technology, questions of authenticity and the technicalities of reinventing the wheel at the eleventh hour. [Limited translucent colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Bremer/McCoy – Utopia CD/LP+MP3 (Luaka Bop)
Danish duo Bremer/McCoy’s music is a meditative and intense blend of jazz and dub created entirely via analog process. No computers are involved; they record everything straight to tape in their own studio. These two childhood friends tour with their own sound system to ensure adequate depth in the lower frequencies. Their new album, Utopia, was recorded over two cold and windy Copenhagen weeks in sessions plagued by malfunctioning gear, the band overcame these setbacks and recorded some of the clearest melodies and conceptual passages they have put to tape.
Clipping – There Existed An Addiction To Blood CD/2xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
There Existed An Addiction To Blood finds Clipping interpreting another rap splinter sect through their singular lens. This is Clipping’s transmutation of horrorcore, a purposefully absurdist sub-genre that flourished in the mid- ‘90s. If some of its most notable pioneers included Brotha Lynch Hung and Gravediggaz, it also encompasses seminal works from the Geto Boys, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and the near-entirety of classic Memphis cassette tape rap. The most subversive and experimental rap has often presented itself as an “alternative” to conventional sounds but Clipping respectfully warp them into new constellations.
Common Holly – When I Say To You Black Lightning CD/LP (Barsuk)
Holding fast to the emotional honesty of Playing House (2017), Common Holly’s sophomore record, When I Say To You Black Lightning, is a look outward; an exploration of the ways in which we all experience pain, fear and self-delusion, and how we can learn to confront those feelings with boldness.
Corridor – Junior CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Corridor is a group from Montreal. The rock ‘n’ roll band had barely inked their record deal with Sub Pop when they surfed into studio, racing against time to make the most dazzling, immediate and inventive album of their young career: 39 minutes of darting and dodging guitars, spiraling vocal harmonies, and the complicated, goldenrod nostalgia of a Sunday mid-afternoon.
The Cure – 40 Live: Cureation-25 + Anniversary – Two Live Shows Recorded In London 4xCD+2xDVD/4xCD+Blu-ray/2xDVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
In 2018 The Cure performed two historic shows celebrating a 40-year career: Anniversary (1978 – 2018 Live In Hyde Park London) – a 29-song, 135-minute anniversary concert, and Cureation-25 (From There To Here, From Here To There) which was captured on the tenth and final night of the 25th Meltdown Festival (curated by lead singer Robert Smith) at London’s Royal Festival. For the latter, The Cure performed a song from each of their 13 studio albums in chronological order, displaying the evolution of their music live on stage. Each show is collected on 40 Live (as stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions and as a box set that adds four audio CDs).
Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2 CD/LP (WB)
Foals return with two new albums in 2019: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 (released last March) and now, Part 2. Profoundly tethered but possessing their own personalities, the two albums capture the most compelling, ambitious and cohesive creations that Foals has ever produced. “They’re two halves of the same locket,” frontman Yannis Philippakis explains. “They can be listened to and appreciated individually, but fundamentally they are companion pieces.”
Nils Frahm – All Encores CD (Erased Tapes)
All Encores collects all three installments of his Encore EP series. Whilst Encores 1 focused on an acoustic pallet of sounds with solo piano and harmonium at the core, and Encores 2 explored more ambient landscapes, Encores 3 sees Nils expand on the percussive and electronic elements in his work. “The idea behind All Encores is one we had from before (2018 album) All Melody; to separate releases each with their own distinct musical style and theme, perhaps even as a triple album. But All Melody became larger than itself and took over any initial concepts. I think the idea of All Encores is like musical islands that compliment All Melody.”
Garcia Peoples – One Step Beyond CD/LP+MP3 (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
Without losing a ray of sunshine or a drop of dew, One Step Behind is the first major statement by the malleable Brooklyn sextet. The 32-minute title cut highlights the twin guitars and songwriting of Tom Malach and Danny Arakaki and, instead of pointing itself towards one possible future for the band, just zaps itself square into the thick of it. Encompassing a range of moods and scenes in one flowing arc (plus a coda), it’s less a piece of music to listen to than it is a zone to occupy, a portal for all open-eared heads.
Kevin Griffin – Anywhere You Go CD (The End)
Kevin Griffin formed the alternative rock band Better Than Ezra in 1988. The band had great success in the 1990s with hits such as “Good,” “In the Blood,” and “Desperately Wanting”. Anywhere You Go is his debut solo album. Buoyed by minimal production, sweeping vocal harmonies, and narrative lyricism, he’s penned some of his most intimate, inimitable, and irresistible tunes to date.
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Cypress Grove CD/LP (Easy Eye Sound)
72-year-old bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ new album, the Dan Auerbach-produced Cypress Grove, captures the raw, explosive sound of real Mississippi juke-joint blues today. It is an aural postcard of a typical Saturday night at Holmes’ Blue Front Café, America’s longest operating juke joint. Cypress Grove is anchored by tradition – which is natural, since Holmes is the last of the original torchbearers of the rural style known as Bentonia blues – but it’s also explosive, raw, and unpredictably in the moment. Featuring an all-star cast of players including Auerbach, Marcus King, Eric Deaton and Sam Bacco, as well as Holmes’ repertoire of songs spanning nearly a century, the adventurous 11-song set is an untamed bridge between the present and the classic sounds of the Delta.
Jim James/Teddy Abrams/Louisville Orchestra – The Order Of Nature CD/LP (Decca)
My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Teddy Abrams and The Louisville Orchestra release their collaborative project. With The Order Of Nature, they’ve crafted a large-scale symphonic suite that has James’ evocative songs as its foundation. Abrams built a grand orchestral house on that foundation, and the result is an explosion of music that boldly synthesizes rock and classical while taking advantage of orchestral music’s inherently cinematic nature. Featuring unreleased new songs from James as well as re-imaginings from his solo catalog, lyrically he takes a deep dive into issues vitally important to him in recent years, including equality and intolerance, human connection and acceptance.
Jimmy Eat World – Surviving CD/LP (RCA)
Surviving is Jimmy Eat World’s most personal, ambitious album to date, and frontman Jim Adkins once again proves himself to be one of the most prolific songwriters in rock & roll. As Adkins himself puts it, “Surviving explores some of the different kinds of weights my ego tells me I have to carry, what I see people around me choosing to carry and what I have found to be the truth when I choose to let go.”
Cody Jinks – The Wanting CD/LP (Late August)
Cody Jinks follows up his 2018 album Lifers with two new albums: After The Fire (released last week) and The Wanting, both released via the Texas songwriter’s own label, Late August Records. 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.
Mark Lanegan Band – Somebody’s Knocking CD/LP (PIAS America)
From the opening bars it’s clear that Mark Lanegan’s outstanding 11th solo album, Somebody’s Knocking, was made by someone deeply obsessed with how music – with all its primal, spiritual healing power – truly penetrates the soul. As a result, there’s joy in the music, as if created from a perfect set of inspirations smashed and grabbed from God’s own record shop. From the Raw Power-esque garage metal grind of ‘”Disbelief Suspension’” to ‘”Letter Never Sent’s’” rocket-powered take on Love-era kaleidoscope-psych, through the pensive subterranean murk of “Dark Disco Jag” and on to “Playing Nero’s” sun-bleached riff on Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”, there’s the glee of infatuation running deep in the tracks. [Limited pink colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Magpie Salute – High Water II CD/2xLP (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
When High Water I was released in August 2018, it was the sound of old friends coming together in a union of rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic blues, rasping Americana and late-night storytelling. The Magpie Salute was pulled together by guitarist Rich Robinson and continued a storyline he began in The Black Crowes with guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien. Meanwhile, vocalist John Hogg shared Hookah Brown with Robinson as keyboardist Matt Slocum and drummer Joe Magistro both joined him for solo records and tours over the years. High Water II picks up where the band’s studio debut left off, much of the album was written during those early recordings at Dark Horse Studios in Nashville which is why it feels like a perfect continuation of its predecessor.
Idina Menzel – Christmas: A Season Of Love CD (SRV Label Co./Decca)
Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel has a career that spans stage, film, television, and music. Timed to coincide with the release of Disney’s Frozen 2, which includes Idina’s unforgettable voice in the title role of Elsa, Christmas: A Season Of Love Special includes special guests Ariana Grande (“A Hand For Mrs. Claus”), Billy Porter (“I Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”), Josh Gad (“We Wish You The Merriest”) and her husband, Aaron Lohr (“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”).
The Muffs – No Holiday CD/2xLP (Omnivore)
“It’s been five years since the last Muffs album, 2014’s Whoop Dee Doo. That came ten years after the preceding Really Really Happy in 2004. In-between, front woman Kim Shattuck (who recently passed away on October 2nd) joined the reformed Pixies in 2013 for six months, and then participated in the Pandoras reunion in 2015. So what we’ve learned from all this is that Shattuck pretty much does things on her terms, when and if she wants. And that’s to the immense benefit of the music” – L.A. Weekly
Rachael & Vilray – Rachael & Vilray CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Rachael & Vilray is the debut album by Lake Street Dive singer-songwriter Rachael Price and composer, singer, and guitarist Vilray. The 12-song set features ten originals by Vilray, along with two covers from the era that inspired him: Cuban composer Pedro Junco Jr.’s 1943 “Nosotros” and Milton Drake/Louis Atler’s “I Love The Way You’re Breaking My Heart”, first popularized by Peggy Lee.
Third Eye Blind – Screamer CD/LP (Mega Collider)
The follow up to 2018’s EP Thanks For Everything and the band’s sixth studio album overall, Screamer finds post-grunge outfit Third Eye Blind collaborating with Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells (“Screamer”), Ryan Olson of Marijuana Death Squad and Poliça (“Who Am I” and “Got So High”), and the album’s musical consigliere, Billy Corgan.
Vagabon – Vagabon CD (Nonsusch)
Vagabon’s sophomore album, All The Women In Me, follows up her breakout debut, Infinite Worlds (2017), and is an artistic leap for Lætitia Tamko, who wrote and produced the entire album. Guitar-driven melodies are largely absent, replaced by hybridized analog and digital arrangements. While Infinite Worlds situated the last Vagabon project in the realm of indie rock, All The Women In Me is not easily defined.
Fastball – The Help Machine CD/LP (33 1/3)
Fastball once again demonstrates the distinctive songwriting, expressive vocals and inventive melodic sensibilities of Miles Zuniga and his bandmate Tony Scalzo. With drummer, Joey Shuffield completing the longstanding lineup, the trio’s time tested creative rapport is a potent as ever.
Homeboy Sandman – Dusty CD/LP (Mello Music Group)
The Queens virtuoso delivers 15 soul-assessing confessionals that sweep the entropy and daily static, the distortion and psychic silt of modern life onto wax. This is sacred dust, alchemical practice to convert anxiety into the highest form of creativity.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit – Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit [Reissue/2009] CD/LP (Southeastern)
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit – Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit [Reissue/2008] CD/LP (Southeastern)
Four-time Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit reissue two of the group’s earliest albums – 2009’s self-titled Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and 2011’s Here We Rest – both remixed by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb and remastered by Pete Lyman. An Alabama native, Isbell comes from a tradition of Southern music and proudly embraces his roots, which shines through in his songs and even in the title of the album.
Refused – War Music CD/LP (Spinefarm)
Fifth full-length album from the Swedish punks. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Stone Temple Pilots – Purple [Reissue/1994] CD/2xCD/3xCD+LP (Atlantic)
Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition version of the 1994 album. Deluxe double-CD edition Includes a newly remastered version of the original studio album, plus unreleased versions of album tracks and rarities, along with an unreleased full concert recording from 1994. The Super Deluxe version adds another CD of rarities and a copy on vinyl.
Vida Blue – Crossing Lines CD/2xLP (Friends & Family)
Vida Blue is a trio featuring Page McConnell (Phish), with Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Dead & Company), and Russell Batiste (The Meters).
White Reaper – You Deserve Love CD/LP (Elektra)
Recorded with producer Jay Joyce in Nashville, Tennessee, You Deserve Love marks White Reaper’s Elektra Records debut and follows their celebrated 2017 album, The World’s Best American Band. The album is a collection of smart, sharply written songs of doubt, dislocation, and elusive and often complicated love.
Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet [Reissue/2001] LP (Island)
Vinyl reissue of the debut studio album by musician Andrew W.K. It is well-known for its controversial artwork, name and hit singles “Party Had” and “She Is Beautiful”. Originally released in 2001, the album was intended to sound like a party.
Bassnectar – Reflective (Part 4) LP (ATO)
The theme is the interactivity of inspiration: how our minds and imaginations ricochet off each other; our ideas, our thoughts and dreams all reflecting in a constantly escalating cycle of creativity. Collaborative interaction is at the core of our musical ethos, and we welcome the likes of Telefon Tel Aviv, Hailo, Born I, Peekaboo, Jantsen, Sunru, Kyrian, and the UK’s own RD.
Ben Folds Five – Ben Folds Five [Reissue/1995] LP (Plain)
Limited colored vinyl pressing. Ben Folds Five’s eponymous 1995 debut is full of Tin Pan Alley showmanship, with a touch of Something/Anything? era Todd Rundgren meets Look Sharp! era Joe Jackson and an alternative rock sensibility. Witty, offbeat, piano-based songs helped Ben Folds Five deliver five singles and receive universal praise.
The Highwomen – The Highwomen LP (New Elektra)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The Highwomen is a new, highly anticipated, collaborative movement formed by Brandi Carlie, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires.