New Releases for September 24, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Ada Lea – One Hand On the Steering Wheel The Other Sewing A Garden CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
The second album by Canadian songwriter Alexandra Levy, publicly known by the moniker Ada Lea. On one hand, it’s a collection of walking-paced, cathartic pop/folk songs; on the other, it’s a book of heart-twisting, rear-view stories of city life.
Angels & Airwaves – Lifeforms CD/LP (BMG)
The Tom DeLonge-fronted Angels & Airwaves return with their sixth studio album, Lifeforms. It’s been seven years since multi-platinum rockers have played a show and three years since they’ve released new music. The album is ushered in by lead singles “Rebel Girl” and “Restless Souls”. [Limited bonus guitar picks and stickers are available with purchase.]
The Cookers – Look Out! CD/2xLP (Gearbox)
In jazz’s heyday era of the heady ‘60s and early ‘70s, these cats were behind some of the greatest releases of the genre, from Pharaoh Sanders’ Karma to Charles Lloyd’s Forest Flower. Collectively they’ve performed and recorded with the likes of Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner. Together they carry forth this legacy as The Cookers, one of the 21st century’s foremost supergroups. Look Out! is their first album in five years and the first to be recorded at Van Gelder’s historic Englewood Cliffs studio.
Donald Fagan – Donald Fagan’s The Nightfly Live CD (Geffen)
Donald Fagen’s acclaimed 1982 solo album performed live by the Steely Dan Band. Featuring “I.G.Y.”, “New Frontier”, and more. [Vinyl edition due October 1.]
Flying Lotus – Yasuke CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Flying Lotus follows the release of his sweeping epic Flamagra and his Producer of the Year Grammy nomination for Thundercat’s It Is What It Is, with an expansive original soundtrack for Netflix’s new anime series, Yasuke. Lotus is the executive producer and composer of Yasuke, which retells the story of feudal Japan’s first African samurai who served with Oda Nobunaga. The series is directed by LeSean Thomas, stars Lakeith Stanfield and features Takeshi Koike as its lead designer. Lotus’ score for Yasuke is an unforgettable titan in his musical canon, drawing enhanced influence from prior instrumental and vocal works alike, while looking towards the future uncompromisingly. The music lies heavily steeped within the legacy of jazz and electronic instrumentation, with select feature appearances by longtime friends and collaborators: Thundercat, Denzel Curry and Niki Randa.
Colleen Green – Cool CD (Hardly Art)
Colleen Green has always been cool, but on 2015’s I Want To Grow Up, she didn’t necessarily feel it. Too young to be free of insecurities but old enough to be sick of them running her life, Green was experiencing an existential crisis. Five years and a new album later, we find her parsing out what it means to be grown-up – and realizing that it’s actually pretty Cool.
Steve Hackett – Surrender Of Silence CD+Blu-ray (Inside Out U.S.)
Deluxe mediabook edition. Surrender Of Silence is the brand-new studio album from legendary guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis). As with his acoustic album from earlier in 2021, this too was recorded during lockdown and involving several musicians and singers contributing from around the world.
Anthony Hamilton – Love Is The New Black CD (My Music Box/BMG)
Grammy-winning artist Anthony Hamilton releases his first new studio album in five years — and his 10th album overall. Love Is The New Black features guest appearances by Jennifer Hudson, Rick Ross and Lil Jon. Among the 14-song set are resonating tracks such as the confessional “Mercy” and the George Floyd-inspired “Mama Don’t Cry”.
Migos – Culture III CD (Quality Control)
Culture III is the third installment and finale of Migos’s blockbuster Culture trilogy. As a knockout climax, it spotlights their nimble ad-libs, bulletproof bars, head-spinning hooks, and irreplaceable chemistry. And it’s stacked with A-list co-stars: Cardi B, Drake, Future, Justin Bieber, Polo G, Youngboy NBA and the late Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke to name a few.
Quicksand – Distant Populations CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
New York City post-hardcore band Quicksand deliver their fourth studio album Distant Populations – the follow-up to the critically lauded 2017 release Interiors. Sonically it has a punchier, more up-tempo sound than its predecessor, with its 11 songs being concise, carved sonic jewels boasting not a single wasted note. Its gripping lyricism and raw power leap out from the very first listening.
Rivers Of Nihil – The Work CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
Reading, Pennsylvania’s Rivers Of Nihil have never fit neatly into a box, but with 2018’s Where Owls Know My Name, they transcended all labels applied to them. Returning in 2021 with The Work, they have forged further into new territory, delivering an album that is as cerebral as it is visceral, and that covers a staggering sonic range, definitively placing them in a category of their own. While The Work is a very dense, inarguably heavy collection, it is far too dynamic to consider it solely a metal record, and there is a genuine warmth that shows through.
William Shatner – Bill CD (Republic)
The songs on William Shatner’s Bill chronicle significant autobiographical moments in his life and the ideas, challenges, and questions he’s confronted along the way. The resulting work blends long-form autobiographical poetry and prose, music, spoken word, performance art, and philosophical exploration. Toggling between passion and despair, reflection and yearning, this collection explores his life journey during a pivotal and chilling moment of history.
Soja – Beauty In The Silence CD/LP (ATO)
For more than two decades, Soja has elated audiences across the globe with their fresh yet timeless take on roots reggae, a sound born from their shared passion for making music that transports and inspires. On Beauty In The Silence – their first new album in four years – the two-time Grammy-nominated band deepens that communal spirit by collaborating with artists from all corners of the reggae world, including the likes of UB40, Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads, and Rebelution.
Esperanza Spalding – Songwrights Apothecary Lab CD (Concord)
Esperanza Spalding’s new album Songwrights Apothecary Lab explores how songwriters may incorporate knowledge in consultation with practitioners of music therapy, neuroscience, and more to create music that can have a specific effect on the listener. These 12 new songs were created and recorded with different musicians in her traveling lab over the past several months and follow her Grammy Award-winning album from 2019, 12 Little Spells. [Vinyl edition due April 1.]
Ringo Starr – Change The World CDEP/Cassette (UMe)
Change The World, recorded at Ringo’s Roccabella West, includes “Let’s Change The World” (Joseph Williams/Steve Lukather) that delivers a welcome dose of hope and optimism, the reggae-infused “Just That Way” (Ringo Starr/Bruce Sugar,) the Country-esque “Coming Undone”, Starr’s first collaboration with Linda Perry who wrote and plays on the track (also with Trombone Shorty,) and Ringo rocks his version of “Rock Around The Clock” revved up by the unmistakable Joe Walsh on guitar. [Vinyl edition due November 19.]
Steely Dan – Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! CD (Geffen)
The first live Steely Dan album in over 25 years. Featuring “Hey Nineteen”, “Aja”, “Reelin’ In The Years” and more. [Vinyl edition due October 1.]
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo de Augustine – A Beginner’s Mind CD/LP (Asthmatic Kitty)
It’s been said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture (impossible and absurd). But what about singing about movies? Sufjan Stevens and Angelo de Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner’s Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between. The music is folksy, sweet, sincere and harmonically effervescent-Simon & Garfunkel with New Age flourishes.
Billy Strings – Renewal CD (Rounder)
One of the top emerging artists across all genres of music, Billy Strings has made his most ambitious album to date with Renewal, a 16-song collection that effortlessly positions him as a singular talent-one who reveres the history of the acoustic music that inspired him, while pushing it forward into new spaces and audiences through his incredible live shows. [Vinyl edition due October 8.]
Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Blues Album CD (KTBA/Ingrooves)
Critically acclaimed British guitarist and singer songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor, universally hailed as the UK’s premiere blues rock guitarist, delivers her seventh studio full-length record The Blues Album. The album was produced and recorded by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The hotly tipped 11-track album features Joanne’s personalized covers of eleven rare blues classics originally recorded by Albert King, Peter Green, Little Richard, Magic Sam, Aretha Franklin, Little Milton, and many more.
Various Artists – I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico CD/2xLP (Verve)
I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico, is a contemporary tribute to the Velvets legendary debut, with each of the album’s songs performed by one of the band’s noteworthy artistic descendants. Featured artists include Kurt Vile & The Violators, Sharon Van Etten, Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney, Michael Stipe, Matt Berninger of The National, Courtney Barnett, St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett, Thurston Moore & Bobby Gillespie, King Princess, Fontaines D.C. and Andrew Bird & Lucious. [An indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is also available.]
Bob’s Burgers – The Bob’s Burgers Music Vol. 2 3xLP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
This deluxe color vinyl edition box set edition features a book-style jacket with die-cut pages shaped liked burger fixings plus a hardbound lyric book with original Bob’s Burgers artwork, a softbound sheet music book, two sheets of colorforms with background scenes, two original posters, and more. Featuring nearly every single musical morsel from seasons 7 through 9, this 90-song smorgasbord includes contributions from the Belcher family – Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), Linda (John Roberts), Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) – as well as the show’s numerous recurring and special guests. This includes actors, comedians, and musicians Adam Driver, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate, Daveed Diggs, Max Greenfield, Toddrick Hall, Aparna Nancherla, and Matt Berninger (of The National). For fans of the show, enjoying the music of Bob’s Burgers on its own is both an irresistible to-go bag and ultimately a world unto itself. Lose yourself in the strangely epic disco celebration “Hot Pants Rain Dance”, sing along with the musical theater gem, “The Wedding Is My Warzone”, or do whatever you’re gonna do to “Sexy Little Tiger” but don’t miss the Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2 soundtrack. [A standard triple-LP vinyl edition is also available.]
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing….. [Reissue/1996] 2xLP (Mercury)
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing….. A seminal, incredibly influential hip-hop release, Endtroducing….. is simply one of the defining albums of the ‘90s. Now available as an Abbey Road Half-Speed Mastered Edition LP.
Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch! [Reissue/1964] LP (Blue Note)
In February 1964, Eric Dolphy assembled a quintet of modern jazz visionaries with Freddie Hubbard – trumpet, Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone, Richard Davis – bass, & Tony Williams – drums, & headed into Rudy Van Gelder’s studio to record what would stand as his masterwork: Out To Lunch! Dolphy possesses the revolutionary spirit of the avant-garde while keeping a foot firmly planted in the feeling of swing.
Jad & David Fair – Halloween Songs LP+MP3 (Kill Rock Stars)
Jad & David Fair – Monster Songs For Children LP+MP3 (Kill Rock Stars)
Color vinyl pressings. The Fair brothers have written more songs than The Rolling Stones and Beatles combined. Their subject matter once limited only to love and monster songs has expanded to a depth and range equal to that of the majestic Rocky Mountains. This year they’re back with two sets of Halloween songs.
Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage [Reissue/1965] LP (Blue Note)
1965’s Maiden Voyage remains one of the pinnacle artistic achievements of the great pianist’s career. Hancock is joined by Miles Davis Quintet bandmates Ron Carter on bass & Tony Williams on drums, along with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and George Coleman on tenor saxophone. The quintet embarks on an oceanic exploration of five original Hancock compositions, several of which have since become enduring standards of the jazz lexicon.
Metallica – Don’t Tread On Matters (SebastiAn Remix) 12” (Ed Banger/Because Music)
Limited etched 12” black vinyl pressing. B side has exclusive etched design.
Gary Numan – Warriors [Reissue/1983] LP (Beggars Banquet)
Orange color vinyl pressing. Beggars Arkive is excited to announce the LP reissue of Gary Numan’s fifth album Warriors. Originally released in 1983 and co- produced with Bill Nelson, the album continues Numan’s ambient-funk experimentations and has aged very well.
Angel Olsen – Aisles 12”+MP3 (Jagjaguwar)
“The songwriter takes an uncharacteristic breather with a collection of faithful, occasionally brooding covers of 1980s hits like ‘Forever Young’ and ‘The Safety Dance.’” – Pitchfork
Pixies – Trompe Le Monde [Reissue/1991] LP (4AD)
Limited-edition green color vinyl pressing. 1991’s Trompe Le Monde served as the Pixies’ fifth and last studio album for 23 years. Boasting a bigger, vaguely psychedelic sound – thanks in part to Captain Beefheart keyboardist Eric Drew Feldman – this underrated set was by turns anthemic (space/time travel saga “Planet Of Sound”), explosive (The Jesus & Mary Chain cover “Head On”), sardonic (“U-Mass”, “Subbacultcha”) and oddly poignant (“The Sad Punk”).
SUUNS – The Witness LP (Joyful Noise)
Limited-edition blue color vinyl pressing. As a band who has been around for thirteen years and toured all corners of the world, there comes a point when the veil of mystique must be fully lifted. Up until now, experimental rockers SUUNS has reveled in mystery like a silhouette disappearing into the mist, releasing albums that rest comfortably in ambiguity, detachment and innuendo. But lately, the band appears to be more comfortable coming clean with their own inner workings. That newfound sense of ease is undeniable on SUUNS’ fifth full-length album The Witness.