Apocalyptica – Wagner Reloaded: Live In Leipzig CD (BMG Rights Management)
Finnish cello-based heavy rockers Apocalyptica want to be remembered as the band that brought balls back to heavy metal and the band that did so in a unique way. Twenty years into an inimitable and formidable career, they are still reinventing themselves and finding new sources of inspiration. The first new music from the band in three years is this live CD of their Wagner musical and theatrical project. Vinyl version due December 3.
AWOLNATION – Megalithic Symphony Deluxe 2xCD (Red Bull Records)
This Deluxe double-disc set contains their original 2011 studio album Megalithic Sypmphony paired with a second disc of rarities and B-sides. Package also includes a jacket patch as well as a limited edition AWOLNATION surf wax comb/bottle opener.
Beady Eye – BE CD/LP (Harvest)
Beady Eye was formed by the other three core members of the 1999-2009 incarnation of Oasis, namely singer Liam Gallagher, guitarist Gem Archer, and bassist Andy Bell, who switched back to guitar in Beady Eye, together with live drummer Chris Sharrock, who became a full time member of the new group. BE is their second full-length album and was produced by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio.
Andrew Bird – I Want To See Pulaski At Night CDEP (Grimsey)
Beautiful new, mostly instrumental 7-song, 32-minute mini-album, that is both poppy and hypnotic at the same time. The only vocals appear on the title track, with Andrew pleading for a departed one to “Come Back To Chicago, City Of Light.” Bird builds five of the remaining tracks up from simple layered loops in the manner that we’ve all come to take for granted, but each song is really a small wonder of fragile beauty and joy. Lovely and trippy.
Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe CD/LP (Domino)
“On his second collection of melancholic ‘80s-inspired pop odes, the 27-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Devonté Hynes, aka Blood Orange, channels vagabond emotions into something universal and inviting. His Cupid Deluxe is an album that tenderly details heartbreak through the language of longing.” Best New Music [8.5] – Pitchfork
Bottle Rockets – Bottle Rockers/The Brooklyn Side [Reissue/1993/1995] 2xCD (Roadrunner)
The Deluxe double-CD set contains digitally remastered and expanded editions of the roots rock band’s seminal releases The Bottle Rockers (1993) and The Brooklyn Side (1995). The package also includes 19 previously unreleased tracks from the era these original recordings were made, along with an exhaustive 40-page booklet detailing the band and the scene, at the time.
Jake Bugg – Shangri La CD (Island)
The British singer/songwriter’s new album shares its title with the Malibu studio where it was made, once the ’70s haven of Bob Dylan and The Band, now the creative hub of legendary producer Rick Rubin. Rubin’s assembled wrecking crew of Shangri La session regulars includes guitarist Matt Sweeney, bassist Jason Lader, and drummers Chad Smith and Pete Thomas. Vinyl version due December 17.