New Releases — September 29, 2017

CDs + Vinyl:

36 Crazyfists – Lanterns CD/LP (Spinefarm)
The Anchorage, AK quartet find catharsis within chaos on their seventh album. [Limited edition yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Awaken I Am – Blind Love CD (Victory)
“Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the alt-rock band Awaken I Am, have set their sights on breaking down the barriers of what music can and should be. Their new release, Blind Love, is a decisive, emotional response to a life that is filled with anxiety, depression and pain. A sonic masterpiece that is filled with layered, soundscapes from dueling guitarists.” – Lemonade Magazine

Black Stone Cherry – Black To Blues CDEP (Mascot)
Six blues-classics originally written and/or performed by legendary musicians like Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Booker T. Jones, Albert King and Freddy King. [Vinyl version due October 6.]

Tamar Braxton – Tamar Braxton CD (Tamartianland)
New release from the R&B singer.

David Crosby – Sky Trails CD/2xLP (BMG)
Sky Trails, David Crosby’s third album of original material in four years, continues the fearless folk-rock legend’s unexpected late-period resurgence. Sky Trails features a full band sound that takes Crosby in a new musical direction as the set tilts toward jazz. The album opens with the intoxicating “She’s Got To Be Somewhere,” which features sturdy horns, bending guitar notes and lilting melodies.  As writer/co-writer of eight of the tracks, Crosby deserves the credit for the album’s wide-ranging, incisive lyrics that examine the human condition.

Miley Cyrus – Younger Now CD (RCA)
Miley’s first commercially released project since Bangerz (2013) written and produced by Cyrus and Oren Yoel, with whom she had collaborated on her previous two full-lengths. Not concerning herself with radio airplay, their efforts resulted in an “honest” final product that sees Cyrus “leaning into her roots.”

Neil Finn – Out Of Silence CD (Lester Records Ltd./Kobalt)
“The multi-talented Crowded House frontman can make the most sophisticated pop music sound like the easiest thing in the world. Perhaps the first thing the listener needs to do with Out Of Silence is forget about the circumstances in which it was created. For four consecutive Fridays in August, Neil Finn has live-streamed the making of his fourth solo album via his Facebook page. The recording was completed in a final four-hour session on the 25th. Clearly, this approach excited Finn and his fans. But when the process is forgotten, all that is left behind is the music itself: piano-based orchestral pop, with a minimum of drums and percussion.  It is beautiful on the surface and yet seemingly bottomless: these songs are too subtle and densely textured to take in all at once. Piece by piece, Neil Finn’s Out Of Silence comes together in simplistic beauty.” [Vinyl edition due November 3.]

Ben Frost – The Centre Cannot Hold CD (Mute)
Frost’s Steve Albini-produced fifth album is an exercise in limitation and chromatic saturation. The Centre Cannot Hold is an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarines into sound and forbids casual engagement, but rather seeks to engulf those who encounter it. [Vinyl edition due October 13.]

David Gilmore – Live At Pompeii 2xCD/4xLP (Columbia)
Following the release of Rattle That Lock in 2015, David Gilmour set out to play a series of concerts in historic venues across the world. On July 7th and 8th, 2016, David Gilmour performed two spectacular shows at the legendary Pompeii Amphitheatre in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben’s classic film Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii. [Stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions also available.]

The Golliwogs – Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967 CD (Fantasy/Craft)
This comprehensive collection offers fans a unique opportunity to hear the artistic progression and apprenticeship of John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford in the three years leading up to the band’s transformation into Creedence Clearwater Revival. [Vinyl edition due November 10.]

Michael Jackson – Scream CD (Epic)
13 all-time electrifying dance classics and fan favorites from The King of Pop. [Collectible glow-in-the-dark vinyl edition due October 27]

Kadavar – Rough Times CD/LP/Cassette (Nuclear Blast)
“Rough Times finds Kadavar once again plowing into the fuzz filled musical earth that bands such as Hawkwind, Captain Beyond, and Blue Cheer have sown. Their endless palate of thunderous riffs and hook-laden grooves are put to expert use as they have masterfully taken this infinite combination and fashioned their own uniquely heavy music.” – Metal Wani [Two limited colored vinyl pressings also available: bone white and orange.]

Kublai Khan – Nomad CD (Rise)
New album from the Texan metalcore act. “Kublai Khan’s canvas of crushing, raw and driving hardcore infused with a sharp, riveting metallic streak is—once more—defined by the aggravated, blistering vocals from frontman Matt Honeycutt.” – New-Transcendence

Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me CD (Island)
New album from the pop vocalist/actress featuring production from hitmakers Oak (Alessia Cara, Kehlani), DJ Mustard (Rihanna, Tinashe), Sean Douglas (Dua Lipa, Fifth Harmony) and more. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds bonus tracks.

Jessica Lea Mayfield – Sorry Is Gone CD/LP+MP3 (ATO)
Mayfield comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else. I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.” Sorry Is Gone features a variety of world-renowned musicians including Seth Avett on backing vocals and keys, drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Sun Kill Moon), bassist Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons) and guitarist Cameron Deyell (Sia, Streets of Laredo.) with additional production from Patrick Damphier (The Mynabirds). [Limited edition clear vinyl pressing also available.]

Pearl Jam – Let’s Play Two CD/2xLP (Republic)
In celebration of their legendary sold out performances at Wrigley Field on August 20th and 22nd, 2016 during the Chicago Cubs historic World Series championship season, Pearl Jam releases the theatrical documentary film Let’s Play Two and this accompanying soundtrack album.

Art Pepper – Art Pepper Presents “West Coast Sessions! “Volume 5: Jack Sheldon CD (Omnivore)
“Of the six volumes making up this set of Art Pepper recordings, this one with trumpeter/vocalist/all-around-character Jack Sheldon is my favorite. Sheldon and Pepper were fixtures on the West Coast jazz scene for many years and had previously recorded together on many occasions over 30 years, most notably on The Return Of Art Pepper and Smack Up (Contemporary, 1960). They were comfortable with one another. Sheldon always understood Pepper, despite the destinations of their dramatically different career arcs.” – All About Jazz

Primus – The Desaturating Seven CD/LP (ATO)
Primus’ ninth full-length album, The Desaturating Seven, serves as the cosmic trailblazer’s first studio effort of original material since 2011’s Green Naugahyde and first of original material featuring the classic Primus line-up of Les Claypool (vocals, bass), Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums) since 1995’s Tales From The Punchbowl. The Desaturating Seven is inspired by a 1970’s children’s book Claypool often read to his kids when they were growing up. The book tells a story of seven goblins – one representing each color of the rainbow – who simultaneously pull all of the color out of the world. “Many years ago when my children were little kidlets scurrying around the place wreaking havoc and whatnot till it was time for bed and book time, my wife turned them on to a book called The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico,” Claypool explained. “The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, ‘this would make good fodder for a piece of music.’” [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Propagandhi – Victory Lap CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
The first thing to know, if you want to know about Propagandhi, is that they came here to rock. Right from the snarling opening riff of their seventh album, Victory Lap, that much is clear. For everything else that swirls around the band now, and for the last 31 years – the politics, the people and, lately, a gnawing sense of despair – the sheer volume of it all hasn’t changed.[Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
“Protomartyr aren’t going to revolutionize guitar music. That’s a big ask for any rock band in 2017, where many acts are hyper-literate, fiercely political or formally adventurous — though the group possesses all of these strengths. With those lanes occupied, consistency is ultimately what sets Protomartyr apart from the pack. Their development has been steady, as each new album broadened the scope and lyrical ambition of its predecessor. Relatives In Descent is a culmination of the band’s potential; they sound a career removed from the scrappy garage punks who released No Passion All Technique just four years ago, even as they remain snidely dissatisfied.” – Exclaim [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Chris Rea – Road Songs For Lovers CD/LP (The End)
“It’s been quite some time since Rea released anything ‘mainstream’ or non-blues oriented and the rather good news is that Road Songs For Lovers is Rea’s best record to date. Recorded with Rea’s own band at Metropolis Studios in London – in contrast to recent albums which have been self-produced in his home studio – the record continues Rea’s obsession with travel and motion; songs like ‘The Road Ahead’ (the first single off the album), ‘Happy On The Road,’ ‘Last Train’ and title track, ‘Road Songs For Lovers’ ostensibly suggest that we are constantly going somewhere in our lives and no doubt require a musical soundtrack to document this movement.” – Blues Magazine

The Rolling Stones – From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015 CD+DVD/CD+Blu-ray (Eagle Vision)
On May 20th, 2015 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California, The Rolling Stones performed their entire Sticky Fingers album live in concert for the first and – so far – only time in their career. [Vinyl edition due October 13.]

Stone Temple Pilots – Core [Reissue/1992] CD/2xCD/ (Atlantic)
Digitally remastered 25th anniversary edition – available in Regular, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus disc of B-sides and previously unreleased demos. Super deluxe edition collects more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including their appearance on MTV Unplugged. Also included is the original album on vinyl and a DVD containing a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album along with videos for the album’s four singles.

Tank – Savage CD (Atlantic)
R&B vocalist’s new album features appearances by Candice Boyd, J. Valentine, Ludacris, and labelmate Trey Songz as well as production from Da Internz, Harmony Samuels, and Cardiak.

Torres – Three Futures CD/LP (4AD)
The 10 tracks on Torres’ third album embrace ecstasy, desire and indulgence rather than self-denial, and exude this idea via immersive music. Mechanized grooves are placed at the forefront: perforated electro-pop static, gothic industrial’s harsh textures and insistent Kraut rock.

Shania Twain – Now CD/2xLP (Mercury Nashville)
The first studio album for Shania in nearly 15 years is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks, all of which are included on the vinyl version.

Unsane – Sterilize CD/LP (Southern Lord)
Unsane makes a vicious return with a pummeling new record that recalls the most defining elements of the band’s seminal Scattered, Smothered, And Covered and Occupational Hazard albums, surging with the band’s unrelenting singular sound created by guitarist/vocalist Chris Spencer, bassist/vocalist Dave Curran, and drummer Vinnie Signorelli.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Destroyers Of The Soft Life CD/LP+MP3 (ATO)
The hair flying rock ‘n’ roll of J. Roddy Walston & The Business is back with the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Essential Tremors. [Limited edition white colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Kamasi Washington – Harmony Of Difference CDEP/12” (Young Turks)
Earlier this year, avant-garde jazz titan Kamasi Washington premiered Harmony Of Difference, an original six-movement suite, as part of this year’s Whitney Biennial. The EP is the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic. Harmony Of Difference explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.”

Lucinda Williams – This Sweet Old World CD (Highway 20)
Produced by Lucinda Williams and Tom Overby, This Sweet Old World – recorded to mark the 25th anniversary of the original 1992 album Sweet Old World – features all-new renditions of the record’s 12 songs, some of which have been dramatically rearranged and rewritten.  Some of the brand-new bonus material will be familiar to longtime fans. Williams’ live versions of John Anderson’s 1982 No. 1 country smash “Wild And Blue” and her take on Brit-blues power trio the Groundhogs’ version of the traditional “Factory Blues” are heard on the 2014 reissue of Lucinda Williams. The honky-tonk original “Dark Side Of Life” was Williams’ first L.A. recording, heard on the 1988 country compilation A Town South of Bakersfield Vol. 2. “What You Don’t Know,” written by John Leventhal and Jim Lauderdale, was an outtake from the original Sweet Old World sessions.

Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life CD/2xLP+MP3 (RCA)
“Wolf Alice are not just another indie band. After the runaway success of debut My Love Is Cool, the London four-piece used their platform to advocate for refugees and motivate their fans to vote.  Recorded in LA with Paramore and M83 producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, ‘Visions Of A Life’ is the antithesis of the overthought, undercooked follow-up album – it’s a big, bold expression of this band’s immense potential, in which choruses (and emotions) are communicated in letters 40ft high.” – NME

DVDs + Blu-ray:

David Gilmore – Live At Pompeii DVD/Blu-ray/2xBlu-ray+2xCD (Columbia)
Following the release of Rattle That Lock in 2015, David Gilmour set out to play a series of concerts in historic venues across the world. On July 7th and 8th, 2016, David Gilmour performed two spectacular shows at the legendary Pompeii Amphitheatre in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben’s classic film Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii. The concert performance film was shot in 4k by director Gavin Elder and includes highlights from both shows. [The bonus Blu-Ray on the Deluxe edition includes performances from South America and Poland (with orchestra) as well as five documentaries.]

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

Blue October – Home LP (Up Down)
Eighth album from the Texas-based band known for its shimmering melodies and heart-string pulling lyrics. Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing. Part of this year’s Ten Bands One Cause pink vinyl campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gilda’s Club NYC.

Cap’n Jazz – Analphabetapolothology [Reissue/1998] 2xLP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Cap’n Jazz were an emo/punk band formed in the early 1990’s in Buffalo Grove, IL by high school friends Tim Kinsella (vocals), Victor Villareal (guitar), and Sam Zurick (bass), along with Tim’s younger brother Mike (drums). The group released their lone LP in the spring of 1995 and broke up while on tour later that summer. Members would continue making music in bands like The Promise Ring, Joan Of Arc and American Football. In 1998 Jade Tree compiled most of their recordings (which were all out of print) on to a double-disc release, which has been repressed on 180gm black vinyl.

Concrete Blonde – Concrete Blonde [Reissue/1986] LP (Capitol)
Concrete Blonde – Free [Reissue/1989] LP (Capitol)
Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting [Reissue/1990] LP (Capitol)
Concrete Blonde – Walking In London [Reissue/1992] LP (Capitol)
Concrete Blonde – Mexican Moon [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (Capitol)
Concrete Blonde’s first five albums (original released on I.R.S.) are back in-print on vinyl.

The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots [Reissue/2002] LP (WB)
Limited edition picture disc vinyl.

Green Day – Dookie [Reissue/1994] LP (WB)
Green Day – Revolution Radio [2016] LP (WB)
Limited edition picture disc vinyl.

Joan Of Arc – A Portable Model Of [Reissue/1997] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Joan Of Arc – How Memory Works [Reissue/1998] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Joan Of Arc – Live In Chicago, 1999 [Reissue/1999] 2xLP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Joan Of Arc – So Much For Staying Alive And Lovelessness [Reissue/2003] LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Four of the emo band’s Jade Tree albums are back in-print on vinyl courtesy of Epitaph.

Ted Leo – The Hanged Man LP (Super Ego)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.

Lord Huron – Strange Trails LP (IAmSound)
Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing. Part of this year’s Ten Bands One Cause pink vinyl campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gilda’s Club NYC.

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – Not Dark Yet LP (Silver Cross)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Not Dark Yet provides a potent look at the sisters’ individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what’s around the bend with the co-written “Is It Too Much” which closes out the ten-song set.

Mastodon – Blood Mountain [Reissue/2006] LP (WB)
Mastodon – Crack The Skye [Reissue/2008] LP (WB)
Mastodon – The Hunter [Reissue/2011] LP (WB)
Limited edition picture disc vinyl pressings.

Metallica – Hardwired … To Self-Destruct 2xLP (Blackened)
Limited edition pink colored vinyl pressing. Part of this year’s Ten Bands One Cause pink vinyl campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gilda’s Club NYC.

My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love [Reissue/2002] LP (Reprise)
My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge [Reissue/2004] LP (Reprise)
Limited edition picture disc vinyl pressings.