New Releases for September 30, 2022
CDs + Vinyl:
The Bad Plus – The Bad Plus CD/LP (Edition)
Twenty-one years after making their landmark debut as a genre exploding piano-bass-drums trio, the always adventurous group have reinvented themselves as a dynamic quartet.
Björk – Fossora CD/2xLP (One Little Independent)
Björk delivers her long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s Utopia with one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2022: Fossora. Inspired by the death of her mother, her youngest son leaving home and the Covid pandemic quarantine, the enigmatic artist’s tenth album overall is introduced by lead single “Atopos”. “Each album always starts with a feeling that I try to shape into sound,” Björk shares. “This time around the feeling was landing (after my last album Utopia which was all island in the clouds element air and no bass) on the earth and digging my feet into the ground. It was also woven into how I experienced the ‘now’.”
Zac Brown Band – The Comeback (Deluxe) CD (Warner Nashville)
Deluxe edition of the country music band’s 2021 album.
Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days (Deluxe Edition) In The Canyon Haze 2xCD (Elektra)
Deluxe two CD edition of Brandi Carlile’s 2021 album, In These Silent Days. Includes a bonus 10 track CD that contains acoustic versions of the album’s tracks plus a cover of “Space Oddity”. In These Silent Days is the follow-up to her 2018 album By The Way, I Forgive You, and she recorded it at Nashville’s RCA Studio A with producers Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings.
Tyler Childers – Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven? 3xCD/3xLP (RCA)
Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven? is the highly anticipated new album by Tyler Childers, and his longtime band The Food Stamps. This unique collection is separated into three parts, each with a different sonic perspective, but all part of one album vision. Hallelujah is a pared-back version of the music featuring Tyler and his band only; Jubilee is full band including strings, horns, bgvs and a touch of sitar; and an exciting new sound in Joyful Noise. From Tyler Childers’ vision, it’s a genuine concept album meant to showcase the incredible musicianship of The Food Stamps.
Alice Cooper – Live From The Astroturf CD+Blu-ray/LP+DVD (earMUSIC)
By 1974, the Alice Cooper group had risen to the upper echelon of rock stardom… and then, parted ways. In October 2015, over 40 years later, record store owner and superfan Chris Penn convinced the original line-up to reunite for a very special performance at his record store Good Records in Dallas, Texas. Alice Cooper (vocals), Michael Bruce (guitar), Dennis Dunaway (bass) and Neal Smith (drums) were joined on stage by Alice’s current guitarist Ryan Roxie (standing in for the late Glen Buxton).
The Cowsills – The Rhythm Of This World CD (Omnivore)
Rhythm Of This World is the first new music from the band in nearly 30 years.
Denzel Curry – Melt My Eyez See Your Future CD/LP/Cassette (Loma Vista)
Melt My Eyez See Your Future arrives as Denzel Curry’s most mature and ambitious album to date. Recorded over the course of the pandemic, Denzel shows his growth as both an artist and person. Born from a wealth of influences, the tracks highlight his versatility and broad tastes, taking in everything from drum ‘n’ bass to trap. To support this vision, he enlisted a wide range of collaborators and establishes himself as one of the most groundbreaking rappers in the game along the way. [An indie store exclusive blue w/ smoke color vinyl pressing is available.]
Drowning Pool – Strike A Nerve CD/LP (UMe)
Texas hard rock stalwarts Drowning Pool return with Strike A Nerve, their first new record since 2016. Strike A Nerve was inspired by wearing life’s battle scars on our sleeves. Those bumps and bruises got magnified during the worldwide COVID lockdowns; lockdowns that started mere months after Drowning Pool completed recording, mixing and mastering Strike A Nerve, an 11-song tour-de-force through the torn and battered psyche of a band.
Rory Gallagher – Deuces [Reissue/1971] 2xCD/4xCD/3xLP (UMe)
50th-anniversary reissue of Rory Gallagher’s 1971 sophomore solo album, Deuces. The double-CD and triple-LP editions include a new mix of the original album, plus a cutdown of previously unreleased alternate takes and seven session tracks from Germany’s Radio Bremen.
Buddy Guy – The Blues Don’t Lie CD/2xLP (RCA)
The Blues Don’t Lie is the new album from Buddy Guy, and is the legend’s 34th studio album, and the follow up to 2018’s Grammy winning album The Blues Is Alive And Well. Produced by songwriter/drummer Tom Hambridge, The Blues Don’t Lie features guests including Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, Jason Isbell, and more. The album is released exactly 65 years to the day that Buddy Guy arrived in Chicago on a train from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in September of 1957, with just the clothes on his back and his guitar.
Keith Jarrett – Bordeaux Concert CD (ECM)
Bordeaux Concert is a special document from Keith Jarrett’s 2016 European tour. Each solo piano concert had its own distinct character, and in Bordeaux, the lyrical impulse is brought to the fore. In this improvised suite, many quiet discoveries are made. There is a freshness to the music, a feeling of intimate communication. [Vinyl edition due November 4.]
Kinks – Muswell Hillbillies / Everybody’s In Show-Biz – Evebody’s A Star 2xCD (BMG)
This double-CD combines The Kinks’ classic 1970’s albums Muswell Hillbillies (1971) and Everybody’s In Show-Biz – Everybody’s A Star (1972). All audio has remastered from the original sources.
Lambchop – The Bible CD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
The music on The Bible is more unpredictable than it’s ever been on a Lambchop record. Jazz careening into country, into disco, into funk, and back to country. Bandleader Kurt Wagner trusts his own voice – that he can tie all those sounds and styles together with his own words and phrasing, whether the lyrics are observing the dire headlines of racial strife from that summer in Minneapolis when he recorded The Bible, or just the graffiti outside the former paint factory where it was recorded, or the bumper stickers out on the highway, or his own feelings about his father confronting his mortality back home, or about him doing the same on his own wherever he may be in the world.
OFF! – Free LSD CD/LP/Cassette (Fat Possum)
OFF!, the punk think tank helmed by Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), return with their first new full-length in eight years. Free LSD effectively hits reset on the band, as the injection of new energy into their signature high-anxiety sound bonfires via new drummer Justin Brown (Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock) and bassist Autry Fulbright II (…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead) pushes the concept of punk into another frenetic dimension.
Pixies – Doggerel CD/LP (BMG)
The iconic Pixies forged an influential path for alt-rock during their first era, while their post 2004 reunion has seen them alchemize more sophisticated dark arts – a return which has them add another three UK Top 10 albums to the three they achieved on their first run. Now as fired up as ever before, Pixies deliver their eighth studio album Doggerel. It’s a mature yet visceral record of gruesome folk, ballroom pop and brutal rock, haunted by the ghosts of affairs and indulgences, driven wild by cosmic forces, and envisioning digital afterlives where no God has provided one.
Santigold – Spirituals CD/LP (Little Jerk)
Now available on CD.
Slipknot – The End, So Far CD/2xLP/Cassette (Roadrunner)
Over 25 years ago, nine guys from Des Moines, Iowa, shattered the scope of what was possible in metal. Slipknot’s music put blastbeats, massive breakdowns and brutal riffs alongside breakbeats and turntablism; punctuated hooky melodies with extreme vocals and percussive rap verses. On stage, bodies clad in numbered jumpsuits and horror film masks crashed into each other, eliciting mania from hungry crowds, and drawing blood and breaking bones in the process. Everything Slipknot did was maximalist and monstrous, completely unhinged and meticulously thought out.
Snarky Puppy – Empire Central 2xCD+MP3 (Groundup Music)
On Empire Central, the eclectic 19-piece electric jazz ensemble is big and bold, chill and laid back, rooted in its native culture while reaching outward, forward-bound. [Vinyl version due October 14.]
Sun Ra – The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra [Reissue/1962] CD/LP (Craft Recordings)
Digitally remastered. This special 60th-anniversary reissue of groundbreaking jazz artist Sun Ra’s iconic 1962 album, The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra, features all analog remastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. The package includes Tom Wilson’s original liner notes, plus insightful new essays by jazz historian Ben Young and the journalist, radio personality and author Irwin Chusid.
Titus Andronicus – The Will To Live CD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
With The Will To Live, Titus Andronicus invite listeners on a journey from fear to faith, from anger to acceptance, from grief to gratitude, all chasing the mythical ideal of Ultimate Rock. Drawing on maximalist rock epics from “Who’s Next” to “Hysteria”, the band have crafted their richest, densest, and hardest-hitting album to date, matching the sprawl and scope of their most celebrated work while also streamlining their ambitious attack to greater effect than ever before.
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Expanded Edition) 2xCD/8xCD/2xLP/7xLP/11xLP+CD (Nonesuch)
Wilco’s legendary fourth studio album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, was originally released in April 2002. It delivers ten songs that have since become favorites among fans and critics alike. It scored a perfect 10 on Pitchfork, which hailed the album as “complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative, noisy and somehow serene … simply a masterpiece.” And as the New York Times put it, Jeff Tweedy’s songs “unfold in richly enigmatic arrangements.” Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is without question Wilco’s most storied and experimental release. Produced by the band and mixed by Jim O’Rourke, the album finds the Chicago-based band stretching their creative boundaries, imbuing their trademark sound with inventive textures and song structures. Tweedy’s stirring songwriting commingles with a unique and eclectic sonic approach here that is stirringly emotional and beautifully mysterious. [The Deluxe 8xCD and 7xLP and the Super Deluxe 11xLP+CD editions each feature a wealth of bonus material. An indie store exclusive creamy white vinyl pressing is also available.]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
It could only be called alchemy, the transformative magic that happens during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ most tuned-in moments in the studio, when their unique chemistry sparks open a portal, and out comes a song like “Maps” or “Zero” or the latest addition to their canon, “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” – an epic shot-to-the-heart of pure YYYs beauty and power. A thunderstorm of a return is what the legendary trio has in store for us in 2022, with the release of Cool It Down, their first new music since 2013’s Mosquito.
Metric – Formentera LP (Metric Music International)
Released in July on CD – now available on vinyl.
George Michael – Older [Reissue/1996] 2xLP(Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue. Written, arranged, and produced by George Michael, Older sees him exploring new genres as he reflected on life, loss, love, and healing. The Super Deluxe edition includes Upper, available on vinyl for the first time.
Taking Back Sunday – Happiness [Reissue/214] LP (Hopeless)
Red color vinyl pressing of the sixth album from the pop punk band.