New Releases for September 4, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal CD/LP (New West)
All Them Witches have built a career out of playing music that cannot be pigeonholed into one specific genre. Nothing As The Ideal was recorded in Studio 2 at the world famous Abbey Road with the help of longtime mixing engineer Mikey Allred. The history and vibe of that setting laid the groundwork for what was to come. The band’s signature psychedelic blues riffs, relentless drums, melodic bass lines and non-linear lyrics are all present. The resulting album is a thought provoking head banger that is the band’s most cohesive album to date. [Limited edition picture disc vinyl pressing also available.]
Carolina Story – Dandelion CD/LP (Black River Americana)
Blending folk intimacy, country grit, and alt-rock muscle, Carolina Story’s resilient new album, Dandelion, is an ode to survival in the face of struggle, a full-throated tribute to the power of hope and the unbreakable bonds of family. Recorded with acclaimed producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Paul Moak (Joy Williams, Ashley Monroe), the collection is fueled by raw, honest storytelling and lush, cinematic arrangements, expanding the homespun craftsmanship of the Nashville duo’s debut to draw on a broader, more ambitious palette, one that hints at everything from The Jayhawks and Lucinda Williams to R.E.M. and Nirvana. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Sara Evans – Copy That CD/2xLP (Born To Fly)
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Sara Evans is about to put smiles on a lot of faces with the release of Copy That. The 13-song collection finds Evans putting her distinctive creative stamp on some of the most iconic songs in country and pop music as well as shining a spotlight on some little-known gems, including tracks by Old Crow Medicine Show, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Knack, and more.
Bob James – Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions CD (Resonance)
Previously unissued release of studio recordings from pianist Bob James at Wollman Auditorium at Columbia University in 1965. Features James in two different trio settings: one from January 20, 1965 with bassist Larry Rockwell and drummer Bob Pozar, and one from October 9, 1965 with bassist Bill Wood and drummer Omar Clay, performing a mix of jazz standards and original compositions.
Josiah Johnson – Every Feeling On A Loop CD/2xLP (ANTI-)
Josiah Johnson – a former and founding member of The Head And The Heart – releases his debut solo album Every Feeling On A Loop. On lead single “Nobody Knows”, Johnson sings for people to have courage in sharing and receiving the truths of their hearts. The messages, like the man himself, are a welcome breath of air. “A lot of the growth documented on this album is about taking responsibility for how I’m showing up in the world, and that song was about taking responsibility for how I care for myself,” Johnson says. “Part of my experience with addiction was that I was having a hard time, but I wasn’t raising my hand to get the help I needed.”
Ruston Kelly – Dirt Emo Vol. 1 CDEP (Rounder)
Released in January on vinyl – now available on CD. “I don’t play country. This stuff is dirt emo; it’s like crying in a barn or anguishing in your room with a banjo.” Ruston Kelly’s Dirt Emo Vol. 1, is a collection of dirt-soaked covers, hand-picked by Kelly from some of his revered predecessors. The project includes acclaimed renditions of Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well” and the Carter Family’s “Weeping Willow”.
Lang Lang – Bach: Goldberg Variations 2xCD/4xCD/2xLP (Deutsche Grammophon)
Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations stand alone in the piano literature as a work of unique artistry and brilliance. Lang Lang first began exploring this masterpiece more than 20 years ago and presents this recording as the outcome of a long personal and emotional journey. Marking a new stage in Lang Lang’s artistic development, it is the project of a lifetime. Alongside a studio recording is a contrasting performance, a single take from a recital in Leipzig’s iconic St Thomas Church, where Bach worked and is now buried.
Declan McKenna – Zeros CD/LP (Tomplicated)
Zeros is a world-building, not destroying, album. The unshakeable confidence and boldness of McKenna’s voice, as well as the stories he tells, are reinforced by the empathy and compassion with which he tells them. The “wisdom beyond his years” label McKenna’s often charged with stems from this as well: his recognition that as diverse as his generation is, their struggles with the modern world are similar, and that as disquieting and absurd as these experiences might feel, no one is in it alone. The album’s opening track, “You Better Believe!!!” combines a retro, ’70s space-race inspired energy with a modern tale of anxiety. Musically and lyrically, it provides a perfect blueprint to the album.
The Rolling Stones – Goat’s Head Soup [Reissue/1973] CD/LP/2xCD/3xCD+Blu-ray/4xLP (Interscope)
Digitally remastered edition features the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session tapes. [Both the double-CD edition and deluxe half-speed master vinyl pressing add 10 bonus tracks including three previously unreleased songs “Scarlet”, “All The Rage”, and “Criss Cross” as well as The Brussels Affair, recorded live at the Forest National Arena in October 1973. The Super Deluxe set features 35 tracks on three CDs and one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24-bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1).]
Carolina Story – Dandelion CD/LP (Black River Ent.)
Blending folk intimacy, country grit, and alt-rock muscle, Carolina Story’s resilient album, Dandelion, is an ode to survival in the face of struggle, a full-throated tribute to the power of hope and the unbreakable bonds of family. The collection is fueled by raw, honest storytelling and lush, cinematic arrangements, expanding the homespun craftsmanship of the Nashville duo’s debut to draw on a broader, more ambitious palette, one that hints at everything from The Jayhawks and Lucinda Williams to R.E.M. and Nirvana. [Limited yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Stryper – Even The Devil Believes CD/LP (Frontiers)
Stryper returns with the new album, Even The Devil Believes. While Stryper is known for their Christian faith, their decades plus career in heavy metal has made them much more than just a “Christian metal” band. Sure, that is part of who they are, but at the end of the day, they are simply a long-running and well-respected heavy metal band with a late-career rebirth that proves their enduring talent and musical skills are intact.
Tennessee Jet – The Country CD/LP (Tennessee Jet Music)
A salute to the sounds of his youth, these songs double down on Jet’s country and folk influences, without sacrificing the left-of-center approach that’s earned him a reputation as a genre bender. The result is a richly textured album that’s both classic and modern in the same breath. This is raw, truthful country music – a reinvention of the sound that’s always formed the bedrock of Tennessee Jet’s artistry, even during his most amplified moments.
Throwing Muses – Sun Racket CD/LP (Fire)
New album from the legendary Boston trio consisting of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard Georges. Sun Racket is an outpouring of modal guitars, reverbed shapes, echoey drums and driving bass set behind Kristen Hersh’s well-thumbed notebook of storylines. A ten-song opus of suitably wrought tales set against a wall of sound that’s at once calm and ethereal before building into glorious cacophonous crescendos.
Various Artists – AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan & T. Rex CD/2xLP (BMG)
The genius and pioneering influence of Marc Bolan’s T. Rex – 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of the great rock musicians of all time – is celebrated with AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan & T. Rex. The collection features 26 songs culled from Bolan’s vast body of work released as T. Rex and Tyrannosaurus Rex from 1968-‘77. A wide-ranging cast of wizards and cosmic dancers have joined together to re-imagine Bolan’s work including Nick Cave, U2 featuring Elton John, Joan Jett, and Peaches among others – sometimes in radical fashion – resulting in a collection that is less tribute than bold new work.
Blonde Redhead – Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons [Reissue/2000] LP (Touch And Go)
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Blonde Redhead’s classic album, Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons, Touch And Go present a deluxe vinyl edition pressed on colored 180-gram vinyl courtesy of RTI and packaged in a full-color gatefold jacket with revised cover art and never-before-seen photos from the original recording sessions.
Dirty Projectors – Super João 12”+MP3 (Domino)
Super João is dedicated to João Gilberto, the Brazilian guitarist and singer who innovated Brazilian music in the late ’50s in part by transposing Afro-Caribbean drum patterns to the right (fingerpicking) hand of the guitar. Super João is about beautiful and surprising chord progressions, longform melodies, and nylon string acoustic guitar.
Jack Johnson – Brushfire Fairytales [Reissue/2000] LP+HDCD (Everloving)
Remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes, this is a true AAA edition pressed at RTI on HQ Vinyl 180g for unsurpassed quality.
Yo La Tengo – Electr-O-Pura [Reissue/1995] 2xLP+MP3 (Matador)
For Electr-O-Pura’s 25th anniversary, the 58 minute master has been expanded into a 2xLP edition for the highest quality audio. Now in a gatefold sleeve. Reuniting with Painful producer and engineer Roger Moutenot, Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew set up shop at Alex the Great studios in Nashville, TN to record their seventh studio album Electr-O-Pura. Chock full with moments of pop gold like “Tom Courtenay”, melancholic ballads such as the gorgeous, Hubley-fronted “Don’t Say A Word (Hot Chicken #2)”, and sweeping, feedback-laden jams like the show-stopping “Blue Line Swinger”, Electr-O-Pura expands on the venturous songwriting established on Painful with stunning craft and a deepened exploration of contrasting textures, moods and atmospherics.