New Releases for October 22, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
My Morning Jacket – My Morning Jacket CD/2xLP (ATO)
On their self-titled ninth full-length album – the first new music since 2015’s The Waterfall – My Morning Jacket reaffirm the rarefied magic that has made them so beloved, embedding each song with moments of discovery, revelation, and ecstatic catharsis. It comes after a near permanent hiatus for the band until performing four shows in summer 2019 left them with a new energy. Jim James engineered/produced the 11-track collection at 64 Sound in L.A. where the band spent weeks in intentional seclusion. “I hope this album brings people a lot of joy and relief, especially since we’ve all been cooped up for so long,” says James. “I know that feeling you get from driving around blasting music you love, or even lying in bed and crying to the music you love. The fact that we’re able to be a part of people’s lives in that way is so magical to us, and it feels really good that we’re still around to keep doing that.” [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is available.]
Black Marble – Fast Idol CD/LP/Cassette (Sacred Bones)
On Fast Idol, L.A.-based Black Marble reaches back through time to connect with the forgotten bedroom kids of the analogue era, the halcyon days of icy hooks and warbly synths always on the edge of going out of tune.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – B-Sides & Rarities: Part II 2xCD2xLP (Mute)
B-Sides & Rarities Part II is the follow up to 2005’s B-Sides & Rarities. Part II was compiled by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and contains 27 rare and unreleased tracks from 2006-2020, including the first recordings of “Skeleton Tree”, “Girl In Amber” and “Bright Horses”. The song “Vortex” was written and recorded in 2006 by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. As the band were never able to define the song as either Grinderman or Bad Seeds, it remained unreleased. [A Deluxe vinyl edition collecting both volumes is also available this week.]
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle CD/2xLP (Verve)
After nearly six decades, a private recording of a rare, nightclub performance by John Coltrane of his magnum opus, A Love Supreme, is available for the first time. Recorded in late 1965 on the culminating evening of a historic week-long run at The Penthouse in Seattle, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle is a musical revelation of historic importance, capturing Coltrane as he began to expand his classic quartet – adding Pharoah Sanders on second saxophone and Donald Garrett on second bass – and catapulting him into the intense, spiritually focused final phase of his career. The significance of A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle is heightened by the fact that Coltrane seldom performed his four-part suite after originally recording it in the studio in 1964.
Cradle Of Filth – Existence Is Futile CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast America)
Every song is a nihilistic anthem, showcasing the different ways in which we have become a true plague to this planet – from a philosophical, religious but also ecological point of view. Mixed with the band’s typical gothic vibes, sophisticated nods to literature, film and religion, and elaborate poetic lyrics, Existence Is Futile cements the band’s undisputed status as one of the most influential extreme metal bands
Lana Del Rey – Blue Banisters CD (Interscope)
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey’s eighth studio album Blue Banisters follows the success of fellow 2021 effort Chemtrails Over The Country Club which became her seventh consecutive top-ten album in the US. The 15-track effort includes the previously released songs “Wildflower Wildfire”, “Blue Banisters”, and “Text Book” plus new single “Arcadia”.
Dream Theater – A View From The Top Of The World CD/2xLP+CD (Inside Out Music)
On their fifteenth album, A View From The Top Of The World, the New York quintet rush forward at full speed again with seven tracks equally steeped in articulate arrangements, groove-laden guitars, and sky scraping melodies. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Duran Duran – Future Past CD/LP (BMG)
Pop legends Duran Duran return with their fifteenth studio album Future Past boasting esteemed producers Erol Alkan, Giorgio Moroder and Mark Ronson behind the boards, plus special guests Graham Coxon of Blur on guitar, Bowie’s former pianist Mike Garson, and guest vocals from Lykke Li.
Every Time I Die – Radical CD/2xLP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Every Time I Die is a loud rock institution committed to leaving every nuanced outpouring of chaotic passion and blissful malcontent all over their records and on the stage. ETID makes a glorious hardcore-punk noise, alchemized by a swampy summoning of Southern rock’s coarse poetry. The music swirls beneath sardonic and clever wordplay, a combination cementing them as leaders, not followers. Radical is 16 tracks of peak-ETID.
Good Morning – Barnyard CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Despite how quietly epochal Barnyard is – a milestone in the history of Good Morning – it’s also the band’s most meditative record, thoughtful and careful in its evocations. Barnyard is world-weary, concerned with the state of things in a loose, unfocussed sort of way. In other words, like we all are – frustrated both with the way things are and with everyone’s general inability to fix any of the many issues endemic to our society. Despite the appropriately bleak vibe, these songs feature some of Good Morning’s catchiest and most distinctive productions.
Guided By Voices – It’s Not Them. It Couldn’t Be Them. It Is Them. CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
It’s been just a few months since Guided By Voice’s faux rock opera Earth Man Blues garnered four-star and five-star reviews, with Rolling Stone proclaiming that it squarely hits all the marks that make Guided by Voices great-again and again and again. Again and again and again is perhaps GBV’s credo, with Robert Pollard’s never-ending supply of fascinating and supremely catchy rock. Just when one thinks one’s got them pinned down, album number thirty-four opens with bizarre percussion, mariachi trumpets, strings and acoustic guitar.
Hand Habits – Fun House CD (Saddle Creek)
Hand Habits, the project of Los Angeles-based musician Meg Duffy is back with their ambitious new album Fun House. Produced by Sasami Ashworth (SASAMI) and engineered by Kyle Thomas (King Tuff), the record was not intended as a reaction to the pandemic, but it was very much the result of taking a difficult, if much-needed, moment of pause.
Hawthorne Heights – The Rain Just Follows Me CD (Pure Noise)
The Rain Just Follows Me stands as some of Hawthorne Heights frontman JT Woodruff’s most resonant writing to date, as he unravels themes of both physical and emotional distance as well as personal identity – anxieties so exacerbated by the last year that it’s incredible the album was completed before the pandemic hit. (“There’s so many undertones of what would happen over the next 16 months,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t know if that makes us the emo Nostradamus or what.”) Most of all, The Rain Just Follows Me is quintessentially Hawthorne Heights. It’s who they’ve always been – they just needed to push down the heartache and strife long enough to rediscover those intangible characteristics. [Catch a free live show by Hawthorne Heights at CD Central on Saturday, Oct. 23!]
Helado Negro – Far In CD/2xLP+MP3 (4AD)
When Roberto Carlos Lange, the musician known as Helado Negro, began writing Far In immediately following the release of his acclaimed 2019 This Is How You Smile, he could not have predicted that we would soon need to learn how to stay at home and be the stars of our domestic dance floors with intimates and online communities. The titular pair in “Gemini And Leo” stay indoors to discover each other anew with music recalling Lange’s youth growing up in South Florida listening to ‘80s club songs, and their return sampled in ‘90s hip-hop.
Jackson+Sellers – Breaking Point CD (ANTI-)
Jackson+Sellers’ (the collaborative creation of singer-songwriters Jade Jackson and Aubrie Sellers) L.A.-written, Nashville-recorded album, Breaking Point is a masterclass in unexpected vocal harmonic convergence, soundtracked by raw guitars, driving drums and a singular pop-rock sound that weaves a sonic thread between ‘70s rock, ‘90s raucous roots, and modern indie pop.
Elton John – The Lockdown Sessions CD (Interscope)
Elton John’s The Lockdown Sessions is an album of collaborations recorded remotely over the last 18 months. The Lockdown Sessions is a dazzlingly diverse collection of 16 songs, all Elton John collaborations, with some of the biggest, most exciting artists in the world today including Brandi Carlile, Charlie Puth, Dua Lipa, Eddie Vedder, Gorillaz, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rina Sawayama, SG Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Surfaces, Years & Years, Young Thug, and more.
Lady A – What A Song Can Do CD (BMX)
Lady A’s new album, What A Song Can Do, reinvigorates the band’s signature sound – a captivating fusion of rootsy pop and electrifying harmony that has dominated charts for more than a decade. [Vinyl edition due December 17.]
Lala Lala – I Want The Door Open CD/LP (Hardly Art)
“I want total freedom, total possibility, total acceptance. I want to fall in love with the rock.” That’s how Lillie West describes the theme of “Diver”, the song she calls the thesis of Lala Lala’s third record, I Want The Door To Open. Coming off of 2018’s acclaimed The Lamb, an introspective indie rock album recorded live with a three-piece band, West knew she was ready to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she’d done before; a record that would be less a straightforward documentation of her own personal struggles and more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles.
La Luz – La Luz CD/LP (Hardly Art)
On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy for a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl. To help shape La Luz, the band found a kindred spirit in producer Adrian Younge. Though primarily known for his work with hip-hop, soul, and jazz acts, Younge saw in La Luz a shared vision that transcended genre.
Pat Metheny – Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV) CD/2xLP (Modern Recordings)
Pat Metheny unveils the latest chapter in his wildly prolific career – Side-Eye, a new setting featuring the 20-time Grammy winner accompanied by a handpicked and rotating cast of players featuring some of the most exciting and innovative new musicians on the New York scene. It was recorded just before the pandemic and deftly balances a mix of stunning new originals with inventive reworkings of some of Metheny’s most beloved compositions.
Parquet Courts – Sympathy For Life CD/LP (Rough Trade)
On Sympathy For Life, Parquet Courts’ thought-provoking rock is dancing to a new tune. The album finds the Brooklyn band at both their most instinctive and electronic, spinning their bewitching, psychedelic storytelling into fresh territory, yet maintaining their unique identity. Built largely from improvised jams, inspired by New York clubs, Primal Scream and Pink Floyd and produced in league with Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Hot Chip, David Byrne) and John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, Dry Cleaning), Sympathy For Life was always destined to be dancey.
Rolling Stones – Tattoo You [Reissue/1981] CD/2xCD/LP/2xLP/LP+4xCD+Book/5xLP+Book (Interscope)
Tattoo You celebrates 40 years with the release of a variety of remastered editions, including deluxe expanded double-CD and double-LP as well super deluxe box set editions. The expanded double-disc versions include Lost & Found, a brand-new collection of nine previously unreleased songs from the period of the album’s original release, newly completed and enhanced with additional vocals and guitar by the band. The four-CD+LP edition features a vinyl picture disc of Lost & Found plus the live concert Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982 plus a 124-page book featuring over 200 rare photos from recording sessions and world tour, and interviews with producer Chris Kimsey and photographer Hubert Kretzscmar. The package is housed in a special lenticular sleeve.
Sixx: A.M. – Sixx: A.M. Hits 2xCD (11-7 Recording Corp.)
Sixx: A.M. Hits is the ultimate Sixx: A.M. collection featuring the first new song in six years and song that compliments his new book – The First 21, two more unreleased tracks and new mixes of “Talk To Me”, “Skin” and the iconic “Life Is Beautiful”. Sixx: A.M. formed in 2007 by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, renowned guitarist DJ Ashba, and producer /songwriter James Michael.
Atmosphere – The Family Sign [Reissue/2011] 2xLP+7” (Rhymesayers)
Atmosphere have distinguished themselves from their peers by creating albums encompassing the entire spectrum of human emotion while tethering each piece to a central aural aesthetic. The Family Sign took this philosophy to new realms of solidarity with Slug metaphorically touching on themes of fatherhood, loss, love, disappointment and jubilation, and tailoring them to an instrumental framework that draws emotion out of the listener, skillfully composed by producer Ant.
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – 662 LP (Alligator)
Recently released on CD – now available on purple color vinyl.
Spiritbox – Eternal Blue LP (Rise)
Named after a device some believe can communicate with the dead, there’s a gleeful sense of the paranormal running through all that Canadian metallers Spiritbox do, but this is a group of artists who are very much brimming with life and creating something remarkable with their music. Featuring the brutal hit single “Holy Roller,” the band’s highly anticipated debut album Eternal Blue is intelligent, ambitious and, most importantly, uniquely theirs. [A limited-edition blue color vinyl pressing is also available.]
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells [Reissue/2001] LP (Sony Legacy)
Limited 180gm vinyl pressing. For this one, Jack and Meg decamped to Memphis to record at the legendary Easley-McCain Studio and walked away with a bonafide classic. Unique for a White Stripes album, as it contains no covers, no guest musicians, no blues and no guitar solos, this album would be most of the world’s introduction to the band.
Wye Oak – Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009 – 2011 LP+MP3 (Merge)
Limited color vinyl pressing. Ten years after its release, Wye Oak’s Civilian remains a raw, sinewy punch of a record-bleak and intense and lonely and self-assured all at once.