New Releases — October 5, 2018

New Releases for October 5, 2018

October Listening Station Titles Released This Week:

Castlecomer – Castlecomer CD/LP (Concord)
Castlecomer’s self-titled debut is equal parts rock and roll abandon and meticulous pop craftsmanship. Chock full of contagious, arena-ready anthems, the album conjures up its own escapist world of young love and big dreams, all fueled by explosive guitars and hypnotizing grooves. Lead single “All Of The Noise” shimmers as it barrels forward, mixing thoughtful beauty with raw power, while “Move” pairs lead vocalist Bede Kennedy’s silky-smooth vocals with a disco-tinged arrangement that’s pure 1970’s joy. Castlecomer also offers the band a chance to show off the versatility that marks their exhilarating live shows, where punk snarl (“She Knows”) and stripped-back tenderness (“Leaving”) meet undeniable dancefloor jams (“Make Love Make Music”, “If I Could Be Like You”).

Cat Power – Wanderer CD/LP (Domino)
There are few voices more deeply embedded in the iconography and mythology of American indie rock than that of Chan Marshall. Under the musical nom de plume of Cat Power, Marshall has released music for nearly 25 years now and her prowess as a songwriter, a producer, and most notably – as a voice – has only grown more influential with time. Wanderer, Cat Power’s stunning tenth studio album, marks a pivotal moment in both Marshall’s life and her career. In the six years since the release of 2012’s Sun, she has traveled the world, given birth to a child, and parted ways with her previous record label. Even though it was, in many ways, a period of profound upheaval and radical change, those experiences resulted in a record that is arguably the most assured artistic statement of her career. Produced by Marshall and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck), the album includes appearances by longtime friends and compatriots, as well as guest vocals courtesy of recent tourmate Lana Del Rey. [Limited indie-exclusive clear vinyl pressing also available.]

Eric Church – Desperate Man CD/LP (EMI Nashville)
Country superstar Eric Church introduces his sixth studio album Desperate Man with the single of the same name. The upbeat track, flavored with Church’s usual rock influences, keyboard detail and a singalong motif, was produced by Jay Joyce and written by the singer with fellow artist and Texan music mainstay Ray Wylie Hubbard. Never satisfied with the status quo, Church constantly challenges himself as an artist and that’s certainly the case here. Desperate Man follows-up on the great success and acclaim of 2015’s Mr. Misunderstood, which won the CMA Award for Album of the Year and was certified platinum by the RIAA. “I look forward to seeing you on the road,” Church says. “I’m very proud of this album.”

Echo & The Bunnymen – The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon CD/2xLP+MP3 (BMG)
The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon sees Echo and the Bunnymen, still lead by the indomitable Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, revisit their peerless back catalog to reinterpret 13 of their most beloved songs with strings and things. Recorded at The Dog House Studios with co-producer Andy Wright, The Bunnymen hand-picked the selection of tracks for the album from their majestic, four-decade spanning archive. McCulloch said of the new versions: “I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it as it’s important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it.” The first track, “Seven Seas”, was originally a Top 20 hit in 1984, the third single from their fourth studio album Ocean Rain. A couple of brand new tracks – “The Somnambulist” and “How Far?” – also accompany the rearranged classics. [Limited indie-exclusive luminous vinyl pressing also available.]

F**ked Up – Dose Your Dreams CD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
“I was sent an unfinished version of Dose Your Dreams so that I might contribute string parts. I couldn’t stop listening to the rough mixes I received. A friend asked me how the record was. I replied, ‘My God, F**ked Up have made their Screamadelica.’ And psych-rock-groove it is. The drums mixed wide, propensity for drones, for delay pedal, for repetition, groove. The politics and aesthetics of hardcore married to an “open format” approach to genre. Elements of doo-wop, krautrock, groove, digital hardcore. ‘None of Your Business Man’ opens the album in familiar enough territory, a sax-assisted exit from an office space. But things get psychedelic very quickly. By the time the title track arrives, Mike Haliechuk is whispering, wah pedals are in full effect, and we’re wearing oversized t-shirts and pinwheeling. ‘Accelerate’, the lyrical centerpiece of the album, storms in like Boredoms on a bullet train and dissolves into a digital nightmare. The album closer, ‘Joy Stops Time’, finds F**ked Up at their most Düsseldorfian, nearly eight minutes of blissful motorik. At the center of it all is Damian Abraham’s scream – a man chained, a man tortured, a true protagonist. The effect is one of an epic, every chapter attempting its own narrative devices, its own genre hybridization – and it works, it works so insanely well.” – Owen Pallett [Limited edition translucent yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Ron Gallo – Stardust Birthday Party CD/LP (New West)
“Stardust Birthday Party is about human evolution. Specifically, one human’s evolution: mine, Ron Gallo. That’s the name my parents gave me. Hi. At one point, I was a very lost mid-twenties person living in Philadelphia, in a relationship with someone struggling with mental health issues and crippling heroin addiction. I was asleep. I didn’t know how to handle my life. I was also writing songs for Heavy Meta – my frustrated with humanity album. I laugh about it all now, but at the time it all felt like an absolute nightmare. It was the perfect doorway to look inside the place I’d been avoiding forever: myself. Stardust Birthday Party is about what is happening underneath all of this life stuff. My path inward. The details of my path are pointless because everyone’s path is different. It is about me sitting with myself for the first time and confronting the big question WHAT AM I, REALLY? It’s about the love and compassion for all things that enters when you find out you are nothing and everything.” – Ron Gallo

Will Hoge – My American Dream CD/LP (Edlo)
Will Hoge didn’t really need to release a new album in 2018. His most recent, Anchors, came out last August. He’d toured the United States and Europe, and could’ve settled in from there. But there was something he couldn’t stop thinking about: his children. Border police. Political corruption. Anti-intellectualism. Poverty. Gun control. A broken education system. Indifference to others’ suffering. Each of these things weighed on Hoge, and he confronts them all head-on in My American Dream.

Gregory Alan Isakov – Evening Machines CD/LP (Dualtone)
Recorded at a converted barn studio located on Isakov’s three-acre farm in Boulder County, CO, Evening Machines was self-produced and mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, The Decemberists) and Andrew Berlin (Descendants, Rise Against). Since his debut in 2003, Isakov has self-released three full-length studio albums on his independent label, Suitcase Town Music, with over 370,000 in sales, and has toured extensively building a devoted worldwide audience. He has toured with artists including Iron & Wine, Ani DiFranco, Blind Pilot, Passenger, Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile, and Nathaniel Rateliff, and since his debut with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in November 2013 has performed with symphonies across the country including the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Madeline Kenney – Perfect Shapes CD/LP+MP3 (Carpark)
In January of 2018, five months after the release of her debut album Night Night At The First Landing, Madeline Kenney traveled from Oakland, CA to the woods outside of Durham, NC to record her sophomore album with a new collaborator, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner. Perfect Shapes marks Wasner’s first foray into producing another artist’s work and is permeated by the pair’s collaborative spirit. From the delightfully warped percussion on opening track “Overhead” to the burbling synths on the R&B-tinted “The Flavor Of The Fruit Tree” and the left-field trumpet solo in “Your Art”, their rich and inventive ideas echo Yo La Tengo’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mentality, as well as the surging soundscapes of Tame Impala and Wye Oak at their most impressionistic. Lead single “Cut Me Off” is a surprise of its own – the most pop-forward song Kenney has written yet. The dazzling arrangements form the perfect backdrop for the complex and open-ended questions at the core of Perfect Shapes – how do you love another when it hurts to do so? What is the physical limit to which one can carry the emotions of others? How does a modern female artist reckon with the expectations demanded of her femininity? Yet for all the notes of doubt and fear that Kenney raises, she delivers each song with confidence and nuance. “Bad Idea” finds her balancing fragility as foil; later, “I Went Home” manages to evoke both frustration and affection in a single breath.

Marcus King Band – The Carolina Confessions CD/LP (Fantasy/Concord)
At 22 years of age, Marcus King has been a bandleader for a decade and tipped as “music’s next great guitarist” by the Washington Post. But the band’s daring, ambitious new album, Carolina Confessions, marks an artistic leap of another order. Produced and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded at Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio A, it finds the band’s trademark musicianship buoyed by a new narrative depth, as Marcus delves into heavy themes: absolution, guilt, leaving home, yearning, love and other affairs of the soul. Carolina Confessions features ten brand-new songs, all written by Marcus except for “How Long”, which was co-written with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and veteran songwriter Pat McLaughlin. Whether it’s the searing rock exorcism of “Confessions” or the propulsive road-bound soul of “Where I’m Headed”, Marcus exhibits an almost Southern gothic sensibility in his songs, owning up to failed relationships, portraying his complex connection with his hometown, arraying a sprawling musical firmament in the process.

Andrianne Lenker – abysskiss CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Adrianne Lenker has been writing songs since she was ten years old. Her “back story” has been well documented in various interviews and profiles for Big Thief over the last three years. Despite, or more likely because of the constant touring and studio work, the last few years have been some of the most prolific for Lenker as a writer. Songs pop out at soundcheck. They pop out on late night drives between cities. They pop out in green rooms, hotel stairwells, gardens, and kitchens around the world. In the hands of Lenker songwriting is not an old dead craft. It is alive. It is vital. With little regard for standard album cycle practice or the idea of resting at all, Lenker set out to make a document. Songs can be slippery and following a 2+ years on the road with Big Thief, Lenker felt a growing need to document this particular time in her life in an intimate, immediate way. The result is her new album, abysskiss. [Limited glow-in-the-dark vinyl pressing also available.]

Mozzy – Gangland Landlord CD (Mozzy Records)
New release from the Sacramento hip-hop artist. Checking in at 18 songs, Gangland Landlord includes features from ScHoolboy Q, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, YFN Lucci, Trae Tha Truth, Yhung T.O., Blac Youngsta, Yo Gotti and many others. “The first single, ‘Not Impressive’, updates Luniz’s airy West Coast rap classic “I Got 5 On It”, leaning on the same eerie synth line but channeling it into a Bay Area stomper complete with a pounding piano riff and jittery snares. In many ways, ‘Not Impressive’ is a Mozzy manifesto: He’s both frigid and warm about a life in the streets, stretched thin trying to find a balance. A hopeful line about watching his daughters ‘blossom’ sits right next to one anxious about spending life in prison; then he also sneers about his cars (‘bought a Maserati truck just to send a message’) and threatens violence. That duality between love and conflict is what makes Mozzy’s rap so poignant, and this newest tale of street survival is among his most potent.” — Pitchfork

Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart CD (Acrobat)
Whoever thinks that the dog days of summer are for chillin’ by the pool needs to have a chat with San Francisco native son Matt Nathanson. The beloved singer/songwriter, whose live shows are a winning combination of hook-filled pop and stand-up-quality humor, is running hard on all cylinders this season. In early June, the self-confessed Def Leppard “dork” released a tribute EP to the band, recorded with his frequent collaborator, Aaron Tap, at the latter’s L.A. studio. Entitled Pyromattia (get it?), the digital release was followed a few weeks later with a video for a new Nathanson original, “Way Way Back”, and a tease of more new songs to come. In July Nathanson began a summertime tour as opening act for his good friends, O.A.R. His 11th studio album, Sings His Sad Heart, was produced by Butch Walker, Stacey Jones, Amir Salem, and Adam Pallin and features the aforementioned “Way Way Back” and the singles “Used To Be” and “Mine”.

Steve Perry – Traces CD/LP (Fantasy/Concord)
Legendary singer-songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Perry (Journey) makes his long-awaited return with Traces, his first new album in nearly a quarter century. The famed singer introduces the album with lead track “No Erasin’” and reassuringly greets fans with the opening line “I know it’s been a long time comin’.” The track is an emotional homecoming, a familiar welcome from the iconic voice and writer of Journey’s timeless, global hits including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully”, and “Open Arms”, as well as the significant solo success of “Oh Sherrie” and “Foolish Heart”. Perry says, “Putting 30 years into 10 songs has certainly been an emotional experience for me. I started writing and recording these songs with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. Along the way, I rediscovered my love for music. Each track represents traces of my past, but is also a hopeful look into the future. I invite you to listen with an open heart.”

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Poor Until Payday CD/LP (New West)
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country, has pieced together a new country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.

Swearin’ – Fall Into The Sun CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Fall Into The Sun is what co-songwriter Allison Crutchfield calls “the adult Swearin’ album.” This can be heard on songs like “Big Change”, where she says goodbye to Philly and the scene that she came up in, or in “Dogpile” where co-songwriter Kyle Gilbride offers the line any aging punk can relate to: “By pure dumb luck I’ve gotten where I’m going.” Where Swearin’ used to pummel through their songs, on Fall Into The Sun, they bask in what this newfound openness offers. It’s most notable on the ambling “Stabilize”, which sees the band throw their weight around in the song’s back half, offering up what’s easily the heaviest riff in their catalog. “I think both me and Allison have gone through huge transitions in our lives. There was a lot on our minds, and it was a super fertile time to put a bunch of songs together,” said Gilbride. It’s true of the material found on Fall Into The Sun, but it’s noticeable in the album’s production as well. Much like the band’s previous albums, Gilbride anchored the recording and producing of the record, but this time around, the band worked to make the process feel more collaborative than ever before. [Limited edition ‘coke bottle’ colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Jim James – Uniform Clarity CD/LP (ATO)
New acoustic companion piece to James’ recent album Uniform Distortion. “The idea for Uniform Clarity came from Uniform Distortion,” says James, “an album of intentional chaos/dirt: literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live. Uniform Clarity is meant to illuminate the other side – raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

More CDs + Vinyl:

Atmosphere – Mi Vida Local CD/2xLP+MP3 (Rhymesayers)
It’s a different world than it was two years ago, when Atmosphere released their last record, Fishing Blues. Their seventh album, Mi Vida Local, reflects the ways in which the world – and their place in it – has changed. The idyllic domesticity of the past few records has morphed into anxiety over keeping loved ones safe during turbulent times. The easygoing collaboration between Ant and Slug has started to feel more like the life-or-death intimacy of two men trapped together on a lifeboat. [Limited vinyl pressing includes a colored 2” featuring two bonus tracks.]

Author & Punisher – Beastland CD/LP (Relapse)
A robotic experimentation in industrial metal, noise, doom and drone, Author & Punisher recalls Nine Inch Nails channeling Godflesh, traversing through dark, uncompromising, and often disturbing soundscapes with occasional detours into rich melodies and splinters of light.

Doyle Bramhall II – Shades CD/2xLP (Provogue)
A spellbinding blend of grungy blues, raucous garage rock, transcendent psychedelia, and soothing, soul-stirring ballads that sees Bramhall reaching new heights as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist while responding to his heart’s most urgent commands as a lyricist and arranger.

Lindsey Buckingham – Solo Anthology: The Best Of Lindsey Buckingham CD/3xCD (Rhino)
First-ever, comprehensive solo anthology by legendary artist, guitarist, song-writer and 3x Grammy winner – available in single-disc and deluxe triple-CD editions. Buckingham is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and in addition to his prolific and loved work with Fleetwood Mac he is a widely celebrated solo artist. Solo Anthology – The Best of Lindsey Buckingham includes album, live and alternate versions from Law And Order, Go Insane, Out Of The Cradle and more, and also incorporates songs from his recent collaborative album with Christine McVie. [Vinyl box set edition due November 23.]

Molly Burch – First Flower CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Molly Burch burst onto the music scene in 2017 with her debut Please Be Mine – a ten-track ode to unrequited romance written after studying Jazz Vocal Performance in Asheville, NC – and earned immediate praise from critics for her smoky, effortless vocals and bleeding-heart lyrics. A walk-through Burch’s most intimate thoughts – broken friendships, sibling relationships and overwhelming anxiety, First Flower is a bright, beautiful album peppered with moments of triumph with Burch’s voice as strong and dexterous as ever.

Coheed And Cambria – The Unheavenly Creatures Tigers Eye CD/3xLP+MP3 (Roadrunner)
Coheed and Cambria’s newest epic begins a brand-new story arc within the backdrop of The Amory Wars universe, which has been depicted in previous novels and comics. The band explains the concept: “…[W]e begin by seeing two captured criminals (Creature and Colossus) being walked through a ship on their way towards judgment for their crimes. It’s clear any friendship that once existed has not survived, as we see colorful flashbacks of their crimes committed against society, and perhaps, one another.” [Colored triple-vinyl set features a side-F etching.]

Cursive – Vitriola CD/LP (15 Passenger)
Over the past two decades, Cursive has become known for writing smart, tightly woven concept albums where frontman Tim Kasher turns his unflinching gaze on specific, oftentimes challenging themes, and examines them with an incisively brutal honesty. The band’s remarkable eighth full-length, Vitriola, required a different approach — one less rigidly themed and more responsive as the band struggles with existentialism veering towards nihilism and despair; the ways in which society, much like a writer, creates and destroys; and an oncoming dystopia that feels eerily near at hand.

Grateful Dead ‎– Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 1: Big Rock Pow Wow ’69 [Reissue/2010] 3xCD (Real Gone Music)
Two complete concerts held at the Seminole Indian reservation in Florida on May 23 and 24, 1969.

Kristin Hersh – Possible Dust Clouds CD/LP (Fire)
Hersh’s tenth studio album is a highly personalized sociopathic gem delivered as a futuristic rewriting of how music works, a melodious breeze with a tail wind of venomous din. Enveloping the juxtaposition of the concept of ‘dark sunshine’, a brooding solo record created with friends to expand her off-kilter sonic vision; a squally, squeaky mix of discordant beauty. Feedback and phasing gyrate from simply strummed normality, imagine Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine cranking up a Dylan couplet.

High On Fire – Electric Messiah CD/2xLP (E1)
“I had a dream about Lemmy,” says High On Fire’s Matt Pike, explaining the inspiration behind the title of the band’s eighth album Electric Messiah. If there’s one aspect of the band that warrants comparison to Lemmy’s mighty Motörhead, it’s longevity. 2018 sees them celebrating 20 years of thunderous heavy metal, with brothers-in-arms Pike, bassist Jeff Matz, and drummer Des Kensel having been firmly intact for the last dozen years. Along the way the band has forged a distinct identity of towering riffs, a propulsive rhythm section, shredding solos, and lyrics of Hessian poetry. “This is by far the best record I’ve ever made with the High on Fire stamp,” Pike adds.

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born Soundtrack CD/2xLP (Interscope)
Gaga performs original music for the soundtrack to the new remake of A Star Is Born, songs that she wrote with Bradley Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. All the music is original and was recorded live. Featuring 19 songs in a wide range of musical styles and 15 dialogue tracks, the soundtrack to A Star Is Born follows the musical arc and romantic journey of the movie’s two lead characters and is introduced by “Shallow” and “Maybe It’s Time,” two songs featured in the film’s trailer.

John Lennon – Imagine: The Ultimate Mixes CD/2xCD/2xLP (Capitol)
John Lennon – Imagine: The Ultimate Collection 4xCD+2xBlu-ray Audio (Capitol)
Digitally remastered, remixed and expanded edition of Lennon’s classic 1971 album. Available in a variety of editions: Single-disc CD adds six tracks; Double-CD and double-vinyl LP features 12 additional tracks; Super deluxe The Ultimate Collection includes four CDs (new stereo mix, outtakes, raw studio recordings, track-by-track) and two Blu-rays (5.1 surround mixes, HD audio, Elements mixes, Elliot Minz audio documentary).

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V 2xCD (Young Money)
“The long-delayed album captures Wayne how we want to remember him: openhearted, word-drunk, and exhilarated by the possibilities of his own voice. Some of these tracks date back years, while others were reportedly finished just weeks ago. That could be a recipe for whiplash, but most of this material is woven together so seamlessly that its provenance is never a distraction. Nicki Minaj gives the most radiant R&B performance of her career on ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, and Kendrick Lamar brings Nicolas Cage-levels of insanity to his ‘Stan’-inspired spotlight turn on ‘Mona Lisa’, breaking out a dozen different voices as he dramatizes the breakdown of jealous boyfriend driven to the edge by his partner’s obsession with Weezy. Neither Wayne nor Kendrick let the song’s high concept get in the way of unbridled, ferocious rapping. On the more of-the-moment end of the spectrum, there’s ‘Don’t Cry’, an XXXTentacion feature that kicks off the album on a misleading, miserablist note, and ‘Let It Fly’, an undistinguished foray into Travis Scott’s boutique trap. The most surprising takeaway from Tha Carter V, it turns out, isn’t that Wayne still has music this vital in him. It’s that after all these years, there’s still more to learn about him.” – Pitchfork

MewithoutYou – [Untitled] Album CD/LP (Run For Cover)
For eighteen years, Philadelphia’s MewithoutYou has been a banner name for fans across genres because of their kinetic and truly original style. On their latest [Untitled] Album, the band continues to create the same intensity that has captivated fans for almost two decades. While elements of the band’s signature sound still remain, there are new aspects at work. Lead single “Julia (or, ‘Holy To the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)” is an explosive slow-burner. Marked by a soaring guitar refrain that echoes throughout the first verse, vocalist Aaron Weiss’ other-worldly lyrics are sung rather than shouted through his renown spoken-word style. As a whole the record moves like seasons – songs shift between chaos and intimacy, frailty and strength, cacophony and harmony with expert navigation.

Phosphorescent – C’est La Vie CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Matthew Houck’s first new Phosphorescent release in five years chronicles a life-altering period which saw him fall in love, start a family, leave New York for Nashville, and build a studio from the ground up. With a focus on translating these profound experiences to music as intuitively as he could, Houck pushes the boundaries of what a Phosphorescent record can sound like, balancing the earthy and the incandescent, the troubled and the serene, creating his own musical cosmos in the process. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]

Tantric – Mercury Retrograde CD (Pavement Ent)
Seventh studio album by Louisville, KY rockers.

TI – Dime Trap CD (Epic)
New album from the rapper featuring guests Sam Hook, Yo Gotti, Young Thug, Victoria Monét, Anderson .Paak, Meek Mill, Jeezy, YFN Lucci, Teyana Taylor and London Jae.

KT Tunstall – WAX CD/LP (Rostrum)
WAX is the sixth studio effort from Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award-artist KT Tunstall. The album was entirely self/co-written by KT and produced by Nick McCarthy (founding member of multi-million selling band Franz Ferdinand), with co-production from duo MyRiot (London Grammar, Birdy). WAX also features co-writing contributions from her frequent creative collaborator Martin Terefe and Kings Of Leon producer/mentor Angelo Petraglia. KT (guitar, synths and vocals) is flanked on the record by seasoned L.A.-based musician Denny Weston Jnr on drums and longstanding cohort Charlotte Hatherley on guitar among others.

Twenty One Pilots – Trench CD/2xLP+MP3 (Fueled By Ramen)
Trench finds Twenty One Pilots fearlessly reimagining the possibilities of their music through the same candid expression and genuine identity that helped to cement their place as one of the largest bands in the world. The album is introduced by the dub-inspired “Jumpsuit” and reggae rap cut “Nico And The Niners.”

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary [Reissue/2001] LP (Vagrant)
Alkaline Trio – Good Mourning [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (Vagrant)
Alkaline Trio – Crimson [Reissue/2005] LP (Vagrant)
Limited red and black split colored vinyl LP pressings. [Limited picture disc pressing also available.]

Bassnectar – Reflective (Part 3) LP (Amorphous)
The next chapter in the Reflective Series – sonic co-creations born from the exchange of ideas and inspirations, and an exploration of the interplay and ricochet that ensues. Each track has a rich story of collaboration, as ideas bounce back and forth to form these customized versions, remixes, edits, and re-imaginations. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing now available.]

Blood Orange – Negro Swan 2xLP (Domino)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonte Hynes returns with his fourth album as Blood Orange, Negro Swan. “My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color. A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of Hope, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness.”

James Brown ‎– Black Caesar (Original Soundtrack) [Reissue/1973] LP (Polydor)
James Brown ‎– Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Reissue/1973] LP (Polydor)
Vinyl reissues of a pair of blaxploitation soundtracks from the R&B/soul/funk legend.

J. Cole – KOD LP (Interscope)
Released last April on CD – now available on vinyl. Fifth album from the rapper. The title has three meanings–“Kids On Drugs,” “King Overdosed,” and “Killing Our Demons.” KOD explores issues of drug abuse, depression & African-American culture, and features the tracks “ATM” and “The Cut Off”. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

The Get Up Kids – Eudora [Reissue/2001] 2xLP (Vagrant)
The Get Up Kids – On A Wire [Reissue/2001] LP (Vagrant)
The Get Up Kids – Guilt Show [Reissue/2004] 2xLP (Vagrant)
Vinyl reissues now available. The Get Up Kids were a major player in the “second wave” of emo music in the mid-90’s, touring with the likes of Green Day and Weezer. Issued on Vagrant Records in 2001 in the wake of their first two albums Four Minute Mile (1997) and Something to Write Home About (1999).

Pedro The Lion ‎– Achilles Heel [Reissue/2004] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Pedro the Lion’s 2004 release is band’s final album to date. Beautifully achieved, Achilles Heel is crafted as a scathing glance into the crosshairs of the American dream, a heartbreaking sketch of husbandhood and ultimately an exploration of faith as told through eleven perfectly textured vignettes. Lyrically, dry wit and melancholy are marbled together, creating relaxed narratives with subtle and often profound depth.

Tricky – Maxinquaye [Reissue/1995] LP (Island)
180gm vinyl reissue of the 1995 debut album by English rapper and producer.