New Releases for September 17, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Herb Alpert – Catch The Wind CD (Herb Alpert Presents)
In the 2010s, Herb Alpert released a prolific run of eight new studio albums. This year, the iconic leader of the Tijuana Brass shows no signs of slowing down with his latest effort, Catch The Wind. This new collection features nine original compositions, covers of beloved Beatles hits “Eleanor Rigby” and “Yesterday”, and American classics “Smile”, “America The Beautiful”, and “Summertime”.
Lindsey Buckingham – Lindsey Buckingham CD/LP (Rhino)
Lindsey Buckingham’s self-titled LP is his first solo release since 2011’s Seeds We Sow and follows his departure from Fleetwood Mac. As with the seven studio and three live albums he has released as a solo artist beginning with 1981’s Law And Order, the new project showcases Buckingham’s instinct for melody and his singular fingerpicking guitar style, reaffirming his status as one of the most inventive and electrifying musicians of his generation.
Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (25th Anniversary Edition) 2xCD/2xLP+2xCD (World Circuit)
25th Anniversary edition featuring previously unheard tracks from the original 1996 recording sessions, previously unseen photos, and new liner notes. Buena Vista Social Club is both the name given to this extraordinary group of musicians and the album, recorded in just seven days in 1996 in Havana’s 1950s vintage EGREM studios.
Carcass – Torn Arteries CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Carcass’s ability to intricately dissect the innards of death metal and display them for us to sonically understand has been their point of excellence for over three decades. Most will find that the only real struggle when indulging in Torn Arteries is fighting the desire to start it over the second it finishes. It covers substantial new ground for a band with such a reputation, while still retaining that addictive, time honored Carcass sound that has come to represent the face of true death metal. [A limited-edition blood-splatter color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Charley Crockett – Music City USA CD/2xLP (Son Of Davy)
Despite his penchant for pearl snaps and western hats, Charley Crockett has managed to elude being pigeon-holed. Call him neo country-western if you’d like. It’s true that few contemporaries present themselves as part of a lineage harkening back to Hank Williams and George Jones like Charley does, and even fewer can pull it off convincingly. Or call him a bluesman, if you prefer. Music City is sad, uplifting, hard, sweet, complex and delicate all at once.
Daughtry – Dearly Beloved CD (Dogtree)
“Chris Daughtry has maintained a chart-topping career for almost two decades, achieving Gold and Platinum status across multiple songs and albums. Though it could be argued that the singer’s most impressive achievement was breaking free of the curse of American Idol in the mid-2000s. Since then, Daughtry has established himself as a singer and songwriter on his own merit.” – Metal Wani
Della Mae – Family Reunion CD (Della Mae)
“This record is about independence, ownership, trust, and family. We relied on our instincts, skills and musicianship. It is also about catharsis – rising from the ashes of a global pandemic with new skills, songs, and outlook on life.” – Della Mae
Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985) 2xCD/5xCD/2xLP (Columbia/Legacy)
The latest chapter in the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series shines fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter and a recording artist from 1980 through 1985. In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing and recording new songs for a new decade, creating new chapters in his studio catalog. Bob Dylan – Springtime In New York (1980-1985) celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan’s classic albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more. [The 5-CD boxset presents 57 rare Dylan recordings, 54 of them previously unreleased in any format, from 1980-1985.]
The Felice Brothers – From Dreams To Dust CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
On From Dreams To Dust, their eighth and most recent studio album, the band’s exuberance to be together doing what they do so well is palpable. Characteristic of The Felice Brothers, the new tracks are a mixture of somber tunes with ones that are musically upbeat, all the while carrying messages that beg listeners to think deeply about the environment, humanity, legacy, and death. Many of the songs depict the passage of time, nostalgia, transience and getting older.
José González – Local Valley CD/LP+MP3 (Mute)
José González’s fourth studio effort Local Valley is a natural continuation of the styles that he has developed over the years both solo and with his band Junip. The album strikes a balance between stripped back arrangements – just Jose’s intimate vocal and exquisite nylon string guitar work – and tracks driven by groovy drum machine loops and other percussive elements. With songs sung in English, Spanish and Swedish, Local Valley invites us to look beyond our tribal instincts and join in a more harmonic state.
Billy Idol – The Roadside EP CDEP/12” (BMG)
Decades after releasing his first 45, Billy Idol still makes gliding, thumping, cinematic songs about sin, redemption and the love of rock ‘n’ roll… and that’s what you will find on The Roadside EP, Billy Idol’s first release of original material in seven years.
Mild High Club – Going Going Gone CD/LP (Stones Throw)
While Alex Brettin, “bartender and resident selector” of the metaphysical listening lounge he calls the Mild High Club, could not have foreseen the numerous overlapping crises of these past years, his new album Going Going Gone feels especially apt for the moment. On the first single “Me Myself And Dollar Hell”, he explores themes of paranoia, individualism, kleptocracy, gun violence, faith, and climate change.
NCT 127 – The 3rd Album ‘Sticker’ [Sticky Ver.] CD (SM Entertainment Co.)
NCT 127 – The 3rd Album ‘Sticker’ [Jewel Case General Ver.] CD (SM Entertainment Co.)
New release from the K-Pop boyband. [The Sticky Ver. includes a photo book, a folded poster, stickers, a photo cards, and a postcard.]
Carly Pearce – 29: Written In Stone CD (Big Machine)
Carly Pearce expands her critically acclaimed 29 into the full-blown album/song cycle 29: Written In Stone. In classic Carly style, she captures the kind of true Country that’s become the bellwether for the two-time ACM and CMA Awards winner, developing the straightforward emotions and classic sounds that have rapidly defined one of the genre’s most important voices. [Vinyl edition due January 28.]
Spiritbox – Eternal Blue CD/LP (BMG)
Having a hit song is one thing but backing up that success in a sustainable manner is something else entirely. Tales of bands eaten up and spat out by the music industry after failing to build on early promise are commonplace, and it’s that fear of failure, of not living up to the hype, that can crush artists and stifle their creativity before they’ve had the chance to truly blossom. But that’s not the case for Spiritbox. The release of the single “Holy Roller” by the Canadian metal three-piece in July of 2020 was a runaway success. Now, Spiritbox unleash their debut album Eternal Blue, a record that’s intelligent, ambitious and, most importantly, uniquely theirs.
Karate – In Place Of Real Insight [Reissue/1997] LP (Numero)
The Great Alternative Boom of the early ’90s had begun to wither on corporate FM barely halfway through the decade, but the ever-changing underground had almost entirely regenerated after two major-label thrifting trips. In the ever-in-flux city of Boston, Karate positioned themselves as a crucial tendril in a sprawling nationwide community. They did so largely by refusing to stick to any single formula from the myriad of styles at their root-slowcore, post-hardcore, and jazz. As if to make a point, Karate’s lineup went through its own shift too. In the lead up to 1997’s In Place of Real Insight, Eamonn Vitt took up the guitar, and Karate compatriot Jeff Goddard entered the fold to become the band’s bassist. Armed with two guitarists, the band
Wayne Shorter – The All Seeing Eye [Reissue/1966] LP (Blue Note)
The All Seeing Eye is Wayne Shorter’s brilliant and multi-layered album for Blue Note. His goal was to use a wider range of colors and textures while continuing his explorations of life and the universe and God. Joining Shorter are Freddie Hubbard, Grachan Moncur III, James Spaulding, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, and Wayne’s brother Alan Shorter on flugelhorn. Reissued as part of The Blue Note Tone Poet Series: all-analog, remastered 180gm vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.