New Releases for October 26, 2018
Eric Bibb – Global Griot 2xCD (Stony Plain)
On the heels of Eric Bibb’s Grammy nominated Migration Blues comes his ambitious new project – the double-disc set Global Griot. “Griot – (in West Africa) a member of a caste responsible for maintaining a oral record of tribal history in the form of music, poetry and storytelling.” “It’s an honor and a great pleasure to introduce you to my fellow Global Griots with this gathering of the tribes” (Eric Bibb)
The Blue Stones – Black Holes CD/LP (E1)
The Blue Stones – guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Tarek Jafar and percussionist/backing vocalist Justin Tessier – present their new album, Black Holes which showcases an incredibly diverse palette of influence. Although they’re a duo, it’s unfair to limit the comparisons just to The Black Keys and The White Stripes. The weight of Led Zeppelin, the grit of Jimi Hendrix and groove from hip-hop artists like J. Cole and Kanye are all here.
Andrea Bocelli – Si CD/2xLP (Verve Label Group)
Andrea Bocelli, one of the most beloved tenors in the world, returns with his first album of new material in fourteen years.
Boy George & Culture Club – Life CD/LP (BMG)
2018 marks a new era for Boy George and Culture Club – reunited in 2014 – releasing their first new music in 20 years. Life is introduced by the brand-new single “Let Somebody Love You”, produced by Future Cuts and written by Boy George, Roy Hay, Michael Craig, Jon Moss and Ritchie Stevens. “I just feel that we’ve made an album that we’ve been trying to make maybe since (1983’s quadruple-platinum) Colour By Numbers,” George tells Billboard. “It’s funny when you say it sounds very Culture Club; We do often say that about tracks. But it just feels looser. It’s very catchy. The songs are really strong, really melodic. It just has an ease about it that I really like.” [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Dillon Carmichael – Hell On An Angel CD/LP (Riser House)
Merging a sonically progressive palette with a tasteful reverence for the past, Burgin, KY native Dillon Carmichael has crafted a slice of solid country gold – one that’s fueled by plainspoken lyrics and a rich baritone voice – on his Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) produced debut Hell On An Angel. The album captures vivid snapshots of the people Carmichael grew up around: hardworking, bighearted folks taking life one day at a time, sticking together through the good times and the bad with honesty, dignity and faith.
David Crosby – Here If You Listen CD/LP (BMG)
Here If You Listen is David Crosby’s fourth solo album in five years and features the three musicians who helped lend his 2016 album Lighthouse – and the tour in support of the album – its captivating grace: Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens (Crosby’s “Lighthouse” band). But in a purposeful departure from Lighthouse, Here If You Listen emerges as a highly collaborative effort, with all four artists trading off lead vocals and bringing their distinct songwriting to the mix.
Daughters – You Don’t Get What You Want CD/2xLP (Ipecac)
By titling their fourth full-length You Won’t Get What You Want, Daughters send a crystal-clear message. The quartet once again follow the same internal compass that guided them to blur the lines of fickle heavy music sub-genres in the first place and quietly ignite a cult fervor typically reserved for grindhouse phenomena. In fact, the best way to describe the philosophy and the sound of the quartet is simply: rock ‘n’ roll.
Marianne Faithful – Come And Stay With Me: The UK 45s 1964-69 CD (ABKCO)
The A and B-sides of the ten singles Marianne recorded for UK Decca between 1964 and 1969, plus her Go Away From My World EP. All tracks are in authentic mono, just like the actual 45s. Mastered from the best possible sources, including some fresh Abbey Road transfers of the original tapes. The CD features Marianne’s Top 20 hits “As Tears Go By”, “Come And Stay With Me”, “This Little Bird” and “Summer Nights”, plus lesser-known gems such as “Something Better”, “That’s Right Baby”, “House Of The Rising Sun”, “Counting” and the controversial cult favorite “Sister Morphine”. Producers include Andrew Loog Oldham, Mike Leander, Tony Calder and Mick Jagger.
The Greeting Committee – This Is It CD (Harvest)
The Greeting Committee’s debut album This Is It is a coming-of-age story, a reflection on growing up but defiantly holding onto a certain innocence. All between the ages of 19 and 21, the Kansas City-based band delivers an undeniably original selection of songs that feel as intimate as a basement recording but unfold in intricate textures and melodic sophistication. With delicate yet powerful vocals, frontwoman Addie Sartino instills This Is It with an openheartedness that transcends age and time, bringing both dreamy sensitivity and wide-eyed wisdom to every track. [Vinyl edition due November 2.]
Julia Holter – Aviary CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)
Aviary is an epic journey through what Julia Holter describes as “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world.” Throughout the album, we travel a world populated by birds, angels, and ghosts – at once characters in a mystery of uncertain denouement and a stand-in for the memories and thought-images that seem to fly through the mind on their own volition.
Ian Sweet – Crush Crusher CD/LP/Cassette (Hardly Art)
In writing Crush Crusher, Ian Sweet’s Jilian Medford committed herself to exploring her own issues with self-image, self-respect/worth, and the responsibility she has felt to others. Recorded at Rare Book Room studios with producer/engineer Gabe Wax (Deerhunter, The War on Drugs, Soccer Mommy), Crush Crusher is full of dissonant open chords and abnormal progressions, finding beauty in a level of conflict not seen on the trio’s 2016 Shapeshifter. By the end of the recording process, Ian Sweet wound up with an unconventional assortment of songs featuring disparate elements of psych-rock, trip-hop, and shoegaze that together forged a sound uniquely Medford’s own.
Mike Love – Reason For The Season CD/LP (BMG)
The Beach Boys’ lead singer Mike Love gets into the Christmas spirit this year, releasing his new collection of holiday songs, Reason For The Season. The album features a 12-track mix of original holiday songs and Christmas classics, including “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Little St. Nick”, which the Beach Boys recorded back in 1964. Hanson even hops on a song, the jubilant tune “Finally It’s Christmas”.
Tor Miller – Surviving The Suburbs CD/LP (Glassnote)
Tor Miller returns with his sophomore album, Surviving The Suburbs. Leaner and simpler than the lush, full-bodied arrangements of his debut album American English, Surviving The Suburbs is an honest self-reflection framed as a musical coming of age. It’s a step forward into vibrant territory where the vitality of a live backing band gives Miller more Americana flavor, as if, he explains, “Elton John made a Bruce Springsteen record”.
Whitey Morgan and The 78’s – Hard Times And White Lines CD/LP (Whitey Morgan Music)
Whitey Morgan and The 78’s anticipated new album features collaborations with acclaimed songwriters Travis Meadows and Ward Davis plus a cover of ZZ Top’s ‘”Just Got Paid”. Rolling Stone has described him as a ”Waylon Jennings acolyte… modern-day outlaw [with a] hard-hitting, blue-collar brand of music” while NPR Music hailed, “Staying close to the sound and subject matter of classic outlaw artists like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and David Allan Coe, Morgan is poised to lead this hard-worn brand of country to the next generation.” His last LP, Sonic Ranch (2015), was released to critical acclaim and praised by Detroit Free Press as, “a bold, well-crafted album that doesn’t forsake the gritty undercurrent running through Morgan’s stuff.”
Oh Pep! – I Wasn’t Only Thinking Of You… CD/LP (ATO)
Melbourne, Australia’s Oh Pep! are back with their sophomore effort, I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You… which follows up their critically acclaimed 2016 debut Stadium Cake. The return at once captures their spirit, their curiosity, their imminent likability. Throughout, the new LP thoughtfully explores the melody-rich expanse between indie pop and alt-folk, while coming of age and seeing the world. The duo burst first onto the scene with a series of EPs that caught the attention of legendary artists and critics alike. NPR called them “thoughtful, deep, funny, and poetic,” while The New York Times marveled at how adept they were at “sharing a melody that’s both angular and affectionate.”
Saves The Day – 9 CD/LP (Equal Vision)
Saves The Day’s ninth studio record tells the story of the band from the perspective of its founder, Chris Conley. It offers this first ever autobiographical look into the group’s history in a way that is as exhaustive as it is poetic and makes the listener a part of the songwriting process. The band has been through a lot over the past two decades: Van accidents, member changes, the emo explosion, and the adventures that carried them and their fans from adolescence to adulthood. [Exclusive indie store-only colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Various Artists – Muscle Shoals: Small Town, Big Sound CD (BMG)
Muscle Shoals, Alabama – since the 1960s, the city has been known for music, developing the “Muscle Shoals Sound”, as local recording studios (including FAME Studios in the late 1950s and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1969) produced hit records that shaped the history of popular music. This tribute to those songs and that history reigns supreme with some of the most popular and influential artists participating in music history today. From Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack and Jamey Johnson, to Demi Lovato, Steven Tyler, Keb’ Mo, Grace Potter and Aloe Blacc, an absolute cavalcade of stars lend their own personal embellishment to these classic songs.
Within Destruction – Deathwish CD/LP (Unique Leader)
“Deathcore has changed over the years. Where the original purveyors of the genre have either turned their hand to more melodic pastures or are still rocking the same blueprint as before, the modern generation seems to be dragging the genre to the deepest parts of hell. Within Destruction is one such band, dead set on seemingly trying to actually injure the listener with a hearty slice of music so abusive, it’ll actually make your head hurt. The middle chunk of Deathwish really is a collection of the best examples of modern deathcore at its most extreme.” – Distorted Sound
Blackberry Smoke – The Southern Ground Sessions CDEP/12” (3 Legged Records)
Created as an accompaniment, to their acclaimed new album, Find A Light, this six-song EP was recorded live at Southern Ground studio in Nashville, TN and features acoustic versions of five album tracks as well as a rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” featuring Amanda Shires.
Chevelle – 12 Bloody Spies: B-sides And Rarities CD (Epic)
As the title suggests, 12 Bloody Spies: B-sides And Rarities culls together songs that haven’t appeared on the standard editions of the band’s eight studio albums, offering remastered versions of the tunes. [Vinyl edition due November 2.]
Devour The Day – Signals CD/LP (Razor & Tie)
Following tours alongside Skillet and Alter Bridge, Devour The Day returned from the road to commence work on Signals in 2017. They eventually reteamed with S.O.A.R. (2016) producer Dan Korneff (Paramore, Lamb Of God). First single “Faithless” hinges on a hulking stomp brushing up against Blake’s guttural delivery. As a hyper-charged riff kicks in, the chorus rises in tandem to arena-size heights, seesawing between pummeling and passionate. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Direct Hit! – Crown Of Nothing CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
Direct Hit’s third album, Crown Of Nothing, is the Milwaukee, WI quartet’s most challenging, elaborate and downright catchy work to date – and it’s built around the idea that heaven and hell might very well be the same place. It continues Direct Hit’s unique strain of “f**k you, get pumped” party punk they’ve been honing throughout their decade-long career.
Laura Gibson – Goners CD/LP (Barsuk)
Goners, the fifth album from acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson, is her best, and her strangest. There are hauntings and transformation, odd birds and harbingers. Women become wolves, men metamorphose into machines, ghost-children wave in the rearview mirror, a scar becomes a vessel for memory. Her lyrics are populated with sharp objects: a needle, a thistle, a sickle, a scythe, claws and animal teeth.
Charlie Haden/Brad Mehldau – Long Ago And Far Away CD (Impulse!)
Live archive recording from Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau’s performance at Enjoy Jazz Festival, Christuskirche Mannheim on 5 November 2007.
Hate Eternal – Upon Desolate Sands CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Legendary death metal juggernaut Hate Eternal return on Season Of with Upon Desolate Sands, their heaviest and most ambitious album to date. Helmed by extreme metal luminary Erik Rutan, the new record sees the band take another huge step forward in their quest to push death metal to its outermost limits.
Keith Jarrett – La Fenice 2xCD (ECM)
This recording of Keith Jarrett’s extraordinary 2006 solo performance at Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice finds Jarrett entering one of Italy s most famous classical venues and channeling the flow of inspiration to shape something new. In this case, a suite of eight spontaneously created pieces referencing everything from the blues to atonality to heart-rending ballads.
The Kinks – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society [Reissue/1968] CD/2xCD/2xLP/3xLP+3×7”+5xCD (Sanctuary)
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, The Kinks present special editions of their 1968 masterwork The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society including this Super Deluxe 3xLP + 5xCD + 3×7″ box set (174 audio tracks total, three previously unreleased tracks, 55 previously unreleased versions). Included here are new stereo and mono remastered editions of the album from original HD tape transfers, bonus tracks and alternative versions, live performances, previously unreleased home demos, 7″ picture sleeve singles, a 52-page book and memorabilia galore. The proceedings are beautifully packaged in a rigid card box with debossed cover, gold foil and metallic text, wrapped in special linen cloth finish. A bespoke accessories holder is also included. [Standard single disc and double-vinyl editions comprised of the 2018 remastered audio are also available.]
John Legend – A Legendary Christmas CD (Columbia)
New holiday release from the acclaimed soul artist. A Legendary Christmas was executive-produced by Raphael Saadiq. The album features Esperanza Spalding and Stevie Wonder (playing harmonica on “What Christmas Means To Me”). Includes classic holiday songs as well as new Christmas originals. [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
Lukas Graham – 3 (The Purple Album) CD (WB)
New album from the Danish soul-pop band. Easy pop hooks alongside soul-baring poignancy.
Nas – Nasir CD/LP (Mass Appeal/Def Jam)
Now available on CD. The hip-hop artist’s first new album since 2012’s Life Is Good, Nasir features seven tracks produced by Kanye West and serves as the fourth of five consecutive weekly albums produced by West, each with seven tracks: Pusha T’s Daytona, Kanye West’s ye, the Kids See Ghosts collaboration between West (out this week) and Kid Cudi and Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E. The album features an appearance from Kanye West, as well as Puff Daddy, 070 Shake, Tony Williams, and The-Dream.
Robyn – Honey CD (Interscope)
Honey is the eighth studio album by Robyn, and her first since Body Talk (2010). The album features the lead single “Missing U” and second single “Honey”, a version of which featured in the final season of the HBO series Girls in 2017 before being released in full in 2018. The album features collaborations with Joseph Mount of Metronomy, Klas Åhlund, Adam Bainbridge, Mr. Tophat, and Zhala.
Ty Segall – Fudge Sandwich CD/LP (In The Red)
Take a tour through Ty Segall’s musical psyche with his new solo album, Fudge Sandwich, a collection of Segall’s take on eleven songs that were originally done by other people. These aren’t just cover versions. Cover versions happen at weddings and high school band battles. The songs here are what happens when someone loves a song so much, they need to get inside it and let it propagate and transform into what it would have been if they had actually written it.
The Struts – Young & Dangerous CD (Interscope)
Sophomore album from the British rockers. The Struts’ influences include Queen, The Darkness, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, The Killers, The Smiths, Oasis, The Libertines, The Strokes, and My Chemical Romance. The band has been described as unabashedly over the top retro-fetishist classic rock, glamorous and dangerous. [Vinyl edition due December 7.]
Keith Sweat – Playing For Keeps CD (Red Music)
New release from the veteran R&B vocalist.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – IC-01 Hanoi CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
While recording Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest release, Sex & Food, Ruban Nielson, his longtime collaborator Jacob Portrait and his brother Kody Nielson, found themselves in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi playing and recording with local musicians at Phu Sa Studios. The studio, normally used for traditional Vietnamese music, found the band jamming on sessions dubbed IC-01 Hanoi: exploring the outer edges of the band’s influences in jazz, fusion and the avant-garde. The musicians, along with Ruban and Kody’s father, a jazz musician in his own right, helped lay down the unique textures heard throughout Hanoi. At its core it’s a record of exploration, finding its closest antecedent in Miles Davis’ experimental On The Corner – itself a record full of nods toward avant-garde composers and jazz outsiders alike.
Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre – Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre CD/LP+MP3 (Double Feature)
Dean Wareham offers up an album of Western dream-pop recorded with his friend Cheval Sombre (aka Chris Porpora). Featuing a backing band rounded out by Britta Phillips (Luna), Anthony LaMarca (War on Drugs) and Will Halsey, the duo takes turns on lead vocals singing Western-themed songs from old Hollywood movies and songwriters like Marty Robbins, Ricky Nelson, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Magnetic Fields.
Roland White – A Tribute To The Kentucky Colonels CD (Mountain Home)
Some of the most lauded players and singers in today’s bluegrass scene to pay homage to the Colonels’ lasting legacy.
Thom Yorke – Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film) CD/LP (XL Recordings)
Yorke’s original score to the 2018 motion picture includes five original songs from the remake of Dario Argento’s cult classic Suspiria. The Luca Guadagnino directed film stars Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. Deserving an update of its own, the insanely awesome artwork is by Stanley Donwood.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
Bauhaus – In The Flat Field [Reissue/1980] LP (4AD)
Bauhaus – Mask [Reissue/1981] LP (4AD)
Bauhaus’ first two albums – mastered from HD audio files transferred from the original tapes and pressed on colored vinyl. Bauhaus practically invented the blueprint of goth music.
Blondie – Heart Of Glass [Reissue/1978] 12” (Numero)
The song that burst Blondie out of the streets of the Bowery to No. 1 on the charts, “Heart Of Glass” was the pivotal moment in punk’s choreographed slamdance with the mainstream. Inspired by Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, Blondie transformed their campy “Disco Song” into a Roland-driven juggernaut and never looked back. Explored and exploded via six distinct versions remastered from the original analog tapes, the history of “Heart Of Glass” is documented here in a copious essay and its art re-imagined by noted American illustrator Shepard Fairey.
Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys 2xLP (Republic)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Double-clear vinyl pressing. After much anticipation, Post Malone, born Austin Post, has made his return with a mix of ethereal bops, acoustic tearjerkers, and upbeat party tracks on his newest musical installation, Beerbongs & Bentleys. As a whole, the album presents a diverse mix of big-name features to accompany Post on the tracks — Swae Lee, 21 Savage, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy and YG.
Skinny Puppy – Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse [Reissue/1986] LP (Nettwerk)
Skinny Puppy – Cleanse Fold And Manipulate [Reissue/1987] LP (Nettwerk)
Vinyl reissue of the pioneering electronic industrial band’s second and third albums.
Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love [Reissue/1987] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch [Reissue/1992] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town [Reissue/1992] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bruce Springsteen – MTV Unplugged [Reissue/1993] 2xLP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost Of Tom Joad [Reissue/1995] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissues of Springsteen’s eight, ninth, tenth, and eleventh albums plus his 1992 live album In Concert/MTV Unplugged.
T.I. – Trap Muzik [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Grand Hustle)
T.I. – Paper Trail [Reissue/2008] 2xLP (Grand Hustle)
Double-vinyl reissues of the rapper’s second and sixth albums.