New Releases for October 9, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
Bahamas – Sad Hunk CD (Republic)
The fifth album from Bahamas, Sad Hunk takes its title from a nickname bestowed upon the artist by his wife in reaction to how he was being portrayed in the media, “Something like ten years ago I did a photo shoot, and in all the pictures they sent back I was lit half in shadow, looking all brooding and mysterious,” says the award-winning singer/songwriter otherwise known as Afie Jurvanen. “When my wife saw the photos the first thing she said was, ‘Whoa—sad hunk,’ and after that it became sort of a joke among our friends.” It’s a fitting backstory for an album that embodies an undaunted self-awareness, each track graced with Bahamas’s wry wit and unabashed heart.
Black Pumas – Black Pumas 2xCD/2xLP+7” (ATO)
Black Pumas unveil a deluxe edition of their Grammy-nominated self-titled debut album. This expanded set is available as a double CD and double LP + 7” and includes the original album plus 11 bonus tracks, including three new original songs, four cover tracks, and unreleased live material. The package is updated with new artwork and contains unpublished in-studio and live photographs.
Blue Öyster Cult – Symbol Remains CD/2xLP (Frontiers)
Coming nearly two decades after the release of their last studio album, Blue Öyster Cult return with a mammoth new set of songs.
Brothers Osborne – Skeletons CD (EMI Nashville)
Brothers Osborne return with their much-anticipated third album, Skeletons, which finds the 6x Grammy nominated country duo again teaming with producer Jay Joyce.
Carla Bruni – Carla Bruni CD (Verve)
This eponymous album is the reflection of Carla Bruni herself, a wholehearted embrace. The sensitive music bears witness to a unique temperament and avoids ostentation; with a desire for calm simplicity.
The Budos Band – Long In The Tooth CD/LP+MP3 (Daptone Records)
15 years after the release of their debut album, Daptone’s Royal Court from Staten Island deliver a truly epic collection of new material that finds the group further bridging the gap between the Farfisa-fueled Ethio-funk stylings of their early recordings, with the psychedelic, Sabbath-inspired hellfire of late. The title track and lead single, “Long In The Tooth”, jumps out of the speakers with a heavy drum break (reminiscent of the B-Boy approved grooves of their early output), drenched in a pulsating, hallucinatory wall of organ, menacing horns, and a rugged guitar riff that pummels the listener into Budonian submission. Imagine Link Wray and Mulatu Astatke collaborating on an Italian horror soundtrack and you’re getting close.
Crippled Black Phoenix – Ellengæst CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
Dark proggers Crippled Black Phoenix return with a new album featuring a variety of guest vocalists. Ellengæst means “mischievous demon” in Olde English but in Scandinavian as “strong spirit,” and represents the band’s duality.
Everyone Lives Everyone Wins – The Crystal Womb CD (Concentric Drone Cult)
The enigmatic Lexington trio’s first release in seven years, The Crystal Womb is two extended tracks – first a mind-melting drone of singing bowls and electric guitars, the second a swirling vortex of psychedelic doom riffs. Featuring contributions by Doc Feldman, members of Eolith, Hawkbill, and more. Live the Drone.
Future Islands – As Long As You Are CD/LP (4AD)
With As Long As You Are, Future Islands has created an album that looks back as well as forwards, that confronts old ghosts and new hope. It’s also one that “pushes the edges of what we do” according to bassist/guitarist William Cashion; ballads are a beat slower and more dramatic, the upbeat tracks have a little more spark and urgency. And, above all, it’s a record full of searing honesty, redemption, and what singer Sam Herring refers to as “letting go.” [Limited edition blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Garcia Peoples – Nightcap At Wits’ End CD/LP (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
The duality here runs deep: almost 50 minutes of intricately arranged composition and kinetic guitar chorales christened in tribute to both a familiar place of refuge and that ragged state of mind beyond all common sense, when you keep on going even after you’ve run out of rope and road.
Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Soundkeeper CD/2xLP+MP3 (Three Lobed)
This music does not come out of nowhere. It comes from a guitar amplifier and a drum kit, and you are standing directly in front of them. And it’s beautiful, all dozen tracks of the Gunn-Truscinski Duo’s Soundkeeper: beautiful loud exchanges between Steve Gunn’s shimmer-blast guitar and John Truscinski’s outside-in drums, beautiful quiet exchanges that hum, beautiful melodies that evoke long-lost screen worlds and old film stock, beautiful phrases that telescope into saturating pinwheels.
Juice WRLD – Legends Never Die CD (Interscope)
Featuring 22 tracks, Legends Never Die includes such songs as “Wishing Well”, “Come & Go” with Marshmello, “Righteous”, “Tell Me U Luv Me” with Trippie Redd, and “Life’s A Mess”, featuring Halsey. Rolling Stone proclaimed that the album “solidifies his legacy,” while Pitchfork hailed it as “bleak and beautiful.” Variety praised the LP as “positively lush” with moments of “pure magnificence.”
Mary Lattimore – Silver Ladders CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
Los Angeles-based harpist Mary Lattimore returns with Silver Ladders, the full-length Neil Halstead- (Slowdive) produced follow-up to acclaimed album Hundreds Of Days. [Limited ‘silver star’ colored vinyl pressing also available.]
John Lennon – Gimme Some Truth CD/2xCD/2xCD+Blu-ray/2xLP/4xLP (Capitol)
Gimme Some Truth traces the arc of Lennon’s post-Beatles life and career, bringing together songs from all of his revered solo albums including John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), Imagine (1971), Some Time In New York City (1972), Mind Games (1973), Walls And Bridges (1974), Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975), Double Fantasy (1980) and 1984’s posthumous Milk And Honey.
All tracks have been completely remixed from the original master tapes from scratch. A variety of editions is available: 19-track single CD and double-LP; 36-track double-CD featuring a hi-res audio Blu-ray; and Deluxe four LP set.
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) [Reissue/2000] 2xCD/4xLP/4xLP+5xCD+3xDVD (WB)
Released in October 2000, Linkin Park’s groundbreaking debut album, Hybrid Theory, is a melting pot of heavy alternative rock, hip-hop and electronic flourishes that inspired a new genre of music (nu metal) and a generation of dedicated fans, who continue to be loyal followers of the band. Available in a variety of configurations, each featuring B-sides and rarities.
METZ – Atlas Vending CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
“Change is inevitable if you’re lucky,” says guitarist/vocalist Alex Edkins while talking about Atlas Vending, the fourth full-length album by Toronto’s METZ. “Our goal is to remain in flux, to grow in a natural and gradual way. We’ve always been wary to not overthink or intellectualize the music we love but also not satisfied until we’ve accomplished something that pushes us forward.”
Ron Miles – Rainbow Sign CD/LP (Blue Note)
Rainbow Sign is the Blue Note debut by cornetist and composer Ron Miles and the follow-up to his widely acclaimed 2017 album I Am A Man, featuring the same remarkable group with pianist Jason Moran, guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Brian Blade.
Mrs. Piss – Self-Surgery CD/LP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Mrs. Piss is a new collaboration between Chelsea Wolfe and Jess Gowrie. Drawing on their collective rock, metal, and industrial influences, the project began while the two were touring around together during Wolfe’s Hiss Spun album in 2017. These songs feel more urgent and visceral than anything either of them has created before: heaviness spurred on by punk spirit.
Patty Smyth – It’s About Time CD (BMG)
“Patty Smyth returns with an excellent new album It’s About Time, a title that puts a button on the question she’s been asked by fans and often posed to herself. Though there have been a few scattered songs here and there, it’s been 28 years since her last full album, 1992’s self-titled Patty Smyth, which contained the Grammy-nominated “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”, sung with Don Henley and co-written with Glen Burtnik.
Touché Amoré – Lament CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Since their formation in 2007, Los Angeles post hardcore band Touché Amoré has been burrowing through angst, alienation, cancer, and death throughout four adored studio albums. After over a decade of working through darkness, fifth offering, Lament, finds the light at the end of the tunnel.
Travis – 10 Songs CD/2xCD/LP (BMG)
At various points along the trajectory between then and now, Travis has sold millions of albums (just under three million of The Man Who in the UK alone); they’ve been the subject of an award-winning feature length documentary (Almost Fashionable) and frontman Fran Healy has elicited acclaim from Paul McCartney, Elton John and Graham Nash – all songwriters whose ability to divine a timeless melody out of thin air has sustained them through the decades. 10 Songs is an album that holds you in its own emotional microclimate at the outset and keeps you there. It’s also a grown-up record. 10 Songs is a record about the way life comes at love and what love does to weather those challenges.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Ronnie Wood – Somebody Up There Likes Me DVD/Blu-ray/DVD+Blu-ray (Eagle Rock)
This intimate portrait by Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis is the first in-depth film biography of the legendary guitarist (Jeff Beck Group, Rod Stewart, Faces, and The Rolling Stones), and traces his many lives and careers. A man still at the cutting edge in his seventies, the film tells the story from his humble beginnings in north London, where his older brothers shaped the musical powerhouse he would become, to the unique career that has not only spanned over 50 years (so far) but also traversed some of the most influential musicians the world has ever known.
The Allman Betts Band – Bless Your Heart 2xCD (BMG)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights [Reissue/2017] LP+MP3 (Matador)
Repressed on cloud-in-clear vinyl. Included on Best of 2017 lists from The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, Billboard and many more, Julien Baker’s sophomore LP Turn Out The Lights proves “A powerful new voice has arrived in music” (The Ringer).
Between The Buried And Me – Alaska [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Craft Recordings)
15th anniversary vinyl reissue with newly remixed and remastered audio and gatefold jacket packaging. B
Jimmy Buffett – Life On The Flip Side 2xLP (Mailboat)
Jimmy Buffett’s first new studio album since 2013, Life On The Flip Side, now available on vinyl. The double LP set features 14 all new tracks and is housed in deluxe gatefold packaging. Includes a collectible book with exclusive content like lyrics, special photos from Jimmy’s collection, his stories behind the songs and more.
John Coltrane – Ballads [Reissue/1963] LP (Verve)
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme [Reissue/1965] LP (Verve)
Two new vinyl reissues of hard bop classics.
Pop Smoke – Meet The Woo 2 2xLP (Victor)
Christened Brooklyn Rap’s Homecoming King by New York Times, Pop Smoke was the Borough’s next icon in the wings. Breakthrough mixtape Meet The Woo boasts high-profile cameos from Nicki Minaj and Skepta. In a stellar review, Pitchfork claimed, “The Brooklyn rapper makes good on the promise of ‘Welcome to the Party’ with a debut full of the hardest, dirtiest tracks he can manage.” Most recently, he was featured on Travis Scott’s #1 album Jackboys and turned up with Meet The Woo 2 before he was killed earlier this year.
The Replacements – Pleased To Meet Me [Reissue/1987] LP+3xCD (Rhino)
Released in 1987 by Sire Records, The Replacements’ fifth full-length, Pleased To Meet Me is the only album recorded by the band as a trio, after original guitarist Bob Stinson acrimoniously left the band. Following 2019’s widely acclaimed Dead Man’s Pop release, Pleased To Meet Me receives a similar ‘deep dive’ treatment with a vinyl LP + three CD deluxe boxed set, which tells the story of the album in ways not previously possible with more than 50% of the content previously unreleased.
Tricky – Fall To Pieces LP (!K7)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Weyes Blood – Cardamom Time LP+MP3 (Mexican Summer)
On vinyl for the first time since its first sold-out pressing in 2015, this fifth anniversary edition of Weyes Blood’s (Natalie Mering) warm and elegiac record, Cardamom Times, features re-imagined cover art with the focal image of a desolate paradise during sunset – Jamaica Bay in Queens, NY surrounded by rust. A couple is laying on the ground, caught in a comfort beyond time.