New Releases for June 18, 2021
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage (Goliath) CD/LP
Carnage is a new album by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, recorded over a period of weeks during lockdown. Although the pair have composed and recorded many soundtracks together, and Warren is a long-term member of The Bad Seeds, this is the first time they have released an entire album of new songs as a duo. Cave describes the album as, “a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe.” “Making Carnage was an accelerated process of intense creativity,” adds Ellis, “the eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days.”
Nils Frahm – Tripping With Nils Frahm CD/LP+MP3 (Erased Tapes)
When Nils Frahm kicked off his world tour at Funkhaus Berlin in January 2018 to bring his highly acclaimed studio album All Melody to the stage, an ambitious journey was just to begin. In December 2018, Nils Frahm eventually returned to Funkhaus Berlin to host another set of four shows Tripping With Nils Frahm is an illustration of Nils’ lauded ability as a composer and passionate live artist as well as the enchanting atmosphere of his captivating, and already legendary Funkhaus shows: An extraordinary musical trip – rare and exclusive, close and intimate, bringing a unique concert experience to the screen and wax.
Amy Helm – What The Flood Leaves Behind CD/LP (Renew)
Singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Amy Helm’s third album, What The Flood Leaves Behind, is her most autobiographical yet, both in content and creation. These 10 songs represent a gathering of ideas and experiences, friends and collaborators. Yet, the album also marks a landing – a pause for the traveling musician and mother of two young boys who was seeking clarity in her calling and career. After making multiple albums and performing in far-flung places, Helm returned home to Woodstock’s Levon Helm Studios just before the pandemic to record What The Flood Leaves Behind and reclaim a sense of self. An impressive group of friends and collaborators joins Helm on the album. With musical polyglot Josh Kaufman (whose credits range from Taylor Swift’s Folklore to the Grammy-nominated Bonny Light Horseman and Bob Weir) producing and contributing on piano, guitar, and mandolin, the record brings Helm’s powerful, emotive vocals to the forefront of the album. The songs themselves reflect Helm’s inner strength and personal growth.
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey – Our Back Pages CD/LP (Omnivore)
Our Back Pages is an album of dB’s music re-imagined by the band’s Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey. The collection featuring new acoustic versions of some of the duo’s favorite dB’s songs.
Stamey explains “Over the years, Peter and I have evolved acoustic versions of a number of our songs from our days together in The dB’s. While working on a duo project in my studio a decade ago we took some time to lay down some of these arrangements which are often quite different from the normal electric presentations. We are both always more concerned with making new music than with looking back so it stayed in the archives. But it seemed like the time was right, so we finally completed and mixed it all over the last two weeks just for this. We’d like to offer it now as a small contribution a little bit of light in these dark days.”
Amythyst Kiah – Wary + Strange CD/LP (Rounder)
Wary + Strange marks the glorious collision of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion, and the roots/old-time-music scene where Amythyst Kiah found breakout success in recent years. The collection – featuring 11 songs all written or co-written by the artist – finds Amythyst redrawing the lines of roots music, and then coloring completely outside of them with a collision of styles that is fearless, iconoclastic and exhilarating. Expanding on the role she staked out in Our Native Daughters – the Grammy-nominated, all-women-of-color supergroup she co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell – Amythyst’s writing on Wary + Strange is raw yet nuanced, as she expresses grief, alienation, and ultimately the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance.
Rebelution – In The Moment CD (Easy Star)
Recorded remotely in the midst of the pandemic, In The Moment is deliberate and wide-ranging, infusing the quartet’s soulful, exhilarating brand of modern reggae with addictive pop hooks, alt-rock grit, and hip-hop grooves. The performances are bold and self-assured, and the production is equally ambitious, drawing on swirling reverb and trippy delay to create an immersive sonic universe that’s both futuristic and vintage all at once. Strip away the intoxicating atmospherics, though, and what remains is a work of profound reflection, a probing, revelatory meditation that balances joy and introspection in equal measure as the band contemplates the meaning of time and how to spend what precious little we have. [Vinyl edition due July 2.]
Rosie Tucker – Sucker Supreme CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Rosie Tucker is a dynamic creative force. Sucker Supreme, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter’s third full-length effort, is a coming-of-age album aching with self-discovery, self-definition, and self-redefinition. Nowhere is this self-exploration more poignant than on lead single “Habanero”, a song about waiting for a transformation that isn’t coming. [An indie store exclusive limited-edition vinyl pressing is available.]
Allman Brothers Band – Bear’s Sonic Journals: Fillmore East, February 1970 Deluxe Edition 3xCD (Allman Brothers Band)
A completely newly transferred and mastered presentation of live music from The Allman Brothers Band’s three shows at the Fillmore East on February 11th, 13th and 14th, 1970. The Grateful Dead’ legendary soundman, Owsley Stanley aka Bear, captured these shows on his Sonic Journals – his working diary recordings that are known for their uncanny ability to recreate the sonic landscape of the venue, placing the listener’s ears in the audience at the show.
James – All The Colours Of You CD/2xLP (Missing Piece)
All The Colours Of You is James’ sixteenth studio album and first with Grammy-winning producer Jacknife Lee. It’s a widescreen LP that takes the band into new sonic territory – from lo-fi electronica to Can-like motorik Krautrock – while remaining unmistakably James. Tim Booth explains that working with Jacknife has “made us more accessible and we didn’t realize we weren’t accessible.” To Jacknife it sounds “spontaneous” and “fresh out of the box.” James co-founder and bass player Jim Glennie simply calls the music “massive.” It’s the sound of one of Britain’s best bands deconstructed and reassembled by one of the world’s most renowned producers.
Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon III: The Chosen CD (Republic)
The seventh studio album by rapper Kid Cudi is the final installment of his Man On The Moon trilogy of albums (which includes 2009’s Man On The Moon: The End Of Day and 2010’s Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager). The 18-track affair was produced mainly by Cudi himself and Dot da Genius, along with Plain Pat, Emile Haynie and Mike Dean, all of whom contributed to the previous two Man on the Moon albums. Guest vocalists include Phoebe Bridgers, Pop Smoke, Skepta and Trippie Redd.
Squarepusher – Feed Me Weird Things [Reissue/1996] CD/2xLP+10” (Warp)
Squarepusher’s sonic masterpiece and debut mind-melter of an LP Feed Me Weird Things has been reissued on CD and vinyl and includes two extra tracks which were first released on the B-side of the Squarepusher Plays… EP and later featured on the original Japanese release of this album. [A limited-edition clear vinyl pressing is also available.]
Styx – Crash Of The Crown CD/LP (UMe)
Styx created a unique sound through their subtle combination of hard rock, prog rock and a healthy understanding of what makes a power ballad, powerful. A new era of hope, survival, and prosperity comes calling on Styx’s new magnum opus, Crash Of The Crown, the band’s first studio album since 2017’s The Mission. Drummer Todd Sucherman told Audio Ink Radio that the new material touches on the band’s “progressive side with always a big, heavy emphasis on melody and lyrics.”
Various Artists – The Trojan Story [Reissue/1971] CD (Trojan)
Overseen by Trojan’s Rob Bell, who put together the original comp, and musician Rusty Zinn, The Trojan Story reissue also comes with an illustrated 50-page booklet featuring new liner notes by Bell and Zinn. [Vinyl edition due July 9.]
Frank Zappa – Zappa ’88: The Last U.S. Show 2xCD/4xLP (Zappa Records)
The first posthumous archival release from the 1988 touring band focuses on the historical last show Frank Zappa ever played in the U.S. The live concert material is taken from Uniondale, NY; Providence, RI and Towson, MD newly remixed from the 48-track digital master tapes. It features the first official release of “The Beatles Medley” along with over 25 unreleased performances and liner notes by FZ’s drummer, Chad Wackerman and Vaultmeister, Joe Travers.
Lambchop – Showtunes LP+MP3 (Merge)
In late 2019, Kurt Wagner was experimenting with something new, something that would eventually reveal itself as Lambchop’s Showtunes. By taking simple guitar tracks and converting them into MIDI piano tracks, “Suddenly I discovered I could ‘play’ the piano,” he says. “It was a revelation that from those conversions, I was able to manipulate each note and add, subtract, arrange the chords and melody into a form that didn’t have any of the limitations I had with my previous methods of writing with a guitar.” Removing these limitations led to a surprising new sound, something akin to show tunes but with edges sanded down and viewed through Kurt’s own specific lens.
Phish – LP On LP 01 (Ruby Waves 7/14/19) LP (Jemp)
Phish – LP On LP 02 (Waves 5/26/11) LP (Jemp)
Two live sets on color vinyl. Ruby Waves was recorded at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. Waves was recorded at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY during Phish’s tech rehearsal.