New Releases for October 25, 2019
Bad Wolves – N.A.T.I.O.N. CD (Eleven Seven Music)
N.A.T.I.O.N. is the second album from heavy metal supergroup Bad Wolves.
Black Marble – Bigger Than Life CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Minimal synth stylist Black Marble releases his third studio album, Bigger Than Life.
Joe Bonamassa – Live At The Sydney Opera House CD/2xLP (J&R Adventures/Ingrooves)
Live At The Sydney Opera House is a brand-new live album from “arguably the world’s biggest blues guitarist” (Guitar World)
Cigarettes After Sex – Cry CD/LP (Partisan)
Clocking in at nine songs, Cry is a compact collection, but its brevity belies its depth. While the Cigarettes After Sex’s sound may be most associated with the romantic pop music of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, Gonzalez pushes into more unexpected sonic territory on the album, reaching back to his childhood in El Paso, TX, to draw subtle melodic influence from ‘90s Tejano stars like Selena and mainstream pop country artists like Shania Twain.
Cloak – The Burning Dawn CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Cloak is back with The Burning Dawn, a riff-heavy and groove-laden offering that takes the gothic nuances of its predecessor with added urgency in a more aggressive, vehement spirit.
Harry Connick Jr. – True Love: A Celebration Of Cole Porter CD/2xLP (Verve)
Comprised exclusively of Cole Porter compositions, True Love highlights Connick’s talents as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, as he breathes new life into popular songs from The Great American Songbook including “Anything Goes” and “You Do Something To Me”.
Michael Cronin – Seeker CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Seeker is Mikal Cronin’s fourth and finest full-length to date. Recorded live with a crew of close friends and engineer Jason Quever at Palmetto Studios in Los Angeles, it finds Cronin pushing his often-devastating power pop into darker territory.
Editors – Black Gold – Best Of Editors CD/2xLP (PIAS America)
In continuation of what’s been one of the most prolific creative streaks of their 15-year career, Editors release the new best of album Black Gold featuring 13 tracks from their six studio albums, alongside three brand new offerings: “Upside Down”, summer festival anthem “Frankenstein” and the gothically dramatic title track “Black Gold”.
Fit For An Autopsy – The Sea Of Tragic Beasts CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
New Jersey six-piece band Fit For An Autopsy deliver their fifth studio album, The Sea Of Tragic Beasts which is introduced by lead single “Mirrors”.
Goodbye June – Community Inn CD/LP (Earache)
Fusing hard rock licks with deep Southern blues and gospel swing, in part influenced by the band’s strict Pentecostal Church upbringing (a way of life they scorned for a career in rock ‘n’ roll), the sound competes sonically with the new wave of hard rock acts like Greta Van Fleet, while adding layers of color that references a wide spectrum from Led Zeppelin to Kings Of Leon.
Jinjer – Macro CD/LP (Napalm)
Ukrainian progressive groove metal wrecking machine Jinjer return with their long-awaited new album, Macro, and once again prove why the unique blend of singer Tatiana Shmaylyuk’s beautifully aggressive harmonies and vocal hooks and the band’s sheer technical brilliance and precision have set them apart from the pack.
Toby Keith – Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years CD (Show Dog Nashville, LLC)
The collection features more than a dozen tracks with four newly recorded songs, including his evocative “Don’t Let The Old Man In”, featured in Clint Eastwood’s 2018 film The Mule, and his current single, “That’s Country Bro”.
Little Scream – Speed Queen CD (Merge)
On her third album, Little Scream offers us a reflection on class and poverty in America. Speed Queen began as bits of prose written while touring Cult Following across North America – observing the slow entropy of the US, ruminating on her own low-income upbringing in a flyover state, and, as she says, “taking it all in from the privileged position of being a new Canadian.”
Allison Moorer – Blood CD (Autotelic)
Blood is the first solo album in four years from the Academy, Grammy, Americana and Academy of Country Music award nominated artist. The album serves as a companion piece to her new autobiography, Blood: A Memoir, a detailed account of Moorer and her sister’s (Grammy Award winner Shelby Lynne) childhood growing up in a troubled home in Southern Alabama, which ended with the well-documented murder-suicide of her parents in 1986.
Van Morrison – Three Chords & The Truth CD/2xLP (Caroline)
Three Chords & The Truth is truly something wonderful – fourteen new original compositions that effortlessly encapsulate the Van Morrison sound and showcase his talents as one of our generation’s most celebrated songwriters.
Puss N Boots – Dear Santa CDEP (Blue Note)
New Christmas-themed EP from alt-country trio Puss N Boots, comprised of acclaimed singer/songwriter Norah Jones on guitar, singer/bassist Catherine Popper and singer/guitarist Sasha Dobson.
Rex Orange County – Pony CD/LP (RCA)
Pony is both simple and smart: five songs laying open the troubles that beset Rex over the last year or so, then five tracks teeing up how he turned things round. Or, as he puts it: “The first half to me is the angry, reflective thing. And the second half is: now I’ve gotten over it.”
Rings Of Saturn – Gidim CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Alien themed tech-death masters Rings Of Saturn return with their fifth full-length studio album, Gidim.
Swans – Leaving Meaning. CD/LP+MP3 (Young God)
Leaving Meaning. is Swans fifteenth studio album and the follow up to 2016’s The Glowing Man. “Leaving Meaning. is the first Swans album to be released since I dissolved the lineup of musicians that constituted Swans from 2010-2017,” says Michael Gira. “Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what I intuit best suits the atmosphere in which I’d like to see the songs I’ve written presented.“
Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Colorado CD/2xLP+7” (New Elektra)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse return with a brand-new studio album, Colorado, which marks the legendary collaborators’ first new music together since 2012’s Psychedelic Pill. “We believe we have a great Crazy Horse album, one to stand alongside Everybody Know’s This Is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps, Sleeps With Angels, Psychedelic Pill and all the others”, Young said. [The three-sided double-vinyl set features etched artwork on Side D plus a bonus 7” vinyl single with two non-album tracks.]
Alcest – Spiritual Instinct CD/LP (Nuclear Blast America)
For principal songwriter and frontman Neige, Alcest has always been a gateway to the otherworldly, a means of exploring his spirituality. An elemental two-piece, completed by long-serving drummer and creative confidante Winterhalter, their new album Spiritual Instinct finds Neige at his most personal. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
James Blunt – Once Upon A Mind CD/LP (Atlantic)
After flirting with electronica on his last album, Blunt returns to what he does best on Once Upon A Mind – writing classic songs that touch both the heart and the head. Once Upon A Mind sees Blunt collaborating with a variety of producers resulting in a freshness that resonates throughout the eleven-song collection, with highlights including the poignant ballad “Monsters”, pop-infused “5 Miles” and the country tinged “Halfway”.
Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 & 12 CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
In 1997, Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) and a handful of friends retreated to the desert of Joshua Tree, CA in order to isolate themselves from the distractions and comforts of their everyday lives. What began as a casual writing and recording session amongst friends has since become a project of legend. Spanning 12 volumes over the course of two decades, Desert Sessions has featured some of music’s most cherished icons stepping out of their comfort zones and collaborating with one another to create some of the most exciting music of their careers.
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours [Reissue/1977] 4xCD (WB)
This expanded four-CD edition of Rumours includes the original album and the B-side “Silver Springs”, a dozen unreleased live recordings from the group’s ’77 world tour, an entire disc filled with unreleased takes from the album’s recording sessions, and an additional disc of outtakes.
Guided By Voices – Sweating The Plague CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
Being a fan of Guided by Voices can feel like standing in a ticker-tape parade and reaching out to grab at stray releases as the endless flurry coats your (insert favorite noun here).
The Kinks – Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire [Reissue/1969] 2xCD/4xCD+4×7”/2xLP (Sanctuary)
The hugely well-respected and historically important Kinks seventh studio album by The Kinks celebrates its 50th anniversary. Without doubt, Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire is one of the greatest rock albums ever made, a near perfect example of Ray Davies’ incredible storytelling ability in what was an innovation in 1969: a concept album. Both remastered CD and vinyl editions include singles & BBC mixes as well as Dave Davies solo tracks.
Negativland – True False CD/LP (Seeland)
True False is Negativland’s full length return to all original music that could be mistaken for actual songs, albeit ones sung by dozens of sampled vocalists who have never met. Who’s even in Negativland these days? Didn’t half of them die a few years ago? For this album, the band consists of Mark Hosler, David Wills, Peter Conheim, Jon Leidecker, as well as the dearly departed Don Joyce, Richard Lyons and Ian Allen.
Amy O – Shell CD/LP (Winspear)
Amy Oelsner’s homemade pop songs sparkle with these eternal truths: that storytelling is part of being alive, and excavating the past is part of growth. Oelsner, who records as Amy O, is a lifer of the indie-pop underground for whom songwriting is a way of processing the passing of time. Her latest, Shell, brims with poetic granular details of everyday life; it’s her third studio album, and tenth including her many years of home recordings.
Grace Potter – Daylight CD/LP (Fantasy)
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Grace Potter has carved out a flourishing yet unconventional place among the best songwriters and singers in rock and roll. The Waitsfield, Vermont native has released six albums, guested with everyone from Kenny Chesney to The Rolling Stones, created her own music festival (Burlington’s Grand Point North) and become one of the most admired live performers in contemporary music. Now, after a four-year hiatus, Grace returns with Daylight.
Frank Zappa – Halloween 73 Highlights CD (UMe)
Single-disc highlights disc of two shows recorded at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago 10/31/73.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Loverboy [Reissue/2002 2xLP+MP3 (Mexican Summer)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Underground [Reissue/2007] LP+MP3 Mexican Summer)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Odditties Sodomies Vol. 1 [Reissue/2008] LP+MP3 (Mexican Summer)
AFI – All Hallow’s E.P. [Reissue/1999] 10” (Craft Recordings)
Limited 10” vinyl picture disc pressing. The All Hallow’s E.P contains three original songs and a cover of the Misfits song “Halloween”.
Black Sabbath – Dehumanizer [Reissue/1992] LP (Rhino)
Originally released in June 1992, Dehumanizer was Sabbath’s first studio album in over a decade to feature vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice, and their first in nine years to feature original bassist Geezer Butler.
Fitz & The Tantrums – All The Feels LP (New Elektra)
Recently reissued on CD – now available on vinyl.
Grant Green – Born To Be Blue [Reissue/1962] LP (Blue Note)
Grant Green’s 1962 album Born To Be Blue featuring Ike Quebec is often thought of as the sister album to Quebec’s classic Blue And Sentimental, which was recorded for Blue Note just three months prior and also showcased the deep chemistry between the soulful guitarist and tenor saxophonist. Quebec’s deep, soul-drenched tenor sound matches beautifully with hard bop masters Green and pianist Sonny Clark, along with the tried-and-true rhythm section team of Sam Jones and Louis Hayes.
Skinny Puppy – VIVIsectVI [Reissue/1988] LP (Nettwerk)
Skinny Puppy – Rabies [Reissue/1989] LP (Nettwerk)
Vinyl reissues of the fourth and fifth studio albums from the Canadian electro-industrial band.
Tiger Army – Retrofuture LP (Rise)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.