New Releases — April 23, 2021

New Releases for April 23, 2021

CDs + Vinyl:

Alfa Mist – Bring Backs CD/LP (ANTI-)
London based producer, pianist, bandleader and MC Alfa Mist delivers his fourth full-length solo record Bring Backs, his most detailed exploration of his upbringing in musical form. The album’s nine tracks of groove-based intricacies, lyrical solipsism and meandering fragmentations are tied together by a remarkable poem written by Hilary Thomas expressing the sensuous realities of building community in a new country.

Eric Church – Soul CD/LP (UMG Nashville)
Country hero Eric Church’s new Heart & Soul project, which is his follow-up to 2018’s Desperate Man, will be released in two installments, in quick succession. The collection was made with producer Jay Joyce and a creative team who recorded one track per day in sessions in early 2020 in the mountains of North Carolina.

Steve Cropper – Fire It Up CD/LP (Provogue)
The term “Guitar Hero” is bandied about loosely these days. Seems like all you must do is look good holding the thing and you qualify. But if you ask the actual guitar heroes – like Brian May, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton – who their guitar heroes are, Steve Cropper is on the shortlist. If all he had done were the records with Otis Redding that would be enough, but shortly thereafter he was leaving his fingerprints on records by Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Johnny Taylor, Albert King, and virtually anybody worthy who came within earshot of Memphis.  Fire It Up is Steve Cropper’s first album of new soul/R&B material in 10 years.

Dinosaur Jr. – Sweep It Into Space CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
Sweep It Into Space is Dinosaur Jr.’s first new collection of music since 2016’s Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, continuing what is perhaps the greatest “second act” of any band ever. Originally scheduled for mid-2020, this record’s temporal trajectory was thwarted by the coming of the Plague. But it would take more than a mere Plague to tamp down the exquisite fury of this trio when they are fully dialed-in. And Sweep It Into Space is a masterpiece of zoned dialing. Dinosaur Jr. has a signature sound as sure as the Stooges or Sonic Youth or Discharge ever did. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is also available.]

Dumpstaphunk – Where Do We Go From Here CD/2xLP (The Funk Garage)
Over its past 17 years, Dumpstaphunk has earned its reputation as the most well-regarded next-generation New Orleans live powerhouse, the type of band whose live shows attract sit-ins from legends like Carlos Santana, Bob Weir and Trombone Shorty. Alongside Hall, Daniels, Alex Wasily, Ryan Nyther and drummer Devin Trusclair, cousins Ivan and Ian Neville have built upon their family’s iconic NOLA legacy as they’ve transformed Dumpstaphunk into the city’s pre-eminent 21st century funk-fusion export. The band’s mix of classic and modern influences can be heard throughout the party-friendly mix of R&B, funk, rock, swamp-pop and blues of “Where Do We Go From Here”, from the slap-bass rave “Make It After All” to the band’s contemporary renderings of NOLA R&B rarities (the 1975 Blackmail gem “Let’s Get At It”) and early ‘70s classics (Sly and The Family Stone’s “In Time”).

Peter Frampton – Peter Frampton Forgets The Words CD/2xLP (UMe)
Frampton Forgets The Words comprises instrumental tributes to some of the English star’s favorite songs, and stands as the sequel to Frampton’s Grammy Award-winning instrumental album of 2007, Fingerprints. Frampton and his band reinhabit songs by such fellow greats, some of them personal friends and collaborators of his, including David Bowie, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, and Lenny Kravitz.

Gang Of Four – Entertainment! [Reissue/1979] CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Gang Of Four – Solid Gold [Reissue/1981] CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Two of Gang Of Four’s critical early works, Entertainment! (1979) and Solid Gold (1981) have been remastered from the original analog tapes. Propelled by a political mission and some wicked bass playing, the Gang Of Four released ‘Entertainment’ in 1979. Entertainment! is – without question – one of the most important records from the post punk era. The group’s second album, Solid Gold, celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 1st. It boasts a much deeper, bass heavy sound than Entertainment! and contains the singles “Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time” and “He’d Send In The Army”.

Kaleo – Surface Sounds CD/2xLP (Elektra)
In three short years, Kaleo scored a trifecta of global hits, received a Grammy nomination, watched their first album, 2016’s A/B, go Gold and toured incessantly. Every bit of that lived experience is packed into their sophomore album Surface Sounds. Frontman/songwriter JJ Julius Son has been in the studio off-and-on for two years, allowing for a combination of globe-trotting and meticulous tinkering, resulting in a spectrum of sounds recorded around the world – in North America, South America and across Europe.

John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band [Reissue/1971] CD/2xCD/6xCD+2xBlu-ray/2xLP (Capitol)
50th Anniversary Edition available in a variety of configurations. Lennon’s debut solo album has been completely remixed from original multitracks, overseen by producer Yoko Ono Lennon, featuring Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston & Phil Spector. [The single-disc edition adds three singles, featuring John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston & Phil Spector. The expanded double-disc edition contains Ultimate Mixes of the original album and singles as well as outtakes of each.  The half-speed mastered double-vinyl edition contains a second LP of unreleased stereo outtakes for each song.]

Lost Horizons – In Quiet Moments CD/2xLP+MP3 (Bella Union)
Lost Horizons is a collaboration between Simon Raymonde, former bassist of the Cocteau Twins, and drummer Richard Thomas, whose past resume includes Dif Juz and The Jesus And Mary Chain. Their haunting, low-key indie pop combines elements of dance-rock and Bowie-esque singer songwriter folk. In Quiet Moments features a distinguished cast of guest singers and a handful of supporting instrumentalists embellishing the core duo’s gorgeously free-flowing and loose-limbed blueprint.

The Selecter – Too Much Pressure CD/2xLP (Chrysalis)
40th Anniversary remastered reissue of the British ska band’s debut album.

Todd Snider – First Agnostic Church Of Hope And Wonder CD/LP (Aimless)
First Agnostic Church Of Hope And Wonder is a folk record with funk elements and street singer and psychedelic elements which Todd Snider calls it “P-Folk” or “Folkadelic.” “With this album I had the idea for the sound first, I think. I wanted to do what I was calling funk in back and busking up front with [Beatles’] White Album-y shiz scattered about. I had done a lot of listening to and looking into Parliament and James Brown and lots of reggae music, too,” Snider says.

Spiritualized ‎– Lazer Guided Melodies [Reissue/1992] CD/2xLP (Fat Possum)
The Jason Pierce-led space-rock group, Spiritualized, will take you on a voyage into the unknown with this aptly titled 1992 debut. All the sounds on Lazer Guided Melodies are perfectly placed in space making it a masterpiece of economy and expression. It is authentically emotional as silence and simplicity are as crucial as the more complex instrumentation. An album to be heard with a set of headphones in a dark room and, above all, in its entirety. A pinnacle of the dream pop genre. The Spaceman Reissue Program edition of Lazer Guided Melodies promises to give these recordings the fullest spectrum audio and physical treatment they’ve deserved since 1992.

Alan Vega – Mutator CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
Alan Vega’s name is synonymous with unfettered, tireless creativity. Beginning in the late 1950s, when he was a fine art student at Brooklyn College, through his years playing in Suicide, and all the way up until his death in 2016, Vega was constantly creating. That process naturally led to a wealth of material that didn’t see the light of day immediately when it was recorded, which came to be known as the Vega Vault. Mutator is the first in a series of archival releases from the Vault.

The White Stripes – The White Stripes [Reissue/1999] CD (Sony Legacy)
The White Stripes – De Stijl [Reissue/2000] CD (Sony Legacy)
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells [Reissue/2001] CD (Sony Legacy)
The White Stripes – Elephant [Reissue/2003] CD (Sony Legacy)
The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan [Reissue/2003] CD (Sony Legacy)
The White Stripes – Icky Thump [Reissue/2006] CD (Sony Legacy)
CD reissues of The White Stripes’ six studio albums.

The Who – The Who Sell Out [Reissue/1967] 2xCD/5xCD+2×7”/2xLP (Geffen)
Initially released in December 1967 and described latterly by Rolling Stone as “The Who’s finest album” The Who Sell Out reflected a remarkable year in popular culture. As well as being forever immortalized as the moment when the counterculture and the ‘Love Generation’ became a global phenomenon and ‘pop’ began metamorphosing into ‘rock’. [The remastered and expanded double-CD and double-vinyl LP editions include 12 bonus tracks. The Super Deluxe edition features 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased, an 80-page, hard-back full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia, track by track annotation and new sleeve notes by Townshend with comments from the likes of Pete Drummond (Radio London DJ), Richard Evans (designer) and Roy Flynn (the Speakeasy Club manager). The Super Deluxe package also includes nine posters and inserts, including replicas of the 20″ x 30″ original Adrian George album poster, a gig poster from The City Hall, Newcastle, an eight-page program from The Who’s October ’67 show at the Saville Theatre, a business card for the Bag o’ Nails club, Kingly Street, a Who fan club photo of the group, a flyer for Bath Pavilion concerts including The Who, a crack-back bumper sticker for Wonderful Radio London, Keith Moon’s Speakeasy Club membership card and a 1968 Who Fan Club newsletter.]

Altın Gün ‎– Gece [Reissue/2019] LP (ATO)
Limited sky wave color vinyl pressing. Altin Gün was inspired by founder Jasper Verhulst’s deep passion for Turkish folk and psychedelia. The band’s second album Gece (2019) led to a Grammy nomination and firmly established them as masterful interpreters of the Anatolian rock and folk legacy, and as a leading voice in the emergent global psych scene.

Animal Collective – Crestone [Original Score] LP+MP3 (Domino)
Crestone is the debut feature written, produced and directed by Marnie Ellen Hertzler. Set in the desert of Crestone, Colorado over the course of eight days and set to an original score composed by Animal Collective’s Geologist & Deakin, the story follows a group of SoundCloud rappers who live in solitude, growing weed and making music for the internet. When an old friend arrives to make a movie, reality and fiction begin to blur.

The B-52’s ‎– Wild Planet [Reissue/1980] LP (WB)
Vinyl reissue of The B-52s’ sophomore album. Wild Planet features the songs “Private Idaho”, “Give Me Back My Man”, and “Party Out Of Bounds”. The B-52s are an American new wave band, formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976. Rooted in new wave and 1960s rock and roll, the group later covered many genres ranging from post-punk to pop rock.

Citizen Cope – The Pull Of Niagra Falls LP (Rainwater)
Citizen Cope’s new solo acoustic album, The Pull Of Niagara Falls, includes “Scared Of Heights” plus nine never-before-heard songs; some brand new and some from the LP Shotguns, which was never released.

Nails – I Don’t Want To Know You 7” (Nuclear Blast)
Limited picture disc pressing of the 2019 single from one of the most vicious bands in metal.

Sleep – Iommic Life 2×12” (Third Man)
Surprise 4/20 release. Iommic Life is a collection of the stoner metal band’s post-reunion singles “The Clarity” and “Leagues Beneath”, packaged together in a gatefold LP jacket, along with a repress of “The Clarity” 12” single, and all-new merch. The double 12” single contains stunning all new artwork and B-side etchings by Dave Kloc and was entirely remastered by Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering Service.

Unwound ‎– Repetition [Reissue/1996] LP (Numero)
Unwound ‎– Challenge For A Civilized Society [Reissue/1998] LP (Numero)
Dead-eyed post-punk from Olympia’s reigning noise-niks – back in-print on vinyl.

Yob – The Illusion Of Motion [Reissue/2004] 2xLP (Metal Blade)
Yob – The Unreal Never Lived [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Metal Blade)
Limited multicolor vinyl pressings. Eugene, OR’s Yob has an accomplished song craft that is as much their own sound as it is paying homage to the doom metal greats of both times of yore and present.