CDs + Vinyl:
The Antlers – Green To Gold CD/LP (ANTI-)
Perhaps what distinguishes Green To Gold from the rest of The Antlers’ canon is its, well, sunniness. Conceived and written almost entirely in the morning hours, Green To Gold is the band’s first new music in nearly seven years, and easily their most luminous to date. “I think this is the first album I’ve made that has no eeriness in it,” Peter Silberman asserts. “I set out to make Sunday morning music.”
Death From Above 1979 – Is 4 Lovers CD/LP (Spinefarm)
Canadian dance-punk pioneers Death From Above 1979, the boundary pushing musical alliance made up of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, return with their first new album in four years.
Noga Erez – Kids CD/LP+MP3 (City Slang)
Building from the raw politics of her 2017 debut, Off The Radar, Kids moves closer to home while retaining singer-songwriter-producer, Noga Erez’s signature smarts and swagger. Its earworms and crisp productions are locked around lyrics that deal with the personal and the political; mortality and loss; war and peace, insecurity and ambition. The album explores themes of tension and release, anxiety and remedy, and masterly melodic licks in swipes of stomping brass, all wrapped around Noga’s versatile vocals that quick-switch from clipped flow to smoky purr; from stadium chorus to street-ready beats.
Evanescence – The Bitter Truth CD/LP (BMG)
Evanescence returns with their first album of new original music in nine years. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Deftones), The Bitter Truth takes its foundation in the epic, signature sound that has earned Evanescence two Grammy awards.
Ariana Grande – Positions CD (Republic)
Pop superstar Ariana Grande follows up her Grammy-nominated 2019 No.1 release, Thank U, Next with her sixth studio album, Positions. Built around themes of sex and romance, the 14-track collection – which debuted atop the Billboard 200 – includes guest appearances by Doja Cat, The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign. [The Deluxe Version of the CD includes four new songs and adds the “34+35 (Remix)” which features Doja Cat & Megan Thee Stallion. Vinyl edition due April 9.]
Ben Howard – Collections From The Whiteout CD/2xLP (Republic)
British singer-songwriter Ben Howard – whose music has drawn comparisons to Nick Drake and John Martyn – returns with his fourth studio album, Collections From The Whiteout. Produced with Aaron Dessner (The National, Sharon Van Etten, Taylor Swift), it marks the first time that the BRIT Award winner and Mercury Prize nominee has opened his studio doors to an outside collaborator.
Lamb Of God – Lamb Of God [Deluxe Version] 2xCD+DVD (Epic)
This three-disc deluxe edition of Lamb Of God’s 2020 album includes two bonus tracks, a live version of the full album, as well as a DVD showing live performances of the album. Being the first new album they had released in five years, Lamb Of God landed the group a spot in Consequence Of Sound’s top 30 metal/ rock albums of 2020, as well as a number one spot in the overall, rock and metal charts of iTunes.
The Mountain Goats – Songs For Pierre Chuvin CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
Surprise-released in April of 2020, Songs For Pierre Chuvin is the Mountain Goats’ first all-boombox album since 2002’s All Hail West Texas. “I dedicate this tape to everybody who’s waited a long time for the wheels to sound their joyous grind: may they grind us into a safe future where we gather once again in rooms to sing songs about pagan priests & hidden shelters, and where we see each other face to face,” says John Darnielle. “Hail the Panasonic! Hail the inscrutable engines of chance! Hail Cybele!”
NF – CLOUDS (THE MIX TAPE) CD (NF Real Music)
NF is the stage name of Michigan rapper and composer Nate Feuerstein, who emerged with his debut album, Mansion, in 2015. The raw emotion and honesty in his music continued on Therapy Session, building the foundation of an incredibly strong and loyal fan base. With CLOUDS, NF outlines his reasons for releasing this mixtape now. “Hanging onto songs this long is daunting,” he raps, matter-of-factly. He then playfully delivers clever lines in unison with a sparse violin melody before his delivery becomes more fiery, matching a thundering, industrial beat. Throughout, the technically gifted MC passionately strings together intricate rhymes about his continued ascent and the gravity of his ambitions.
Suzi Quatro – The Devil In Me CD/2xLP (Steamhammer)
“The Devil In Me is the best album in my career to date!” announced Suzi Quatro. The American rock vocalist would hardly utter such superlatives lightly. The Devil In Me consists of a dozen songs, each of them – from the opening track and title song to the final “Motor City Riders” – a real highlight.
Skegss – Rehearsal CD/LP (Loma Vista)
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the most intoxicating acts to come out of Australia in years,” Byron Bay power trio Skegss deliver their new Catherine Marks (Manchester Orchestra, PJ Harvey, The Killers) produced album Rehearsal. A thrill ride through the band’s laissez-faire lifestyle and sun kissed narratives of love, friendship and youthful musings, they combine surf, garage, and slacker elements to create their dynamic sound here. The trippy cover art comes courtesy of frequent collaborator Jack Irvine (Billie Eilish, Troye Sivan).
Joe Strummer – Assembly CD/2xLP 9Dark Horse/BMG)
Assembly showcases carefully curated singles, fan favorites, and archival rarities from the Joe Strummer solo catalog. This 16-track compilation features three previously unreleased versions of classic Clash tracks, including the never-before-heard “Junco Partner (Acoustic)” and electrifying live performances of “Rudie Can’t Fail” and “I Fought The Law”, the latter two of which were recorded by Strummer and the Mescaleros at London’s Brixton Academy on November 24, 2001. [A limited indie store only exclusive vinyl pressing is also available.]
Tomahawk – Tonic Immobility CD/LP (Ipecac)
On their 20th anniversary, Tomahawk finally return with their fifth full-length album, Tonic Immobility. The guys – guitarist Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Unsemble), vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas), drummer John Stanier (Helmet, Battles), and bassist Trevor “field mouse” Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) – survey where they’ve come from only to leap ahead once more. “Tonic Immobility is almost a summary of everything we’ve done,” states Duane. “There are references to previous things spread throughout the album as well as new territory. On any of our albums, you’ll find those faster, high energy, abrasive, and dissonant songs. You’ll also find the slower, atmospheric, groove- and tension-based moments too. There’s always been a touch of, dare I say, Latin music in the form of Bossa Nova or flamenco-influenced guitar. All of those things appear on this record.”
Tower Of Power – 50 Years Of Funk & Soul: Live At The Fox Theater-Oakland, CA – June 2018 2xCD+DVD/3xLP (Mack Avenue)
With a history 50+ years in the making, Tower Of Power has been a funk institution since 1968, knocking out hits like “What Is Hip”, “So Very Hard To Go”, “This Time It’s Real” and “You’re Still A Young Man” while lending their soulful sound to collaborations with Santana, the Grateful Dead, Elton, Huey Lewis, Justin Timberlake and everyone in-between. 50 Years Of Funk & Soul: Live At The Fox Theater captures their storied career with no-holds-barred victory lap concerts in Oakland, CA, performing their full spectrum of life-affirming funk and soul hits to sold-out audiences in 2018.
Tune-Yards – Sketchy CD/LP+MP3 (4AD)
Tune-Yards’ 2018 release I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, was a self-reflexive question mark at the end of a decade of outspoken, polyphonic indie music. From 2009 to 2018, Tune-Yards (both Merrill and her partner and collaborator Nate Brenner) released four critically acclaimed albums, travelled the world relentlessly to play live shows, and composed the psychedelic score to Boots Riley’s surrealist cinematic masterpiece Sorry To Bother You. Unlike the lyrical introspection of their previous outing, on the project’s fifth studio album Sketchy, Merrill balances self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries, reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards. The result is a colorful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone.
Sara Watkins – Under The Pepper Tree CD/LP (New West)
For two decades, Sara Watkins has been one of the most visible artists in roots music, with her catalog ranging from solo albums and Watkins Family Hour, a duo with her brother Sean Watkins, to her Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and I’m With Her. With the nostalgic and gentle new album Under The Pepper Tree, Sara offers a comforting record for those moments as daily rhythms fade into nightly rituals – and when a child’s imagination comes to life.
Xiu Xiu – OH NO CD/2xLP (Polyvinyl)
For nearly two decades, Xiu Xiu has made music for the moments when life’s harsh realities meet its existential mysteries. A profound sense of emotional vulnerability weaves its way throughout the dozen albums the group has made, but also a spirit of openness and experimentalism as they peer into the sonic unknown, creating moments of catharsis by harnessing bursts of noise and other uncommon sounds. OH NO, the group’s newest album, is an album of duets, with Jamie Stewart sharing the spotlight with an array of guests who have made an impact on him personally and musically. Sharon Van Etten’s tentative musings open the album, and from there vocalists from across the musical spectrum, including Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, Liz Harris, Alice Bag, Chelsea Wolfe, Owen Pallet, and Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr., all drift into Xiu Xiu’s distinctive soundworld.
Neil Young – Young Shakespeare CD/LP/LP+CD+DVD (Reprise)
Just two months after the release of his seminal album After The Gold Rush, Neil Young played a solo show at The Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, CT on January 22, 1971. The show was filmed and recorded, and the concert shown on German TV later in 1971. In 2020, while Neil and his team were reviewing his Archive for future projects, Neil revisited the 16mm film and audio recording of this show that had been preserved in the Archive for almost 50 years. Piecing together the tapes and footage, Neil realized that he had the full concert – the film of which is the earliest live footage of Neil performing that is known to exist. Young Shakespeare is “one of the purest sounding acoustic performances we have in the Archive” states Neil Young, and is released almost exactly 50 years after the original performance [The deluxe box set edition includes the restored audio on both LP and CD and, for the first time ever, a DVD of the concert.]
Justin Bieber – Anyone b/w Holy 12” (Def Jam)
New 12” featuring two hit singles from Justin’s sixth studio album, Justice.
Boston – Boston [Reissue/1976] LP+MP3 (Sony Legacy)
Vinyl reissue of the AOR band’s debut album.
The Clean – Unknown Country [Reissue/1996] LP+MP3 (Merge)
The Clean – Mister Pop [Reissue/2009] LP+MP3 (Merge)
In 1978, The Clean were the seeds of New Zealand punk. In the years since, they have carved out a big sandbox for everyone to play in, and their influence resonates not only in NZ but around the world. A group that thrives when free of expectations, The Clean’s Robert Scott, Hamish Kilgour, and David Kilgour are, as Tape Op described, “a casually wonderful band.”
Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor [Reissue/2015] LP (Fueled By Ramen)
Limited silver color vinyl reissue of the fifth studio album by Panic! At the Disco – their first as a solo project.
Steep Canyon Rangers – Arm In Arm LP (Yep Roc)
The Asheville, North Carolina’s Grammy winner’s new album, Arm In Arm, finds the band in a unique position where their sound is much more Americana than their bluegrass origins. Produced by Brandon Bell (Zac Brown, John Prine) and featuring Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers and Michael Bearden (music director for Michael Jackson), the Rangers continue to hone their craft with unlikely collaborators while developing a sound that is uniquely their own.
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker [Reissue/2010] 4xLP (Interscope)
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed debut album, Innerspeaker, Tame Impala delivers a deluxe four-LP vinyl box set reissue featuring a trove of bonus content. The collection includes new mixes of “Alter Ego” and “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds”, instrumentals of “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind” and “It Is Not Meant To Be”, a variety of demo tracks, plus the previously-unheard, side-long “Wave House Live Jam”. In addition to an array of sonic treasures, the set also includes a 40-page booklet and a collage of album sketches.
World Party – Bang! [Reissue/1993] LP (Seaview)
180gm vinyl reissue. While previous World Party albums were essentially solo projects by one-man orchestra Karl Wallinger, for Bang! World Party officially became a three-person group.