New Releases for September 18, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
10 Years – Violent Allies CD/LP (Mascot)
In 2019 the gold-certified Knoxville, TN alternative hard rock trio spent five weeks with Grammy Award-winning producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Halestorm, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace), and what resulted was an album that shows the band’s progress as a unit as they embrace heightened vulnerability, elevated songcraft, and sonic adventurousness. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Charli XCX – how i’m feeling now CD/LP (Atlantic)
London-based singer/songwriter is quickly proving an unqualified phenomenon with her edgy, yet addictive Charli XCX approach. Since her first critically-acclaimed track, “Nuclear Seasons” in 2011, Charlotte Aitchinson has released a plethora of singles, mixtapes, and psychedelic pop culture collage videos. Her latest release, how i’m feeling now is a completely unique project. Written, recorded and released in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the album invites collaboration in a new way, as fans were welcomed to give feedback on every aspect of the record; from contributing to videos, to songwriting choices, to single selection and more.
Cults – Host CD/LP (Sinderlyn)
Cults’ utterly mesmerizing new album, Host, was written more collaboratively than ever before and recorded primarily with live instruments for the first time. The collection marks the start of a bold new chapter for the band, one fueled by an ever-deepening trust and a boundless appetite for growth and experimentation. The songs here are deceptively charming, with lush, airy arrangements that belie their dark, weighty lyrics, and the production is rich and multifaceted to match, blending retro and futuristic palettes into a spellbinding swirl of high-def indie rock and lo-fi bedroom pop. As its title suggests, Host is an exploration of the sinister dynamics at play in a parasitic relationship, but rather than dwell in the discomfort, the record charts a cathartic journey towards freedom and self-reliance, reveling in the power that comes from standing your ground and declaring independence in the face of exploitation and manipulation.
Finntroll – Vredesvävd CD (Century Media)
Seventh album from the Finnish folk metal band. [Vinyl edition due October 2.]
Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On [Reissue/1969] 2xCD/2xLP (BMG)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the third studio album by the British blues rock band. Then Play On was the first of their original albums to feature Danny Kirwan and the last with Peter Green. The album, appearing after the group’s sudden success in the pop charts, offered a broader stylistic range than the classic blues of the group’s first two albums.
Ace Frehley – Origins 2 CD/2xLP (E1)
The former Kiss guitarist’s second collection of 11 rock ‘n’ roll covers. [Limited blue with white swirl colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Alicia Keys – Alicia CD (RCA)
The seventh studio release from the R&B superstar features the singles “Show Me Love”, “Time Machine”, and “Underdog”.
L7 – Smell The Magic [Reissue/1990] CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
This 30th-anniversary edition of the ‘90s underground rock classic Smell The Magic (which originally came out as a six-track 12″/nine-track CD) includes all nine songs from the album, remastered and available together on vinyl for the first time. A multitude of rock music scenes populated the expanse of Los Angeles in 1989: hardcore punk, industrial goth, roots rock, and Sunset Strip hair metal, to name a few. L7 fit into none of them, creating their own unique blend of punk and hard, hooky rock loaded with humor and cultural commentary. Originally released in 1990, Smell The Magic is a landmark of ’90s feminist rock.
Ziggy Marley – More Family Time CD (Tuff Gong)
A follow up to 2009’s Grammy-winning Family Time – Ziggy has bottled the energy of his children and put it into music form. More Family Time features contributions from a number of Marley’s family and friends, including: Stephen Marley, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Angelique Kidjo, Alanis Morissette, Tom Morello, Lisa Loeb, Busta Rhymes and Jamie Lee Curtis (reading her new book Today I Feel Silly). A portion of proceeds will benefit Ziggy’s 501(c)3 URGE – which supports the education, social development and overall wellbeing of the Chepstow Primary School and the One Love Youth Camp, both in Jamaica. CD version includes a bonus track – Jamie lee Curtis reading her children’s story “Today I Feel Silly”.
Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets – Live At The Roundhouse 2xCD+DVD/2xLP/Blu-ray (Legacy)
Live At The Roundhouse is unlike any other concert film connected with Pink Floyd. It’s the nearest thing you can get to a time machine, transporting you back to the very earliest days of the band. Nick Mason, the only band member to have played on all of Pink Floyd’s studio albums, returns to the group’s earliest records, joined in the line-up by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken. Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets took the drummer back to clubs for the first time in 1967, then to theatres, across the UK, North America and Europe, playing only music his old band had recorded before The Dark Side Of The Moon. Captured from the band’s celebrated shows at London’s Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd played some of their most revered early shows in the 1960s, this release features a uniquely thrilling set list including songs hailing from Syd Barrett’s time with the band. Only four songs from this eclectic roster have ever previously appeared on official live releases by Pink Floyd or its members. Everything else is being experienced for the first time since their original live performances.
Brad Mehldau Trio – Suite: April 2020 CD/LP (Nonesuch)
While sheltering at home with his family in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic, pianist and composer Brad Mehldau wrote twelve new songs about what he was experiencing; he was able to record them safely in an Amsterdam studio, together with interpretations of three tunes that mean a great deal to him personally. It resulted in the new solo album, Suite: April 2020.
Napalm Death – Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism CD (Century Media)
From the pinnacle of confrontational instrumental extremity and steadfast lyrical humanity, Napalm Death’s new album Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism warps musical landscapes all over again. The 16th studio album by UK’s Gods of Grind and much-anticipated follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Apex Predator – Easy Meat includes 12 songs seething with caustic evolution and unrelenting scope. “”The artwork specifically uses a white dove as a centerpiece, which of course is a commonly recognized symbol of peace and cooperation. The dove has been mauled very violently by a sterilizing hand and in death appears particularly broken and bloodied. However, through the violence you can see an equality symbol in blood on the chest of the dove, which perhaps demonstrates – visually at least – that equality cuts through in the end. A positive amidst many negatives then, much like the album title itself being a bit of an oxymoron – the celebration of humanity even in the mangling jaws of negativity.” – Napalm Death Vocalist Barney Greenway [Vinyl edition due October 16.]
Joan Osborne – Trouble And Strife CD/LP (Womanly Hips)
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Joan Osborne is back with Trouble And Strife, her first album of original material in six years. The album finds the gifted vocalist offering a strong yet uplifting response to some of the socio-political issues plaguing our nation over the last several years. Osborne beautifully balances the weight of her messages with solace and optimism.
Daniel Romano – How Ill Thy World Is Ordered CD/LP+MP3 (You’ve Changed)
With your left eye closed, Daniel Romano seems a master synthesizer of sound and genre, a collage artist combining the corrupted influences of a century of so-called popular music forms, a chameleonic acrobat with a near-criminal authenticity. With the other, he’s revealed as a sincerely dedicated, passionately motivated songwriter aghast at the injustices of the world, a caring bandleader and generous collaborator, a spirited and shockingly playful artist tapped into a great, unyielding inspiration.
Run The Jewels – RTJ4 CD/2xLP (BMG)
Run The Jewels, the lauded duo of El-P and Killer Mike, return with their feverishly anticipated new album, Run The Jewels 4. The eleven song, 40 minute powerhouse is their most ferocious and focused effort to date, and sports a lineup of all-star guests including Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, DJ Premier, and Greg Nice. Recorded primarily at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios and the iconic Electric Lady Studios in NYC, RTJ4 represents two years of intensive writing, recording, distilling, and amplifying the most potent elements of their music. The result is a collection of wall-to-wall bangers illuminating the group’s unique ability to straddle the worlds of pointed social commentary and raw, boisterous fun.
Trapt – Shadow Work CD (Label Group)
A straightforward rock record for these trying times.
Keith Urban – The Speed Of Now Part 1 CD (Capitol Nashville)
Keith Urban’s new studio album includes current hit single, “God Whispered Your Name”
Neil Young – The Times CDEP (WB)
The Times is a moving and topical solo acoustic performance, a unique collection of songs, filmed at home during lockdown as part of the raw and personal, Fireside Sessions series. The Porch Episode is the sixth session and is available only on Neilyoungarchives.com. The songs included on the seven-song EP are “Lookin’ For A Leader – 2020”, “Alabama”, “Campaigner”, “Ohio”, “Southern Man”, Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and closes with “Little Wing” from Young’s recently released Homegrown.
Yusuf / Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman 2 CD/LP (A&M)
Fifty years ago, the original Tea For The Tillerman was the record that made London-born artist Cat Stevens an international star and a definitive figure of the first singer-songwriter era. With half a century of experiences since the 1970 LP first appeared, Tea For The Tillerman 2 offers up striking and sensitive new renditions of stone-cold classics “Where Do The Children Play”, “Wild World” and “Father And Son”.
The Avett Brothers – The Third Gleam LP (Loma Vista)
Limited 180gm vinyl pressing. Grammy Award-nominees The Avett Brothers release the highly-anticipated third installment in their ongoing Gleam series. The Third Gleam marks a return to The Avett Brothers’ roots, both sonically and in form with Seth and Scott Avett playing as a trio with longtime bassist Bob Crawford, and follows in the band’s tradition of sharing what’s on their minds and in their hearts as their lives, and the world around them, continue to evolve. Seth and Scott express that while The Third Gleam was recorded ahead of the pandemic and social reform movements that have swept the nation, the new music captures their personal experiences and perspectives on themes that are undeniably universal and timely. Throughout the eight-song collection, the band delves into isolation, incarceration, and injustice, as well as resilience, redemption, and love, offering a gleam of hope in a dark and uncertain time.
Joe Bonamassa – A New Day Now 2xLP (J&R Adventures)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of his 2000 debut album, A New Day Yesterday, Joe Bonamassa releases a newly re-mixed and re-recorded version entitled, A New Day Now.
Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By 2xLP (Interscope)
Now available on vinyl. Eminem’s 2020 album arrived with little to no warning. The Detroit MC left no hints he was even working on a new project. Produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre, the 20-track album boasts a number of high profile features including Young MA, Royce da 5’9″, White Gold, Ed Sheeran, the late Juice WRLD, Skylar Grey, Black Thought of The Roots, Q-Tip, Denaun, Anderson Paak, Don Toliver, KXNG Crooked, and Joell Ortiz.
John Prine – John Prine [Reissue/1971] LP (Rhino)
John Prine – Diamonds In The Rough [Reissue/1972] LP (Rhino)
John Prine – Sweet Revenge [Reissue/1973] LP (Rhino)
John Prine – Common Sense [Reissue/1975] LP (Rhino)
Limited 180gm vinyl reissues of John Prine’s first four studio albums.