New Releases for February 24, 2017
CDs + Vinyl:
Acceptance – Colliding By Design CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
New comeback album from the Seattle-based alt-punk band. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
Kalevi Aho – Piano Works CD (Neos)
Finnish composer Kalevi Aho (born 1949) is a true giant among composers, both in terms of craftsmanship and of sonic and formal imagination. Although his works are not performed as much internationally as some of his colleagues’, he is without doubt Finland’s most brilliant symphonic and operatic composer of his time. This disc presents harpsichordist and pianist Andreas Skouras’s brilliant first recording of this music for solo piano. The pieces are as many-sided as they are unpredictable, crossing borders in pianism.
All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (New West)
“Carrying a reputation for following instinct over calculation, All Them Witches lunge into the young year wielding Sleeping Through The War, a record that potently concentrates all that the band pull up from their well of heavy Americana. Depending on which state-of-the-pop-world conversation you jump into, rock is routinely in decline, left for dead, or being resuscitated. All Them Witches don’t seem like the kind of guys to entertain any of those notions. Like Josh Homme’s Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, they dig up diamond hooks from rough desert rock. They can swing between tranquil and torrential in an almost Mogwai-esque manner, as the massive strobe light opener ‘Bulls’ demonstrates. Nashville grounding informs their grooves and affords them the inspired addition of recurring backing vocals by local notables Erin Rae, Caitlin Rose and Tristen. Sleeping Through the War’s persuasive determination to chew up everything in its path make minor idiosyncrasies like Allan Van Cleave’s psychedelic organ punctuations on the pedal-to-the-floor ‘Bruce Lee’ fit in without question. Even through mere speakers, All Them Witches have a physically imposing yet approachable presence” – The Line Of Best Fit. [Vinyl is available in two editions: Limited gatefold and standard sleeve.]
Herb Alpert – Blow Your Own Horn [Reissue/1983] CD (Herb Albert Presents)
Herb Alpert – Bullish [Reissue/1984] CD (Herb Albert Presents)
Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela – Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela [Reissue/1989] CD (Herb Albert Presents)
The latest three in a huge campaign to re-release Herb’s classic discography – remastered from their original analog tapes.
American Grim – Freakshow CD (eOne)
New album from the East Coast shock rockers.
Armored Saint – Carpe Noctum: Live 2015 CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early-‘80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, California but also around the world.
Aseethe – Hopes Of Failure CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Aseethe’s unrelenting slow-doom is often compared to drone music because of its core repetitions. This distinctly non-metal approach combined with harsh vocals and unusual samples gives Aseethe a unique voice among metal’s boundary pushers. On Hopes Of Failure, the Iowa band’s primary influences of doom and drone share a similar ethos, but rarely do they converge with as much restraint, and patience, drawing on inventive sound sources and distorted, just enough, to add some sludge. Aseethe is the direction that heavy music is moving in.
Marc Barreca – Aberrant Lens CD (Palace Of Lights)
Marc Barreca’s seventh solo album for Palace Of Lights extends his work with a broader and deeper palette of synthesized and sampled sound, including sources as diverse as prepared guitars, pianos, Indonesian metallophones and glass harmonica. The music of Aberrant Lens employs long MIDI delays, synced MIDI processing via MAX for Live and extreme warping of disparate looped sound sources driven into entirely new states.
Harry Belafonte – When Colors Come Together: The Legacy Of Harry Belefonte CD (Sony Legacy)
An essential single-disc anthology of Harry Belafonte’s biggest hits including a new re-recording of “Island In The Sun” entitled “When Colors Come Together (Our Island In The Sun),” performed by a children’s choir.
Benighted – Necrobreed CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Benighted is a brutal death metal/deathgrind band from France. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features fancy packaging.]
Manford Best – Come Go With Me [Reissue/1978] CD/LP (PMG)
“Come Go With Me was self-financed and released on Manford Best’s own MacSeries Records label. Only 1,000 copies were pressed and he distributed them from the back of a Toyota van himself. A rare Afro gem, deserving of its place in the sun again.” — Peter Moore
The Beta Yama Group – Free Love [Reissue/1980] CD/LP (PMG)
Nigerian musicians Nash Dodoo, Charlie Cuul and Jonas Caulley put out Free Love after releasing an album of face-melting gospel boogie as the BML Chapels in 1980. The album is, as Peter Moore puts is, “a belated love letter to San Francisco’s Summer of Love,” and, “a small slice of Haight-Ashbury transported to the Polygram Studios in Lagos.”
Steve Black – Happy Birthday To ‘U’ [Reissue/1979] CD/LP (PMG)
An irresistible blend of highlife, Afro beat, and Afro funk.
Blank Square – Animal I CD/LP (Castleface)
When squirming black mold in a dingy Bayshore, CA, warehouse became sentient, creaked and took humanoid form it created Blank Square and their singularly odd-punk debut, Animal I — sounding like the weirder end of Flesheaters but with a sterility that can only be contemporarily compared to Total Control’s Aussie hardcore no-wave and then with a pinch of what made DNA and Mars amazing.
Rosario Bonaccorso – A Beautiful Story CD (Via Vento Jazz)
Rosario Bonaccorso continues to enrich and expand his musical pathway, evolving his ideas as a band leader and composer. On A Beautiful Story the double bassist is joined by a group of acclaimed musicians: his friend Dino Rubino on the flugelhorn, Enrico Zanisi on the piano and Alessandro Paternesi on the drums. These young “lions”, widely appreciated by critics and audiences on both Italian and European jazz scenes, are sensitive and mature artists and despite their young age, they boast of a rich variety of noteworthy collaborations and experiences.
Born Of Osiris – Eternal Reign CD (Sumerian)
In honor of the 10 Year Anniversary of the label and Born Of Osiris re-signing with Sumerian Records, the two have teamed up to produce a re-release of the band’s debut album, The New Reign. Not only is the album a re-release of the initial work that put them on the map, but Born Of Osiris have re-recorded the eight tracks, in addition to adding one new song and titled the new version — The Eternal Reign.
David Bowie – No Plan CDEP (Sony)
The No Plan EP features single “Lazarus” from Blackstar backed with three final, non-album tracks recorded during the Blackstar sessions. [Vinyl edition due April 21.]
Nikolaus Brass – String Trios CD (Neos)
TrioCoriolis’s performance of three works by German composer Nikolaus Brass (born 1949).
Brass initially studied medicine and took private composition lessons with Peter Kiesewetter, before later studying with Frank Michael Beyer and Helmut Lachenmann, and regularly attending the Darmstadt Summer Courses between 1978 and 1986, where he also met with Morton Feldman; his music has since become standard at every important new music festival, and Brass has received numerous awards, including the Music Prize of the State Capital Munich in 2009.
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost CD/2xLP (A. Recordings)
Don’t Get Lost, the 16th full length release from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, was fully recorded and produced at Anton Newcombe’s new Cobra Studio in Berlin, and features saxophonist Emil Nikolaisen (from the Norwegian band Serena-Maneesh), and vocal performances from Tess Parks and Shaun Rivers. The album mixes a shoegaze and psychedelic sound with more experimental twists on some tracks you might hear from Public Image Limited’s Metalbox (1979), Primal Scream, or even Ornette Coleman. [Limited yellow color vinyl edition also available.]
Brokeback – Illinois River Valley Blues CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Brokeback features members of Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day, Tweedy, and Steve Gunn Band. For lead guitarist/bassist Douglas McCombs (Tortoise), Brokeback’s Illinois River Valley Blues stands as one of his most sumptuous and personal offerings to date. Inspired by his early years growing up along the Illinois River corridor between Peoria and Chicago, Illinois River Valley Blues stretches McCombs’ eternal fascination with the roots of American guitar music in bold new directions.