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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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.
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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New Release Round-Up 05-05-23
Smashing Pumpkins - ATUM - Martha's Music
The Smashing Pumpkins' highly anticipated twelfth studio album, ATUM (pronounced Autumn) is a three-act rock opera album featuring 33-tracks, and is the sequel to 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/Machine of God. ATUM was written and produced by Billy Corgan over the past 4 years. Available now on 3xCD, 4xLP, and 4xLP indie-exclusive which includes three exclusive screen-printed inserts, each inspired by the three acts of ATUM.
DRAIN - Living Proof - Epitaph
DRAIN – the Santa Cruz, CA based hardcore band, whose energetic live shows have propelled them to peak underground popularity (during a global pandemic) and they are ready to break wide open in 2023. Living Proof is the band’s Epitaph Records debut and follow up to their 2020 breakout release, California Cursed. The new album is a testament to the hard work and heartfelt ethos that’s at the center of DRAIN’s good-time psyche. There are a couple surprises on the album. Rapper Shakewell appears on the track, “Intermission”. There’s also a cover of “Good, Good Things,” a nearly four-decade old melodic punk carol by the Descendents: slam-pit forebearers to DRAIN if there ever were any. “It’s crazy because the song’s been out like forty years, but lyrically it’s a DRAIN song!” exclaims vocalist Sam Ciaramitaro. “It just hits on everything that I love, that I’m about.”
Peter One - Come Back To Me - Verve Forecast
Over 3 decades ago, Peter One was a STAR. A country music star, in West Africa. With his singing partner Jess Sah Bi, Peter played to sold out arenas. In 1985, Our Garden Needs Its Flowers, launched the two Ivory Coast musicians into regional stardom across greater West Africa. Now solo, Peter One ultimately decided to emigrate to the US to further his music career. Come Back To Me features songs in English, French and his native African language.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Ed Sheeran - - [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Olivia Jean - Raving Ghost [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Phantom Amethyst LP]
Young The Giant - American Bollywood [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Yellow LP]
Durand Jones - Wait Til I Get Over
Atmosphere - So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously
Eilen Jewell - Get Behind The Wheel
Twiztid - Mutant, Vol. 2: Twiztid 25th Anniversary
De La Soul - Buhloone Mindstate
Olivia Newton-John - Just The Two Of Us: The Duets Collection (Volume One)
Rodney Crowell - The Chicago Sessions [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Denim Blue LP]
Butthole Surfers - Weird Revolution [RSD Essential Indie Colorway White LP]
Wu-Tang - Chamber Music [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Red LP]
Wu-Tang - Legendary Weapons [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Silver LP]
Count Basie & His Orchestra - The Transcription Recordings [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Translucent Mint Green LP]
The New Dawn - There's A New Dawn [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Orange Metallic Swirl LP]
The Stone Roses - Sally Cinnamon EP [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Red LP]
Y La Bamba - Lucha
LA Priest - Fase Luna [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Bailen - Tired Hearts
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New Release Round-Up 04-28-23
Stephen Stills - Live At Berkeley 1971 - Omnivore Recordings
Stephen Stills is an unyielding force of nature. The amount of music pouring out of this man could’ve fueled a half-dozen bands. Following the June 1971 release of his second solo album, Stephen Stills 2, he announced his first solo tour designed to showcase all aspects of the ever-growing artist. Fans who were lucky enough to catch his historic debut trek, dubbed “The Memphis Horns Tour,” were treated to the balladeer, the raving troubadour, the acoustic bluesman, the soul driver, and by far the most passionate music maker offering his goods across the better auditoriums and arenas that summer. This previously unissued live album, with performances hand-picked by Stills from his personal archives, was recorded on August 20 and 21, 1971 at The Berkeley Community Theater. This 3,500-seat venue made this one of the most unique and intimate stops on the tour that included his iconic concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. In many ways, these Northern California shows in Berkeley sound as if Stills is leaving it all on the stage during a hometown gig.
Rush - Signals: 40th Anniversary - Mercury
The Signals Super Deluxe celebrates 40 years with a brand-new Hugh Syme cover & the 2015 remaster on CD for the first time. The album vinyl was cut for the first time at half-speed via DMM & pressed on 180g black vinyl for optimal vinyl quality with new Hugh Syme art in a premium tip-on jacket. A Blu-ray Audio disc features brand-new immersive Dolby Atmos & 5.1 surround mixes by Richard Chycki, the 2015 48kHz 24-bit stereo remaster, new animated visualizers for each song & 2 bonus music videos for “Subdivisions” and “Countdown”. Bonus items include a 40-page hardcover book with new song illustrations and unreleased photos from the Signals Tour, four 7-inches with new art, three lenticulars that transition from the original black & white band headshots into the original album “Digital Man” color headshots, four Signals Tour band lithos, Hugh’s original album cover sketch litho & a double-sided 24-inch by 24-inch poster featuring Hugh’s new art on one side and an outtake photo from the original album cover shoot on the other side.
Kip Moore - Damn Love - MCA Nashville
Kip Moore releases his 5th studio album, Damn Love. The album features 13 tracks including the single “Kinda Bar.” Kip Moore’s four studio albums include: Up All Night, Wild Ones, Slowheart, and Wild World. Moore has charted a total of 12 entries on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts including the number-one "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" and four additional top-ten hits. He has also written songs for Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square, and James Wesley.
Joy Oladokun - Proof Of Life - Republic Records
Nigerian-American musician, songwriter and producer Joy Oladokun releases her new album, Proof Of Life on Amigo/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. Her third original full-length album vividly captures the human experience with a profound simplicity, celebrating the little details and simple pleasures of being alive, while giving voice to some of life’s most complex experiences in a way only she can. The album boasts feats from Chris Stapleton, Noah Kahan, Mt. Joy and more.
Matt Maltese - Driving Just To Drive - Nettwerk Records
"I thought a lot back to being younger and how much more I used to do things just to do them. Playing on a playground as a kid or just going for a drive and listening to music in the car. I used to love stuff with no sense of an outcome, with no sense of self-imposed necessity. I think it's important to have some of that in our lives." - Matt Maltese
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Indigo de Souza - All of This Will End [Crimson Sundown LP]
The National - First Two Pages of Frankenstein [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
Josh Ritter - Spectral Lines [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Natural w/Orange Swirl LP]
Falling In Reverse - Coming Home [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Aesop Rock & Blockhead - Garbology: Instrumental Version [Yellow / Green / Black 2LP]
Circles Around The Sun - Language
Nate Smith - NATE SMITH
Joseph - The Sun
Bebe Rexha - Bebe
Yves Tumor - Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)
Bronson Arroyo & The '04 - Some Might Say
Neil Gaiman & FourPlay String Quartet - Signs Of Life [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver Fox LP]
Seventeen - SEVENTEEN 10th Mini Album 'FML'
Dave Hause - Drive It Like It's Stolen [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Jay LP]
The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site: 20th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Apple & Black LP]
Jessie Ware - That! Feels Good!
Country Westerns - Forgive The City
Crown The Empire - DOGMA
Ryan Hamilton - Haunted By The Holy Ghost
Shakin' Stevens - Re-Set
Hollywood Undead - Hotel Kalifornia [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Baby Blue Deluxe 2LP]
The Wombats - Proudly Present... A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation: 15 Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Pink LP]
The Chemical Brothers - No Reason [Limited Edition Red 12in Single]
The Damned - Darkadelic
Renee Rapp - Everything To Everyone: Deluxe [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed CD]
The 69 Eyes - Death Of Darkness
Rudimental - Home: 10th Anniversary Edition
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