July Listening Station Program Titles Released This Week:
Liam Gallagher – MTV Unplugged (Live At Hull City Hall) CD/LP (WB)
Recorded in Hull, UK in August of last year, MTV Unplugged showcases Liam Gallagher’s solo career highlights alongside Oasis classics in new arrangements featuring backing choir, a string section and more. The MTV special aired globally in September in celebration of the release of his second solo album Why Me? Why Not and includes the solo hits “Wall Of Glass” and “One Of Us” as well as Oasis’ global smash single “Champagne Supernova”.
Norah Jones – Pick Me Up Off The Floor CD/LP (Blue Note)
Nine-time Grammy-winner Norah Jones’ seventh solo studio album, Pick Me Up Off The Floor grew out of her acclaimed singles series, as the unreleased songs unexpectedly congealed into an album of tremendous depth and beauty. Jones didn’t mean to make another album. After she finished touring 2016’s Day Breaks – her beloved return to piano-based jazz – she walked away from the well-worn album cycle grind and into an unfamiliar territory without boundaries: a series of short sessions with an ever-changing array of collaborators resulting in a diverse stream of singles (with Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Brian Blade, Rodrigo Amarante, Thomas Bartlett, Tarriona Tank Ball, and more). But then slowly but surely, the session songs Jones hadn’t released congealed into that very thing she’d meant to avoid – an album. But Pick Me Up Off The Floor is not some disjointed collage. It holds together beautifully, connected by the sly groove of her piano trios, lyrics that confront loss and portend hope, and a heavy mood that leans into darkness before ultimately finding the light.
NCT 127 – The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone : The Final Round’ (1st Player Version)
NCT 127 – The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone : The Final Round’ (2nd Player Version)
NCT 127’s 2nd full-length album has been repackaged for Neo Zone: The Final Round. Features 17 songs, with the 13 tracks from the original album plus four brand-new tracks. “Neo Zone is NCT 127 at its best. It checks off all the boxes when it comes to playing to their strengths, which include vocal versatility, a diversified selection of hip-hop and R&B jams, and giving fans a fun, good time. One of NCT 127’s biggest strengths is their vocal colors and tones, efficiently pulling off heavily R&B-influenced tracks and harmonizing flawlessly. Though more than half of the tracks on Neo Zone are R&B, they exist within a spectrum. The album opener, ‘Elevator’, is a feel-good, mid-tempo dance pop with late ‘90s R&B stylings and the funnest track on the album. For ‘Not Alone’, the members took a much more minimalistic approach and relied on their vocal chops. Produced by The Stereotypes and co-written by Taeyong, Mark, and Johnny, ‘Love Song’ is full of attitude and soul and features a chorus sung by the entire team — something atypical in K-pop but a skill that NCT 127 have mastered. ‘Dreams Come True’, released back in January, is a nostalgically comical throwback to the visual and sonic aesthetics of ‘90s R&B boy band ballads.” – Consequence Of Sound
Social Media Program Title Released This Week:
Sammy Brue – Crash Test Kid CD/LP (New West)
The Ogden, Utah native has been hailed as an “Americana prodigy” by Rolling Stone and one of the “teenagers shaping pop” by The New Yorker. But these myriad accomplishments may have just been the setup for what is arguably his finest work to date, Crash Test Kid. Brue has always been an artist seemingly wise beyond his years, but on Crash Test Kid he often gets at the heart of a matter or melody with just a simple but insightful turn of phrase or cleverly-picked guitar. [Indie store exclusive colored vinyl pressing also available.]
CDs + Vinyl:
Ambrose Akinmusire – on the tender spot of every calloused moment CD (Blue Note)
Ambrose Akinmusire follows his acclaimed, genre-busting 2018 manifesto, Origami Harvest, with another visionary statement on his new album on the tender spot of every calloused moment. The trumpeter examines blackness on an uncompromising set of modern jazz laced with a heavy blues feeling. The album presents 11 new compositions by Akinmusire, featuring his quartet – pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, drummer Justin Brown – with guest vocals from Genevieve Artadi and Jesus Diaz. [Vinyl edition due August 28.]
Brian Auger – Introspection 3xCD (Sunset Blvd)
Triple-disc disc 50 year career retrospective. Since the early ’60s Auger has proven to be a restless, wandering musical spirit, and this collection is the proof in the pudding that his enormous talent and vision have warranted – and continue to warrant – his participation in multiple genres as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and arranger who has successfully and effortlessly blurred the lines between jazz, blues, R&B, funk, soul, fusion, and rock.
Aversion’s Crown – Hell Will Come For Us All CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Australia’s Aversions Crown are back with their fourth full length album. Hell Will Come For Us All separates them from the rest of the blackened deathcore genre with a technically onerous sound they have developed over the last decade. [Limited red and black colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Michael Angelo Batio – More Machine Than Man CD/LP (Rat Pak)
Twelfth studio album from the shred guitar pioneer. [Limited white colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Jehnny Beth – To Love Is To Live CD/LP+MP3 (20L07 Music)
Best known as the charismatic lead singer and co-writer of UK band Savages, who received Mercury Prize nominations for both of their now-classic two albums Silence Yourself (2013) and Adore Life (2016), Jehnny Beth’s voice, lyrical perspective, and incredible live performances have captivated audiences since the early Aughts. But it’s in To Love Is To Live that Jehnny truly steps into the spotlight. The album is a sonic tour de force, a dark cinematic meditation on the strange business of being alive.
Bibio – Sleeping On The Wing CD/LP+MP3 (Warp)
Bibio returns with a new collection of music, just over a year on from his last album Ribbons. This collection continues the story of Ribbons, with ten tracks drawing on similar inspiration and using a similar palette of instruments and sounds. It is much more instrumental focused with only two tracks featuring vocals.
Blanco White – On The Other Side CD/LP (Yucatan)
New release by Blanco White, the project from London based artist Josh Edwards. On The Other Side features the single “Papillon”. Having studied guitar in Cádiz (Spain), and later the Andean instrument the charango in Sucre (Bolivia), Josh’s aim was to begin bringing together elements of Andalusian and Latin American music alongside influences closer to home.
Blue Öyster Cult – iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. CD+DVD/2xLP (Frontiers)
Blue Öyster Cult’s performance at iHeart Radio Theater in New York City took place on December 17, 2012 in an intimate setting. This special show was arranged in celebration of the band’s 40th Anniversary. [Stand-alone Blu-ray edition also available.]
BPMD – American Made CD/LP (Napalm)
Channeling nostalgia while maintaining a fresh attitude, the seasoned quartet flex their musical muscles on renowned classics such as “Toys in the Attic” (Aerosmith), “Saturday Night Special” (Lynyrd Skynyrd), “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” (ZZ Top), “We’re An American Band” (Grand Funk) and “Walk Away” (James Gang), and introduce a whole new heavy generation to deeper cuts like blues standard “Evil” and “Never In My Life” (Mountain).
Built To Spill – Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston CD/LP (Ernest Jenning)
In 2017 Built to Spill was invited to play a few shows as Daniel Johnston’s back-up band. This is what those rehearsals sounded like; 11 tracks of Johnston’s fractured pop presented through the eyes of Built To Spill.
The Coasters – Rock CD (Bear Family)
The Coasters are one of the most popular Doo-Wop and Rock ‘n’ Roll vocal groups in music history. Rock contains their complete uptempo material recorded between 1957 and 1962 for Atco Records.
John Craigie – Asterisk The Universe CD/LP (Zabriskie Point)
Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.
Discharge – War Is Hell [Reissue/2008] CD/LP (Cleopatra)
Reissue of the hard hitting 2008 compilation album from the hardcore icons. Features both studio recordings and vicious live cuts. Available on CD in a digipak and on limited edition translucent blue vinyl.
Disheveled Cuss – Disheveled Cuss CD/LP+MP3 (Sargent House)
Nick Reinhart, guitarist, and singer of cult favorites Tera Melos and a frequent musical contributor to Death Grips and Portugal.The Man has created a new project under the moniker Disheveled Cuss. A departure from the innovative and very technical/ambient compositions he’s known for, Disheveled Cuss lives somewhere in-between early Weezer and Teenage Fanclub with a heavy ‘90s indie rock influence.
Drab City – Good Songs For Bad People CD/LP (Bella Union)
A heady air of dislocation envelops Drab City’s debut album, where songs of innocence and experience merge with dub, hip-hop, dream-pop and jazzy soundtrack vibes to intoxicating effect. Drab City are fixated on social alienation, violent revenge, and (perhaps) romantic love as salvation.
Craig Duncan – Rockabilly Bluegrass CD (Green Hill)
Compiling the most popular hits of the retro rockabilly genre made popular in the ’50s and ’60s by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Craig Duncan flips the tunes on their heads, creating fun bluegrass takes on these gems while featuring some of the Bluegrass world’s most accomplished players including Rob Ickes, David Talbot, and Zander Wyatt.
Ezra Bell – The Way To Oblivion CD/LP (Dutch Records)
Ezra Bell releases their highly anticipated new album, This Way To Oblivion. Since the album announcement, the Portland band has earned acclaim from KEXP, American Songwriter, Glide Magazine, Exclaim, and more, assigning critical affirmation to a preexisting cult following, hard-earned by relentless touring.
Peter Gabriel – Rated PG CD/LP (Real World)
A collection of Peter Gabriel songs from the movies. Having always loved the combination of film and music (aged 17 he gave up a place at film school to pursue a career in music) Peter Gabriel’s first opportunity to really marry these twin interests came when he was asked to create the music for Alan Parker’s film Birdy in 1985. Further film work, including his music for Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation Of Christ (that became the album Passion) and the soundtrack to Philip Noyce’s film Rabbit-Proof Fence (released as the album Long Walk Home), has continued to feed that interest. Alongside those longer soundtrack commissions Peter Gabriel has also regularly contributed songs to a diverse range of movies and Rated PG explores this other connection forged by Peter between his music and film.
Liam Gallagher – MTV Unplugged (Live At Hull City Hall) CD/LP (WB)
Recorded in Hull, UK in August of last year, MTV Unplugged showcases Liam Gallagher’s solo career highlights alongside Oasis classics in new arrangements featuring backing choir, a string section and more.
Errol Garner – Plays Gershwin & Kern [Reissue/1976] CD (Mack Avenue)
On this final album released during Garner’s life, he shows yet again his complete mastery of his instrument and his unmatched ability to interpret songs and make them his own. This newly restored album includes a previously unreleased Garner original, worthy of the two composers to which this album is dedicated.
Jack Garratt – Love, Death & Dancing CD (Interscope)
Love, Death & Dancing is British artist Jack Garratt’s highly anticipated new album and first new music since 2016. The deeply personal collection contains 12 tracks produced by Garratt with additional production on several tracks by Jacknife Lee, long-time friend James Flannigan, and Brett Cox. Musically, Love, Death & Dancing reflects its lyrical content, moments of mellifluous beauty and calm giving way to outbreaks of cacophonous anxiety and manic energy. [Vinyl edition due July 10.]
Gone West – Canyons CD/LP (Triple Tigers)
Gone West is a new Nashville-based group featuring two-time Grammy award winner Colbie Caillat, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jason Reeves, four-time Hawaii music award winner Justin Kawika Young and ACM and CMT nominated artist Nelly Joy.
Connie Han – Iron Starlet CD (Mack Avenue)
As the title makes vividly clear, Connie Han’s career may be in the early stages of what promises to be a vertiginous climb, but the 23-year-old pianist and composer is no wide-eyed aspirant, timidly searching for her place in the crowded jazz landscape.
House Of Lords – New World – New Eyes CD (Frontiers)
10th studio album from the melodic hard rock band.
Boney James – Solid CD (Concord)
Solid is the four-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling saxophonist’s seventeenth album as a leader. With eleven original songs and featuring R&B star Kenny Lattimore on the single “Be Here”, the record is an uplifting collection.
Carley Rae Jepson – Dedicated Side B CD/LP (School Boy)
One year after the release of her critically acclaimed fourth studio album, Dedicated, Carly Rae Jepsen is back with the surprise release of a new, highly-requested collection of B-sides.
Kidbug – Kidbug CD/LP (Joyful)
Kidbug is Marina Tadic (Eerie Wanda), Adam Harding (Dumb Numbers), Thor Harris (Swans) and Bobb Bruno (Best Coast). They make self-described cuddlebug sludge, the harmoniously spiky offspring of Harding’s fuzzy guitar grunge-gaze and Tadic’s dreamy left field pop. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Larkin Poe – Self Made Man CD/LP+MP3 (Tricki-Woo)
Self Made Man sees the multi-instrumentalist sister duo, comprised of the Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based Rebecca and Megan Lovell, pushing their music and message towards hitherto unexplored terrain, inspired by their epic world travels yet still powerfully rooted in the creative heritage of their beloved American South. [Limited tan colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Little Steven – Revolution [Reissue/1989] CD (UMe)
Four-panel digipak CD reissue of the fourth solo album by Little Steven. The Disciples Of Soul were gone in all but name (although former Disciple/Young Rascals drummer Dino Danelli did the album art), and the music was largely electronic.
Living Gate – Deathlust CDEP/12” (Relapse)
Death metal band Living Gate is comprised of Aaron Rieseberg (YOB) Lennart Bossu (Oathbreaker, Amenra) Wim Coppers (Oathbreaker, Wiegedood) and Levy Seynaeve (Amenra, Wiegedood). The band’s ethos is wholly defined by the sounds of the underground – purposefully devoid of over-polished, meticulously edited music, and eschewing athletic, sterile musicianship in favor of break-neck riffs.
Manic Street Preachers – Gold Against The Soul [Reissue/1993] 2xCD/LP+MP3 (Sony)
Digitally remastered and expanded double-CD edition of the second studio album by Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers. Includes bonus B-sides, demos, remixes and more. [Single-disc 180gm vinyl reissue also available.]
Maserati – Enter The Mirror CD/LP (Temporary Residence)
Marking their 20th year as a band, Maserati returns with their first new album in five years. Produced by the band and mixed by Grammy-winning producer, John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, Swans, Angel Olsen), Enter The Mirror is Maserati’s most compelling mélange of triumphant guitar hooks, abstract synth-pop, and Wax Trax-inspired noise anthems. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Pere Ubu – By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki (Live In Jarocin) 2xCD/2xLP (Cherry Red)
“On Friday, July 14th 2017, Pere Ubu musicians and crew undertook the journey to Jarocin, Poland, from their homes around the world…” And so begins the story of By Order Of Mayor Pawlicki. Broken mics, broken drums, broken itineraries and some espionage made this a stand-out gig for all involved, but from the moment they took to the stage the band’s performance blew all of those impediments, and more, aside. Performing material from the first seven years of the band’s career, Pere Ubu, led by the ever-engaging David Thomas, rejuvenate and reinvigorate their classic catalogue from this influential era.
Plasma Canvas – Killermajestic CDEP/12” (SideOneDummy)
The first thing you hear on the brand new EP from Fort Collins punk duo Plasma Canvas is the wild, visceral scream that kicks off opening song Killer Majestic. It’s a burst of pure, primal emotion that sounds like vocalist/guitarist Adrienne Rae Ash’s actual throat is escaping from her body into the big, bad world outside.
Iggy Popp – The Idiot [Reissue/1977] 2xCD (Virgin)
Iggy Pop’s debut solo album The Idiot features legendary collaborations with David Bowie. Originally released in 1977, this release includes hit tracks “China Girl”, “Funtime” and “Nightclubbing”. Disc Two features 15 live songs from the 1977 performance at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
Iggy Popp – The Bowie Years 7xCD (Virgin)
1977 the story of Iggy Pop and David Bowie’s collaboration on two of the most iconic albums of the decade, The Idiot and Lust For Life, is told in a new seven-CD box set which features the albums remastered, a disc of outtakes and three discs of live recordings officially released for the first time.
Professor Longhair – The Bach Of Rock 2xCD (Sunset Blvd)
On The Bach Of Rock, Longhair bounces buoyantly through old favorites while adding some new songs into the mix. Infectious vocals, jaunty ivory-tickling, and funky groove provide the ultimate soundtrack to the Crescent City.
Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio – Angels Around CD/LP (Heartcore)
Angels Around traverses new musical frontiers in the standard jazz idiom. While Rosenwinkel, Hutchinson, and Deidda embody and emote the rich traditions of jazz at its purest form, make no mistake, this music is thoroughly contemporary, focused, and for the here and now.
Smackbound – 20/20 CD (Frontiers)
Smackbound is a new metal band from Finland centered on singer and band founder Netta Laurenne. You might have heard her on guest spots with Amorphis, Lordi, Black Sun, or Elvenking.
Stinky – Of Lost Things CD/LP (M-Theory Audio)
Third album from the French melodic hardcore/punk quintet. The band capably fuses melody with an affinity for violence, making the music’s quintet a combustible mix of energy and aggression.
Twice A Man – On The Other Side Of The Mirror CD (Ad Inexplorata)
“Twice a Man are not only one of Sweden’s first electronic acts; they are also one of the few bands that has bridged the gaps between new wave, progressive rock and experimental music. Fast forward twenty or so albums, jumping over excursions into music for theater and dancefloors, and we find the band On The Other Side Of The Mirror. With Jocke Söderqvist joining the core duo, as he has for the past few releases, Twice A Man have found their optimal formation.” – Coldwar Nightlife [Vinyl edition due June 19.]
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne – Go, Just Do It! CD (Stony Plain Music)
Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne’s newest album finds the Boogie Woogie Hall of Famer applying his tremendous talent to an energetic recording of top shelf good time blues. The album is 13 tracks of originals which include Kenny’s arrangement of two Percy Mayfield songs and one by JJ Cale.
Orlando Weeks – A Quickening CD/LP (PIAS America)
Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees) returns with his debut solo release, A Quickening, a deeply personal record, lush and full of swelling, emotive and beautiful flourishes, exploring themes around Fatherhood, following the recent birth of his first son.
DVDs + Blu-ray:
Blue Öyster Cult – iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. CD+DVD/LP (Frontiers)
Blue Öyster Cult’s performance at iHeart Radio Theater in New York City took place on December 17, 2012 in an intimate setting. This special show was arranged in celebration of the band’s 40th Anniversary.
This Week’s Vinyl Exclusives:
The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form 2xLP (Interscope)
Following 2018’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, The 1975’s much-anticipated fourth studio effort, Notes In A Conditional Form is the second of two albums from the British band’s third release cycle, Music For Cars. Over the past six months, the band has dropped a selection of sonically-diverse singles, including the shoegazey “Me & You Together Song”, and the twangy, “The Birthday Party”. Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.
24-Carat Black – III LP (Numero)
From Shrine to Stax, Isaac Hayes to Gloria Ann Taylor, The Mad Lads to The Staples Singers, Detroit to Atlanta, Kendrick to Pusha-T, Dale Warren’s singular voice is the lone constant. Beneath the ethereal beauty of his productions was a genius crippled by his unbridled id. His ever- evolving 24-Carat Black project spanned the ’70s, producing a masterpiece and an unfinished follow up. Discovered in a storage space were Warren’s 1980s demos cut with grown ‘n’ sexy divas Princess Hearn, Vicki Gray, and LaRhonda LeGette right before his untimely death at the age of 50. III is an unfinished symphony that peels away the final layer of Dale Warren’s mysterious oeuvre.
Armed – Only Love LP (Sargent House)
Sophomore album from the Detroit punk/hardcore/experimental collective. [Limited edition neon green colored vinyl pressing also available.]
The Boneless Ones – Skate For The Devil [Reissue/1986] LP (Beer City)
Vinyl reissue of a skate rock/thrash metal/crossover classic.
Cannabis Corpse – Nug So Vile LP (Season Of Mist)
Transparent red colored vinyl pressing. Cannabis Corpse’s 2019 album Nug So Vile is an onslaught of dank death that stands on the shoulders of the US metal giants that precede them. Featuring Phil “Landphil” Hall (Municipal Waste), the trio wield 420-ton riffs like weapons of iron and steel. Each track unfolds deranged fables of stoner horror. Illicit grass forfeiture, alien pot forms, interstellar greenhouse planets, murderous THC zombies, and supernatural smoke sessions are delivered by crushing hits like “Cylinders Of Madness”, “Blunt Force Domain”, and “Dawn Of Weed Possession”. Cannabis Corpse habitually raises their pot-inspired madness with each album, and the classic US death metal assault of Nug So Vile is another new high.
Mariangela Celeste – Mariangela [Reissue/1975] LP (Telephone Explosion)
In the early 1970s, Mariangela Celeste signed to a major label at 13, she would go on to record her self-titled album with rising European superstar Vangelis. Though tragically overlooked upon its release, Mariangela is a gem of early electronic pop with sparkling synths, drums machines, and lush arrangements propelling the songs of an unapologetically strong-willed adolescent girl.
Cloak – To Venomous Depths [Reissue/2017] 2xLP (Season Of Mist)
Cloak captures the magic, mystique, and mystery of classic heavy metal with their 2017 debut To Venomous Depths. Drawing from metal’s most impactful sub genre’s, the quartet distill their collective influences into an enthralling full-album experience that honors the spirit of the early classics while standing firmly in the now.
Craft – White Noise And Black Metal [Reissue/2018] LP (Season Of Mist)
Limited colored vinyl pressing. 2018’s White Noise And Black Metal sees the notorious and highly influential Swedish black metal band reclaiming their throne as one of the most intimidating and caustic entities in the underground. A cold and calculated attack on hope and the light, Craft spew nihilism and negativity in its purest forms.
Cybotron – Colossus [Reissue/1978] LP (Dual Planet)
Part man, part machine, Cybotron was the synthesis of progressive rock and electronic music experimentation. Conceived by pioneers of the Australian electronic underground, Steve Maxwell Von Braund and keyboardist Geo Green, together they produced a series of mind-altering cosmic albums throughout the 1970s which set the tone for the Minimal wave and electronic post punk scene of early 1980s Melbourne. Part Tangerine Dream, part Ash Ra Tempel, Cybotron channeled the spirit of Krautrock to create their own unique brand of throbbing Komische electronica rivaling the futuristic vision of their German counterparts. Dual Planet present the long awaited reissue of this landmark Australian recording.
Death Valley Girls – Breakthrough 7” (Suicide Squeeze)
L.A.’s Death Valley Girls have made a name for themselves by churning out a desert-blasted blend of rowdy proto-punk and primitive heavy metal steeped in cosmic idealism and third-eye consciousness. Their first new offering since tearing a hole in the sky with their 2018 album Darkness Rains comes in the form of a two-song 7”. Purple colored vinyl.
El Michels Affair – Reasons b/w Hips 7” (Big Crown)
New two-sider from El Michels Affair. The A-side, “Reasons”, is a collaboration that is sure to get all the soul collectors very, very excited. Last time Bobby Oroza was in New York El Michels invited him to the studio to cut a tune together. Bobby took this opportunity to take us all on a journey to the existential side of his mind on this gorgeous and ethereal ballad covered in lush guitar notes. The B side, “Hipps” is pulled from El Michels Affair’s recently released modern masterpiece, Adult Themes.
Fiery Furnaces – Down At The So And So On Somewhere 7” (Third Man)
Indie rockers The Fiery Furnaces, led by sibling duo Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger, haven’t released an album since 2009 and haven’t played a show since 2011. The band was formed in New York City in 2000 with their debut album Gallowsbird’s Bark released to critical acclaim in 2003. In the following seven years, they released eight more albums and toured extensively. In the meantime, Eleanor and Matthew have also released eight solo albums, collectively. Third Man Records is pleased to present the 7″ single “Down At The So And So On Somewhere”, The Fiery Furnaces’ first new music in almost 10 years.
Blaze Foley – Live At The Austin Outhouse LP (End Of An Ear)
Live At the Austin Outhouse captures Blaze Foley, Austin’s legendary singer-songwriter, at his final appearance at the iconic Austin Outhouse venue. Recorded over two nights in 1989 just days before his tragic murder, these twelve tracks are available on vinyl for the first time. Recorded by his friend John Casner, these now classic Blaze songs were for years only shared on hand-made cassettes among a small network of friends and fans.
Yair Elazar Glotman and Mats Erlandsson – Emanate LP (FatCat)
Both prolific composers in their own right working within the field of modern composition/new electronic music, Berlin-based Yair Elazar Glotman and Stockholmbased Mats Erlandsson have been collaborating since 2015. The pair’s sophomore album, Emanate, is a powerful and stunningly executed extended duration work that utilizes a fantastic ensemble cast and continues to explore their ideas of a “displaced sound” – combining electronic and acoustic sound sources through both analogue and digital means to create a gorgeous and ambiguous composite work, a music that sounds neither clearly electronic or acoustic, existing instead in some in-between space.
Guerilla Toss – Jay Glass Dubs vs Guerilla Toss 12” (DFA)
A reworking of the freaky post-punk stylings of Guerilla Toss by Athens, Greece-based musician and producer Dimitris Papadatos, a.k.a. Jay Glass Dubs.
Healing Potpourri – Blanket Of Calm LP (Run For Cover)
Healing Potpourri want to create songs that make you feel good. It’s not often that we take a moment to appreciate music that specifically exists to comfort and rejuvenate – music that aims to sound as pleasant as it’s intentions – but that’s exactly what Healing Potpourri achieves on the new full-length, Blanket of Calm. The album is a collection of 11 effervescent songs to soundtrack better days-and hopefully inspire more of them. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available. CD edition due June 19.]
Hexvessel – Kindred LP (Svart)
Psychedelic forest folk-rockers Hexvessel release their nature-mystic opus, Kindred. Taking a darker and more esoteric path, Kindred sees Hexvessel re-forge their eclectic melting cauldron or vessel of sound into a potent hex of spell-binding songcraft. Blues-laden psych-rock and progressive structures harken back to King Crimson, giving way to dark earthen balladry reminiscent of early Nick Cave and the doom-laden atmospheres of Dead Can Dance.
I Fight Dragons – Canon Eyes LP (Oglio)
Chiptune-Rock band, I Fight Dragons, creates an ode to ’90s radio rock, with stadium size drums and guitars combining with their tightest songwriting to date. [The band’s 2014 album, The Near Future, is due to be reissued on colored vinyl on June 26.]
Jay Som – A Thousand Words b/w Can’t Sleep 7”+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Following the release of Jay Som’s critically acclaimed sophomore album, Anak Ko (2019), the band’s creative force, Melina Duterte, is already back with two beautiful new songs. “A Thousand Words” and “Can’t Sleep” both give listeners a crystal clear reminder as to what made Jay Som one of the most popular indie acts of the last few years. Limited blue colored vinyl pressing.
JEFF The Brotherhood – Gremlins Vol. 1 LP (Jett Plastic)
JEFF the Brotherhood have long been influential members of the indie rock scene, their homegrown label Infinity Cat influencing the vinyl boom in their native Nashville and beyond. Jett Plastic Recordings has long since been fans of JEFF, and their constant, prolific output (albums dating back to 2002), so it gives them immense pleasure to release Gremlins, Vol. 1 on vinyl LP, a compilation with unreleased tracks, alternate versions and surprises previously released as a tour-only CD in 2016 that was limited to 33 copies.
Kaytranada – Bubba 2xLP (RCA)
Vinyl pressing of the second studio album by Canadian electronic music producer. Features guest appearances from Kali Uchis, Pharrell Williams, Mick Jenkins, Tinashe, Estelle, Charlotte Day Wilson, and GoldLink, among others.
Killing Joke – The Unperverted Pantomime [Reissue/1982] LP (Cadiz Music)
A timely remastered reissue of this rare collection of live recordings and radio sessions that finds the classic Killing Joke line up of Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards), Geordie Walker (guitar); Youth (bass) and Paul Ferguson (drums) in raw, blistering form.
Lil Baby – My Turn LP (Quality Control)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. New album from the Grammy-nominated rap superstar.
Magnetic System – Godzilla b/w Escape [Reissue/1977] 7” (AMS/Cinevox)
Magnetic System were a sort of supergroup founded in the second half of the ’70s, consisting of three of the greatest Italian composers, musicians, arrangers and producers: Vince Tempera, Franco Bixio and Fabio Frizzi. This wasn’t their only artistic collaboration, but under the name of Magnetic System only a 7” had been released in 1977, containing two tracks, “Godzilla” and “Escape”.
Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas [Reissue/1994] 5xLP (Deathlike Silence)
Deluxe 25th anniversary vinyl box set edition of Mayhem’s De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, considered by many to be one of the most important black metal albums of all time. Includes four bonus LPs contacting two different rehearsal sessions and two rough mixes, and a 96-page book.
Metal Mirror – English Booze b/w Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Never Gonna Leave Us [Reissue/1980] 7” (On The Dole)
Metal Mirror came from the midlands and their lone single originally released in ´80 is a loud and heavy ode to English booze that will leave you head banging and craving for more.
The Meteors – Psychobilly Rules! The Collection 2xLP (Cleopatra)
Deluxe gatefold double-LP collection gathering all of the highlights from the career of psychobilly pioneers.
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes – What Kinda Music 2xLP (Moobeam Music)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. South London multi-instrumentalist Tom Misch, and Yussef Dayes, one of the UK’s most innovative young drummers, unite for an astonishing collaboration.
Kim Petras – Clarity LP (Bunhead)
Limited vinyl picture disc pressing of the debut studio album by German singer Kim Petras.
Pine Hill Haints – Satchel Paige Blues b/w Whiskey In The Jar 7” (Arkam)
Recorded two nights before Christmas in Florence, Alabama at Single Lock Studios by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) for their upcoming full length The Song Companion Of A Lone Star Cowboy (to be released later this year) “Satchel Page Blues” features a scorching blues harp (played by Col. JD Wilkes of The Legendary Shackshakers) paying tribute to possibly the greatest pitcher to ever play baseball, Mobile, Alabama’s own Satchel Paige. The single is backed with the haunting fiddle of an old Irish traditional tune, “Whiskey In The Jar”.
Chris Poland – Return To Metalopolis [Reissue/1990] 2xLP (Combat)
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the former Megadeth guitarist’s 1990 solo debut, pressed on colored vinyl. Bonus material includes live tracks that originally appeared on the out-of-print 2007 release Return To Metalopolis Live, plus three brand new tracks recorded in 2019, featuring the rhythm section of Carlos Cruz and Chase Bryant of Warbringer.
Predatür – Seen You Here b/w Take A Walk [Reissue/1982 7” (One The Dole)
DIY beer-stained guitar boogie from Reading.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Tides: Music For Meditation And Yoga [Reissue/2018] LP (Touchtheplants)
Recorded in 2013 and released on 2018, Tides: Music For Meditation And Yoga is a glimpse into the early phase of what has become Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s signature approach to electronic music. Composed and played on a Buchla Music Easel – the modular synthesizer that gives Smith’s music its organic feel – this collection of instrumentals is at once uplifting, transportive and meditational.
Sonic Boom – All Things Being Equal LP+MP3 (Carpark)
It’s auspicious that Sonic Boom – the solo project and nom-deproducer of Peter Kember (Spectrum, Spacemen 3) – returns in 2020 with his first new LP in three decades. Kember’s drawn to the year’s numerological potency, and this intentionality shines into every corner of All Things Being Equal. It’s a meditative, mathematical record concerned with the interconnectedness of memory, space, consumerism, consciousness’ everything. Through regenerative stories told backwards and forwards, Kember explores dichotomies zen and fearsome, reverential of his analog toolkit and protective of the plants and trees that support our lives. [CD edition due June 26.]
State Of Deception – Conception LP (Conception)
[Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl.] Fifth studio album from the power metal band.
Sun City Girls – Live At Sky Church LP (Twenty One Eighty)
The first new Sun City Girls release since Funeral Mariachi (2010), Live At The Sky Church is a 2004 performance that melds their signature alien-jazz improv, Asian-tinged psychedelia, and Middle Eastern meditations together with their ranting psychodrama.
Sunn Trio – Electric Esoterica LP (Twenty One Eighty)
Sunn Trio is a punk trio that is influenced by Middle Eastern psych, free jazz, and improvisation.
Va Rocks – I Love VA Rocks LP (Metalville)
Released last year on CD – now available on vinyl.Va Rocks stand for straight, uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll with a dash of punk rock. Already at the tender age of 12 the three girls founded their band to fight boredom in their small Swedish hometown of Lund. Since then they conquered the stages all over Europe with their sound influenced by AC/DC, The Runaways, Danko Jones, Ramones and Girlschool.
Various Artists – Troubled Troubadours LP (Iron Mountain Analog)
16 seismic slices of misfortune, desperation, woe and plain high-weirdness – delivered by a stellar cast of country music luminaries and a host of valiant battered journeymen.
Wargirl – Dancing Gold LP (Clouds Hill)
Wargirl is a six-headed circle of like-minded people from different backgrounds and cultures that’s bringing back defiance and edge into their unique brand of psychedelic- funk-disco, wonderfully illustrated on their sublime new album. Their luscious brew of rock, funk, reggae and assorted psychedelia sounds are wonderfully uplifting and catchy and has a decidedly defiant edge to it.
The Jack Wilson Quartet featuring Roy Ayers – Call Me: Jazz From The Penthouse LP (Century 67)
Previously unreleased live recordings of underrated jazz pianist Jack Wilson and his quartet, best known for his work on the Atlantic and Blue Note labels. Featuring a young Roy Ayers and recorded in Seattle at the Penthouse jazz club in July and August of 1966 when Wilson’s group was touring the west coast with Redd Foxx, these recordings feature a mix of standards, current pop hits of the day, and originals by Wilson himself.
Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross LP (New West)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. If there’s one lesson to be gleaned from Jaime Wyatt’s latest album, Neon Cross, it’s that life goes on. And through it all – good times and bad, dreaming and desperation, there is truth. When it came to capturing that truth on tape, Wyatt had some assistance from Shooter Jennings, who produced Neon Cross. Together, she and Jennings boldly color outside the country lines, taking a wide-lens sonic and stylistic approach to the songs.
Youth meets Jah Wobble – Acid Punk Dub Apocalypse LP (Cadiz Music)
Post – punk innovators, Jah Wobble and Youth have teamed up for a new album. Acid Punk Dub Apocalypse was recorded over the last year by the former Public Image Ltd founder and renowned producer and Killing Joke bassist and features a host of special guests and collaborations.
Warren Zevon – Life’ll Kill Ya [Reissue/1999] LP (Ship To Shore)
20th anniversary edition of the tenth studio album by the singer-songwriter. First-time vinyl pressing. This critically acclaimed album has been called a mournful lament on the aging process and the inevitable decay that accompanies it.