New Releases for June 25, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
Beartooth – Below CD/LP (Red Bull)
Beartooth harness the sacred and profane, purging inner darkness with a dizzying light. The fearlessly determined and boundlessly creative Midwest powerhouse perfects a sound sought by a generation of bands. The album revels in the darker underbelly of traditional metal, soaked in stoner rock tones and doomy dirge. [A limited-edition color vinyl pressing is also available.]
Lucy Dacus – Home Video CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
This new gift from Lucy Dacus, her third album, was built on an interrogation of her coming-of-age years in Richmond, VA. Many songs start the way a memoir might – “In the summer of ‘07 I was sure I’d go to heaven, but I was hedging my bets at VBS” – and all of them have the compassion, humor, and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. Most importantly and mysteriously, Home Video displays Dacus’s ability to use the personal as portal into the universal. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is available.]
Dance Gavin Dance – Tree Sessions 2 CD/2xLP (Rise)
Dance Gavin Dance’s Tree City Sessions 2 streaming event was produced in association with Danny Wimmer Presents and saw the band end an enormously successful year with a bang. Performing a fan-voted setlist featuring deep cuts that had never been played live before, the band and their team shut down iconic home town landmark, the Sacramento Tower Bridge for a mind-blowing, in the round performance.
Miles Davis – Merci, Miles! Live At Vienne CD/2xLP (Rhino)
Miles Davis’ performance at Vienne Jazz Festival on July 1st, 1991 became one of his final live performances before he passed away on September 28th, 1991, and this previously unreleased set includes two songs written by Prince, “Penetration” and “Jailbait”.
Matthew Dear – Preacher’s Sigh & Potion: Lost Album CD/LP+MP3 (Ghostly Int’l)
Twenty-plus years into his career, producer/vocalist/songwriter/DJ Matthew Dear remains artistically unpredictable in pursuit of his prescient strain of electronically formed, organically-delivered indie pop. His work traverses myriad musical worlds, belonging to none. Preacher’s Sigh & Potion finds Dear unknowingly at an intersection in his young run, a burgeoning songwriter at his most freewheeling and unaffected.
Neil Vincent Emerson – Neil Vincent Emerson CD/LP (La Honda)
Vincent Neil Emerson is a torchbearer of the Texas songwriter tradition. He channels the straightforward truth-telling and resonance of his songwriting heroes in Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle into something fresh and distinctly his own.
Paula Fuga – Rain On Sunday CD (Brushfire/Republic)
Rain On Sunday is Paula Fuga’s much-anticipated second full-length album and her debut on Jack Johnson’s own Brushfire Records. Her music is dedicated to inspiring positive social change – rooted in perseverance and hope.
Jerry Garcia Band – GarciaLive Volume 16: November 15th, 1991 Madison Square Garden 3xCD (Round/ATO)
GarciaLive Volume 16 presents the Jerry Garcia Band’s first performance at the world’s most famous arena during their legendary Fall ’91 tour. Produced from remastered soundboard recordings, The Grateful Dead co-founder is joined by John Kahn (bass), David Kemper (drums), Melvin Seals (keyboard), Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch (backing vocals) delivering a transcendent performance of classics from the Jerry Garcia Band songbook.
Goo Goo Dolls – Rarities CD/2xLP (WB)
Rarities is a retrospective collection of 20 songs spanning Goo Goo Dolls’ career from 1995 to 2007; a prolific period during which the band released several chart-topping hits and ascended to mainstream stardom. The set features numerous tracks previously unreleased on digital streaming platforms or any physical format, including B-sides, live songs, acoustic renditions, radio performances, international releases and additional non-album tracks.
John Grant – Boy From Michigan CD/2xLP+MP3 (Bella Union/Partisan)
John Grant has established himself as one of the great musical chroniclers of the American Dream, angled mostly from its flip side – from those who did not thrive. With Cate Le Bon in the production chair, Grant has pared back his zingers, maximizing the emotional impact of the melodies, stripping the noise of vaudeville and mood-enhancing a fruitful, spare, strangely orchestrated new world for him to live in.
Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead (Skulls & Roses) Live 2021 Remaster 2xCD (Grateful Dead)
For the Grateful Dead’s second live album, released in 1971 and two years after its predecessor Live/Dead, the band delivered an equally magnificent, but entirely different sound. Whereas Live/Dead was a perfect sonic encapsulation of the band at the peak of their primal Dead era, Skull & Roses captures the quintessential quintet, the original five piece band, playing some of their hardest hitting rock ‘n’ roll (“Johnny B. Goode”, “Not Fade Away”), showing off their authentic Bakersfield bona fides (“Me & My Uncle”, “Mama Tried”, “Me & Bobby McGee”), and some originals that would be important parts of the Dead’s live repertoire for the next 24 years (“Bertha”, “Playing In The Band”, “Wharf Rat”). [Vinyl edition due August 13.]
PJ Harvey – White Chalk: Demos CD/LP (Island)
2007’s White Chalk served as PJ Harvey’s eighth studio album and first new material since 2004’s critically acclaimed Uh Huh Her. It finds her once again teaming up with Flood and John Parish who had previously worked together on the Grammy-nominated To Bring You My Love and Is This Desire? White Chalk also includes musical contributions from Harvey’s longtime associate Eric Drew Feldman, and Jim White from The Dirty Three. This collection of previously unreleased White Chalk demos includes early versions of the singles “When Under Ether”, “The Piano” and “The Devil”.
Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant CD/LP+MP3 (Brainfeeder)
Twice Grammy nominated, Melbourne-based group Hiatus Kaiyote returns with the new album Mood Valiant. Mood Valiant has been in the making for six years, but that interval reflects more hustle than hiatus. The result is an album that relaxes into a groove: sunlit, sublime, masterful. Behind everything is Hiatus’ familiar sense of musical adventure, their knack for making the complex sound simple.
Hiss Golden Messenger – Quietly Blowing It CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Hiss Golden Messenger’s Quietly Blowing It was written and arranged by M.C. Taylor in his home studio – his 8′ × 10′ sanctuary packed floor to ceiling with books, records, and old guitars – as he watched the chaotic world spin outside his window. Between March and June 2020, Taylor wrote and recorded upwards of two dozen songs – in most cases playing all of the instruments himself – before winnowing the collection down and bringing them to the Hiss band.
Killing Joke – Pylon [Reissue/2015] 2xCD/3xLP (Spinefarm)
Expanded reissue. Famously described as “the sound of the earth vomiting,” Killing Joke continue to be a punishing antidote to mainstream music and corporate life.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Roundtable CD (Billy Blue)
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, fronted by the longtime member of progressive bluegrass pioneers the Country Gentlemen, is a bluegrass ensemble that has made both gospel and secular recordings since its inception in 1979. The group has had numerous members move through its ranks over the years, the one constant being Lawson, who jokingly refers to his group as a “farm team” for professional bluegrass.
Maple Glider – To Enjoy Is The Only Thing CD/LP (Pie Eater)
Maple Glider is the new project of solo artist Tori Zietsch. In the singer-songwriter tradition, the music on To Enjoy Is The Only Thing is centered around the lyrics, exploring intimate themes and often serving as a self-catharsis. Offsetting the heavy-nature of some of the words, Maple Glider herself is humorous, fabulous and warm.
Modest Mouse – The Golden Casket CD/Cassette (Epic)
Returning with their first new album in six years, Grammy-nominated band Modest Mouse deliver their anxiously awaited seventh full-length, The Golden Casket. The new collection is introduced by the anthemic “We Are Between”, a song driven by Isaac Brock’s trademark vocals vacillating between sonic isolation and the support of a full chorus, with lyrics alternating between “the best” and “the worst” parts, determining that “we are somewhere between the dust and the stars.” The album hovers in the liminal space between raw punk power and experimental studio science as Brock explores themes ranging from the degradation of our psychic landscapes and invisible technology, to fatherhood.
The Mountain Goats – Dark In Here CD/2xLP+MP3 (Merge)
When The Mountain Goats got together in early March 2020, it was to make not one album, but two: Getting Into Knives and Dark In Here. That’s how many keepers the band’s superhumanly prolific frontman, John Darnielle, had come up with since they’d recorded In League With Dragons in Nashville back in 2018.
The Murlocs – Bittersweet Demons CD/LP (ATO)
With their fifth album, Bittersweet Demons, The Murlocs share a collection of songs reflecting on the people who leave a profound imprint on their lives, the saviors and hell raisers and assorted other mystifying characters. The most personal and boldly confident work yet, the album sets that storytelling to 11 infectious tracks written mostly on piano, lending a greater emotional intensity to the band’s restless and radiant brand of garage-rock.
Pom Pom Squad – Death Of A Cheerleader CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
Death Of A Cheerleader moves through moods like a camera panning across an expertly collaged bedroom wall: a Ronettes drum beat here (“Head Cheerleader”), a Doris Day nod there (“This Couldn’t Happen”), the impossible romance of swelling strings (“Crying”) collapsing into guitar thrash (“Drunk Voicemail”). Here, too, are all the overlapping, contradictory tenets of 21st-century young womanhood – the carnality and the vulnerability, the sugar and the defiance
Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime [Reissue/1988] 2xCD/2xLP/4xCD+DVD (Capitol)
Queensrÿche – Empire [Reissue/1990] 2xCD/2xLP/3xCD+DVD (Capitol)
Expanded reissues of the band’s third and fourth albums – each available in a variety of configurations. With a unique blend of progressive rock and heavy metal propelled by the first class musicianship of guitar shredders Chris DeGarmo and Micheal Wilton, power vocalist Geoff Tate, and the solid rhythm section of Scott Rockenfield (drums) and Eddie Jackson (bass guitar), Queensrÿche has struck a universal chord with eleven gold and platinum plaques and several Top 10 hard rock anthems.
Various Artists – Sweet Relief Benefit: A Tribute To Joey Spampinato CD (True North)
The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. That life is hard is true, and yet we’re graced with gifts that make it easier. One of those gifts is Joey Spampinato. The singer, songwriter and bassist was co-founder of NRBQ, a rock quartet who released their first album in 1969 and whose genre-defying music inspired a generation of music fans and especially other musicians. Many of those musicians answered the call from Kami Lyle, and producer Sheldon Gomberg when they contacted them about recording one of Joey’s songs for an album to help raise funds for Joey when it was revealed he was battling cancer. The result is Sweet Relief – A Tribute To Joey Spampinato, an inspired album of songs written by Joey and recorded by an astounding group of musicians who are all generously donating their proceeds from these previously unreleased recordings to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund to support Joey and other struggling musicians. [Vinyl edition due in September.]
Faye Webster – I Know I’m Funny Haha CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
Faye Webster loves the feeling of a first take: writing a song, then heading to the studio with her band to track it live the very next day. When you listen to the 23-year-old Atlanta songwriter’s poised and plainspoken albums, you can hear why: she channels emotions that are so aching, they seem to be coming into existence at that very moment. Her signature sound pairs close, whisper-quiet, home-recorded vocals with the unmistakable sound of musicians together in a room. Webster’s sound draws as much from the lap-steel singer-songwriter pop of the 1970s and teardrop country tunes as it does from the audacious personalities of her city’s rap and R&B community.
Lady Gaga – Chromatica LP (Interscope)
Limited edition color vinyl pressing. On the heels of her comeback single “Stupid Love”, – an infectious dance-pop collaboration with producer/songwriters Bloodpop (Michael Tucker), Max Martin, Tchami, Martin Joseph and Eli Rise – Lady Gaga delivers her sixth studio album, Chromatica, which finds the Grammy and Academy-Award winning artist triumphantly reclaiming the dancefloor. It also features collaborations with Ariana Grande, Elton John and Blackpink.
(The) Melvins – (A) Senile Animal [Reissue/2006] LP (Ipecac)
Melvins – Nude With Boots [Reissue/2008] LP (Ipecac)
Melvins – The Bride Screamed Murder [Reissue/2010] LP (Ipecac)
Limited-edition color vinyl reissues. Alt-rock legends The Melvins keep it exciting by ignoring any set of rules, by their exorbitant ability to make the most beautiful noise ever heard and by their humor, which is an essential brandmark of the band. They never compromise or apply for anything: they just do their own thing in their very own way. They always keep it challenging for themselves and potential listeners.
Peter Murphy – Cascade [Reissue/1995] 2xLP (Beggars Banquet)
Peter Murphy – Last And Only Star: Rarities LP (Beggars Banquet)
Peter Murphy’s solo career began in 1986 with the release of Should The World Fail To Fall Apart and continues to this day. In addition to his work as the frontman of the legendary and groundbreaking Bauhaus, he has issued ten solo albums and several live releases. Beggars Arkive presents 2021 colored vinyl reissues for all five Peter Murphy solo releases on Beggars Banquet, plus the release of the brand new rarities album, The Last And Only Star.
My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves [Reissue/2003] 2xLP (ATO)
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges [Reissue/2008] 2xLP (ATO)
Limited edition remixed/remastered color vinyl pressings. My Morning Jacket’s reverb-drenched, landmark third studio album It Still Moves boasts some of the great American rock music of our time. Everything would shift for My Morning Jacket after It Still Moves – as the conclusion to their initial trilogy of albums, it remains one of their most pivotal and enduring releases. The Grammy-nominated Evil Urges remains to be the band’s most ambitious and controversial album to date. On their fifth studio effort, an emboldened MMJ created a fiercely uncompromising, highly eclectic, and deeply personal record that catapulted the band into public consciousness and solidified their place as innovators and titans of indie rock.
The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??! [Reissue/1995] 3xLP (Geffen)
Coming two years after their independent debut Organix (1993), The Roots’ official major-label debut album, 1995’s Do You Want More?!!!??! marked a shift in how hip-hop sounded at the time. While Stetsasonic were known as a hip-hop band, The Roots took that distinction to a whole different level with a full band of talented musicians anchored by Questlove on the drums and two MCs in Black Thought and Malik B. This vinyl triple-LP reissue was remastered from the original tapes and include bonus tracks curated by Questlove.