New Releases for September 27, 2019
Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury CD/LP (Elektra)
Singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson follows-up his Grammy award-winning 2016 album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth and 2019 theme song for Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy, The Dead Don’t Die with Sound & Fury which accompanies the new anime film of the same name based on a story by Simpson himself and made with writer/director Jumpei Mizusaki and character designer Takashi Okazaki. The 10-track effort was produced by Simpson alongside John Hill and bandmates Bobby Emmett, Chuck Bartels and Miles Miller. “We went in without any preconceived notions and came out with a really sleazy, steamy rock ‘n’ roll record,” Simpson says. “It’s definitely my most psychedelic. And also my heaviest. I had this idea that it’d be really cool to animate some of these songs, and we ended up with a futuristic, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, samurai film.” The first taste of Sound & Fury comes in the form of the distorted and driving lead single “Sing Along”. As for his inspirations for the album Simpson told Zane Lowe he “”…was listening to a lot of hip-hop, and Black Sabbath, and the Cars, and old funk records and things” [Limited indie store exclusive red vinyl pressing also available.]
Binker Golding – Abstractions Of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers CD/LP (Gearbox)
Binker Golding truly is the saxophonist of the moment. A highly skilled musician, accomplished composer, and occasional conductor, Golding has performed with everyone from Moses Boyd and Yussef Dayes to Evan Parker and Denys Baptise. Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers is his first quartet album, with a greater emphasis on harmonic and melodic development, harking back to the more through-composed jazz fusion of the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Beth Hart – War In My Mind CD/2xLP (Mascot Label Group)
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Beth Hart is as real as it gets on her new Rob Cavallo-produced album War In My Mind. In a music industry full of glossy production and airbrushed photoshoots, this is one artist who throws down her cards, shares her darkest secrets and invites you to join her for the ride.
Metronomy – Metronomy Forever CD/2xLP (Because Music)
The follow-up to 2016’s Summer 08, Metronomy Forever features 17 tracks. Its length is born from a desire for breathing room, from not wanting to stuff the hits together like a bouquet of petrol station roses – a modern way of listening to music. Metronomy’s innate skill for blending off-kilter funk, energizing club vibes and esoteric pop is interspersed with some mood-setting, glistening and melodic electronic tracks.
Anne Michaela – Desert Dove CD/LP+MP3 (Yep Roc)
Michaela has been lauded for her timeless voice and narrative depth and Desert Dove takes that to the next level. The songwriting is confessional and unforgettable without being saccharin or self-indulgent; the tracks call to mind Michaela’s diverse influences – everything from Stevie Nicks’ powerful voice and Fleetwood Mac’s vibey arrangements to the Dixie Chick’s incredible balance of conviction and catchiness – all showcasing her stellar voice and distinct vision.
Opeth – In Cauda Venenum CD (Nuclear Blast)
Swedish prog rock juggernaut Opeth return with their 13th album, In Cauda Venenum. “Opeth make good on their reputation of being one of the best progressive bands in the business by turning out a surgical, calculated album that’s dripping with their signature sound – only it’s better than ever. To get right to it, yes, Opeth are still prog as hell here. No, Mikael Åkerfeldt doesn’t growl on this album. What In Cauda Venenum shows is Opeth finally honing their prog rock side, providing us with a laser-etched piece of art that will likely go down as the band’s best album this decade” (Everything Is Noise). [Vinyl edition due October 25.]
New Pornographers – In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights CD/LP (Collected Work/Concord)
“Since their inception, the New Pornographers have often been labeled a “supergroup”. Since A.C. Newman’s voice and guitar has rarely hogged the spotlight, it’s been easy to overlook the fact that he’s very much the mastermind behind the Canadian indie rock band’s coherent, but transcendently harmonious, pop sound. As a co-producer, he’s always displayed a nearly Brian Wilson-level gift for melding the group’s dizzying arsenal of talents, from Neko Case’s clarion alto to Dan Bejar’s quirky change-of-pace songs. In The Morse Code Of The Brake Lights is the band’s second album without Bejar and original drummer Kurt Dahle. But whereas 2017’s Whiteout Conditions buzzed along in familiar New Pornos fashion, with a bright, fizzy krautrock vibe and an equitable mix of vocalists, Brake Lights is, at least by the group’s typical power-pop standards, a heavier, murkier affair, with Newman’s voice sitting front and center for much of its duration.” – Slant
Jon Pardi – Heartache Medication CD/2xLP (Capitol Nashville)
Recognized for his “state-of-the-art blend of traditional instrumentation and progressive grooves that points to country’s future” (Rolling Stone) and as “a leader among a growing number of artists bringing back fiddle, steel and twang while still finding ways to freshen the sound” (People), Jon Pardi follows-up his breakthrough album California Sunrise with the new collection, Heartache Medication.
Tegan and Sara – Hey, I’m Just Like You CD/LP (WB)
“Last year while writing our new memoir, we came across two cassette tapes with dozens of songs we wrote in high school. Defiant and melodramatic, the songs captured the exultation and grief of first loves, first losses, ecstatic kiss-offs, and psychedelic tributes to the friendships we had as teenagers. It had been over 20 years since we had heard the songs and quite honestly, we both expected to listen once, cringe, and bury them for another couple decades. But they were good. Like, really good. We decided immediately that those songs were the demos we’d use to build the new Tegan and Sara record. For the first time ever, we share vocal duties on a handful of songs making them the first truly Tegan and Sara songs.” – Tegan Quin [Limited indie store exclusive vinyl pressing also available.]
Temples – Hot Motion CD (ATO)
With their third brilliantly crafted and ingeniously intricate album, Hot Motion, beloved British band Temples has found new ground and a deeper, darker creative well. A glorious technicolor infuses much of the record but there is a David Lynch-ian undertone that adds a gravity to Hot Motion’s soaring moments. “It felt like there was a darker edge to what we were coming up with and we wanted to make sure that carried through the whole record,” said bassist Thomas Walmsley. “It’s not a ten track, relentless rock record from start to finish, it’s got a lot of light and shade and more tender moments, but that heavier, darker sound is something we wanted to explore further.” [Limited colored vinyl edition due October 11.]
Weeping Icon – Weeping Icon CD/LP (Fire Talk)
Listening to Weeping Icon’s debut album is to enter a dim catacomb of psychical catharsis. Urgent yet calculated riffs rip through a thunderous pummel of percussion, an anomalous blend of punk and psychedelic drumming carries the songs with an atmosphere of organized chaos.
Whiskey Myers – Whiskey Myers CD/LP (Wiggy Thump)
Genre-bending band Whiskey Myers has played nearly 2,000 live shows since their emergence in 2008 and has sold out more than 115 headlining shows in the last year alone. As Esquire proclaims, “Whiskey Myers is the real damn deal.” USA Today describes the band led by frontman Cody Cannon as “a riff-heavy blend of Southern rock and gritty country that has earned comparisons to the Allman Brothers Band and Led Zeppelin,” with Rolling Stone noting “it’s the seminal combination of twang and crunchy rock & roll guitars that hits a perfect sweet spot.”
The Beatles – Abbey Road [Reissue/1969] CD/2xCD/3xCD+Blu-ray/LP/ Audio (Capitol)
Digitally remixed 50th Anniversary edition of The Beatles’ musical masterpiece featuring a new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles Martin working with Sam Okell, was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin. [Deluxe double-CD set pairs the new stereo mix with versions taken from the session takes and demo recordings, sequenced to match the album’s running order. Super Deluxe triple-CD features 40 tracks total and adds a hi-res Blu-ray audio disc. Limited picture disc vinyl and triple-LP pressings are also available.]
Borknagar – True North CD (Century Media)
Norway’s avant-garde black metal pioneers and innovators arise at their most spirited and resplendent on their 11th studio album, True North. [Vinyl edition due October 11.]
John Coltrane – Blue World CD/LP (Verve)
In 1964, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled Le Chat Dans Le Sac (The Cat In The Bag). In June of that year, Coltrane’s classic quartet entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio and recorded five previously-recorded Coltrane originals. For many years, viewers of the film who recognized the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard.
Efterklang – Altid Sammen CD/LP (4AD)
Seven years after their last album release, Efterklang make a welcome return with a fifth studio record Altid Sammen (meaning always together). It’s deep and sonorous, steeped in the sonic experimentation that has long been their trademark since Tripper, the Danes’ 2004 debut. As bold and ambitious in scope as their last collection of songs, Piramida, Efterklang has taken another creative U-turn, this time fusing baroque instrumentation with their signature expansive sound. For perhaps the first time in the band’s history, they took a less-is-more approach, engaging on a more primal and emotional level.
Grateful Dead – Saint Of Circumstance: Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford NJ 6/17/91 3xCD/5xLP (Grateful Dead)
Widely considered one of the most exciting, inspired, and greatest shows of the Dead’s final decade of performing, the magnificent 6/17/91 show features relentlessly excellent performances, and is filled with surprises. Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick join Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann to round out the stellar line-up.
Keiji Haino/Jim O’Rourke/Oren Ambarchi – In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime also known as a revolution Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button CD/2xLP (Black Truffle)
For its 50th release, Black Truffle presents the ninth album from one of the label’s core ensembles, the power trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi. Drawn from a November 2015 performance at Tokyo’s now-defunct SuperDeluxe, the record’s opening piece drops us immediately into the maelstrom, abruptly cutting into an extended episode of Ambarchi’s pummeling drums, O’Rourke’s fuzzed-out six-string bass, and Haino’s roaring guitar and electronics.
Hellyeah – Welcome Home CD/LP (Eleven Seven Music)
Hellyeah’s story took a tragic twist on June 22nd, 2018, when world-renowned drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott passed away to once more be reunited with his beloved brother, Dimebag Darrell. Dauntless, the heartbroken Hellyeah bravely soldiered on to complete the album Vinnie had already recorded his drum parts for – the outfit’s sixth offering, Welcome Home.
KMFDM – Paradise CD (Metropolis)
Blending techno innovation, punk snarl, metal aggression, Paradise is an impactful set of dance beats, crunching guitars, and the dual vocal attack of founder Sascha K. & Lucia Cifarelli. [Vinyl edition due October 11.]
Of Mice & Men – Earthandsky CD/LP (Rise)
New album from the hard rock/metal band.
The Ramones – It’s Alive 4xCD+2xLP (WB)
Super Deluxe 40th anniversary reissue of The Ramone’s first live album. Remastered and expanded with three unreleased concerts from the same tour.
The Replacements – Dead Man’s Pop 4xCD+LP (WB)
Dead Man’s Pop features the group’s Don’t Tell A Soul Album mixed as it was originally intended and expanded with previously unreleased studio and live recordings, including a session with tom waits and a complete 1989 concert. Although Don’t Tell A Soul ultimately became the group’s best-selling effort, The Replacements were unsatisfied with the sound of the record. The box features a newly completed mix of the album by Don’t Tell A Soul producer Matt Wallace (based on his 1988 Paisley Park mix); a disc of unreleased recordings (including a session with Tom Waits); plus the band’s entire June 2, 1989 show at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In total, the box includes 60 tracks – 58 of which have never been heard before.
Billy Strings – Home CD/2xLP (Rounder)
Billy Strings has been hailed as the future of bluegrass, transcending tradition and genre with his high velocity, flat-picking guitar technique and intense, confessional songwriting. Home, Strings’ remarkable second studio album, is undoubtedly the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist’s bravest excursion thus far, reshaping bluegrass into his own exceptional form, completely rewiring the aesthetic with elements of punk, country, folk rock, and genuine psychedelic exploration to fashion something altogether original and all his own.
Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (Rhymesayers)
Atmosphere – Seven’s Travels [Reissue/2002] 2xLP (Rhymesayers)
Vinyl reissues of the Minneapolis hip-hop group’s third and fourth albums.
El Ten Eleven – El Ten Eleven [Reissue/2004] LP (Joyful Noise)
The music of El Ten Eleven has been embraced by fans of many genres – from math rock, to jazz, to lo-fi hip-hop. The duo’s sound is sharply evocative in mood and feeling, yet simultaneously abstract and meditative.
John Prine – In Spite Of Ourselves [Reissue/1999] LP (Oh Boy)
Limited pink colored vinyl pressing. Star-studded 1999 duets album featuring Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless & others.
The Roots – Things Fall Apart [Reissue/1999] 3xLP (Epic)
Deluxe triple clear vinyl pressing. Regarded as their breakthrough album, The Roots’ Things Fall Apart was recorded during the infamous Soulquarian recordings at Electric Lady Studios resulting in legendary collaborations from the collective. With all-star features from Erykah Badu, Common, Mos Def, Jay Dee, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dice Raw, Eve, Beanie Segal, Jill Scott, Lady B, and Ursula Rucker, it received numerous accolades and awards.