New Releases for June 26, 2020
CDs + Vinyl:
Khruangbin – Mordechai CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Khruangbin has always been multilingual, weaving far-flung musical languages like East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub into mellifluous harmony. But on their third album, it’s finally speaking out loud. Mordechai features vocals prominently on nearly every song, a first for the mostly instrumental band. It’s a shift that rewards the risk, reorienting Khruangbin’s transportive sound toward a new sense of emotional directness, without losing the spirit of nomadic wandering that’s always defined it. And it all started with them coming home.
Ray LaMontagne – Monovision CD/LP (RCA)
The eighth studio album from singer/songwriter sees Ray not only writing and producing the album once again but also includes added duties of engineering as well as performing all the instruments for the tracks.
Ahab – Live Prey CD/2LP (Napalm)
A live album – from the nautical doom funeral doom band. Recorded at the Death Row Fest 2017 in Jena, Germany. [Vinyl edition features an etched D-side.]
Asking Alexandria – Like A House On Fire CD/2xLP (Sumerian)
The sixth studio album by the British rock band shows the group’s continuity of a straight forward and melodic hard rock sound while also shifting into different genres.
Thad Cockrell – If In Case You Feel The Same CD (ATO)
Thad Cockrell returns with his first solo album in over a decade. If In Case You Feel The Same taps into the tremendous depth of expression Thad has brought to co-writing for such artists as Joy Williams (on her Grammy-nominated 2019 album Front Porch), Joseph, Devon Gilfillian and Mathew Caws of Nada Surf, as well as his much beloved band Leagues. Buoyed by the support of Brittany Howard, whom he first met over a 4 a.m. pitcher of homemade margaritas, Cockrell set to work on his first solo effort in over a decade: an album that exposes his deepest insecurities and weaknesses, all for the sake of creating a transcendent connection with the audience. [Limited pink colored vinyl pressing due July 24.]
Country Westerns – Country Westerns CD/LP (Fat Possum)
Debut album from the Nashville rockers.
Elbow – Live At The Ritz – An Acoustic Performance CD/LP (Verve)
In the week that their eighth studio album, Giants Of All Sizes, became their third consecutive UK #1 album, Elbow played a series of special acoustic shows for select audiences in Leeds, Kingston and Manchester. Combining tracks from the new album with songs from their extensive and ever growing back catalog, the shows offered fans a rare opportunity to see Elbow in small venues, with the recordings emphasizing the special bond that exists between the band and
Grey Daze – Amends CD/LP/LP+CD (Loma Vista)
Grey Daze, the late Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band, release Amends, the Phoenix-born outfit’s eagerly awaited album featuring newly recorded music with re-mastered vocals from the group’s long out-of-print, and largely undiscovered, catalogue.
Haim – Women In Music Pt. III CD/2xLP/Cassette (Sony)
Following their 2017 release, Something To Tell You, Haim’s third full-length record, Women In Music Pt. III, was produced by bandmember Danielle Haim, Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend, Discovery), and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Adele, Madonna). It indicates a new personal and poppier direction for the sibling trio, from the sweet “Summer Girl” to the emotional heft of “Hallelujah”.
Will Hoge – Tiny Little Movies CD/LP (Edlo)
For two decades, Will Hoge has carried the torch for American rock & roll, carving out his own blue-collar sound rooted in amplified guitars, melodic hooks, southern soul, and rootsy stomp. It’s a sound that nods to the best moments of the past – the punch of Tom Petty’s anthems; the countrified twang of Buck Owens’ singing; the raw, greasy cool of the Rolling Stones – while still pushing forward into new territory, with Hoge’s storytelling and larger-than-life voice leading the charge. Trends come and go. Yet Will Hoge remains a mainstay of the Americana landscape, hitting the road year after year, turning new pages of a career whose twists and turns – including No. 1 hits, a near-death experience, major-label record deals, and hard-won independence – sound like stuff of some long-lost movie script. Maybe that’s why Tiny Little Movies, his eleventh album, feels so cinematic.
Corb Lund – Agricultural Tragic CD/LP (New West)
Corb Lund embraces his rich and rustic western heritage with a style that’s unique, honest and resolute, while touching on a range of cowboy themes – from rough-and-tumble tales of lawless frontier saloons, to the somber realities of running a modern family ranch. As a descendant of many generations of rodeo contestants and ranchers, he sings about a life that he and his ancestors have lived themselves, paired with his quick-witted, wry observations of today’s world.
Brian McKnight – Exodus CD (Sono Music Group)
The R&B singer’s 20th album is his final album of original material.
Tenille Townes – The Lemon Stand CD (SME Nashville)
The debut album from the country singer-songwriter was produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town) and consists of seven new songs as well as all five songs from Townes’ Road to The Lemonade Stand EP, which includes hit singles “Somebody’s Daughter” and “Jersey On The Wall (I’m Just Asking)”. [Vinyl edition due August 14.]
Frank Zappa and The Mothers – The Mothers 1970 4xCD (Zappa Records)
The Mothers 1970 is a collection commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Mothers with 70 unreleased tracks. Features unheard studio sessions from Trident Studios in London England with engineer Roy Thomas Baker, and historical live performances mostly captured by Zappa’s own tape recorder. Packaged in a clamshell box with a booklet and a button.
Indigo Girls – Look Long 2xLP (Rounder)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Kip Moore – Wild World 2xLP (MCA Nashville)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. The weathered heartland-rock sound Moore embraces on Wild World pumps up its emotional volume, recorded live with a full band.
Dolly Parton – The Very Best Of Dolly Parton [Reissue/2007] 2xLP (Sony Legacy)
First-time vinyl pressing. As you would expect, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton collects a sample of the material that made the pop/country singer-songwriter one of the best and brightest musicians of all-time.
Post Malone – Hollywood’s Bleeding 2xLP (Republic)
Double pink colored vinyl pressing. Post Malone stirs a mix of genres into his own sonic sound that’s both intoxicating and invigorating.
The Rolling Stones– Living In A Ghost Town 10” (Interscope)
Limited orange colored 10” vinyl pressing. Following the band’s Global Citizen performance, The Rolling Stones release a new song, “Living In A Ghost Town”. This is the band’s first new material in eight years. The track was written by Mick and Keith which was created/recorded in Los Angeles and London while in isolation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers [Reissue/1971] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street [Reissue/1972] 2xLP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock N Roll [Reissue/1974] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Black & Blue [Reissue/1976] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Some Girls [Reissue/1978] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue [Reissue/1980] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You [Reissue/1981] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Undercover [Reissue/1983] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Dirty Work [Reissue/1986] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels [Reissue/1989] LP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – Bridges To Babylon [Reissue/1997] 2xLP (Interscope)
The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang [Reissue/2005] 2xLP (Interscope)
Remastered and cut at revelatory Half-Speed at Abbey Road Studios from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possible sound from the format.
Woods – Strange To Explain CD/LP (Woodsist)
Dreaming doesn’t come easy these shadowed days, which is why Strange To Explain by Woods is such a welcome turning of new colors. It presents an extended moment of sweet reflection for the 15-year-old band, bouncing back to earth as something hopeful and weird and resolute. Like everything else they’ve recorded, it sounds exactly like themselves, but with subtly different shades and breaths and rhythmic feels and everything else that changes, the natural march of time and the intentional decisions of the musicians moving in what feels like an uncommonly organic alignment. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]