CDs + Vinyl:
Accept – The Rise Of Chaos CD/2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Fifteenth studio album from the Teutonic metal band. [Limited color vinyl pressing also available.]
Black Grape – Pop Voodoo CD/LP (MCA/Radioactive)
The ragtag bunch of Madchester veterans Black Grape have returned with a new album, Pop Voodoo, the band’s first new material in 20 years. Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder is once again joined by the original British b-boy and former Ruthless Rap Assassin, Kermit to make genre-melding music and take aim at today’s cultural climate.
Bonehunter – Sexual Panic Human Machine CD/LP (Hell’s Headbangers)
Second album from the Finnish thrash/punk/black metal trio.
Tyler Childers – Purgatory CD/LP (Hickman Holler)
Like many great Southern storytellers, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers has fallen in love with a place. The people, landmarks and legendary moments from his childhood home of Lawrence County, Kentucky populate the ten songs on his formidable debut, Purgatory, an album that’s simultaneously modern and as ancient as the Appalachian Mountains in which events unfold. The album, co-produced by Grammy Award winners Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, is a semi-autobiographical sketch of Childers’ growth from wayward youth to happily married man, told in the tradition of a Southern gothic novel with a classic noir antihero who may just be irredeemable. Purgatory is a chiaroscuro painting with darkness framing light in high relief. There’s catharsis and redemption. Sin and temptation. Murder and deceit. Demons and angels. Moonshine and cocaine. So much moonshine and cocaine. All played out on the large, colorful canvas of Eastern Kentucky.
Coldplay – Kaleidoscope CDEP/12”+MP3 (Parlophone)
This new EP features a live version of Coldplay’s hit collaboration with The Chainsmokers, “Something Just Like This,” recorded in Tokyo in April. It also includes “Miracles (Someone Special),” a collaboration with Detroit rapper Big Sean. Another new song, “A L I E N S,” was written with Brian Eno, and co-produced by Eno and Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon). [Limited blue colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Gal Costa – Índia [Reissue/1973] CD/LP (Mr. Bongo)
Digitally remastered edition of this 1973 album housed in replica of the original gatefold including the cover that was banned by the Brazilian military government in 1973 during the brutal dictatorship. Índia is a post-Tropicalia masterpiece from one of the movements key figures and true legends of Brazilian music, Gal Costa. Features a stellar line up of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Dominguinhos, and Tenorio Jr.
Dale Crover – The Fickle Finger Of Fate CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
Debut solo album from the enigmatic legend that is Dale Crover. Amongst his 30+ year career as one half of the essential Melvins roster, Crover has contributed to countless albums ranging from platinum-plated classics (ahem, Nirvana) to seminal cult LPs. Though consistently otherworldly, The Fickle Finger Of Fate is surprisingly approachable— dare we say, catchy. But even at its most anthemic, you won’t be able to shake the feeling that a sinister ambience is hovering just beneath the surface.
Dead Cross – Dead Cross CD/LP (Ipecac)
Dead Cross emerged out of a series of impractical schemes, fallen-through plans, and last-minute musical experimentation. Shows were scheduled before a single song was written, fans were formed before even one show was played. The chaos of its creation seems apt; after all, the band is comprised entirely of artists who have thrived playing tightly-coiled turmoil – intelligent dissonance disguised as disorder. Consisting of Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson, Michael Crain, and Mike Patton, the impressive, expansive, and eclectic list of prior bands collectively played in would be enough to ensure the unyielding ferocity of the music… but a resume isn’t necessary, here. Dead Cross stands on its own, speaks volumes with its multilayered evil-genius vocals, manic guitar riffs, and brutal rhythms. [Limited red colored vinyl pressing also available.]