New Releases for November 15, 2019
The Clash – London Calling: The Scrapbook CD (Legacy/Sony)
When The Clash’s third studio album London Calling was released in the winter of 1979, it was clear that the band had made an instant classic, an era-defining masterpiece that stands as one of rock’s all-time greatest albums. It is a hugely compelling melting pot of musical styles, driven by a passion for action and a fierce desire for social justice, with lyrics which remain completely relevant. This limited edition 120-page, hardback scrapbook edition contains rarely seen content from the band’s personal archives, including handwritten lyrics, Ray Lowry drawings, fanzines, original press cuttings and band images. The Scrapbook has a special clear slip case printed with Ray Lowry’s artwork, which can be removed to reveal the Pennie Smith photo underneath.
Joe Henry – The Gospel According To Water CD (earMUSIC)
Songwriter/composer/producer Joe Henry is a hyperliterate storyteller, drawing an author’s eye for the overlooked detail across a broad swath of American musical styles – folk, rock, jazz and blues – and rendering genre modifiers useless. Henry shares his personal reflections on the origins of his new album, The Gospel According To Water: “The album was recorded over two days this past June, and fairly by accident, when I thought I was merely making demos of thirteen new songs ahead of forgetting them – all but two written between Valentine’s and Father’s Day; all having flowered from the black earth of recent experience – namely a cancer diagnosis late last fall that left me reeling – though, as well, set into motion many blessings and positive shifts in my life, as well as an unprecedented songwriting flurry.” [Vinyl edition due November 22.]
Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI CD/LP (3QTR)
Apollo XXI is the debut solo album from Steve Lacy, best known as the guitarist of space-soul band The Internet. At the ripe age of 20, the Grammy-nominated Compton native already has a veteran’s resume; he was Wired Magazine’s Tech Visionary, Time Magazine’s Most Influential Teen, produced-written-featured with Solange, J Cole, Vampire Weekend, Blood Orange and produced some of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn on his iPhone.
Chadwick Stokes – Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos CD/LP (Ruff
Chadwick Stokes is an accomplished musician and songwriter who grew up on a small farm outside of Boston, MA. A songwriter since early adolescence, his many projects have woven together music, art, history and activism. Chadwick Stokes & The Pintos is Stoke’s third solo record and his first as a producer.
Various Artists – Queen & Slim The Soundtrack CD (Motown)
Penned by Emmy winner Lena Waithe and helmed by Grammy Award winner Melina Matsoukas in her feature directorial debut, Queen & Slim is in theaters November 27th. The accompanying multi-genre soundtrack showcases a range of talent across black artists, including classic songs by Roy Ayers, Bilal and others plus new music from Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, BJ The Chicago Kid, Vince Staples, Lil Baby, Tiana Major9 & EarthGang.
Ronnie Wood – A Mad Lad: A Live Tribute To Chuck Berry CD/LP/LP+CD+MP3 (BMG)
Ronnie Wood’s first solo album in nearly a decade doubles as a live tribute to one of his musical heroes, Chuck Berry. Named after an instrumental originally featured on Chuck’s 1960 LP Rockin’ At The Hops, Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry was recorded live at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre and finds the Rolling Stones guitarist also holding down vocal duties with guest appearances from singer Imelda May and pianist Ben Waters.
Jack Broadbent – Moonshine Blue CD (Crows Feet)
Hailed as ‘the new master of the slide guitar’ by the Montreux Jazz Festival, and ‘the real thang’ by the legendary Bootsy Collins, singer-songwriter, Jack Broadbent, returns after three years to deliver an upbeat and smooth slide guitar performance.
The Band – The Band [Reissue/1969] CD/2xLP/2xLP+7”+Blu-ray+2xCD (Capitol)
The Band’s pioneering, self-titled album receives a suite of newly remixed and expanded editions. When The Band’s seminal eponymous second album was released fifty years ago in September 1969, not much more was known about the reclusive group than when they released their landmark debut, Music From Big Pink, to widespread critical praise and bewilderment, just the year before. The group, made up of four Canadians and one American, was still shrouded in mystery, allowing for listeners and the music press to let their imaginations run wild about who these men were and what this music was that sounded unlike anything else happening at the close of the psychedelic ’60s. [Double-vinyl reissue is cut at 45rpm. CD and Super Deluxe box editions feature the Live At Woodstock performance from 1969 and 13 bonus tracks including six previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions. Super Deluxe adds an exclusive 7” single, a 5.1 surround mix on Blu-ray, all packaged in a hardbound book.]
Bonnie Prince Billy – I Made A Place CD/LP (Drag City)
Bonnie Prince Billy is the man who is destined to sing a darkness for the rest of time – but not now. Not today. For I Made A Place, his first album of new songs since 2011, he is bringing the lightness to new – and next-generations as well as his longtime friends and fans. It’s a message we dearly need. With a hometown band supplying him the space to be as spare or as expansive as he needs to be, Bonny draws inspiration from a world-spanning set of musics, aiming to lift us up with songs meant to inspire, inform, lend confidence and bring warmth to assailed tribes everywhere.
David Bowie – Conversation Piece 5xCD (Rhino/Parlophone)
Five CD box set tracking David’s early development throughout 1968 and 1969, via his home demos, BBC radio sessions, studio recordings with guitarist John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and the experimental music and mimegroup, Feathers. The set contains twelve previously unreleased tracks/demos.
Molly Burch – The Molly Burch Christmas Album CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
On this collection of holiday songs, Austin chanteuse Molly Burch does Christmas with a twist. “I hope it’s a Christmas album for people who love Christmas music and people who don’t love Christmas music. May these songs welcome in a fresh new year and many warm, happy nights.”
Celine Dion – Courage CD (Sony)
A mix of beautiful ballads and edgy up-tempo tracks, Courage is Celine’s first English album in six years.
DJ Shadow – Our Pathetic Age 2xCD/2xLP (Mass Appeal)
DJ Shadow’s ambitious new double album is the result of an intensely creative period that found the hip-hop and electronic innovator delving further into original composition and experimentation. The first half of Our Pathetic Age features 11 new instrumental works that balance some of Shadow’s most menacing sounds with beams of hope, including his first fully composed orchestral piece. The second half of is a full album of vocal collaborations, ranging from Run The Jewels, Nas and Dave East to Samuel T. Herring, Paul Banks and Wiki, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.
Fall Out Boy – Believers Never Die Volume Two – Greatest Hits CD (Island)
New hits collection from the alt-rock band. Includes the single “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” featuring Wyclef Jean. The song marks the band’s first new music since the August 2018 release of the three-song Lake Effect Kid EP, a love letter to their hometown city of Chicago. [Vinyl edition due November 22.]
Fea – No Novelties CD (Blackheart)
Fea is a trailblazing trifecta of Chicana punk, riot grrrl ethos and blistering musical prowess. The San Antonio based band has announced their sophomore album, No Novelties, is released on Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records. Produced by L.A. punk legend Alice Bag, the bi-lingual collection explores hot button topics, from sexism to the toxicity of social media.
Fleetwood Mac – Before The Beginning 1968-1970 Rare Live & Demo Sessions CD (Sony)
Recently discovered live recordings from 1968 and 1970 of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. Not much is known about them. Discovered un-labelled and by pure luck in the US, their era has been authenticated by experts of the bands blues origins. The recordings were found in incredibly good condition considering they have been untouched for over 40 years, they have been restored and provide a vital insight into the very earliest incarnation of one of the world’s biggest bands.
Jeezy – TM104: The Legend Of The Snowman CD (Def Jam)
The ninth and final studio album by rapper features guest appearances from Meek Mill, Ty Dolla Sign, CeeLo Green, Rick Ross, Gunna, John Legend and Queen Naija, among others.
Kele – 2042 CD/LP (Kola)
Released last week on vinyl – now available on CD. The founding member and lead singer of Bloc Party, returns with the new solo album 2042, heralded by the visceral first single “Jungle Bunny”.
Lady Antebellum – Ocean CD/2xLP (BMX)
After a wave of change, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott have watched the tides rise and fall and are embracing the power of vulnerability with the release of Lady Antebellum’s new album Ocean. It marks a new beginning that brings the multi-Platinum trio back to their roots, showcasing their familiar vocal interplay and individual instruments on the emotionally resonant 13-track project. The trio chronicles personal relationships and everyday responsibilities with a balance of growth and maturity that could only come from 13 years of creating music together.
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World – Vol 1 [Reissue/1961] LP (Blue Note)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World – Vol 2 [Reissue/1962] LP (Blue Note)
The legendary NYC jazz club Birdland was sacred ground for drummer Art Blakey who recorded three live albums for Blue Note at the venue between 1954-1960: A Night At Birdland, At The Jazz Corner Of The World, and Meet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World. This last date featured one of the greatest lineups of Blakey’s powerhouse outfit The Jazz Messengers with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano, and Jymie Merritt on bass.
Johnny Cash – Live From Austin, TX [Reissue/2005] LP (New West)
Limited colored vinyl repress. January 3, 1987 was a milestone in Austin City Limits history. One of the few individuals in the world of music who truly deserves the title of “legend” set foot onto the ACL stage and the result was magic. The legend, of course, was Johnny Cash and he delivered what even he considered to be one of his finest television performances.
Merle Haggard – Live From Austin, TX ’78 [Reissue/2006] LP (New West)
When he stepped onto the Austin City Limits stage for the very first time on that brisk January day in 1978, Merle Haggard was at the top of his game.
Waylon Jennings – Live From Austin TX ’84 [Reissue/2008] LP (New West)
Why did it take ten years to finally lure Waylon Jennings to the Austin City Limits stage for his first performance? Like everything else about the man, he did things his own way – when he was damn good and ready. Maybe it had something to do with that other Texas singer, that Red-Headed Stranger who shook things up in Austin and country music in general. Waylon wasn’t sure what the fuss was all about (as he sang, “It don’t matter who’s in Austin, Bob Wills is still the King!”
Willie Nelson – Live From Austin TX [Reissue/2006] LP (New West)
Colored vinyl pressing. There would be no Austin City Limits were it not for Willie Nelson. He started it all in 1974, performing on the original pilot episode, and has been a large part of ACL history ever since. He’s appeared on more programs than any single artist, but this show (recorded on September 6, 1990) captures him and the family band at their best.
CCR – Green River [Reissue/1969] LP (Craft Recordings)
CCR – Willy & Poor Boys [Reissue/1969] LP (Craft Recordings)
Half-speed master 50th anniversary editions of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s third and fourth studio albums, both released in 1969.
Mogwai – Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996 – 1997) LP (Rock Action)
After the success of the limited edition colored vinyl for RSD 2018, Mogwai’s sell-out 1997 compilation album of singles, B-sides and rarities from 1996-1997 is gets a repress; this time on a limited run of dark green heavyweight vinyl.
The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed: 50th Anniversary 2xLP+2xSACD+7” (Abkco)
This hearty 50th Anniversary box set edition gathers the deluxe double vinyl LP, two hybrid super audio CDs and a 7” single. Includes the stereo and mono remasters of the album plus a reproduction of the 1969 7” mono picture sleeve single “Honky Tonk Women” b/w “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Also contains three 12” x 12” hand-numbered replica-signed lithographs printed on embossed archival paper as well as a full color (for those of us fortunate enough to see in color) 23” x 23” poster with restored artwork from the Decca Records package. It also has an 80-page hardcover book with an essay by know-it-all David Fricke.
Thou – Ceremonies Of Repetition 2xLP (Gilead Media)
The next in a series of collections that compile tracks from various EPs, splits, etc. Ceremonies Of Repetition includes all tracks from the out-of-print Sacrifice EP, To The Chaos Wizard Youth EP, and the Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For EP.
Aphex Twin – Peel Session 2 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Bibio – WXAXRPX Session 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Boards Of Canada – Peel Session 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Flying Lotus – Presents Infinity “Infinitum” – Maida Vale Sessions 12”+MP3 (Warp)
LFO – Peel Session 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Kelly Moran – WXAXRPX Session 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Mount Kimbie – WXAXRPX Session 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Oneohtrix Point Never – KCRW Session 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Plaid – Peel Session 2 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Seefeel – Peel Session 12”+MP3 (Warp)
Various Artists – WXAXRXP Sessions 10×12” (Warp)
10 radio sessions from Warp’s archives.