New Release Round-Up 06-09-23
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Weathervanes - Southeastern Records
A Jason Isbell record always lands like a decoder ring in the ears and hearts of his audience, a soundtrack to his world and magically to theirs, too. Weathervanes carries the same revelatory power. This is a storyteller at the peak of his craft, observing his fellow wanderers, looking inside and trying to understand, reducing a universe to four minutes. He shrinks life small enough to name the fear and then strip it away, helping his listeners make sense of how two plus two stops equaling four once you reach a certain age -- and carry a certain amount of scars. “There is something about boundaries on this record,” Isbell says. “As you mature, you still attempt to keep the ability to love somebody fully and completely while you’re growing into an adult and learning how to love yourself.” Weathervanes is a collection of grown-up songs: Songs about adult love, about change, about the danger of nostalgia and the interrogation of myths, about cruelty and regret and redemption. Life and death songs played for and by grown ass people. Some will make you cry alone in your car and others will make you sing along with thousands of strangers in a big summer pavilion, united in the great miracle of being alive. The record features the rolling thunder of Isbell’s fearsome 400 Unit, who’ve earned a place in the rock ‘n’ roll cosmos alongside the greatest backing ensembles, as powerful and essential to the storytelling as The E Street Band or the Wailers. They make a big noise, as Isbell puts it, and he feels so comfortable letting them be a main prism through which much of the world hears his art. He can be private but with them behind him he transforms, and there is a version of himself that can only exist in their presence. When he plays a solo show, he is in charge of the entire complicated juggle. On stage with the 400 Unit, he can be a guitar hero when he wants, and a conductor when he wants, and a smiling fan of the majesty of his bandmates when he wants to hang back and listen to the sound.
Niall Horan - The Show - Capitol
Niall Horan's `The Show' - his third solo album and first since 2020's chart-topping `Heartbreak Weather' - will be released on June 9, 2023. Preceded by its lead single "Heaven," the album matches the pure emotion of his globally beloved past work with a powerful new element of soul-searching reflection. Each vinyl copy of `The Show' includes a randomly selected print of a letter handwritten by Niall about a song from the album.
Jenny Lewis - Joy'All - Blue Note Records
Jenny Lewis’ fifth solo album, Joy'All arrives June 9th. Joy’All finds the singer-songwriter embarking on a new era, in a new town – and on a new label, as she joins the iconic roster of Blue Note/Capitol Records. While Joy’All pulls from a bounty of sonic inspiration – from classic soul to ‘90s R&B, as well as country and classic singer-songwriter records – the album’s rich, intimate and warm live sound is the hallmark of eight-time GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb. Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, Joy’All includes new single “Psychos” and the previously released single “Puppy and a Truck.”
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Milky Chance - Living In A Haze [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ocean Blue LP]
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Strangers No More
Janelle Monae - The Age of Pleasure
Christine And The Queens - PARANOĎA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE
Freddie Gibbs - $oul $old $eparately [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Yellow LP + Flexi Disc]
Ultra Q - My Guardian Angel
Dream Wife - Social Lubrication [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe Red & Black LP]
Squid - O Monolith
Youth Lagoon - Heaven Is A Junkyard
King Krule - Space Heavy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
TEKE::TEKE - Hagata
My Morning Jacket - MMJ Live Vol. 3: Bonnaroo 2004 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Thunderdome (Cloudy & Clear) 2LP]
Jess Williamson - Time Ain't Accidental [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Hot Pink LP]
Tears For Fears - The Hurting [Half-Speed LP]
Extreme - Six
Oceans Ate Alaska - Disparity
James - Be Opened By The Wonderful [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White 2 LP]
Rob Grant - Lost At Sea
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Queens Of The Stone Age - In Times New Roman... - Matador
‘In Times New Roman...’, the 8th studio album from Queens Of The Stone Age is raw, brutal & rough around the edges but with a refinement that reveals itself further with each successive listen — and QOTSA founder Joshua Homme’s lyrics are as witty and withering than ever. The results are instantly identifiable; QOTSA’s sonic signature, expanded and embellished with new and unprecedented twists in virtually every song, a live in-a-room recording that showcases a band at the height of their creative powers. ‘In Times New Roman...’ is a party for the obscene and the clean, the outcasts and the weirdos, and anyone and everyone in between. One of the most important bands in recent rock history is B A C K but it’s no exaggeration to call this album a devastating rebirth."
Sammy Rae & The Friends - Chapter One - Nettwerk Records
Singer/songwriter, bandleader, and human being Samantha Bowers first began writing songs at age 12 while taking piano lessons and listening to Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Freddie Mercury playing on the family stereo. By 16, she developed a love of jazz and began to study the great female vocalists of the century (mainly Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Sarah Vaughn). She and her eight-piece group make music that has elements of pop, soul, funk, rock and jazz and focus on themes like coming-of-age, defiance, and self-expression. Their genre blending performances are high-energy, honest and quirky, influenced by the great performances of those childhood classic rock heroes.
New Release Round-Up 06-02-23
Jack Johnson - In Between Dub - Republic Records
In March 2020, Jack Johnson reached out to Lee “Scratch" Perry to produce a dub remix album based on Jack’s most loved recordings. On August 29, 2021, the project was brought to a halt as Scratch departed this physical world. In 2022, Jack and Subatomic Sound System, Perry’s band of the last decade, connected directly and discovered they had all the pieces to bring Lee “Scratch” Perry’s three creations to completion. The LP also features dubs from Dennis Bovell, Scientist, Mad Professor, Nightmares on Wax, and more.
Tom Waits - Closing Time: 50th Anniversary - ANTI
Closing Time foreshadows the distinctly lyrical storytelling and original blending of jazz, blues, and folk styles that would come to be associated with Tom Waits. It is on this debut album that Waits performs enduring classics of his career “Ol’ 55” (famously covered by the Eagles), the heartbreaking “Martha” and the gentle acoustic folk of “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You”. Reissued for the first time as a double LP to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark debut with newly half speed mastering at Abbey Road Studios.
Avenged Sevenfold - Life Is But A Dream - Warner Records
Avenged Sevenfold’s new album, Life Is But A Dream is a timeless work of art that blurs genres. Best served as a whole and consumed en masse to truly appreciate its musical breadth and sonic depth, it marks their boldest statement and most revolutionary work to date. Written and recorded over the span of 4 years, it was produced by Joe Barresi and Avenged Sevenfold in Los Angeles and mixed by Andy Wallace in the Poconos, PA. Inspired by Albert Camus’ The Stranger, the album is a journey through an existential crisis; a very personal exploration into the meaning, purpose and value of human existence with the anxiety of death always looming. Immerse into this experience…
Rancid - Tomorrow Never Comes - Epitaph
Rancid - the legendary Bay Area punk rockers are back with their 10th studio album, Tomorrow Never Comes on Epitaph Records. Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkeley, California, Rancid has now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century.
Neil Frances - There Is No Neil Frances - Nettwerk Records
There is no Neil Frances. OK, sort of. Neil Frances is not a solo artist, it's the name of a duo comprised of Sydney-born Jordan Feller and Southern California native Marc Gilfry. To help you remember that Neil Frances is not a person, the duo has named it's debut LP There Is No Neil Frances. Neil Frances' signature sound is beat-driven pop infused with a more organic warmth than most modern music. Putting special emphasis on their enthralling live sets-the group quickly developed a reputation as a must-see stage artist opening for SG Lewis, Jungle, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The band explains, "Our new album is about self-realization and becoming the person that you dream of. The concept is that we are insects on earth who ascend into outer space to become divas at a galactic ball." The album features both GRAE and Benny Sings..
Kenny Rogers - Life Is Like A Song - UMe
A collection of unreleased songs from Kenny Rogers' archives that tells the story of the love, life, loss and faith between Kenny and his wife, Wanda, and their two children. The album features the long sought after "Goodbye" written by Lionel Richie, interpretations of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" and "I Wish It Would Rain" originally recorded by The Temptations, and "Tell Me That You Love Me" a lost duet between Kenny and Dolly Parton.
Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts: Reissue - Blue Note Records
Norah Jones defied expectations with her 5th studio album Little Broken Hearts, a striking collaboration with Danger Mouse that arrived a decade after her debut Come Away With Me, prompting SPIN to call it "the 2nd essential record of Norah Jones' career." Deluxe Edition features an expanded 31-track set curated by Jones with rare bonus tracks, alternate versions, remixes, and a previously unreleased live version of the album recorded for Austin City Limits in 2012.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Purr - Who Is Afraid Of Blue?
Foo Fighters - But Here We Are
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Council Skies
Ben Folds - What Matters Most [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Color LP]
Beach Fossils - Bunny
Bully - Lucky For You
Bob Dylan - Shadow Kingdom
Ghost - Prequelle [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tangerine LP]
Half Moon Run - Salt
Ruen Brothers - Ten Paces
Hollywood Vampires - Live in Rio
Rival Sons - DARKFIGHTER
Jake Shears - Last Man Dancing [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Marble LP]
Ben Harper - Wide Open Light
The Revivalists - Pour It Out Into The Night [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sun Marble LP]
Rufus Wainwright - Folkocracy
Protomartyr - Formal Growth In The Desert [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
De La Soul - Stakes Is High
Tanya Tucker - Sweet Western Sound
Matt & Kim - Sidewalks [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Blue LP]
Matt & Kim - Grand [RSD Essential Yellow w/Orange & Black Splatter LP+7in]
Christina Aguilera - Aguilera
Roger Waters - The Lockdown Sessions
ENHYPEN - DARK BLOOD
Stray Kids - 5-STAR
Buckcherry - Vol. 10
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New Release Round-Up 05-26-23
AJJ - Disposable Everything - Hopeless Records
Phoenix-based indie punk band, AJJ, is back with their 10th studio album, Disposable Everything. After years of cult-like indie success and underground critical acclaim, AJJ has continued to evolve with each album, adding more layers and texture musically, while still maintaining their trademark wit and irreverent lyricism. Not every band can juxtapose apocalyptic despair with the warm comfort of an electric blanket, while hitting fans with rousing punk anthems one minute, and beautiful acoustic balladry the next. With Disposable Everything, AJJ has created an album that is both important and beautiful, that will make you feel better about everything while telling you just how terrible everything is, and will be sung loudly at shows for years to come.
Bayonne - Temporary Time - Nettwerk Records
Deeply informed by a deliberate transformation of his musical process, Bayonne's third full-length Temporary Time ultimately makes for his most expansive work to date-an album of both painfully raw introspection and otherworldly beauty. On Temporary Time, Bayonne channels vast imagination into an elegant, yet wildly experimental form of electronic pop, equal parts meditative and mesmerizing. In the making of his latest body of work, the Austin-based artist/producer/multi-instrumentalist otherwise known as Roger Sellers found himself in even greater need of an outlet for his kinetic creative impulses, thanks to an intense convergence of events in his personal life: his father's diagnosis with and eventual death from cancer, the end of a significant relationship, and an overwhelming struggle with depression and anxiety. "Right Thing" and "Perfect" are focus tracks.
Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy - Geffen Records
At long last, the classic Steely Dan catalog is back on vinyl. Led by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released 7 albums from 1972-1980. The vinyl series continues with Countdown To Ecstasy, the band's sprawling 1973 sophomore LP with standouts such as "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids" and "My Old School."
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Arlo Parks - My Soft Machine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Green LP]
The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic: Expanded & Remastered [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink/Yellow Wisp Clear LP]
Kings Never Die - All The Rats [Limited Edition Glow In The Dark LP]
Jack Harlow - Jackman.
Matchbox Twenty - Where The Light Goes
Black Country, New Road - Live at Bush Hall
Calexico - Feast of Wire: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Baby Rose - Through And Through
Billy Woods - Maps
Weezer - SZNZ: Summer EP
Sparks - The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
Charli XCX - True Romance Original Angels Repress [Silver LP]
Tame Impala - Lonerism: 10th Anniversary [Super Deluxe 3 LP Boxset]
Water From Your Eyes - Everyone's Crushed
Big Star - #1 Record [RSD Essential Metallic Gold LP]
Alan Menken / Howard Ashman / Lin-Manuel Miranda - The Little Mermaid (Live Action) [LP]
Incendiary - Change The Way You Think About Pain [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Violet/Grey/Neon Violet Mix LP]
Sirenia - 1977
Simple Plan - No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls [Limited Edition Crystal Clear LP]
Rico Nasty - Ruinas [Indie Exclusive Coke Bottle Clear LP]
Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto Mkii [Limited Edition Opaque Purple LP]
Immortal - War Against All
Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane - Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane
Al Green - Call Me: 50th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tigers Eye LP]
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New Release Round-Up 05-19-23
Def Leppard / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Drastic Symphonies - Mercury
Strap yourselves in for the sonic ride of your life. Rock and classical royalty unite on brand new album Drastic Symphonies. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, Def Leppard have drastically deconstructed and reimagined some of their biggest hits, collaborating with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This bold new approach to the orchestral hits formula sees new vocal and guitar recordings from the band.
Braxton Cook - Who Are You When No One Is Watching? - Nettwerk Records
Braxton Cook's new album, Who Are You When No One Is Watching?, showcases his depth as an artist. Already named to OkayPlayer's "23 Albums OkayPlayer Can't Wait to Hear in 2023" and BET's "Most Anticipated Albums of 2023," the album features elegant, saxophone-driven instrumental tracks like "Indie" and smooth, progressive R&B songs like "90s" feat. Masego. Listeners will realize themes of love and relationships throughout the album, juxtaposed to songs inspired by the journey of an independent artist and the everyday violence and struggles Black men and women face in America. This body of work is a strong statement reflective of Braxton's life experience and inspirations.
Lewis Capaldi - Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent - Capitol
On the heels of his latest single “Forget Me,” Lewis Capaldi returns with his sophomore album, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent. It is the follow-up to his debut release, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Dave Matthews Band - Walk Around The Moon [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton - Death Wish Blues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear w Black & Orange Swirls LP]
Kesha - Gag Order
The Milk Carton Kids - I Only See the Moon [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Maroon LP]
Paul Simon - Seven Psalms
Ghost - Phantomime [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tan LP]
SZA - SOS
Various Artists - FAST X (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Layng Martine Jr. - Music Man
Wild Child - End of the World
The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Silver w/Ultra Clear Galaxy 2LP]
Josh Turner - Long Black Train
Sufjan Stevens, Timo Andres & Conor Hanick - Reflections
Tanlines - The Big Mess [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Leith Ross - To Learn
Mega Bog - End of Everything [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Orange LP]
Sir Chloe - I Am The Dog [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear LP]
Califone - villagers
Corrosion Of Conformity - America's Volume Dealer [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Clear w/White Swirl LP]
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives - Altitude [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transluscent Blue LP]
The Lemonheads - Come on Feel: 30th Anniversary [Limited Deluxe Edition Bookback 2LP]
The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [Turquoise Blue LP]
Yes - Mirror To The Sky
Tinariwen - Amatssou
Graham Nash - Now
Khruangbin & Friends - Live At Stubb's [LP]
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New Release Round-Up 05-12-23
Jonas Brothers - The Album - Republic Records
The Jonas Brothers took the world by storm in 2019 with the surprise release of their critically acclaimed and widely successful single "Sucker" following a six-year hiatus. The triple-platinum single debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100. Their third #1 album ‘Happiness Begins’ went platinum, and they recently celebrated receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their next album 'The Album' released this week was produced by Jon Bellion.
Moby - Resound NYC - Deutsche Grammophon
Moby’s second album on Deutsche Grammophon following 2021’s Reprise. Digging further into his catalog, Moby has reimagined fifteen of some if his most iconic tracks for his new album, Resound NYC. The album features tracks that he wrote between 1994-2010 while living in New York City, and the new versions feature a vibrant, brass-heavy sound.
Parker McCollum - Never Enough - MCA Nashville
Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Parker McCollum is following up his breakout major label debut, Gold Chain Cowboy, with his new studio album, Never Enough, out this week (MCA Nashville). McCollum earned his first-ever No. 1 hit with his double-platinum certified premiere single, “Pretty Heart,” and his follow-up gold certified single, “To Be Loved by You,” also hit No. 1 on the charts.
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour: 5th Anniversary Cloud Nine Edition - MCA Nashville
Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy Award-winning Album of the Year, Golden Hour, with a glittery, limited-edition sky-blue vinyl pressing.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Alison Goldfrapp - The Love Invention
Island of Love - Island Of Love [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Piss Yellow LP]
Parker Millsap - Wilderness Within You [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Maroon LP]
Hot Mulligan - Why Would I Watch
Joji - SMITHEREENS [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Celine Dion - LOVE AGAIN (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Bryan Adams - Pretty Woman - The Musical
Madison McFerrin - I Hope You Can Forgive Me
Iguana Death Cult - Echo Palace
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories: 10th Anniversary Edition [3LP]
Morgan Wallen - One Thing At A Time [Bone White 3 LP]
The Acacia Strain - Step Into The Light
The Acacia Strain - Failure Will Follow
Original Broadway Cast of KPOP - KPOP (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
James Ellis Ford - The Hum
Lauren Daigle - Lauren Daigle
DevilDriver - Dealing With Demons Vol. II [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange & Black Marble LP]
Dropkick Murphys - Okemah Rising
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