New Releases — September 8, 2017

Tony Allen – The Source CD (Blue Note)
With his Blue Note-debut, The Source, Nigerian drummer Tony Allen sees a childhood dream come true. Allen says this is the “best in my life,” and with a career spanning over 50 years, that’s quite the confession for the Afrobeat pioneer and former Fela Kuti fixture. The Source represents Blue Note’s classic era while symbolizing the label’s innovative present. [Vinyl edition due September 22.]

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood CD/CD+DVD/2xLP (Rounder/Concord)
Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades. Gregg Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated solo landmark, Low Country Blues, is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn. Though his loss leaves a vast musical space that can never truly be filled, the album stands tall as a remarkable valedictory and memorial to a true giant of American music.

Alter Bridge – Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities 3xCD/4xLP (Napalm)
19-tracks recorded live at London’s O2 arena on November 24th, 2016. The rarities CD features the limited release tracks “Breathe”, “Cruel Sun”, and “Solace” alongside seven songs that have only been released in Japan. [Limited edition white vinyl pressing also available.]

Alvvays – Antisocialites CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Polyvinyl)
Antisocialites is the much-anticipated follow-up to Alvvays’ 2014 self-titled debut. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep end of reckless romance and altered dates. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage.  [Limited edition yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Tori Amos – Native Invader CD (Decca)
Tori Amos’ fifteenth album and follow-up to 2014’s Unrepentant Geraldines is an intense feast of melody, protest, tenderness and pain. In the summer of 2016, she took a road trip through North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains. The intention was to reconnect with the stories and songlines of her mother’s family, who were from the North Carolina and Tennessee Smoky Mountain area. That winter, two seismic events knocked the plan off its axis. The fallout from the US election. And in January her mother, Mary Ellen Amos, suffered a severe stroke leaving her unable to speak. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds two bonus tracks. Vinyl edition due October 20.]

Animal Collective – Sung Tongs [Reissue/2004] CD/2xLP (My Animal Home)
Animal Collective’s second album has been reissued on their own label, My Animal Home.

Arch Enemy – Will To Power CD/2xLP+CD/CD+2xLP+7” (Century Media)
Tenth album from the Swedish veteran metal band. [Available in Regular, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe editions. Deluxe digipak edition includes bonus tracks. Super Deluxe includes a colored blood-red splatter vinyl pressing and a bonus 7” single. Limited stand-alone white colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Bash & Pop – Friday Night Is Killing Me [Reissue/1993] 2xCD (Omnivore)
When the Replacements called it quits in 1991, Tommy Stinson missed playing in a band with great chemistry and who all shared the same vision. He recruited then Replacements drummer Steve Foley, Foley’s brother Kevin, and Steve Brantseg to form Bash & Pop. Recording with Producer Don Smith (Cracker, Keith Richards, John Hiatt) and getting help from Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, Americana icon Greg Leisz, Wire Train’s Jeff Trott, and more, the band’s debut album, Friday Night Is Killing Me, arrived in January of 1993. In addition to the original 11 track release, this expanded double-CD edition includes an 18-track bonus disc adds rare singles and B-sides, their contribution to the soundtrack of the 1994 film Clerks, and 15 previously unissued performances.

Alex Cameron – Forced Witness CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
“The second album from Australian sleaze-pop sensation Alex Cameron is a melodious trip of double-take lyrics and sex sex sex” (Loud And Quiet). Features guest appearances by Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Angel Olsen and Weyes Blood. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Cannabis Corpse – Left Hand Pass CD/LP/Cassette (Season Of Mist)
Turning a classic album title such as Entombed’s Left Hand Path into a weedy phrase would normally be punishable by having to listen to the worst of Modern Talking on continued play. Yet Cannabis Corpse not only get away with it, but the death metal and pot aficionados are actually doing exactly what their massive following is happily demanding of the Americans. Under the influence of the genre legends who preceded them, the trio give rise to an unrelenting piece of crushing, weed-themed death replete with their signature, THC-fueled, horror fiction lyrics.

Comeback Kid – Outsider CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Energetic, punk-propelled hardcore. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]

Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now CD/LP (Last Gang/WB)
“Death From Above (née 1979) must have had a hell of a tough time making 2014’s The Physical World. Following up their universally acclaimed debut a full decade later, the Canadian duo had to produce something that could both recapture the manic energy of their early days and make a newly fresh impact on a musical landscape that had altered drastically since their 2006 breakup. It’s as if the last record was the sound of Jesse F Keeler and Sebastian Grainger reminding themselves what they can do together, whereas Outrage! Is Now finds them actually enjoying the process of writing and experimenting with the potent formula they concocted back at the start of the millennium. As ever, the record is powered by the combustion engine that has driven DFA’s monstrous sound from the start (and also caused their early career crash): the collision of its members’ separate musical planets.” –Clash Music

Deerhoof – Mountain Moves CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Deerhoof recognizes that we are simultaneously living in two worlds, one a maniacal, mainstream monoculture hell-bent on driving humankind into extinction, the other a churning underground teeming with ideas and dogged optimism and the will to thrive and survive. Mountain Moves refutes the former by ecstatically celebrating the latter. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
The Dream Syndicate are at the foundation of contemporary alternative music because back in 1981 at a time when most bands were experimenting with new technology, they choose to bring back the guitar. Their seminal album The Days of Wine And Roses (1984) has been cited as influential by artists from Nirvana to the Black Crowes. Known for their incredible live performances, the band toured with everyone from REM to U2, before splitting up in 1988. In 2012 after years apart in solo projects, frontman Steve Wynn reunited The Dream Syndicate to perform at a charity festival in Spain. Wynn says, “In a way it feels like if The Days of Wine And Roses would have been made in 2017. Which is to say that it’s true to what we did before but it’s also a whole new thing.”

Fred Hersch – Open Book CD/LP (Palmetto)
Fred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely revelatory and lyrical pianist. As one of the most expressive voices in modern jazz, Hersch has never been shy about letting listeners glimpse his most intimate thoughts and emotions. As a companion piece to his soon-to-be-published memoir, Hersch decided to present an equally direct and vulnerable glimpse into his private musical thoughts with his 11th solo release, Open Book.

Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton – Wildflower Blues CD/LP (Cinquefoil)
The debut album from The Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk.

Jack Johnson – All The Light Above It Too CD/LP (Brushfire/Republic)
All The Light Above It Too was recorded over the past year at Johnson’s Hawaii based Mango Tree Studio. For the first time in years Johnson handled most of the instrumentation himself, echoing the four-track recordings that launched his career over seventeen years ago.

Toby Keith – The Bus Songs CD (Show Dog Nashville)
New album from the country music star and three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year.

Jonny Lang – Signs CD/LP (Concord)
Anyone who originally discovered Jonny Lang through his searing instrumental work will revel in the huge guitar tones and go for broke solos on Signs, while those who have appreciated his growth as an honest and passionate songwriter will find that honesty and passion unabated. Though he long ago left blues purism behind, Lang has never abandoned its spirit of universal catharsis through the relating of personal trials. The record reaffirms his commitment to the blues and the guitar without sacrificing the modern approach that has made him such a singular artist.

Living Colour – Shade CD/LP (MRI)
Shade, the band’s first album since the critically acclaimed The Chair In The Doorway in 2009, is Living Colour at the height of their creative powers, still experimenting as though they were upstarts instead of seasoned veterans. While the blues served as the foundation for the collection, one shouldn’t expect to hear the “down-home” style that was once the soundtrack of sharecroppers and southern juke joints before the music rode the rails north during the Great Migration. Living Colour’s blues incorporate a myriad of influences, while speaking to the politically-charged climate of the times.

Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun CD (Temporary Residence)
Every Country’s Sun takes two decades of Mogwai’s signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. [Vinyl edition due September 22.]

Kip Moore – Slowheart CD/LP (MCA Nashville)
A reflective thirteen-track collection Rolling Stone says falls “between the rough edges of Americana, rock and the evocative storytelling of country.”

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
The third album from Mount Kimbie is the product of three years of intense creative development, continually honed by the duo writing and rewriting their ideas to form something wholly idiosyncratic and personal. It brings together the voices of their close friends and collaborators who together represent a bright corner of young artistic talent – James Blake, Micachu and King Krule. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Mutemath – Play Dead CD/2xLP/Cassette (Wojtek)
The GRAMMY-nominated electro-experimental rock band takes an unhinged and unguarded approach on their fifth album, Play Dead, while also pulling inspiration from previous albums including, 2011’s fan-favorite Odd Soul. Entertainment Weekly said lead single “Hit Parade” brings back the band’s “brand of chilled-out, soul-inflected psychedelic rock” and Fast Company called it “a behemoth of a record.” [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]

The National – Sleep Well Beast CD/2xLP+MP3 (4AD)
The National’s elegant seventh full-length album follows-up 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me and their 2015 Ragnar Kjartansson collaboration A Lot Of Sorrow. “Sleep Well Beast is an album about getting old and staying together. That makes it, on some fundamental level, the most domestic album ever made by a band that’s always been pretty domestic. And yet Sleep Well Beast bursts with conflict and passion and restlessness. The National’s albums take time to reveal themselves, but Sleep Well Beast already feels like the best thing they’ve done since Boxer.” – Stereogum [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine CD/LP (RCA)
Broken Machine is the highly anticipated sophomore album from the British rock band and follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 eponymous debut.

Odesza – A Moment Apart CD/LP (Counter)
A Moment Apart represents Odesza’s growth, delivering a more mature sound through weighted atmospheres, shimmering synth lines and familiar feelings of nostalgia, optimism and hope. The album’s featured guests include Leon Bridges, Regina Spektor, and RY X, creating an eclectic mix that showcases group’s dynamic range. [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]

Thomas Rhett – Life Changes CD/LP (Big Machine/Valory)
Thomas Rhett scored his first hit in 2012, introducing a sound that mixed the southern swagger of country music with pop hooks, R&B grooves, soulful strut and the anything-goes attitude of rock. During the subsequent years, thanks to eight chart-topping singles, he is now a headliner of massive arenas.

Soundtrack – Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Soundtrack) CD/2xLP (Rhino)
Soundtrack – Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series) CD/2xLP (Rhino)
Two soundtracks to the third season of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s cult television show. Directed entirely by David Lynch, the new 18-part limited event series picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. Twin Peaks (Music From The Limited Event Series) is comprised of 20 tracks including songs from Roadhouse performers and key moments in the series. The 18-track Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Soundtrack) has all six of Angelo Badalamenti’s cues, plus material by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s ’90s freestyle project, Thought Gang, and other instrumentals, including one song played in the Roadhouse (“Saturday” by Chromatics). Both albums start with a different version of Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks theme.

Sparks – Hippopotamus CD/2xLP (The End)
Musical mavericks Sparks – Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael –release their 22nd studio album, Hippopotamus. Described as “the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock,” and internationally acclaimed as pop pioneers, Sparks are name-checked as a major influence on musicians as varied as Morrissey, Bjork, The Ramones, Faith No More, Sonic Youth, and Nirvana. Sparks’ music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable. Recorded in Los Angeles, Hippopotamus sees them take the pop form, shake it up, and create an album that is adventurous and fresh. “With Hippopotamus, we are very much deep in Sparks’ world. It’s almost like everything is here in excelsis, from the staccato drama of the title track to the classic pop of Edith Piaf (‘Said It Better Than Me’). ‘Scandinavian Design’ has that to-die-for quality of their very best. ‘Giddy Giddy’ is another run out for Sparksian carnival macabre. Hippopotamus is exactly what you’d expect and more besides.” – Record Collector [Limited edition picture disc vinyl pressing also available.]

Toadies – The Lower Side Of Uptown CD/LP (Kirtland)
Toadies’ seventh studio album serves as a “return to form” for the band according to frontman Vaden Todd Lewis. “This album is roots Toadies, full of riffs and time shifts.”

Chad VanGaalen – Light Information CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
For an album that’s about “not feeling comfortable with really anything,” as Chad VanGaalen says, Light Information is nonetheless a vivid, welcoming journey through future worlds and relentless memories. The rich soundscapes and sometimes jarring imagery could only come from the mind of a creative polymath – an accomplished visual artist, animator, director, and producer, VanGaalen has scored television shows, designed puppet characters for Adult Swim, directed videos for Shabazz Palaces, Strand of Oaks, METZ, Dan Deacon, and The Head And The Heart, and produced records for Women, Alvvays, and others. While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom – and anxiety – gained as he watches his kids growing up.

The Waterboys – Out Of All This Blue 2xCD/3xCD/2xLP/3xLP (The End)
Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo, Out Of All This Blue contains 23 songs with Scott’s trademark sharp lyrics set to pop music with echoes of classic R&B, country, soul and funk and underpinned by modern hip-hop production values and rhythms. String and brass sections were arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective. [Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds 11 bonus tracks.

Neil Young – Hitchhiker CD/LP (Reprise)
Neil Young opens up his unrivaled archives to issue an unreleased new studio album. 10-track acoustic solo collection Hitchhiker was recorded in Malibu, CA at Indigo Studio in 1976 between Zuma and American Stars ‘n Bars in a single session, the resultant performances are truly breathtaking and passionate.

Zola Jesus – Okovi CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus for more than a decade. For the majority of that time, she’s been on Sacred Bones Records, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label. Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones.

This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:

Zac Brown Band – Welcome Home LP+MP3 (New Elektra)
Released last May on CD – now available on vinyl.

Jimi Hendrix – Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
Double 150gm vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket.

Limp Bizkit – Significant Other [Reissue/1999] 2xLP (Interscope)
First time vinyl edition of the nu-metal/rap-rock band’s second album.

Matchbox 20 – Yourself Or Someone Like You [Reissue/1996] LP (Atlantic)
Limited transparent red colored vinyl LP pressing of the alt-rock band’s debut album.

Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See [Reissue/1993] LP (Capitol)
Back in print on vinyl. On this, the band’s second album, the core emphasis remained a nexus point between country, folk, psych, and classic rock all shrouded in mystery, and Hope Sandoval’s trademark drowsy drawl remained swathed in echo.

Paramore – After Laughter LP+MP3 (Fueled By Ramen/WB)
Released last May on CD – now available on vinyl. Paramore are back with their fifth album and first in four years. After Laughter marks the return of drummer Zac Farro, who quit the band in 2010. The album also represents the first-time Paramore recorded an LP in their native Nashville, with the group laying down the album at the city’s famed RCA Studio B with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. Limited black and white marble vinyl pressing.

Dwight Yoakam – Live From Austin TX LP (New West)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Recorded October 23, 1988.