New Releases for September 10, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Aaliyah – Aaliyah [Reissue/2001] CD (Empire)
Aaliyah is the self-titled third and final studio album by the ‘Queen of Urban Pop.’ Originally released in 2001 by Blackground Records, the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Cited by critics as one of the best R&B records of its time, Aaliyah is a reflection of herself as both a young adult and matured vocalist. Standout tracks include “We Need A Resolution”, “More Than A Woman”, and “Rock The Boat”.
Aborted – ManiaCult CD (Century Media)
Belgium’s most infamous Death Metal crew, Aborted, deliver a bone-crushing display of of unyielding and odious death metal with their forthcoming 11th full length, ManiaCult. Standout tracks like “Impetus Odi” and “Dementophobia” prove the point that the band undisputedly earned their place within the cream of the crop of death metal. ManiaCult is a whirring blender of death metal and further solidifies Aborted’s stature as one of the most dangerous death metal bands on the planet. You’ve been warned. [Vinyl edition due December 14.]
Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort To Me CD/LP (ATO)
Amyl and the Sniffers, the Melbourne, Australia rock band fronted by Amy Taylor, deliver their second album, Comfort To Me. It’s the follow-up to the band’s 2019 self-titled debut album, which won acclaim for its “pure, uncut rock’n’roll fun” (Pitchfork) and its modern update on ‘70s punk – “spiky, wild, provocative, and a little dangerous with a fierce live reputation” (The Fader).
Andrew W.K. – God Is Partying CD/LP (Napalm)
Internationally acclaimed hard rock musician and God of partying, Andrew W.K., marks another extraordinarily intense chapter in his fabled and perplexing tenure as a pop culture icon, with his fifth full-length rock album, God Is Partying. Hovering in the fluorescent spotlight of his legendary party power, God Is Partying sees Andrew W.K. ransack the corners of the human psyche.
Riddy Arman – Riddy Arman CD/LP (La Honda)
Not too long after the unexpected success of her Western AF session, Riddy Arman began an intensive six-day recording session at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon. Hopeful, and longing to capture the essence of deeply personal stories from her life, she teamed up with producer Bronson Tew and tracked nine songs for her self-titled debut. Album track “Problems Of My Own” is rooted in classic country songwriting, exploring the darkness that can lurk within family life.
The Band Camino – The Band Camino CD/LP (New Elektra)
Dubbed “Rock’s next big thing” by Billboard, The Band Camino write lovelorn songs about perseverance and personal growth. Comprised of members Jeffery Jordan, Spencer Stewart, and Garrison Burgess, The Band Camino has released three EP’s (2019’s Tryhard, 2017’s Heaven and 2016’s My Thoughts On You), and an array of anthemic and gleaming singles. Featuring the previously released “Sorry Mom”, “Roses”, and “1 Last Cigarette” plus latest single “Know It All”, The Band Camino’s eponymous full-length debut is finally here.
Andrea Bocelli – Concerto: One Night In Central Park – 10th Anniversary CD/CD+DVD/2xLP (Verve)
Andrea Bocelli, one of the most celebrated singers of all time, speaks emotively of a particularly poignant moment in his career with Concerto: One Night In Central Park. A childhood dream come true; the event marked Bocelli’s global significance and ongoing journey as a superstar. Dedicated to the memory of Bocelli’s father, the all-star cast included Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Bryn Terfel, David Foster and Chris Botti at the iconic venue with over 70,000 adoring fans
Cannabis Corpse – Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise [Reissue/2011] CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Following in the tradition laid down by Cannabis Corpse’s earlier releases, each song on 2011’s Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise is inspired by a classic death metal track – this time around Morbid Angel and Deicide get the Cannabis treatment.
Ray Charles – True Genius 6xCD (Tangerine)
Every Ray Charles album post-1960 is represented here, along with singles not available on any of his previously released albums. Released on Ray Charles own Tangerine Records and remastered from the original masters, the True Genius box set consists of six discs including a never-before released live concert from Stockholm in 1972. A beautifully designed, coffee table style book includes rare, unseen photos and other Charles memorabilia.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – This Year’s Model [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (UMe)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Spanish Model CD/LP (UMe)
Originally released in 1978, Elvis Costello & The Attractions’ album, This Year’s Model, has been newly remastered with the addition of “Big Tears” and “Radio Radio”. In addition, Elvis Costello and award-winning producer, Sebastian Krys, have brought together a stunning international cast of some of the biggest Latin rock and pop artists from around the globe to interpret This Year’s Model entirely in Spanish. The inspired Spanish-language adaptations are set to the band’s classic studio performances, culled from the original master recordings, which have been newly mixed by Krys.
Eliane Elias – Mirror Mirror CD (Candid)
Over the course of a distinguished career spanning nearly 30 albums, multi-Grammy-winning pianist/singer/composer Eliane Elias’ distinctive musical style has emerged as one of the most unique and immediately recognizable sounds in jazz.
Samantha Fish – Faster CD (Rounder)
On her new album Faster, Samantha Fish joins forces with super producer Martin Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting) and imbues even more intensity into her electrifying brand of blues/rock-and-roll. With Fish accompanied by legendary drummer Josh Freese (Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Replacements) and bassist Diego Navaira (The Last Bandoleros), the result is a singular body of work both irresistibly galvanizing and emotionally raw.
Béla Fleck – My Bluegrass Heart CD (BMG)
My Bluegrass Heart is the third chapter of a trilogy which began with the 1988 album, Drive, and continued in 1991 with The Bluegrass Sessions. The project features a who’s who of some of the greatest instrumentalists in bluegrass music’s history alongside some of the best of the new generation of players mandolinists Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, and Chris Thile; fiddlers Michael Cleveland and Stuart Duncan; celebrated multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses, bassists Edgar Meyer and Mark Schatz, and the amazing Bryan Sutton and Molly Tuttle on guitar. [Vinyl edition due October 29.]
Heartless Bastards – A Beautiful Life CD/2xLP (Sweet Unknown)
A Beautiful Life is the first new music from Heartless Bastards since 2015’s Restless Ones. The album was produced by Kevin Ratterman (Strand Of Oaks, Jim James, White Reaper) and includes guest appearances by Andrew Bird on “The River”, Greggory Clifford (White Denim) on drums, Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev, Midlake) on keys, flute, clarinet; David Pulkingham (Patty Griffin) on guitar, and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket) on keys. The music is a mélange of blues rock, rock and singer-songwriter material which surround themes about self-love and awareness, mental health, the environment, and consumerism.
Low – Hey What CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share, Low present Hey What. These ten pieces – each built around their own instantaneous, undeniable hook – are turbocharged by the vivid textures that surround them. The ineffable, familiar harmonies of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker break through the chaos like a life raft. Layers of distorted sound accrete with each new verse – building, breaking, colossal then restrained, a solemn vow only whispered.
John Mellencamp – Good Samaritan Tour 2000 CD/LP (Republic)
Recently released on CD and vinyl – CD+DVD edition now available.
Metallica – Metallica [Reissue/1991] CD/3xCD/2xLP/Cassette/14xCD+5xLP+12”+6xDVD+MP3 (Blackened Recordings)
Remastered reissue of Metallica’s most popular album (aka The Black Album). The expanded three CD edition features an alternate cover handpicked by Lars Ulrich and includes the newly remastered album and previously unreleased, demos, rough mixes, and live tracks. The Super Deluxe box set edition includes the album remastered on 180-gram double LP and CD, “Sad But True” picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs and six DVDs featuring unreleased content (live shows, rough mixes, demos, etc.), an MP3 download card of all audio, four tour laminates, lanyard, three lithos, three guitar picks, lyric folder and sheets, and a 120-page hardcover book with never-before-seen photos plus stories from those who were there.
Kacey Musgraves – Star-Crossed CD/LP/Cassette (Mercury Nashville)
Kacey Musgraves’ highly anticipated new album Star-Crossed is a bold, empowering, and personal series of songs that displays the 6x Grammy Award winner’s continued growth as one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation. Recorded earlier in 2021 in just under three weeks, the album is a modern-day tragedy in three acts which tells an extremely personal journey of heartache and healing.
Laura Nyro – Go Find The Moon: The Audition Tape CD/LP (Omnivore)
In the summer of 1966, an 18-year-old Laura Nyro auditioned for Milt Okun, one of the most respected music producers of the day, and Artie Mogull, a noted A&R man. After the session, these eventual music business legends, were so blown away that Mogull became her manager, and Okun signed on to produce her debut record, More Than Just A Discovery. Go Find The Moon: The Audition Tape puts the listener in the room at the very beginning of Nyro’s legendary career. Available now, for the first time, it includes “And When I Die”, as well as songs she never officially released, and versions of classics, delivered with Nyro’s deft and distinctive touch.
Slothrust – Parallel Timeline CD/LP (Dangerbird)
Leah Wellbaum has never been afraid of her own humility or honesty. But she’s never quite examined it the way she has now with Parallel Timeline. On Slothrust’s latest album, bandleader Leah Wellbaum pushed herself to try and understand her own spirituality on a deeper level, putting a lens on the core wound of the human experience, the idea that we’re alone. With Parallel Timeline, Wellbaum explores the feeling of being trapped inside her own consciousness while simultaneously searching for a meaningful connection to the universe, and all the mysteries it contains.
Southern Culture On The Skids – At Home With Southern Culture On The Skids CD/LP (Scots Sound Inc.)
At Home with Southern Culture On The Skids consists of 11 tracks recorded and mixed in Rick Miller’s living room with some additional tracks recorded at his studio, The Kudzu Ranch. The songs on the album are a combination of the band’s unique mix of musical genres: rock & roll, surf, folk, and country, all a bit off-center, what Rick proudly calls “our wobbly Americana.” Rick goes on, “We put a few more acoustic guitars on this one, as you would expect if you recorded in your living room, but it still rocks like SCOTS. ”
UFO – Force It (Deluxe Edition 2xCD/2xLP (Chrysalis)
Deluxe digitally remastered and expanded edition of English heavy metal/hard rock outfit UFO’s fourth full-length album Force It (1975) featuring a Record Plant live set from the same year on the second LP. Produced by Ten Years After bassist Leo Lyons, the release builds on the success of breakout predecessor Phenomenon with more brilliant guitar work from Michael Schenker and melodic, hook-oriented songwriting from Schenker and singer Phil Mogg
Foy Vance – Signs Of Life CD/LP (Gingerbread Man/Elektra)
Award-winning Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance releases his fourth studio album Signs Of Life, his second studio effort on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed The Wild Swan. Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man – a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker – belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Driven by powerful percussion, single “Time Stand Still” features a soaring, emotive vocal from Vance, who was struggling with an addiction to alcohol and painkillers at the time of writing.
Chet Faker – Hotel Surrender LP (BMG)
At the top of 2020, after a year of traversing the globe in support of 2019’s Run Fast Sleep Naked, Nick Murphy began creating music that simply felt good. Though the singer had retired his billion streaming Chet Faker project four years prior, the new songs he was working on in his New York City studio had an energy reminiscent of his earlier work. Reviving the project wasn’t on my radar at the time, Murphy admits, but the next thing he knew, he had a full album. The result is Hotel Surrender, a radiant 10-track LP full of swaggering bass lines and electrifying melodies that reintroduces Chet Faker to the world – and to Murphy himself.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 LP (KGLW)
Recently released on CD – now available on limited red, yellow, and blue color vinyl. KGLW’s 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000, might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; 10 songs that began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and seductive dream-pop. It sounds simultaneously like nothing they’ve done before, yet unmistakably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. Cover available in 10 different languages!
Modest Mouse – The Golden Casket 2xLP (Epic)
The Golden Casket heralds another new chapter in the band’s unpredictable evolution. Produced with Dave Sardy and Jacknife Lee in Los Angeles and in Modest Mouse’s studio in Portland, the album hovers in the liminal space between raw punk power and experimental studio science, frontman Isaac Brock explores themes ranging from the degradation of our psychic landscapes and invisible technology, to fatherhood. The twelve tracks behave like amorphous organisms, undergoing dramatic mutations and mood swings that speak to the chronic tug-of-war between hope and despair that plays out in Brock’s head.
A Place To Bury Strangers – Hologram LP (Dedstrange)
Recently released on CD – now available in two limited-edition color vinyl editions: neon orange and indie store exclusive red & transparent blue.