New Releases for October 2, 2020
Ace Of Cups – Sing Your Dreams CD (High Moon)
“Born from the psychedelic San Francisco music scene of the 1960s, Ace Of Cups is a pioneering rock group of all-female talent. Mixing stories of female empowerment with the angst of everyday life, Ace Of Cups place a new meaning on rock and roll her-story with their newest LP, Sing Your Dreams. Featuring collaborations with Jackson Browne, Bakithi Kumalo (bassist on Paul Simon’s Graceland), Steve Kimock, David Freiberg (Jefferson Starship) and Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), this album packs a lot of music with one swift punch.
Herb Alpert – Herb Alpert Is… 3xCD (Herb Alpert Presents)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. This new collection is the definitive retrospective on the illustrious career of this unique musical voice. Containing 63 tracks culled from six decades of the trumpeter’s classic recordings, Herb Alpert Is… is the perfect companion piece to the new 2020 feature length documentary of the same name.
Anaal Nathrakh – Endarkment CD/LP (Metal Blade)
The apocalyptic extreme metal battalion returns with their eleventh album.
Aloe Blacc – All Love Everything CD/LP (BMG)
All Love Everything was created through the lens of Aloe Blacc as a family man and is also the singer-songwriter’s first collection of material written as a father, a journey that’s expanded his already heartfelt artistic palette. Says Aloe about All Love Everything: “Rather than a genre, my music is about A.I.M.: affirmation, inspiration, and motivation. After so many opportunities to talk about my music and not feel comfortable saying, ‘I’m a pop artist’ or ‘I’m a folk artist,’ I had this realization. My songwriting genre is thematic.”
Bon Jovi – 2020 CD (Island)
SIGNED CDs AVAILABLE! Following-up 2016’s This House Is Not For Sale which was the band’s first to feature new lead guitarist Phil X following the departure of Richie Sambora, Bon Jovi 2020 is the consummate rock and roll band’s fifteenth studio effort and is introduced by the lead tracks “Limitless” and “Unbroken”. [Vinyl edition due December 4.]
Mariah Carey – The Rarities 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
A compilation of fan favorites, rare songs and unreleased gems paired with never-before released full-length audio from Live At The Tokyo Dome, Mariah’s first concert performance in Japan in support of her 1996 Daydream World Tour.
Brent Cobb – Keep ‘Em On They Toes CD/LP (Ol’ Buddy)
For his fourth album, Keep ‘Em On They Toes, Brent Cobb is giving his songs the space they need to speak for themselves, a reflection of his own decision to write about the way he sees the world. “My last couple of albums have been about people and places, and I wanted this album to be about thoughts and feelings,” he says. At his core, Cobb still writes country songs, so there’s a continuity between Keep ‘Em On They Toes and past projects like 2016’s Shine On Rainy Day (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) and 2018’s Providence Canyon.
Joachim Cooder – Over That Road I’m Bound CD/LP (Nonesuch)
Joachim Cooder has been a sought-after percussionist for two decades now, on now-legendary recordings with his father, Ry Cooder, like the landmark Buena Vista Social Club sessions and on his own with artists like Ali Farka Touré, who inspired Cooder to take up the mbira. He has produced albums for other artists, composed for film, and collaborated with choreographer Daniel Ezralow. On Over That Road I’m Bound, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist uses the plain-spoken songs of country-music progenitor and banjo player Uncle Dave Macon as a jumping off point, playing with the lyrics and reworking melodies for his chosen instrument: an electric mbira (a variation on an African thumb piano).
Dawes – Good Luck With Whatever CD/LP (Rounder)
Far from apathetic, Good Luck With Whatever is Dawes at their most unapologetic. It’s sympathetic and magnetic, 50% genetic and highly kinetic. Songs like “Didn’t Fix Me” and “Me Especially” showcase Taylor Goldsmith’s poetic prowess perfectly; a historian of the human condition, transforming turmoil into motor oil. It’s an unfiltered photograph of a band doing what they do best. A moment in the timeline of a 10 year old outfit who still possess the wonderment and fearlessness of when they started. [Limited brick and mortar indie store colored vinyl edition also available.]
Lana Del Rey – Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass CD/LP (Interscope)
The new spoken word recording, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass, includes 14 poems performed by Lana Del Rey accompanied by music from Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff.
DevilDriver – Dealing With Demons I CD (Napalm)
Dealing With Demons I is the first offering of the two-part album to see its time in the sun with a 2020 release – is exhilarating, extreme and blessed with multiple, lacerating hooks. Although long-time fans of the band will have plenty to sink their teeth into, these new songs eschew the obvious in favor of multiple new ways for them to get the faithful’s blood pumping. [Limited picture-disc vinyl edition also available.]
Ella Fitzgerald – Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes CD/2xLP (Verve)
This newly-discovered recording from 1962 captures Ella Fitzgerald at the height of her career, performing for a spellbound audience at Berlin’s Sportpalast. The complete concert, dubbed The Lost Berlin Tapes, took place on the evening of March 25, 1962. Accompanied by pianist Paul Smith, bassist Wilfred Middlebrooks, and drummer Stan Levey, Fitzgerald was at the top of her game – singing a variety of hits, in addition to lesser-known gems. Her longtime manager, Verve founder Norman Granz, regularly recorded her concerts for later release, radio broadcast, or, in the case of this performance, just to keep on hand. “I don’t know what it is about Berlin in particular, but she’s in great voice, and the band sounds amazing. It’s an incredibly strong performance.”
Frankie and The Witch Fingers – Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters CD/LP (Greenway)
Bubbling up from the psychedelic tar pits of L.A., Frankie and The Witch Fingers have been a constant source of primordial groove for the better part of the last decade. Formed and incubated in Bloomington, IN before moving west to scrap with Los Angeles’ garage rock rabble, the band evolved from cavern-clawed echo merchants to architects of prog-infected psych epics that evoke a shift in reality.
The Jaded Hearts Club – You’ve Always Been Here CD/LP (BMG)
The Jaded Hearts Club is a new band featuring frontmen Miles Kane (The Last Shadow Puppets) and Nic Cester (Jet), guitarists Graham Coxon (Blur) and Jamie Davis, plus Matt Bellamy (Muse) on bass and drummer Sean Payne (The Zutons). The band formed in 2017 when Davis, a British guitarist living in Los Angeles, wanted to book a Beatles covers band to play at his birthday party. Instead of hiring a tribute act, he asked his friends if “they’d come together to form an early ‘60s Cavern-era Beatles band.”
NRBQ – In Frequencies CD/LP (Omnivore)
In Frequencies is the first-ever collection of NRBQ outtakes and rare tracks; a career-spanning deep dive and perfect compendium to their core studio albums. The set begins at the bands’ beginning, with a sound check recording from October of 1968 and travels all the way to recent days, including the first physical appearance of their 2018 digital EP track, “April Showers” (recorded for the 2018 film Change In The Weather, with the late, great, Hal Willner as musical director). All but four tracks are previously unissued. Of the recordings that have been available, two made their debut on rare 45s.
The Nude Party – Midnight Manor CD/LP (New West)
Midnight Manor is the much anticipated sophomore album from the six-piece rock outfit The Nude Party. Following two years of non-stop touring in support of their eponymous debut, the band returned to their farmhouse in New York’s Catskill Mountains, where they live together under one roof. Like The Band’s sacred home-recording habitat The Big Pink, The Nude Party’s communal dwelling provided the landscape and proximity to focus on deepening their bonds through music. It was at the Manor that the band of childhood friends could shift their energies from the archetypical emotional journeys of mid-20-somethings towards rebuilding their road-worn relationships with one another, leading them to write Midnight Manor – an album that lead singer Patton Magee describes as “a stone skipping over troubled waters.”
Robert Plant – Digging Deep: Subterranea 2xCD (Rhino)
Digging Deep showcases landmark tracks from each of the 8x Grammy Award-winner’s 11 masterful solo albums.
Queen + Adam Lambert – Live: Around The World CD+Blu-ray/2xLP (Hollywood)
Queen and Adam Lambert present their first live album together, Live: Around The World. The 20-track compilation of concert highlights was personally selected by Roger Taylor, Brian May and Lambert from over 200 shows they have performed with several featured here becoming available for the very first time. These cover concerts from Rock in Rio, Lisbon, to the UK’s Isle of Wight Festival, Summer Sonic, Japan, selected UK and North America tour dates, and – from one of their very last performances before lockdown – the Fire Fight Australia benefit show.
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mettavolution Live 2xCD/2xLP (ATO)
Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Mettavolution Live features recordings selected from the duo’s 92 shows across cities and festivals in North America and Europe. The 13-song collection includes an epic live version of the Pink Floyd song “Echoes” from their Grammy-winning 2019 album Mettavolution plus new live recordings of the duo’s classics “Hanuman” and “Tamacun”. Rodrigo y Gabriela played the Mettavolution album in full every night as they felt its central theme of music connecting as a positive force for healing and inspiration in trying times. The new live set sees the virtuoso duo operating at the peak of their powers, the perfect balance of melody and metal, fire and finesse, which they have honed over their twenty-plus years of playing together.
Terje Rypdal – Conspiracy CD (ECM)
On Conspiracy, the great Norwegian guitarist seems to reconnect with the wild inspiration that fueled such early masterpieces as Whenever I Seem To Be Far Away, Odyssey, and Waves, exploring the sonic potential of the electric guitar with both a rock improviser’s love of raw energy and a composer’s feeling for space and texture. Keyboardist Ståle Storløkken, who contributed to Terje’s Vossabrygg and Crime Scene albums, is an ideal co-conspirator, perpetually thickening the plot with his own intuitive feeling for complementary sound-colors. [Vinyl edition due November 20.]
Sa-Roc – The Sharecropper’s Daughter CD/2xLP (Rhymesayers)
The Sharecropper’s Daughter album is entirely produced by a veteran renaissance man from the Atlanta hip-hop scene, Sol Messiah, with the exception of “Deliverance” produced by Evidence and co-produced by Al B Smoov. And, while Sa-Roc’s crafty wordplay, razor-sharp delivery and exceptional writing are the prominent highlight, this undeniable quality is only further enhanced by stellar guest performances from a small, but formidable, all-star cast of guests, including Saul Williams, Styles P, Ledisi, Chronixx, and Black Thought.
Chris Smither – More From The Levy CD (Signature Sounds)
18th album from iconic bluesman. Reconnecting with his roots, Smither recorded the career-spanning More From The Levy in New Orleans at the fabled Music Shed. What resulted were 24 reimagined takes from Smither’s vast career with help from guests including the legendary Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III.
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension CD/2xLP (Asthmatic Kitty)
Enigmatic singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens makes his long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Carrie & Lowell with the 15-track double LP, The Ascension. The years-in-the-making collection’s first single comes in the form of the sprawling closing track “America”. Sufjan says the foundations of The Ascension are “a call for personal transformation and a refusal to play along with the systems around us.” He adds, “my objective for this album was simple: Interrogate the world around you. Question anything that doesn’t hold water. Exterminate all bullshit. Be part of the solution or get out of the way. Keep it real. Keep it true. Keep it simple. Keep it moving.” The result is The Ascension, a “lush, editorial pop album,” as Sufjan describes it, which finds us all at a “terrifying crossroad.” [Limited brick and mortar indie store colored vinyl edition also available.]
Sumac – May You Be Held CD/2xLP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
May You Be Held follows the humanistic themes explored on Love In Shadow, partially informed by Aaron Turner’s navigation of fatherhood and family life. This compassionate tone stands in stark contrast to the misanthropic and death-obsessed nature of most heavy metal music, and perhaps even seems diametric to the caustic and aggravated tone of May You Be Held. It may make more sense to approach the album as if it were a free jazz record or an abstract noise piece, where the emotional resonance isn’t bound up in melody as much as it is in performance. Here, Turner’s bellows and howls seem less threatening than wounded, primal, and mammalian. On guitar, his subversion of melody and penchant for noise seems less like aural punishment and more like an open horizon for frequencies and timbre.
Corey Taylor – CMFT CD/LP (Roadunner)
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) delivers his widely anticipated debut solo album, CMFT. The songs illuminate the broad spectrum of this fiery and fearless rock ‘n’ roll opus, as Taylor touches on lifelong influences ranging from hard rock to classic rock, punk rock to hip-hop. On “Black Eyes Blue” Taylor’s vocals soar with nostalgia, while on “CMFT Must Be Stopped” his rhymes recall his work on Slipknot’s debut record and run alongside bulletproof bars from multi-platinum artist Tech N9ne and UK MC Kid Bookie.
Roger Waters – Us + Them 2xCD/3xLP (Legacy/Sony)
Roger Waters: Us + Them chronicles the acclaimed 2017-2018 tour of the iconic Pink Floyd artist. As the founding member, lyricist, composer and creative force behind Pink Floyd, Us + Them presents Waters powerful music in stunning form and highlights its message of human rights, liberty and love. The set features classic songs from The Dark Side Of The Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here as well as his most recent album, Is This The Life We Really Want?. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions are also available.]
Yung Lean – Stars CD/2xLP (001/AWAL)
“On ‘Violence’, the fourth song on Yung Lean’s seventh full-length Starz, the rapper paraphrases a mob boss from The Departed, played by Jack Nicholson: ‘You’re a product of your environment, my environment’s a product of me.’ It’s less of a flex than a statement of fact: Lean is a foundational figure in the pantheon of white, middle-class kids making divisive internet rap. But Jonatan Leandoer Håstad, now rebranded as a vulnerable creative polymath, seeks something deeper than a Yung Lean coronation on his new album: instead of sampling the quote in all its iconic gravitas, Lean mutters his version through a sonic fog, the words ash-choked and made into his own.
Frank Zappa – Halloween 81: Live At The Palladium, New York City [Costume Box Set] 6xCD (UMe)
Frank Zappa – Halloween 81: Live At The Palladium, New York City [Highlights] CD (UMe)
Halloween 81: Live At The Palladium, New York City, recorded in 1981 (two shows on Oct. 31st and one show on Nov. 1st), is the next in the iconic Frank Zappa Halloween sets. The six-CD box set features three complete concerts, all tracks newly mixed from original tapes, and 78 unreleased live tracks. The offering includes a Count Frankula mask and a red/black cape, plus 40-page booklet. The single-disc Highlights combines performances from all three shows along with an exclusive track “Strictly Genteel” from the November 1st show not on the six-CD boxset.