The Sounds are a Swedish indie rock band. Formed in Helsingborg in 1999, the group’s musical style has been compared to New Wave acts such as Blondie, The Cars, the Epoxies and Missing Persons. This is a must see act so get your tickets while you still can.
CDs + Vinyl:
a-ha – MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice 2xCD (UMe)
As part of the MTV Unplugged shows, a-ha performed 17 of their songs with completely new arrangements as well as two new premieres and two cover versions on vintage acoustic instruments. [Vinyl edition due November 10.]
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Those Who Came Never Before CD/LP (Nod & Smile)
Two side long pieces of otherworldly psych rock. [Limited pink vinyl pressing also available.]
Alvarius B. – With A Beaker On The Burner And An Otter In The Oven, Vol. 3: Heathen Folklore CD/LP (Abduction)
Here donning his Alvarius B. persona, Alan Bishop returns with the third in a recent trilogy of albums, all recorded from 2014-2017 in Egypt with various members of Cairo’s Invisible Hands and the Master Musicians Of Bukakke. Across the three albums, Bishop crafts effortless reconstructions of a century’s worth of folk-rock-blues idioms through his slack acoustic-guitar splutter.
Annihilator – For The Demented CD/LP+MP3 (Neverland Music)
For The Demented captures some feel from Annihilator’s 1985-87 demos mixed with the first four Annihilator records. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Anti-Flag – The American Fall CD/LP (Spinefarm)
“The politics of distraction influences people to lose focus on what makes a positive impact on their lives and the world,” the band explains. “It encourages people to make choices that are not in their best interest and reduces society’s ability to make progressive change. The American Fall is our rejection of this harmful distraction. At this crucial moment in history, we must focus on pushing past the status quo to create a better and more just world. We reject the proliferation of exploitation, racism, bigotry, and socioeconomic injustice that dominate the policies of Donald Trump, just as we renounce the neoliberal status quo that came before him.” [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
CDs + Vinyl:
10 Years – (How To Live) As Ghosts CD/LP+MP3 (Mascot)
When guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland returned to the Knoxville, Tennessee alt-metal/post-grunge band for their eighth album (How To Live) As Ghosts, they burst through their comfort zones to create something new.
112 – Q Mike Slim Daron CD (E1)
New album from the Atlanta R&B group.
45 Grave – Sleep In Safety CD (Real Gone Music)
Formed from putrefying remnants of The Germs, The Consumers, The Bags, The Gun Club, and The Screamers among other L.A. punk outfits, 45 Grave were arguably the first American Goth/deathrock bands. Now available is this expanded version of the band’s sole album, 1983’s Sleep In Safety. [Vinyl edition due November 24.]
All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal CD/LP (Southern Lord)
All Pigs Must Die is comprised of some of the most well-seasoned musicians on the eastern seaboard – Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods, and Adam Wentworth (both of Bloodhorse). Their fusion of crust punk, hardcore and metal is more ferocious than ever before thanks to the addition of Trap Them’s Brian Izzi. Distilling aggressive music to its purest tenets, APMD craft songs that pulverize, gnash, and whirl with a punishing delivery.
Appice – Sinister CD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
The first joint studio album by Carmine and Vinny Appice, recorded with the support of a number of prestigious guests. [Limited gatefold colored 180gm vinyl pressing also available.]
Azonic – Prospect Of The Deep CD (Indivisible Music)
Azonic is Blind Idiot God founder Andy Hawkins on guitars and Tim Wyskida (Khanate, BIG) on timpani, concert bass drum and gong. It was recorded with Bill Laswell at BC Studio which was selected for its enormous tracking rooms, which are ideal for the high volume, long tone qualities of this music. [Vinyl edition due December 15.]
Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
From its opening moments — when her chiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings — Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of Baker’s songs. The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire). This evolution from Sprained Ankle’s intentionally spare production allows Baker — who is still the album’s sole producer and writer — greater scope and freedom. Strings and woodwinds now shade the corners of her compositions, and she takes to piano rather than guitar on several tracks, pushing the 21-year-old’s work to cinematic heights of intensity. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
Battleme – Cult Psychotica CD/LP (El Camino)
What happened to the American psyche? Battleme’s Cult Psychotica explores our tripped-up reality through Matt Drenik’s lens. Written within the first few months of the 2016 election and cut mostly live in a week-long session at Drenik’s Get Loud Studio, Cult Psychotica is a conceptual landscape of heroes and losers, misguided truths and theories, urgent in its delivery and poignant in its critique of the moment. The songs were written in bursts, the lyrics in sequence. Cult Psychotica is an indictment of non-truth – a political album from a writer who has up until now eschewed overt political songwriting. The soaring “Bitch Blues” documents the country in riot while “Testament” embodies the fury of the eternal gathering. Cult Psychotica’s ten songs are an homage to a fluid and sometimes morbid dream that centers around Drenik’s vision of an urban American landscape run by shams and hustles, eventually culminating in the bloom of the “Lowlife.” It’s a reaction to the Trumponian theatre, a timely reflection on our own busted reality.
Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time 2xCD (BMG Rights Management)
New album from the Mississippi rapper.
Black Crowes – The Lost Crowes [Reissue/2006] CD (Silver Arrow)
Originally released in 2006, this double-CD set contains a pair of previously unavailable albums recorded by Chris Robinson and the boys – 1993’s Tall (which eventually morphed into Amorica, and 1997’s Band, which was recorded after Three Snakes And One Charm.
Blind Guardian – Battalions Of Fear [Reissue/1988] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Follow The Blind [Reissue/1989] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Tales From The Twilight World [Reissue/1990] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Somewhere Far Behind [Reissue/1992] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Follow The Blind [Reissue/1993] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Imaginations From The Other Side [Reissue/1995] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – The Forgotten Tales [Reissue/1996] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Nightfall In Middle Earth [Reissue/1998] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – A Night At The Opera [Reissue/2002] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Live [Reissue/2003] 2xCD (Nuclear Blast America)
German power metal – reissued on CD.
Butcher Babies – Lilith CD/LP (Century Media)
For nearly a decade, Butcher Babies have been crushing stages worldwide with their vicious live performance and explosive energy. Frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chase Brickenden juxtapose brutal, aggressive riffs with beautiful melodies that wail with emotional redemption. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
CDs + Vinyl:
Altarage – Endinghent CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
“Black and dissonant death metal fury that immediately evokes a plethora of sinister images in the brain.”
All Out War – Give Us Extinction CD/LP (Organized Crime)
The NYHC hardcore band’s first proper full length is seven years. Give Us Extinction continues in the assault, but strives to unleash even more pummeling brutality.
Antisect – The Rising Of The Lights CD/LP (Rise Above)
32 years on from the release of Antisect’s brutally prescient Out From The Void 7”, a revitalized Antisect is reborn in flames of glory on their brand new full-length LP, The Rising Of The Lights: a startling and absorbing return to action from a band whose inner flame has never stopped blazing. With scabrous, mantra-like grooves and numerous moments of refined but unsettling electronic ambience, songs like epic opener “Spirit–Level” and the monstrous, pitch-black “Welcome To The New Dark Ages” acknowledge both past and present, reveling in the enlightening power of untamed noise. Meanwhile, the sharp and punchy “Something To Hate” is simply a newly-minted hardcore punk anthem, replete with raging refrain and a pulsating Motör-heart. This is punk rock and heavy metal enjoying a new form of intuitive symbiosis: angry, dark music conjured from the ether for the heaviest of times. [Kunuted colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Fred Astaire – The Astaire Story 2xCD (Verve)
This is a reissue of a famous package starring Fred Astaire, a revered film actor/dancer, and Oscar Peterson, one of the top jazz pianists of the era. Astaire sings most of the songs that made him famous on stage & screen in the 1930s and 1940s. The program is presented as a soundtrack, with an Overture, Intermission, and an Exit Music. Additionally, there is a bonus track, an alternate version of “I Won’t Dance,” one of Astaire’s trademark numbers, recorded with Peterson three years later.
Courtney Barnett / Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
Lotta Sea Lice is a conversation between friends Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, documented in raw, unvarnished song, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humor. What started as a loose plan to record a couple songs with no plans for release, turned into this full-length – “because the vibe was so strong,” says Vile.
Mike Barnett – Portraits In Fiddles CD (Compass)
Though he’s a Nashville native who became a professional player at a young age as part of Jesse McReynolds’ band, Mike Barnett can still be considered another breakout talent from the Boston roots music scene that produced the likes of Lake Street Dive, Crooked Still and The Deadly Gentlemen, a newgrass outfit where he held fiddle duties from 2011 to 2014.
Barr Brothers – Queens Of The Breakers CD (Secret City)
A collection of 11 hypnotically fluid songs that speak to the raw, elemental power of reflection, forgiveness, loss, and growing up. The record finds the band, featuring brothers Brad (guitar) and Andrew Barr (drums), and Sarah Page (harp), further on their thrilling path of exploring the outer limits of folk, blues, rock and Americana made north of the American border.
Beck – Colors CD/LP/2xLP (Capitol)
The last time the mass public got a glimpse of Beck, it was at the end of the 2015 Grammy Awards, when Prince was handing him an Album of the Year award for his meditative, mostly acoustic album Morning Phase. Few people knew, but at that time the artist was already two years into work on the follow-up which has taken two more years to complete. Possibly the most aptly titled work in Beck’s storied discography, Colors unfolds in an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats, making it a summery smash for the fall season. In addition to the captivating piano-driven “Dear Life,” Colors includes both Beck singles that preceded it: a new mix of the psych-dance summer jam “Dreams” that NPR hailed as “urgently contemporary and irresistibly vintage” and the retro-futuristic earworm “Wow” that had Stereogum praising its “big, sweet incandescent hook” and Esquire rejoicing, “All hail the return of Party Beck.” [Multiple vinyl editions available: Standard black, indie store exclusive single-disc yellow, single-disc red, and deluxe red colored 180gm 45rpm with customizable cover, transparency prints and a 24-page lyrics art book.]
Barney Bentall – The Drifter & The Preacher CD/LP (True North)
After a five-year recording hiatus, Juno Award winner Barney Bentall returns with his 10th album.
Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams CD (ECM)
Recorded in New Yorks Avatar Studios in May 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, Blue Maqams brings the Tunisian oud master together with three brilliant improvisers: Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, and British pianist Django Bates. [Vinyl edition due November 17.]