CDs + Vinyl:
Animals As Leaders – The Madness Of Many CD (Sumerian)
New (fourth) album from the instrumental modern progressive pioneers.
Joan Armatrading – Me Myself I World Tour CD (Savoy Jazz)
New live release documenting the singer/songwriter’s 2014-2015 solo world tour which was billed as both her first world tour and the last major tour of her career. The tour album written, arranged and performed by Joan– was recorded in October of 2015 at The Barns at Wolf Trap, the intimate concert space of the world renowned DC area venue and contains her biggest hits spanning her entire career. [Stand-alone DVD version also available.]
Daniel Bachman – Daniel Bachman CD/LP+MP3 (Three Lobed)
Guitarist and former wunderkind Daniel Bachman, at 26, can no longer be considered “precocious.” On even his earliest recordings Bachman’’s guitar prowess and compositional voice were staggeringly mature. His growth has been continual and, frankly, amazing — the ultimate product of this growth, 2015’’s River, showed a phenomenal level of maturity and, in turn, continued to convert faithful. His new self-titled album continues that staggering growth — in composition, sound, and technique — and offers a sort of trapped in amber glimpse of where he presently stands. It is a full and complete collection of truly engrossing songs that sees Bachman’s sonic arsenal expand to include elements of drone (generated by all acoustic instruments) and field recordings alongside his ever-present prowess and strength on the acoustic guitar.
Balkan Beatbox – Shout It Out CD/LP (Digital Monkey)
Fifth album from the Israeli musical group founded by Tamir Muskat, Ori Kaplan and now including Tomer Yosef as a core member. Balkan Beatbox plays Mediterranean-influenced music that incorporates Jewish, Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern traditions, Gypsy punk, reggae and electronica. On Shout It Out the band delve deeper into their reggae influences than on recent offerings.
The Band – The Last Waltz [40th Anniversary Edition] 2xCD/4xCD+Blu-ray/6xLP (Rhino)
Digitally remastered 40th Anniversary Edition of the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed concert film. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features 54 tracks total, adding rehearsals and outtakes including performances not featured in the film. Six-LP vinyl edition also available.
Yishak Banjaw – Love Songs 2 CD (Terenga Beat)
Yishak, composer and keyboard player from Addis Ababa known to his country for his innovative compositions and unique sound. His ability to transform traditional Ethiopian songs into spacey minimal-wave gems creates an ultra-hypnotic and psychedelic atmosphere, a sound that you have never experienced before. A genuine talent who carried the long tradition of Ethiopia into another level. [Vinyl edition due December 2.]
Biosphere – Cirque [Reissue/2000] CD (Biophon)
This reissue of the fourth full album from ambient pioneer features six bonus tracks and new artwork. Wrote Jon Savage in Mojo: “Coming to prominence with 1992’s Microgravity – which along with the first couple of Aphex/Polygon Window CDs, defined the genre ambient – Geir Jenssen as Biosphere has made three of the ’90s best albums, culminating with last year’s
near beat-less Substrata. The idea – as it always was thanks to Eno’s On Land (1982) – is music as environment (reflecting, creating): working from his base in Tromso, Arctic Norway, Jenssen offers a polar, Apollonian exploration of the human psyche.”
Black Sabbath – Paranoid [Reissue/1970] 4xCD (Rhino)
This Super Deluxe edition of Black Sabbath’s sophomore album includes the 2012 remaster and a rare 1974 quad mix folded down to stereo, plus two concerts from 1970 (Montreux and Brussels). The four-disc set comes with a hardbound book with extensive liner notes featuring new interviews with all four band members, rare photos, and memorabilia, a poster, as well as a replica of the tour book sold during the Paranoid tour.
Blue Rodeo – 1000 Arms CD/LP (Telesoul)
“Blue Rodeo may be three decades into their career but they’re still finding new and refreshing ways to tackle their music and it shows on this dazzling new uptempo record.” – CBC
Body/Head – No Waves CD (Matador)
Body/Head is the duo of Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten) and guitarist Bill Nace (Northampton Wools, Celyon Mange). They play experimental, free-form guitar drones highlighed by Gordon’s unmistakable voice. Their sound is an immersive, three-dimensional experience and no two performances are similar. No Waves was recorded on March 24th, 2014 during Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN at the Bijou Theater. [Vinyl edition due November 25.]
David Bowie – Legacy CD/2xCD (Columbia/Sony Legacy)
David Bowie’s iconic, shape-shifting catalog is up for reexamination on this new compilation, Legacy, which gathers the singer’s biggest singles onto your choice of single-disc or double-CD set. Bowie’s site calls Legacy “an introduction to a world of incredible music, just waiting to be enjoyed by a whole new generation.” The two-disc version culls 40 of Bowie’s greatest hits (single-disc consists of 20 tracks) from his breakthrough single “Space Oddity” to his closing Blackstar track “I Can’t Give Everything Away,” many presented in the form of their single edits. Legacy also collects the hits made in collaboration with other artists: “Under Pressure” with Queen, “Dancing In The Streets” with Mick Jagger, and his vocals on Pat Metheny Band’s “This Is Not America.” Additionally Legacy features an unreleased 2016 remix of “Life On Mars?” created by original Hunky Dory producer Ken Scott. The compilation is the latest in a string of posthumous releases following Bowie’s January death, including his recent box set Who Can I Be Now? (1973 – 1975) and the upcoming Lazarus Cast Album, featuring Bowie’s final recordings.
Bright Eyes – Digital Ash In A Digital Urn [Reissue/2005] CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Saddle Creek)
Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning [Reissue/2005] CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Saddle Creek)
Bright Eyes – Cassadaga [Reissue/2007] CD/2xLP+MP3/Cassette (Saddle Creek)
Remastered reissues now available (these titles were included in The Studio Albums 2000-2011 box set).
CDs + Vinyl:
American Wrestlers – Goodbye Terrible Youth CD/LP (Fat Possum)
“American Wrestlers’ self-titled debut was a true diamond in the rough, a lo-fi collection of timelessly hazy pop songs that practically glowed with homespun warmth. We named the new project from Scottish expat Gary McClure a Band To Watch and one of the 50 best new bands of 2015 on the strength of that first LP, and now they follow it up with new one Goodbye Terrible Youth. Since McClure’s anonymous 8-track recordings first surfaced online in late 2014, American Wrestlers have swelled from a solo bedroom project to a full honest-to-god band, now featuring his wife Bridgette Imperial on keys, Ian Reitz on bass, and Josh Van Hoorebeke on drums. That personnel upgrade comes with a corresponding sound upgrade, but if anything, the increased fidelity only adds to the sense that you’re listening to some lost FM classic.” – Stereogum
Attila – Chaos CD (Sharp Tone)
For over 10 years Atlanta’s Attila have been making uncompromising metal with a penchant for fun and partying.
Berwanger – Exorcism Rock CD/LP (Doghouse)
The new solo project by Justin Berwanger, formerly of The Anniversary.
Big Scoob – H.O.G. CD (Strange Music)
New album from the Kansas City rapper. Features Tech N9ne, E-40, Killer Mike, Bumpy Knuckles, Wrekonize, Krizz Kaliko, Boogieman, Young Boss, Paul Wall, TXX Will, Bakarii, JL and B-Legit.
Black Uhuru – Live At Rockpalast – Essen1981 CD/2xLP (Made In Germany Music)
Audio of the legendary reggae band’s 1981 live broadcast concert for Germany’s popular TV show Rockpalast, which took place in Essen. [Limted clear vinyl edition also available.]
Bobby Bland – The Singles Collection 1951-62 2xCD (Acrobat)
Bobby Bland, often known as Bobby Blue Bland, was one of the best blues, R&B and soul singers of the post-war era, recognized as one of the finest interpreters of blues-influenced songs, comparable within his genre to the likes of Frank Sinatra in the broader popular spectrum. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described him as second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis’s Beale Street blues scene. He enjoyed chart success right through until the 1980s, but this extensive collection of his formative decade and more includes all his R&B No. 1s plus other landmark recordings. He recorded initially with Roscoe Gordon for both Modern and Chess before joining the Duke label. This 56-track double-CD set comprises the A and B sides of all his Duke singles through until 1962, plus selected sides from his early releases with Roscoe Gordon.
Blessing A Curse – Satisfaction For The Vengeful CD (Smart Punk)
Blessing A Curse is a hard rock band from Orlando, Florida with a sound made up of intricate riffs, progressive drums, electronic production, eerie as well as appealing/intense vocals, and an eclectic style of screaming. The outfit made up by Joshy Singer, Brandon Swanson, Jorge Romani, Ronnie Mitchell, and Matty Owen have made a mark with catchy melodies not usually combined with their heavier style while also putting a large amount of focus on the story they are telling. Though they project a primarily vindictive persona, they have an extensive style that shows a strong motivation for growth. Satisfaction For The Vengeful’s first track “Caving In” “emulates the feeling of knowing an anxiety attack is coming but you can’t escape,” vocalist Joshy Singer told Revolver about the song. “You know that where you are isn’t where you want to be, but there’s nothing you can do about it and you feel like you’re being swallowed alive.”
The Blind Boys Of Alabama – Atom Bomb [Reissue/2005] CD (Omnivore)
After a trio of acclaimed, Grammy-winning releases beginning in 2001, The Blind Boys Of Alabama showed no signs of moving away from gospel music when they dropped Atom Bomb in 2005. Working with the same production team as their previous albums, they continued to evolve and push the genre into unheard dimensions. Atom Bomb is an eclectic mix of gospel, blues, rock, and R&B—combining standards with tracks like Norman’s Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky” and Blind Faith’s “Presence Of The Lord.” The musicianship was, as usual, impeccable, with guests including Charlie Musselwhite, The Gift Of Gab from Blackalicious, Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, and the legendary Billy Preston. This expanded edition of Atom Bomb features seven previously unissued instrumental versions of key tracks from the album.
Bon Jovi – This House Is Not For Sale CD/LP (Island)
14th studio album from the New Jersey rockers. [CD is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks.]
Susan Boyle – Wonderful World CD (Sony)
Boyle’s seventh album features renditions of well-known tracks including Madonna’s “Like A Prayer,” Robbie William’s “Angels,” a duet with Michael Bolton “Somewhere Out There,” and Paul McCartney’s “Mull Of Kintyre.” Additionally, in a first for a British artist, Susan Boyle was granted rare permission by the Nat King Cole Estate to sing a virtual duet with the legendary performer on “When I Fall In Love.”
Kenny Burrell and The Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited – Live At Catalina’s CD (HighNote)
Burrell is captured live at West-Coast jazz mecca Catalina’s with a well-oiled big band, The Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited, which is made up of some of the West Coast’s greatest jazz men and studio players.
CDs + Vinyl:
Anaal Nathrakh – Whole Of The Law CD (Metal Blade)
“The Whole Of The Law is exactly what you would expect from an Anaal Nathrakh album which is short sharp blasts of industrial/black metal drenched extremity. What stops this lesson in hate becoming nothing more than a wall of unbridled noise is the occasional moments where the band dip their toes into areas that are a little groovier and, while it is a welcome release, these moments are fleeting respites in what is, for the most part, a psychotic display of mechanical rage.” – Pure Grain Audio
Answer – Solas CD/LP (Napalm)
Contemporary hard rock with Gaelic influences — epic arrangements, airy folk melodies.
Ólafur Arnalds – Island Songs CD+DVD (Mercury Classics)
The BAFTA-winning instrumentalist and producer brings you a unique and evolving audio-visual portrait of his home country of Iceland. “This project is on a scale that has never been attempted in the classical music world before.” [Vinyl edition due December 2.]
Joan Baez – Live In ’75 CD (Air Cuts)
Joan Baez, live from the S.N.A.C.K. Benefit at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, on March 23rd, 1975 on a bill including Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Band. Presented here is her entire set, originally broadcasted on K101-FM.
Kurt Baker Combo – In Orbit CD/LP (Wicked Cool)
A master of hooks and melody, Kurt Baker’s music embodies a feel-good spirit wrapped in a punk rock sheen inspired by music of decades past.
Lou Barlow – Apocalypse Fetish CDEP (Joyful Noise)
The Dinosaur Jr. bassist and all-around alt rock icon releases an all-ukulele EP. [Vinyl edition due November 11.]
Brandt Brauer Frick – Joy CD/LP (Because Music)
With much more grit and growl than before, BBF draw upon genres and styles that are not conventionally associated with joy: krautrock, punk, drum ‘n’ bass, indie rock, new wave, and pretty much every other “-wave” from the ’80s.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid CD/LP (A. Records)
BJM’s 15th album includes guest appearances include Emil Nikolaisen from the Norwegian band Serena-Maneesh, plus vocal performances by Tess Parks and Katy Lane. “‘Good Mourning,’ the opening track is a melancholic song, as the rest eight tracks are loaded with psychedelic garage elements which is endemic of BJM’s sound.” – Last Day Deaf
Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II CD (Ubiquity)
Austin’s Brownout unleashed the Brown Sabbath Vol. I project garnering acclaim from outlets such as NPR (50 Best Albums of 2014), Pitchfork, hardcore Black Sabbath fans and most important of all Ozzy Osbourne himself, while staying true to their Latin funk roots. Brown Sabbath Vol. II cranks up the level, rocking harder than the original with a brew of ballistic horns, pummeling guitar-riffs underscored by a funky, driving rhythm section. Ghostland Observatory’s Aaron Behrens makes a guest appearance sharing vocal duties with Brown Sabbath lead vocalist Alex Marrero. Hitting harder than its predecessor and keeping closely in line with the original Sabbath material, Brown Sabbath Vol. II crosses over more to hard rock territory.