Music Releases 05-25-18
Joshua Redman is joined by drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles for Still Dreaming, an album inspired by his father Dewey Redman's band Old and New Dreams. That band had an all-star lineup of Ornette Coleman collaborators: Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell. Still Dreaming features six new compositions by the new band plus one tune by Haden, one by Coleman.
Mating Surfaces is the second full length from Portland, Oregon's Lithics. Twelve tightly wound fragments of brittle abstract twin guitar, impellent rhythm, and absurd, imagistic lyricism. "A stern danceable sound that summons cut up snapshots of Su Tissue and Mark E Smith, an imagined landscape where Captain Beefheart hits that 99 Records Too Many Creeps beat." -Layla Gibbon (Maximum Rocknroll, Skinned Teen).
Seattle all-female rock n’ roll band Thunderpussy to release debut self-titled album, 'Thunderpussy' on 5/25 via Stardog / Republic Records. Album will include previously released tracks, 'Speed Queen,' 'Velvet Noose,' 'Torpedo Love,' & latest single 'Gentle Frame.' The band has captured endorsements from Rolling Stone & Pearl Jam's Mike McCready. They recently wrapped up performances at SXSW and will support the launch of their album with a series of headlining performances throughout the US.
The follow-up to Jenny Hval's acclaimed 2016 album Blood Bitch is The Long Sleep, an adventurous new EP that sees the Norwegian multidisciplinary artist embracing an instinctive, even subconscious, approach to creating meaning. In contrast to Hval's more explicitly conceptual work, The Long Sleep foregrounds the act of composition itself, letting the melodies and structures reveal the other elements of the songs. All of the songs on the EP recycle the same compositional motives, but manipulate them into very different shapes that take them further and further out of their original, "life-like" context. Hval recorded The Long Sleep with longtime collaborator Havard Volden and producer Lasse Marhaug, along with an ace new supporting cast of talented players from the jazz world - Kyrre Laastad on percussion, Anja Lauvdal on piano, Espen Reinertsen on saxophone, and Eivind Lonning on trumpet. Hval calls them some of her favorite contemporary musicians, and their musical background helps to give the songs on The Long Sleep their intuitive, improvised feel.
• All 14 A- & B-Sides from Malo’s Warner Bros. single releases. • Remastered from original single masters. • Liner notes contain new interview with Jorge Santana. “Malo was pretty much a jam,” Jorge Santana laughs. “Just a lot of natural energy. But it had to be structured to an arrangement.” The legendary and pioneering Bay Area band, Malo found inspiration in its Latin roots while mixing it with rock, blues, funk and jazz creating a musical stew that was augmented by a horn section. At the time, horn sections were popular in rock bands like Blood, Sweat And Tears, Chicago, and Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Malo joined other California bands at the time, like War and Tower Of Power, in adding a brass section. “The new band had elements of the Latin rock sound that was thriving a few hundred miles south in Los Angeles, but Malo had something that set it apart from established groups like El Chicano. “We had Latin percussion and we had a horn section,” Santana notes. Drawn from their four long players, a series of singles were issued for radio airplay, the first of which, “Sauvecito” was to be their biggest hit and has been called “The Chicano National Anthem.” All fourteen A- and B-sides are gathered here on Latin Bugaloo: The Warner Bros. Singles for the first time, including a single that was previously reported as having been assembled but never issued. That single, including the songs, “Pana (Single Version)” backed with “Just Say Goodbye (Single Version)” was in fact released, but only in Turkey. Because the length of Malo’s album cuts could at times stretch to the near 10-minute mark, all the tracks selected for 7" release were edited for the format. Those edits appear here so Malo fans can hear the songs the way they originally heard them on the radio!