CDs + Vinyl:
The Dropkick Murphys – Turn Up That Dial CD/LP (Born And Bred)
On Dropkick Murphys’ new album, Turn Up That Dial, the Celtic punk outfit boots in the front door of 2021 with a record that punches you square in the face. You can expect more gang vocals, pumping pipes, bouncing rhythms and choruses meant for singing in unison in a beer-soaked bar. The Boston band’s tenth studio album comes introduced by the previously released singles “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding”, “Smash Shit Up”, “I Wish You Were Here”, and “Middle Finger”.
Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis – She Walks In Beauty CD/2xLP (BMG)
Marianne Faithfull (with composer/multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis) present She Walks In Beauty, one of the most distinctive albums of her long, extraordinary life and career. Recorded around the earliest days of the COVID-19 lockdown – during which the singer herself became infected and almost died of the disease – She Walks In Beauty fulfills Faithfull’s long-held ambition to record a full album of poetry with music, and features musical friends Nick Cave, Brian Eno, cellist Vincent Ségal and producer-engineer Head (PJ Harvey, Thom Yorke). She Walks In Beauty finds Faithfull drawing deep on the works of Shelley, Keats, Byron, Wordsworth, Tennyson and Thomas.
Mick Fleetwood & Friends – Celebrate the Music Of Peter Green And The Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac 2xCD/2xCD+Blu-ray/4xLP/4xLP+2xCD+Blu-ray (BMG)
Legendary drummer Mick Fleetwood enlisted an all-star cast for a one-of-a-kind concert honoring the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder, Peter Green, which was held on February 25, 2020 at the London, Palladium. The bill included Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Neil Finn, Kirk Hammett and Jeremy Spencer.
Gojira – Fortitude CD/LP (Roadrunner)
Voted by fans as the No.1 release on Revolver’s “5 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021”, Fortitude continues Gojira’s career-long tradition of harnessing their music as a vehicle for environmental activism with songs like “Amazonia” and “The Chant” not only surveying critical cases, but also catalyzing listeners to take action. The band initially laid the foundation for Fortitude with the surprise 2020 single “Another World”, which NPR hailed as “an apocalyptic banger.”
PJ Harvey – Uh Huh Her – Demos CD/LP (Island)
In an attempt to “get back to the earthy, rootsy, more dirty side of things,” following the more polished production of 2000’s love letter to NYC, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea, PJ Harvey created 2004’s Uh Huh Her which does just that and marks a return to the raw, stripped-down sound she forged on her first two albums Dry (1992) and Rid Of Me (1993). Accompanying a 2021 reissue of the original album is this collection of the artist’s previously unreleased demos for the record including demos of the singles “The Letter” and “Shame.”
Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks Of God CD/LP (Loma Vista)
The Million Masks Of God showcases the strength and boundary-pushing invention of Manchester Orchestra’s catalog and is a testament to the kinship of its songwriting duo – the bond that enables them to take something so tragically personal and turn it into limitless, compassionate, communal, revelatory art.
Ashley Monroe – Rosegold CD/LP (Mountainrose Sparrow, LLC)
A reliable traditionalist with a penchant for bittersweet songs of heartbreak and loss, Ashley Monroe pulled a complete 180 for her new album, Rosegold, riding the joyful emotional wave that followed the birth of her son to create her most ecstatic, blissed-out collection yet. Written and recorded over the past two years, the record finds the Grammy-nominated Nashville star pushing her sound in bold new directions, drawing on everything from Kanye West and Kid Cudi to Beck and The Beach Boys as she layers lush vocal harmonies atop dreamy, synthesized soundscapes and sensual, intoxicating beats.
Pink Floyd – Live At Knebworth 1990 CD/2xLP (Pink Floyd Records)
Live archive release. Live At Knebworth was recorded at Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK, on June 30, 1990 in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Music Centre and The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. The Knebworth concert saw Pink Floyd topping the all-star bill that included Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, Genesis, Phil Collins, Mark Knopfler, Robert Plant (with Jimmy Page), Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton and Tears For Fears. The concert has been remixed from the original master tapes [the 180gm vinyl edition is cut at 45 RPM for enhanced audio quality.]
Royal Blood – Typhoons CD/LP (WB)
When Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher sat down to talk about making a new album, they knew what they wanted to achieve. It involved a conscious return to their roots, back when they had made music that was influenced by Daft Punk, Justice, and Philippe Zdar of Cassius. It also called for a similar back-to-basics approach to what had made their self-titled debut album so thrilling, visceral and original.
Shovels & Rope – Busted Juicebox Vol. 3 CD/LP (Dualtone Music Group)
Charleston rock duo Shovels & Rope continue their Busted Jukebox series where they join forces with their musical friends to cover classic songs in their own unique ways with Busted Jukebox Volume 3 (this time, they’ve nicknamed the album Busted Juicebox because of its kid-friendly song choices). The release sees the duo covering “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie featuring The War and Treaty, “You Are My Sunshine” featuring The Felice Brothers, and “What A Wonderful World” featuring John Paul White, along with some other classics like REM’s “Everybody Hurts” alongside T. Hardy Morris, and The Beach Boys’ “In My Room” featuring Sharon Van Etten, and more.
Julia Stone – Sixty Summers CD/LP (BMG)
Eight years after Stone’s last solo record, Sixty Summers arrives as a powerful rebirth for one of Australia’s most prolific artists. Emerging from the wildernesses of folk and indie-rock, with Sixty Summers Stone dives headfirst into the cosmopolitan, hedonistic world of late-night, moonlit pop. The stunning album brings us the grit and glitter of the city, with all its attendant joys, dangers, romances and risks.
Teenage Fanclub – Endless Arcade CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Endless Arcade is quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heartwarming and heart aching, guitars chime and distort, keyboard lines mesh and spiral, harmony-coated choruses burst out like sun on a stormy day. In the 1990s, the band crafted a magnetically heavy yet harmony-rich sound on classic albums such as Bandwagonesque and Grand Prix. Endless Arcade walks a beautifully poised line between melancholic and uplifting, infused with simple truths.
Rhett Thomas – Country Again, Side A CD (Valory)
Country Again, Side A marks ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year Thomas Rhett’s fifth studio album. According to Thomas, “this album is a lot of nostalgia and a lot of reflection; but rooted in the here and now, and in the work-in-progress of the man I am today.”
Bobby Womack – The Poet [Reissue/1981] CD/LP (Abkco)
Bobby Womack – The Poet II [Reissue/1984] CD/LP (Abkco)
2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the initial release of The Poet, the Bobby Womack album that served to relaunch his career and established him as a renewed force to be reckoned with in R&B in the 1980s. The Poet II, featuring Patti LaBelle, George Benson and Wilton Felder, found both commercial and critical success on both sides of the Atlantic with the UK’s NME naming it “Best Album Of 1984”. Newly remastered from the original tapes.
Ya Tseen – Indian Yard CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Nicholas Galanin is one of the most vital voices in contemporary art. His debut as Ya Tseen (“be alive”, and a reference to his Tlingit name Yeil Ya Tseen), Indian Yard, is rich with emotional range and sharp awareness and explores love, desire, frustration, pain, revolution, and connection through the magnetic expressions of an Indigenous mind.
August Burns Red – Guardians Sessions 10” (Fearless)
Limited white smoke color 10” vinyl pressing. Featuring six tracks, including: two unreleased studio tracks recorded during the Guardians recording sessions, re-imagined instrumental versions of two tracks off of Guardians Extinct By Instinct and Paramount, and covers of the Westworld theme song and System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey”.
Can – Future Days [Reissue/1973] LP (Mute)
Can – Delay 1968 [Reissue/1981] LP (Mute)
Limited-edition color vinyl reissues. Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed a group which would utilize and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music. Can’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance.
Flock Of Dimes – Head Of Roses LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Josh Groban – Harmony 2xLP (Reprise)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Deluxe edition including six bonus tracks, including “Nature Boy” (from Moulin Rouge), “I’ll Stand By You” (a duet with Helene Fischer), and “I Can See Clearly Now”.
Serj Tankian – Elasticity 12” (BMG)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Serj Tankian’s new solo EP features songs originally conceived for another System Of A Down record, but have now been fully realized as a solo release.
Eddie Vedder – Matter Of Time b/w Say Hi 7” (Seattle Surf Co. LLC)
Following the global broadcast of Venture Into Cures, on November 18, 2020, Eddie Vedder released a pair of singles – “Matter Of Time” and “Say Hi”. Additionally, Vedder shared an animated music video for the powerful, passionate, and poetic “Matter Of Time” and live video for “Say Hi”, an oft-sought after live favorite now officially available for the first time.