New Releases for June 11, 2021
Joe Bonamassa – Now Serving: Royal Tea: Live From The Ryman CD (J&R Adventures)
Blues-rock superstar Joe Bonamassa set out to perform his brand-new music for fans amidst a global entertainment shutdown. This led to an incredible live concert at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. This special show includes songs from his latest studio album, Royal Tea, which was inspired by his British guitar heroes Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Cream. [Vinyl edition due July 9.]
Danny Elfman – Big Mess CD/2xLP (ANTI-)
Danny Elfman delivers his first solo album in thirty-seven years, titled Big Mess. Clocking in at 18 tracks, the sprawling, ambitious double album finds the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer breaking bold new ground as both a writer and a performer, drawing on a dystopian palette of distorted electric guitars, industrial synthesizers and orchestra in an effort to exorcise the demons brought about by four years of creeping fascism and civil rot. The songs on Big Mess combine both harmonically complex arrangements and simple high energy driving music with biting, acerbic wit as they reckon with the chaos and confusion of the modern world. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Garbage – No Gods No Masters CD/2xCD/LP (Infectious Music/BMG)
Garbage – Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig – return with a new studio album, No Gods No Masters. “This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content,” says Manson. “The seven virtues. The seven sorrows and the seven deadly sins. It was our way of trying to make sense of how f**king nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.”
Julian Lage – Squint CD/LP (Blue Note)
Hailed as one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation, Julian Lage has spent more than a decade searching through the myriad strains of American musical history via impeccable technique and a spirit of infinite possibility. After notable Blue Note appearances on The Nels Cline 4’s Currents, Constellations (2018) and Charles Lloyd’s 8: Kindred Spirits (2020), the acclaimed Grammy-nominated artist makes his own Blue Note debut with Squint. Produced by Margaret Glaspy and Armand Hirsch, the dynamic 11-song set featuring nine originals showcases both Lage’s remarkable songcraft and adventurous sense of improvisation which takes flight in the company of his trusted trio with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus).
Mammoth WVH – Mammoth WVH CD/2xLP (Kartel Music Group)
Mammoth WVH is the debut, self-titled album by the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. This collection includes “Distance” plus “Don’t Back Down”, “Epiphany”, “Mammoth” and more. At the beginning of 2015, Wolf broke ground on what would become Mammoth WVH with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Slash) behind the board. Wolf began to embrace his voice, inspired by everyone from his father, the late Eddie Van Halen, to bands like AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, and Jimmy Eat World. In addition to writing and singing every song on the self-title debut album, remarkably Wolfgang plays every instrument.
Marina – Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land CD (Atlantic)
On Marina’s new 10-track project, Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land, major themes range from the impending climate crisis doom, wealth disparity, gender and racial inequality to choosing yourself in a relationship. The new album is self-written and sees Marina (Welsh singer-songwriter Marina Lambrini Diamandis) co-producing six tracks for the first time alongside James Flannigan (Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa) and Jenn Decilveo.
Lin-Manuel Miranda – In The Heights (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2xCD (Atlantic)
The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big…
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – A Few Stars Apart CD/LP (Fantasy)
A Few Stars Apart is a testament to finding a human connection: between close family and friends, as well as one’s own heart. Helmed by Grammy Award winning producer Dave Cobb, the album was inspired by the stillness Lukas Nelson found while riding out the beginning of the pandemic with his family in Texas and was recorded with the full band live on eight-track tape over three weeks at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A.
The Oak Ridge Boys – Front Porch Singin’ CD/LP (Lightning Rod)
Grammy Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys deliver their fourth collaboration with super producer, Dave Cobb.
Jim Ward – Daggers CD/LP (Dine Alone)
“I tend to exist in the darker parts of the psyche,” Jim Ward admits. “That’s where I’ve always been.” And yet what makes the musician so unique and downright compelling is how exactly at the moment when the world joins him in the darkness – take, for example, the ultra-challenging year that was 2020 – it’s then Ward is able to claw his way back into the light.
Anaal Nathrakh – The Codex Necro [Reissue/2001] CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Anaal Nathrakh – Total F**king Necro [Reissue/2002] CD/LP (Metal Blade)
CD and green color vinyl reissues of the extreme metal band’s first album and a compilation of demos.
AFI – Bodies CD (Rise)
California-based rock band AFI are back with their eleventh album, Bodies. The long-standing quartet – comprised of singer Davey Havok, guitarist- keyboardist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson – known for their unshakeable connection with their audience is a testament to the band’s knack for reinvention, renewal, and exploration, anchored by an unblemished authenticity.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011-2021) CD/2xCD (Sour Mash)
The new release from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021), celebrates 10 years since the inception of NGHFB. This double album, curated and compiled entirely by Noel, includes tracks from the three albums (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday and Who Built The Moon?) and the three acclaimed EPs (Black Star Dancing, This Is The Place and Blue Moon Rising) – plus two previously unreleased tracks including the brand new single “We’re On Our Way Now”. [Standard double-vinyl and a deluxe vinyl box set editions due June 25.]
Go Ahead And Die – Go Ahead And Die CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Debut album from a band featuring Igor Amadeus Cavalera, his father, extreme metal icon, and Soulfly band leader Max Cavalera, and Zach Coleman, madman behind blistering Black Curse and the critically acclaimed Khemmis.
Maroon 5 – Jordi CD (Interscope)
The eagerly awaited album from Maroon 5, Jordi, is the band’s first since the critically acclaimed Red Pill Blues. The album includes the hit single “Beautiful Mistakes” ft. Megan Thee Stallion as well as fan favorites “Memories” and “Nobody’s Love”.
Brad Mehldau & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra – Variations On A Melancholy Theme CD (Interscope)
Speaking to the combination of classical form with jazz harmonies in Variations On A Melancholy Theme’s musical language, Mehldau wrote, “I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues.” Mehldau continues, “The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some sense of finality and ending to it when heard for the first time already. So, as I composed, a narrative challenge emerged; namely, how to embark on a story that begins with a conclusion. While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress.”
Portugal. The Man – Oregon City Sessions CD/2xLP (Approaching AIRballoons)
Archival release from the Alaskan indie rock/psychedelic rock band – a snapshot of young raw talent before they won awards, before they sold millions of records, before they headlined festivals. Just a couple kids from Alaska wanting to travel the world and play music.
Sleater-Kinney – Path Of Wellness CD/LP (Mom + Pop Music)
Sleater-Kinney’s follow-up to 2019’s The Center Won’t Hold is their first record to be recorded without Janet Weiss since the drummer joined the group in 1996. To round out the new record, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein invited local Portland musicians to the studio. It is also their first self-produced album. A limited-edition black opaque vinyl pressing is also available.]
Sharon Van Etten – epic 10 CD/2xLP (Ba Da Bing!)
Expanded reissue of the singer-songwriter’s second studio album. The double album includes the original record and an LP of covers featuring Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Big Red Machine, Courtney Barnett with Vagabon, and more. [A limited-edition white color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Mr. Bungle – The Night They Came Home DVD+CD/Blu-ray+CD (Ipecac)
On October 31, 2020, Mr. Bungle did a special Halloween livestream featuring performances of songs from their album, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo, along with cover songs. The Night They Came Home features the livestream along with official music videos, behind-the-scenes bonus features and celebrity guest cameos.
Bad Brains – Bad Brains [Reissue/1981] LP (ORG Music)
Vinyl reissue of the debut studio album by the hardcore punk/reggae band.
French Montana – CB5 LP (Montana Ent LLC)
With an undeniably lengthy resume, French Montana releases the next entry in the popular Coke Boys series, CB5. The album boasts an impressive 19 songs, featuring a star-studded lineup including the likes of Pop Smoke, Jack Harlow, Benny The Butcher, A$AP Rocky, & Curren$y.
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi – They’re Calling Me Home LP (Nonesuch)
Now available on vinyl.
Of Montreal – The Sunlandic Twins [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Polyvinyl)
Red/orange swirl color vinyl pressing. Of Montreal’s seminal record, The Sunlandic Twins, arrived in April of 2005 as the follow-up to their breakthrough album, Satanic Panic In The Attic. To celebrate 15 years since its illustrious release, this brand-new edition features a redesigned gatefold jacket interior and five additional bonus tracks on side D to round out this superlative 23-song double-LP.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – ‘Live’ Bullet [Reissue/1976] 2xLP (Captiol)
Considered to be one of the best live albums of all-time, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s ‘Live’ Bullet was captured at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI, in September 1975.
The Shins – Oh, Inverted World [Reissue/2001] 2xLP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Oh, Inverted World, the earth-shattering, indie-rock-redefining 2001 debut album by The Shins, is presented here in its finest form, dressed up all nice for its 20th birthday. The classic tunes get new life by way of a full remastering job under band leader James Mercer’s watchful eye, the art is given a little extra zest via a die-cut jacket and a classy inner sleeve, and the package is rounded off with a big ol’ booklet with vintage photos, handwritten lyrics, and more.