New Releases for October 4, 2019
Avett Brothers – Closer Than Together CD (Republic)
New release from The Avett Brothers, their tenth studio album overall and the fifth produced by Rick Rubin on his American Recordings label. Says Seth Avett: “We didn’t make a record that was meant to comment on the sociopolitical landscape that we live in. We did, however, make an album that is obviously informed by what is happening now on a grander scale all around us… because we are a part of it and it is a part of us. Closer Than Together is a record of obvious American origin – a creation that fittingly could only come about through hard work, measured freedom, awe-inspiring landscapes, and perfectly flawed individualism.” [Vinyl edition due December 13.]
Blood Orange – Angel’s Pulse CD/LP (Domino)
Angel’s Pulse is the new mixtape from Blood Orange aka Devonté Hynes. It follows the widely celebrated and critically acclaimed album Negro Swan, released last year.
Bonnie Bishop – The Walk CD/LP (Plan B)
The first thing that registers about Bonnie Bishop’s stirring album The Walk is that the seasoned Grammy winner is no longer trying to outrun herself; she owns whatever has come her way, good wind or ill. It’s an uplifting confessional that she dedicates “to all who wander” – laying down searing, emotionally-charged variations to award-winning producer Steve Jordan’s (Robert Cray, John Mayer, Buddy Guy) powerhouse production. She does so in a voice that aches and arches and grabs and never let’s go. The Walk soars as her most honest effort to date.
City And Colour – A Pill For Loneliness CD/2xLP (Still)
Through a kaleidoscope of lush guitars, ethereal orchestration, and heavenly delivery, City And Colour alchemically transforms life’s turbulence into waves of blissful, bold, and brilliant alternative anthems. Under this banner, singer-songwriter Dallas Green siphons serenity from stress on his sixth full-length studio album, A Pill For Loneliness.
DIIV – Deceiver CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
Rebirth takes place when everything falls apart. On DIIV’s third full-length album, Deceiver, they craft the soundtrack to personal resurrection under the heavy weight of metallic catharsis, upheld by robust guitars and vocal tension that almost snaps, but never quite. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Feet – What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham CD/2xCD/LP (Clapped)
The debut studio album from Coventry five-piece Feet follows their 10” English Weather. Mixed by Alan Moulder (Foals, Interpol, Beach House), experimentation was integral to the process of making the record, from singing about the unpredictability of the humble hot dog (which is where the album title stems from), to stepping out of their comfort zone and relinquishing traditional song structures. What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham fizzes with bright, bold and intensely exciting songwriting. Combining jangly guitars with a cocksure mentality, this is pop music in 2019. There are hints of Maccabees, but you can also hear nods to Parquet Courts, Blur and The Strokes.
Flying Colors – Third Degree CD/2xLP+MP3 (Mascot Label Group)
In chemistry, when certain galvanizing elements come together, they become quite explosive. In music, when certain galvanizing artists come together, they become Flying Colors. In fact, whenever the five gentlemen who encompass Flying Colors – guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse, bassist Dave LaRue, and powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Casey McPherson are able to conjoin their collective talents, the result is a sweet sonic bouillabaisse that reflects where their inherent mastery of melody intersects with top-shelf progressive musicianship. Flying Colors soar to even loftier heights with Third Degree, their third studio album in a decade.
Kevin Griffin – Anywhere You Go CD/LP (The End)
It happened at just the right time…Three decades into an illustrious and multifaceted career, Kevin Griffin finally decided to write and record his very first full-length solo album, Anywhere You Go. The Better Than Ezra frontman, award-winning songwriter, and Pilgrimage Festival co-founder has added yet another persona to his resume: solo troubadour. Buoyed by minimal production, sweeping vocal harmonies, and narrative lyricism, he’s penned some of his most intimate, inimitable, and irresistible tunes.
Kacy & Clayton – Carrying On CD/LP (New West)
The music Kacy & Clayton make is inextricable from where they grew up. They sing about the kind of people you’d find in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan (population very few.) The hills, barns and remoteness of the area are in these songs, with a bittersweet acknowledgement that this music has taken them far from home. Carrying On follows the international acclaim for their previous records Strange Country (which Q magazine called, “A beautiful album that nudges a classic past into a brave future.) and 2017’s The Sirens Song (described by Uncut as “ageless and beguiling. A classic record for this or any other time.”) Their sound is equal parts homespun, coming from a family and community where playing music is an ever present part of social gatherings, and the rare country, blues and English folk rock these second cousins obsess over and collect.
Levitation Room – Headspace CD/LP (Greeway)
Headspace serves as the follow-up to Levitation Room’s 2016 debut, Ethos and their first record on Brooklyn’s Greenway Records. The band’s fuzzy guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll must have struck a chord with a society yearning for their freakbeat brand of psychedelia. With Headspace, Levitation Room displays their process of maturity in sound and songwriting, exploring new territories of influence in music and instrumentation, combining folk, jazz, raga, soul/R&B, pop and of course…psychedelia. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Menzingers – Hello Exile CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Philadelphia-based punk band, The Menzingers are set to release their sixth studio album, Hello Exile. Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Quicksand), the album is the follow-up to the band’s 2017 critically acclaimed release After The Party. Since forming as teenagers in 2006, The Menzingers have shown their strength as rough-and-tumble storytellers, turning out songs equally rooted in frenetic energy and lifelike detail. On their new album Hello Exile, the band take their lyrical narrative to a whole new level and share their reflections on moments from the past and present: high-school hellraising, troubled relationships, aging and alcohol and political ennui. And while their songs often reveal certain painful truths, Hello Exile ultimately maintains the irrepressible spirit that’s always defined the band.
North Mississippi Allstars – Up And Rolling CD/LP (New West)
In 2017, Wyatt McSpadden found an old roll of film and tracked down members of North Mississippi Allstars to share his forgotten photographs. The images were so profound and so beautiful that they would come to inspire the latest recording, Up And Rolling. The images inspired the band to ask, “What did the music sound like that night in ‘96? What does Mississippi music sound like now? What would ideally be on the push button AM/FM radio as we drove thru the hills?” The North Mississippi Allstars would return to the famous Zebra Ranch to record Up And Rolling, inspired by Wyatt’s images. They gathered together, trimmed back the wisteria, and swept out the converted barn recording studio. They fired up the tube amps and old computers and began conjuring up modern Mississippi music, ancient and futuristic all at once.
Angel Olsen – All Mirrors CD/2xLP (Jagjaguwar)
The descent into darkness is a trope we find time again across history, literature and film. But there’s also an abyss above. There’s a winding white staircase that goes ever upward into the great unknown – each step, each turn, requiring a greater boldness and confidence than the one before. This is the journey on which we find Angel Olsen. The singer-songwriter’s artistic beginnings as a collaborator shifted seamlessly to her magnificent, cryptic-to-cosmic solo work, and then she formed bands to play her songs, and her stages and audiences grew exponentially. But all along, Olsen was more concerned with a different kind of path, and on her vulnerable, new album, All Mirrors, we can see her taking an introspective deep dive towards internal destinations and revelations. In the process of making this album, she found a new sound and voice, a blast of fury mixed with hard won self-acceptance. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Penguin Cafe – Handfuls Of Night CD/LP (Erased Tapes)
Handfuls Of Night began life after Greenpeace commissioned Penguin Cafe’s Arthur Jeffes to write four pieces of music corresponding to four breeds of penguins, to help raise awareness for the endangered Antarctic seas. Using gut-stringed violins, viola, cello, bass, percussion, upright and grand pianos, synthesizer, harmonium and more, Penguin Cafe has crafted a vivid series of panoramic sonic landscapes that are as rich in cerebral poignancy as they are in emotional depth.
Joshua Radin – Here, Right Now CD/LP (Nettwerk)
Produced by Tony Berg with an array of guest vocalists and musicians, including Z Berg, Maria Taylor, Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) and Danny Burke, Here, Right Now is comprised of seven original tracks and two covers (Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” and The Rolling Stones’ “She Smiled Sweetly”) that tackle themes of broken relationships, rescue, friendship and self-determination, all delivered with Joshua Radin’s silvery, intimate tenor. The album’s title track, featuring vocals from Maria Taylor, serves as a reminder to Radin to stay focused on the present. “A delicate, whispery sunbeam of a song, Joshua Radin’s ‘Here, Right Now’ bounces light into the achy places in your heart. Gorgeously simple and unapologetic, it finds Radin pointing to his true North, both musically and personally.” – Parade
SuperM – The 1st Mini Album ‘SuperM’ CD (SM Entertainment/Capitol)
Drawn from some of the most popular K-pop acts in the world, SuperM is a true dream team. As HypeBae noted when the line-up was revealed earlier this month, “Super M Is The New K-Pop Group Everyone Is Talking About” and “When they were unveiled at the Capitol Congress conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, SuperM were described as ‘The Avengers of K-pop.’
Various Artists – Big Little Lies: Music From Season 2 Of The HBO Limited Series CD/2xLP (ABKCO Music)
Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, and featuring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, this darkly comedic series tells the tale of three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. The soul-tinged soundtrack Big Little Lies: Music From Season 2 features music from The Spinners, Elle King, Cassandra Wilson, Ann Peebles, Phoebe Killdeer, Brenton Wood, Charles Bradley, Donnie & Joe Emerson, Pop Etc, Leon Bridges, Jim James, Willie Nelson, Christina Vierra, and Elizabeth Cotten & Brenda Evans.
Wilco – Ode To Joy CD/2xLP (dBpm)
Jeff Tweedy and Co. follow-up 2016’s Schmilco and the singer/songwriter’s pair of solo albums, Warm and Warmer, with Wilco’s eleventh studio effort, Ode To Joy. Featuring 11 new songs written and produced by Tweedy and recorded by Wilco at The Loft (Chicago, IL) in January 2019, Tweedy and Glenn Kotche were the launching pad from which most of the songs on Ode To Joy materialized – Kotche’s percussion propels the music forward while Tweedy’s measured words flesh out the cleared paths. As a result, the album is comprised of “really big, big folk songs, these monolithic, brutal structures that these delicate feelings are hung on,” notes Tweedy. Across the entire album, drums pound and plod with a steady one – two pulse, meant to mimic the movement of marching – a powerful act utilized on both sides of the authoritarian wall. There’s also a sense of comfort that comes with the rhythmic marching sound. [Limited indie store exclusive pink colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Bill Frisell – Harmony CD (Blue Note)
Acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell has signed with Blue Note and releases his debut album for the label under his own name with Harmony, a gorgeous and evocative journey across the landscape of American music of the last century. The album features vocalist Petra Haden, cellist and vocalist Hank Roberts, and guitarist, bassist and vocalist Luke Bergman. Longtime fans will recognize Frisell’s ongoing calling to both honor the totality of American music and represent his personal history with integrity. “If I think back throughout my whole life, all the music that I’ve loved,” he says, “why can’t it all be there at the same time? You can play a Bob Dylan song and you can play a standard song or a Charlie Parker song, and they can fit together. Why not? There’s no reason why you can’t have ‘Lush Life’ and ‘Red River Valley’ on the same album. They’re both beautiful songs.” [Vinyl edition due November 8.]
Old Crow Medicine Show – Live At The Ryman CD (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Honoring the history and traditions of the legendary venue, Live From The Ryman captures the raucous energy of Old Crow Medicine Show’s performances, recorded throughout their many headlining shows on the hallowed ground of Nashville’s Mother Church. Featuring guest appearances by Lee Oskar, Margo Price, Charlie Worsham and Molly Tuttle, the 11-track collection incorporates a mix of covers and originals including traditionals like “CC Rider”, “’Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”, to go along with OCMS classics like “Take ‘Em Away”, “Sweet Amarillo” and “Wagon Wheel”. [Vinyl edition due November 22.]
San Fermin – The Cormorant I CD/LP (Masterworks)
The Cormorant I ushers in a new era for Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s Brooklyn-based art pop act San Fermin, who envisions the eight-track collection as the first of two eventual full-length releases encompassing the full scope of the new project. “The Cormorant I starts with a visit from a strange bird, a death augur, which haunts two characters throughout their lives,” notes Ludwig-Leone of the album’s namesake.
The Beastie Boys – Root Down [Reissue/1995] CD/2xLP (Capitol)
The Root Down EP from Beastie Boys was released in 1995. The first three tracks are variations of the track “Root Down”, and the remaining seven tracks were recorded live in Europe, winter 1995. Out of print for years, this has been repressed on CD and vinyl.
Black Milk – DiVE CD/LP (Mass Appeal)
“Rap’s most eclectic producer sets his sights on yet another genre, and once again draws on that style in inventive and exciting ways. This time, Black Milk’s muse appears to be R&B, making DiVE a deep decent into mellow grooves, soothing rhythms and swaying melodies. The abundance here is dedicated to sheer singing as opposed to rapping — those croons coming from the producer himself, along with some of the best voices in the game, like BJ the Chicago Kid and Sam Austins — not to mention the moody, immersive slow jam vibes, all set this release far apart from Black Milk’s beloved early backpack-rap-indebted releases.” – Mass Appeal
Charli XCX – Charli CD/LP (Atlantic)
Pop futurist Charli XCX has returned with her highly anticipated third studio album Charli. The album is a collection of 15 songs and features the hit singles “1999” (featuring Troye Sivan) and “Blame It On Your Love” (featuring Lizzo). The album also features collaborations with Christine and the Queens, Haim, Sky Ferreria, Big Freida, Clairo and more. [Limited edition colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 3 CD/2xLP (Lakeshore)
Original soundtrack to the third season of the Netflix TV series. [Limited ‘fireworks’ splatter colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Exhumed – Horror CD/LP (Relapse)
21 years since their murderous debut, Exhumed rise once again with gore-obsessed death metal on their new brand-new album.
Bill Frisell – Harmony CD (Blue Note)
Acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell has signed with Blue Note and releases his debut album for the label under his own name with Harmony, a gorgeous and evocative journey across the landscape of American music of the last century. The album features vocalist Petra Haden, cellist and vocalist Hank Roberts, and guitarist, bassist and vocalist Luke Bergman. [Vinyl edition due November 8.]
Brantley Gilbert – Fire & Brimstone CD (Valory)
Brantley Gilbert has made a pummeling kind of country that consolidates the outsiders, outliers and full-tilt life livers in a collective known as the BG Nation. The Georgia-born songwriter/rocker continues to bring his hard-charging music to fans defining country’s outlaw edge in what Entertainment Weekly hails for his “swaggering guitars, catchy hooks, and a DGAF attitude.”
Rob Ickes/Trey Hensley – World Full Of Blues CD/LP (Compass)
Powerhouse acoustic duo Rob Ickes (Dobro) and Trey Hensley (guitar) move beyond the acoustic-centric sound of their previous two releases on World Full Of Blues. The topical album juices up their sound with Hammond B3 and a horn section, with plenty of grit and a nod to the rootsy side of Americana. World Full Of Blues was recorded live with minimal overdubs; guests include blues great Taj Mahal, who provides his unmistakable mojo to the title track, and country music legend Vince Gill, who joins the duo on an inspired rendition of The Grateful Dead’s moonshiner song, “Brown-Eyed Women”.
Lagwagon – Railer CD/LP (Fat Wreck Chords)
It was on “Falling Apart”, off Lagwagon’s 2005 full-length Blaze, that frontman Joey Cape first committed the word ‘railer’ to tape, but in fact it’s a term that the California band has been using for a long time amongst themselves. Now it’s become the title of the influential punk five-piece’s ninth album.
Mister Rogers – It’s Such A Good Feeling: The Best Of Mister Rogers CD (Omnivore Recordings)
23 track collection of Mister Rogers classics including five previously unissued performances.
Old Crow Medicine Show – Live At The Ryman CD (Old Crow Medicine Show)
Honoring the history and traditions of the legendary venue, Live From The Ryman captures the raucous energy of Old Crow Medicine Show’s performances, recorded throughout their many headlining shows on the hallowed ground of Nashville’s Mother Church. Featuring guest appearances by Lee Oskar, Margo Price, Charlie Worsham and Molly Tuttle, the 11-track collection incorporates a mix of covers and originals. [Vinyl edition due November 22.]
Boris – Akuma No Uta [Reissue/2003] LP (Third Man)
Boris – Boris At Last – Feedbacker [Reissue/2003] LP (Third Man)
Boris – LφVE & EVφL 2xLP (Third Man)
LφVE & EVφL exists as two independent works, encapsulating conflicting connotations that interweave and become intricately entangled with one another, gradually eroding before becoming utterly singular. Continuing to tinker and toil with their sound since the 2017 release of Dear, Boris has pivoted onward a more organic, non-grid literary style. In tandem with this new release, Third Man has reissued a pair of 2003 releases available for first time on vinyl in the US.
Lifetime – Hello Bastards [Reissue/1995] LP (Jade Tree)
Lifetime was formed in 1990 by singer Ari Katz (ex-Enuf) and guitarist Dan Yemin with its roots in the New York/New Jersey hardcore scene. In contrast to the negative, sometimes violent tone promulgated by their New York hardcore contemporaries, lyricist Katz emphasized more positive, personal themes in their two-minute songs. [Clear vinyl pressing also available.]
Live – Throwing Copper [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (Geffen)
Throwing Copper transformed Live into one of the most lyrically impactful and instrumentally powerful bands of the modern alternative rock era. This 25th anniversary vinyl reissue features three bonus tracks.
Jackie Shane – Any Other Way [Reissue/2017] 2xLP (Numero)
Known by genre aficionados as one of the greatest singers and most riveting stage presences in soul music, Jackie Shane has remained largely unknown outside Toronto, where her career briefly flowered in the 1960s. Beyond her unmistakable gift of the gab, Shane is a pioneer of transgender rights, born in a male body but unabashedly living her entire life as a woman at a time when to do so seemed unthinkable. Any Other Way is the first artist-approved collection of Ms. Shane’s work, collecting all six of her 45s and every highlight from the legendary 1967 live sessions at the Sapphire Tavern, including three mind-blowing, previously unreleased tracks. Rob Bowman’s 20,000-word essay is Jackie’s first communication with the public in nearly half a century, telling for the first time ever Jackie Shane’s story in her own words. [Limited gold colored vinyl pressing also available.]
SQÜRL – The Dead Don’t Die [OST] LP (Sacred Bones)
The Dead Don’t Die is writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s unique, semi-comic take on the zombie apocalypse genre. As with his recent efforts Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson, the film’s score was composed and performed by SQÜRL, the band Jarmusch and producer Carter Logan founded in 2009. It is the culmination of their passion for analog synths, with guitar violence reverberating from the darker corners of Americana. It is at once a tribute to the classic sounds of horror and sci-fi, as well as a decapitation of traditional film scores. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends [Reissue/2002] LP (Craft Recordings)
Digitally remastered vinyl reissue of the debut studio album from the alternative rock heroes.
Tyler, The Creator – Igor LP(Sony)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Produced entirely by Tyler, Igor features guest appearances from Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, Kanye West, and Jerrod Carmichael, along with backing vocals from Santigold, Jessy Wilson, La Roux, CeeLo Green, Charlie Wilson, Slowthai, and Pharrell, among others.