December/January Program Titles Released This Week:
IDLES – A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live At Le Bataclan CD/LP (Partisan)
A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan is the brand-new live album from IDLES, recorded at Le Bataclan in Paris on December 3, 2018, at the close of a 90-date world tour. The album celebrates the band’s success over the last two years, featuring songs from Brutalism and Joy As An Act of Resistance, and highlights their overall message of unity, and of healing through community. “Our show at Bataclan (the site of a horrific massacre on November 13th, 2015 which claimed 131 lives) was the end of a very long journey for us,” notes Joe Talbot. “On that tour we learnt so much about ourselves, each other and the audiences we have grown with over the past 10 years. That show was nothing short of catharsis and nothing more than love. We love what we do and the people who have carried us here, there was no hiding that at Bataclan and we are so very grateful that the moment was captured in all its glory, love and fatigue. Long live the open minded and long live the moment.” [Three colored vinyl pressings are available: orange, lime green, and pink).
The Who – WHO CD/LP (Polydor)
The Who are back with their first new album in thirteen years. Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend are joined on the album by long-time Who drummer Zak Starkey, bassist Pino Palladino along with contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap. The songs on WHO cover a myriad of subjects including the Grenfell Tower fire, musical theft, spirituality, reincarnation, the power of memory and “an old rock star that has lost his marbles.” Daltrey rates it amongst their strongest, “I think we’ve made our best album since in 1973; Pete hasn’t lost it; he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge.” Townsend adds, “Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are OK, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today.” [Indie exclusive colored vinyl pressing also available.]
CDs + Vinyl:
Acid Reign – The Age Of Entitlement CD/LP (Dissonance)
Recently released on vinyl – now available on CD. The reactivated UK thrashers release their first full-length album in 29 years.
Artillery – Deadly Relics [Reissue/1998] CD/LP (SPV)
Artillery – In The Trash CD/LP (SPV)
Classic tracks from the Danish thrash legends.