New Releases for May 14, 2021
CDs + Vinyl:
The Black Keys – Delta Kream CD/2xLP (Nonesuch)
The Black Keys follow-up 2019’s Let’s Rock with their tenth studio album, Delta Kream. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. The duo recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover. [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is also available.]
The Chills – Scatterbrain CD/LP (Fire)
Scatterbrain is the new studio album from the Dunedin (NZ) songsmiths The Chills helmed by the enigmatic Martin Phillipps. The project’s seventh studio album overall is a glorious self-examination of Phillipps’ songwriting hot on the heels of Snowbound (2018) and the critically acclaimed movie The Chills: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Martin Phillipps a year later. Scatterbrain is a thought-provoking and evocative take from a man who has lived through good times and bad.
The Coral – Coral Island CD/2xLP (Run On)
The wheels rattle into the thrilling unknown on The Coral’s first new music since 2018, finding the unsurpassed, metamorphic gonzo-pop five-piece in the company of crooks, sell-by-date candyfloss and plastic skeletons. Single “Faceless Angel” precedes a new and vividly evocative body of work from the legendary Merseyside band in the form of their tenth and first, ever double-album: Coral Island.
The Go-Go’s – God Bless The Go-Go’s [Reissue/2001] CD (Eagle)
Originally released in 2001, God Bless The Go-Go’s is the band’s fourth album and was their first record of brand new material since 1984’s Talk Show. Produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Radiohead, Hole, etc.), this 13-track album finds a more mature group that is on an obvious mission to continue to write new classics into the 21st Century.
Steve Goodman – It Sure Looked Good On Paper: The Steve Goodman Demos CD/2xLP (Omnivore)
It Sure Looked Good On Paper: The Steve Goodman Demos presents an unparalleled look into Goodman’s two decade career from a songwriting and an ‘in the studio’ perspective, before the world lost him far too young. Luckily, the recordings of his thoughts and works in progress live on. From demos of the now classic “City Of New Orleans” and “You Never Even Call Me By My Name”, to early versions of “The Auctioneer”, written by Leroy Van Dyke and Buddy Black and the traditional, “The Water Is Wide”, this collection finds Goodman artistically exploring.
Grateful Dead – Road Trips Vol. 2 No. 3—Wall of Sound 2xCD (Real Gone Music)
Two shows are excerpted on this double-CD set: 6/16/74 at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines and 6/18/74 at Freedom Hall in Louisville.
Juliana Hatfield – Blood CD/LP+MP3 (American Laundromat)
Blood is Juliana Hatfield’s 19th solo studio album of originals, and a deep dive into the dark side. The album is a brutal and critical look at modern human psychology and behavior, at personal and societal sickness. “I think these songs are a reaction to how seriously and negatively a lot of people have been affected by the past four years,” says Juliana. “But it’s fun, musically. There’s a lot of playing around. I didn’t really have a plan when I started this project.”
Alan Jackson – Where Have You Gone CD (EMI Nashville)
New release from the country music icon. Where Have You Gone is Jackson’s first country release in over five years.
Jesu – Never CDEP/12” (Avalanche Recordings)
Limited five-track EP of new music from Jesu, to accompany new album Terminus. In contrast to Justin K Broadrick’s music under the Godflesh moniker, Jesu blurs the lines between electronic music and shoegaze. [Jesu’s 2009 album Infinity is also back in-print on vinyl this week.]
Damien Jurado – The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania CD/LP (Maraqopa)
On The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, Damien Jurado gathers up ten stories of people determined not to be broken by their dire circumstances. The world is a liar, the stars are a must, he sings over brushed drums, a circling bassline, and acoustic guitar on “Helena”, which opens his 17th album, the first release from Damien’s own Maraqopa Records. Dire circumstances have long been fixtures of Jurado’s songs, which are filled with ghosts, killers, cruel lovers, and the occasional UFO cult or false messiah.
Myles Kennedy – The Ides Of March CD/LP (Napalm)
Iconic frontman and instrumentalist Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) proves that tumultuous downtime can spark creative genius with The Ides Of March – the full-length follow up to his 2018 solo debut, Year Of The Tiger. The Ides Of March once again showcases the organic side of Kennedy’s musical spectrum and one-of-a-kind voice, but while bright inclusions of lap steel and mandolin have replaced some of the pummeling kick drum and downtuned electric riffage his other renowned projects are known for.
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia (The Moonlight Edition) CD/LP (WB)
New expanded edition of 2020’s Future Nostalgia. Future Nostalgia (The Moonlight Edition) features four previously unheard tracks “We’re Good”, “If It Ain’t Me”. “That Kind Of Woman” and “Not My Problem (feat. JID)” and includes the top 10 smash hit single “Prisoner” by Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa.
Steve Miller – Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977 CD/2xLP (UMe)
Steve Miller has dug deep into his archives and found an unreleased, full-length concert recording. The album captures Miller’s legendary 1977 lineup at the beginning of the band’s turn from playing ballrooms and theatres to arenas and football stadiums. Recorded at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD on multi-track tape and newly mixed and mastered.
Morcheeba – Blackest Blue CD/LP (Fly Agaric)
Pioneers of the British music scene, Blackest Blue is Morcheeba’s tenth studio album in a discography that spans three decades. 2020 saw Morcheeba unable to tour or perform live, which gave Skye Edwards & Ross Godfrey time to write songs and really get to hone them.
The Steel Woods – All Of Your Stones CD/LP (Wood Music)
The Steel Woods co-founder and leading light Jason “Rowdy” Cope passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on January 16, 2021. The cause has yet to be determined. The autobiographical title track, written by Cope, lead singer Wes Bayliss and Jamey Johnson, is an inspirational song about harnessing negativity and creating something positive with it. The 42-year-old guitarist/songwriter/producer was loved by many. His superb playing can be heard on albums by such artists as The Secret Sisters, Lindi Ortega, The Oak Ridge Boys and Jamey Johnson, who he played with for nine years. The surviving members of The Steel Woods – Bayliss, bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Isaac Senty – and Cope’s family made the difficult decision to move forward with the band and release the album.
St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home CD/LP/Cassette (Loma Vista)
Daddy’s Home, the sixth album from St. Vincent, is the latest facet of an ever-evolving artist regarded by many as the most consistently innovative and intriguing presence in modern music. Warm Wurlitzers and wit, glistening guitars and grit, with sleaze and style for days. Taking you from uptown to downtown with the artist who makes you expect the unexpected. “Daddy’s Home collects stories of being down and out in downtown NYC,” Clark notes. “Last night’s heels on the morning train. Glamour that’s been up for three days straight.” The album was first teased in late 2020 when Clark completed an interview with Mojo. “I felt I had gone as far as I could possibly go with angularity,” she said of the album’s creation process, which she mentioned represents a “tectonic shift.” She continued with: “I was interested in going back to the music I’ve listened to more than any other – Stevie Wonder records from the early ‘70s, Sly And The Family Stone. I studied at the feet of those masters.” [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is also available.]
Various Artists – Impulse Records: Music, Message And The Moment 2xCD/4xLP (Impulse!)
Celebrating 60 years of Impulse Records. Includes tracks by John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and other legendary Impulse artists.
Ryan Adams – Wednesdays LP (Pax Americana)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.
Aesop Rock – Long Legged Larry 7” (Rhymesayers)
Green color vinyl pressing. Here’s some things you should know about Larry: His legs are long. His heart is true. His heroics are unmatched. Leaky faucet? Stolen bike? Trouble with your math homework? Fear not! Larry is here and he’s got what it takes to ease your troubles. We can’t keep this green guy away from a good cause! The song “Long Legged Larry” details three instances where Larry’s valiance shines.
Arcade Fire & Owen Pallett – Her (Original Score) LP (Milan)
Limited 180gm white color vinyl pressing in gatefold jacket. Composed by Grammy Award-winning band Arcade Fire and their long-time collaborator and bandmate Owen Pallett, the score for Spike Jonzes’ critically acclaimed 2013 film Her has never been released, until now. The film’s lush, piano-driven soundtrack received a nomination for Best Original Score at the 2014 Academy Awards and is regarded as one of the best film soundtracks of the past decade.
Ray Charles – Genius + Soul = Jazz [Reissue/1961] LP (Verve)
Ray Charles was best known for his work in the idioms of R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and even successful forays into country. But he also recorded influential jazz albums, including the groundbreaking Genius + Soul = Jazz originally released in 1961.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà Vu [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] LP+4xCD (Atlantic)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu was the most-anticipated new album in America in 1970. More than 50 years later, it’s one of the most famous albums in rock history with legendary songs, including “Carry On” and “Teach Your Children”, that still resonate today. Atlantic Records honors the intense creative journey that led to this milestone album with an expansive vinyl LP+4xCD collection that includes a pristine version of the original album on both 180gm vinyl and CD, plus hours of rare and unreleased studio recordings that provide incredible insight into the making of the record.
The Get Up Kids – Four Minute Mile [Reissue/1997] LP (Doghouse)
Vinyl reissue of the debut album by the Kansas City, Missouri emo/punk band. Four Minute Mile was well-received, if not a major commercial success. The album helped the band develop a national fanbase, as well as garnering a bidding war over the band from several major labels, including Geffen Records, Sub Pop Records and Mojo Records.
Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up From Bones [Reissue/2013] LP (Craft Recordings)
First released in 2013, Build Me Up From Bones finds the singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist exhibiting an assured and striking musical voice, proving the promise of her early acclaim. It features the title track, Grammy-nominated for Best American Roots Song, as well as covers of Joanna Newsom’s “The Book Of Right-On” and Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist Of Fate” which reflect the breadth of Jarosz’ evolving influences.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – The Jazz EP 12” (ATO)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Limited color vinyl pressing. Three new covers from renowned guitar virtuosos Rodrigo Y Gabriela, following the Mettal EP (which took on Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer), The Jazz EP takes on Kamasi Washington, Snarky Puppy and Astor Piazolla.
R+R=NOW – R+R=NOW Live 2xLP (Blue Note)
Robert Glasper settled into NYC’s Blue Note Club for an October 2018 residency, featuring new dream team collective R+R=NOW: Glasper/Terrace Martin/Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah/Derrick Hodge/Taylor McFerrin/Justin Tyson. The music from their debut album, Collagically Speaking, took on expansive new dimensions in concert. R+R=NOW Live is a thrilling live recording.
Traffic – Mr. Fantasy [Reissue/1967] LP (Island)
Traffic – Traffic [Reissue/1968] LP (Island)
Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die [Reissue/1970] LP (Island)
Traffic – The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys [Reissue/1971] LP (Island)
Traffic – Shootout At The Fantasy Factory [Reissue/1973] LP (Island)
Traffic – When The Eagle Flies [Reissue/1974] LP (Island)
180gm vinyl reissues. Traffic formed in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. They began as a psychedelic rock group whose early singles were influenced by The Beatles and diversified their sound using instruments such as keyboards like the Mellotron, reed instruments, and by incorporating jazz and improvisational techniques in their music. After disbanding in 1969, during which time Winwood joined Blind Faith, Traffic reunited in 1970 to release the album John Barleycorn Must Die. The band’s line-up varied from this point until they disbanded again in 1975, although a partial reunion, with Winwood and Capaldi, took place in 1994.
Matthew E. White and Lonnie Holley – Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection LP (Spacebomb)
Magenta color vinyl pressing. Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection is a timely callout to the power of collaboration, of kindred spirits connecting in crowded rooms. More important, though, is this collision of two profoundly Southern artists, meeting to shed expectations of generation and genre, scene and situation and exchange truth, wisdom, and energy.
Zombi – Liquid Crystal 12” (Relapse)
Limited blue color vinyl pressing. A five-track EP, Liquid Crystal sees Steve Moore and A.E. Paterra continue to explore the very melodic sensibilities, synthscapes, and driving rhythmic section that propelled the band upon the release of their latest critically acclaimed full-length, 2020.