Music Releases 04-30-21
Newly remastered from the original tapes, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the initial release of The Poet, the Bobby Womack album that served to relaunch his career and established him as a renewed force to be reckoned with in R&B in the 1980s. Expanded package w/ new liner notes.
Newly remastered from the original tapes, this reissue features Patti LaBelle, George Benson, Wilton Felder. As with its predecessor, The Poet II found both commercial & critical success on both sides of the Atlantic with the UK's NME naming it Best Album of 1984. Among the album's highlights are 3 duets w/ LaBelle including "Love Has Finally Come At Last" which was a presence on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart for 17 weeks, ultimately rising to #3. Expanded package w/ new liner notes.
Amigo The Devil has become a dark folk anomaly drawing attention from everyone from the likes of Noisey, Consequence of Sound, Kerrang, Brooklyn Vegan and more. LA Weekly described him as “Johnny Cash at his blackest, mixed with Father John Misty, if he exhumed graves at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.” While Rolling Stone proclaimed, “Kiranos unflinchingly explores dark and grim subject matter from suicide to serial killers… he spins these topics into dark love songs that explode into heavy-metal catharsis. He also balances out this bleak material with an undercurrent of humor that really translates in his gregarious live performances.
Grey Daze, who won widespread praise for Amends (the stirring, full circle album that found the surviving band members fulfilling a promise made to singer Chester Bennington) return this year with a 5-song EP, dubbed Amends. Stripped. This is an intimate, acoustic take on Amends and includes a trio of `90s-era radio interviews with the band.
Following up their 8th studio album, Guardians, which debuted at #1 on the Rock and Vinyl charts, August Burns Red return with, The Guardians Sessions EP. Featuring 6 tracks, including: 2 unreleased studio tracks recorded during the Guardians recording sessions, re-imagined instrumental versions of 2 tracks off of Guardians "Extinct By Instinct" and "Paramount," and covers of the Westworld theme song and System of a Down's "Chop Suey!" Pressed on 10" White Smoke LP.
The Million Masks of God showcases the strength and boundary-pushing invention of Manchester Orchestra’s catalog, and is a testament to the kinship of its songwriting duo—the bond that enables them to take something so tragically personal and turn it into limitless, compassionate, communal, revelatory art.
"I play yours, you play mine. The music never ends." The wisdom of the late, great Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen's words was as deep as his grooves, and his words truly capture the spirit of There is No End. For a man "born into rhythms," the thousands of grooves he recorded, the innumerable more he performed on stages the world over, all make it clear that while this album marks the coda of a legendary career, it will inspire generations more of musicians, artists and fans who hear it. 2 LP.
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The limited edition Super Deluxe Edition 4-CD, 1-DVD, and audiophile 180-gram 7-LP box set holds 88 tracks – 64 songs plus 24 videos, with 13 recordings previously unreleased overall – from all stages of Chris’ career including Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and his solo works. The package includes the 66-page hardcover photo book wrapped in linen with red foil signature, 3 artist lithos, 3 photochromatic lithos inspired by Cornell’s lyrical fascination about the sun, a vinyl turntable mat, a microfiber vinyl cleaning cloth, liner notes, and a 36x48-inch wall poster.
Country Again, Side A marks ACM Awards Entertainer of the Year Thomas Rhett’s fifth studio album. According to Thomas, this album “is a lot of nostalgia and a lot of reflection; but rooted in the here and now, and in the work-in-progress of the man I am today. It’s things about life that I wanted to say at 19 years old, but I hadn’t even begun to gain the experience to know exactly what those things were, or how to say them. In that regard, this album was 11 years in the making.”
Grammy-nominated rap superstar, Lil Baby, brings us the deluxe version of his latest studio project, “My Turn” via Quality Control Music. With a massively dedicated fan base and constant flow of hits, “My Turn” quickly became the first album of 2020 to go double platinum. Black Ice Deluxe 3 LP available for the first time ever. Gatefold Jacket.
Following the global broadcast of Venture Into Cures, on November 18, 2020, Eddie Vedder released a pair of singles- "Matter of Time" and "Say Hi" via Seattle Surf Co./Republic Records. Additionally, Vedder shared an animated music video for the powerful, passionate, and poetic "Matter of Time" and live video for "Say Hi," an oft-sought after live favorite now officially available for the first time. Limited Edition 7-inch vinyl.
Reissue on vinyl of the sixth PJ Harvey studio album Uh Huh Her. The album was self-produced and originally released in May 2004. Uh Huh Her features the singles ‘The Letter’, ‘You Came Through’ and ‘Shame’. Reissue is faithful to the original recording and package, with cutting by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer Head.
Collection of unreleased demos of written for the sixth PJ Harvey studio album Uh Huh Her, including demos of ‘The Letter’ and ‘Shame’. Features brand new artwork with previously unseen photos by Maria Mochnacz. Artwork is overseen by Maria with Rob Crane. Mastering by Jason Mitchell at Loud Mastering, under the guidance of longtime PJ Harvey producer Head.
The Lemmy Kilmister/Phil Campbell/Mikkey Dee Motörhead line-up spent decades cracking sound barriers, bending ears and decimating lawns worldwide, consistently delivering the Motörgospel to hundreds of thousands of fans.
Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin is a thunderous performance from the band’s 2012 Kings of The Road Tour, spanning fifteen classics across all four decades. This line-up was Motörhead’s longest serving by a considerable distance, and throughout Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin their powerful synergy boots its way through the speakers with the raucous charm and dirty, dangerous, sweaty gusto that was the Kilmister/Campbell/Dee trademark.
From the unapologetically furious ‘I Know How to Die’ to a deliciously rare and raucous ‘Over the Top’, Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin is all about the thick, raw and liberating power of Motörhead live. Further highlights include a favourably feral ‘Rock It’, a rudely raunchy ‘You Better Run’ and a classic one-two haymaker of ‘Ace of Spades’ and ‘Overkill’. Whether a collector completist or newbie to Motörhead’s music, Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin is a welcome reminder of what real rock ‘n’ roll is truly about.
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On April 30, Mascot Label Group/Provogue will release "How Blue Can You Get", a collection of previously unreleased songs from Gary's substantial body of outstanding work in his back catalogue. The album contains 4 originals, and 4 songs previously recorded and made famous by classic bluesmen like Elmore James, Sonny Thompson, Memphis Slim and BB King. It's our hope that current and future generations of music fans discover and re-discover Gary Moore, revelling in the artistry of not just a great guitarist, but a supremely talented musician. Back to the future with Gary Moore. "How Blue Can You Get" is available on light blue 180 grams vinyl and a Limited Deluxe CD.
if i could make it go quiet, the debut album from girl in red, is the musical distillation of Marie Ulven’s solitary conversations on the road: it’s an album brimming with the things we wish we could say to others, but tell ourselves instead. The album is girl in red in its purest, elevated form. She has never been braver, and the music follows suit, whether it’s collaborating with pop mastermind and Billie Eilish collaborator FINNEAS on “Serotonin,” a huge pop anthem that speaks to Ulven’s struggles with mental health, or flexing her instrumental chops with album closer “it would feel like this.” Betrayal, lust, longing, pulling herself out of a depressive spell -- nothing is off-limits on if i could make it go quiet.
“I really poured my heart into a lot of these lyrics, fully,” she says. “I just feel like I emptied myself in this album.”
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Pink Floyd’s “Live At Knebworth” recorded at Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, UK, on June 30, 1990 in aid of the Nordoff Robbins Music Centre and The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Remixed from the original master tapes on 180-Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, with 16-page booklet. Cut at 45 RPM for enhanced audio quality.
Charleston rock duo Shovels & Rope continue their Busted Jukebox series where they join forces with their musical friends to cover classic songs in their own unique ways with Busted Jukebox Volume 3. Out digitally on February 5 and on physical formats on April 30, Volume 3 sees the duo covering a series of kid-friendly songs, such as "Tomorrow" from 'Annie' featuring The War and Treaty, "You Are My Sunshine" featuring The Felice Brothers, and "What A Wonderful World" featuring John Paul White, along with some other classics like REM's "Everybody Hurts" alongside T. Hardy Morris, and The Beach Boys' "In My Room" featuring Sharon Van Etten.
Even if we weren’t living through extraordinarily troubling times, there is nothing quite like a Teenage Fanclub album to assuage the mind, body and soul, and to reaffirm that all is not lost in this world.
Endless Arcade follows the band’s ninth album Here, released in 2016. It's quintessential TFC: melodies are equal parts heartwarming and heartaching; guitars chime and distort; keyboard lines mesh and spiral; harmony-coated choruses burst out like sun on a stormy day.
In the 1990s, the band crafted a magnetically heavy yet harmony-rich sound on classic albums such as Bandwagonesque and Grand Prix. This century, albums such as Shadows and Here have documented a more relaxed, less ‘teenage’ Fanclub, reflecting the band’s stage in life and state of mind, which Endless Arcade slots perfectly alongside. The album walks a beautifully poised line between melancholic and uplifting, infused with simple truths. The importance of home, community and hope is entwined with more bittersweet, sometimes darker thoughts - insecurity, anxiety, loss.
Is it really a musical?! The 33rd Guided By Voices album, Earth Man Blues, is a magical cinematic rock album, full of dramatic and surreal twists and turns. Lyrics and liner notes trace the growth of young Harold Admore Harold through a coming of age and a reckoning with darkness. Vivid scenes appear: snapshots of youth, fantastical nightmares, unknown worlds. The music hasn’t softened a bit. One will hear the impossibly perfect melodies and word play that you expect from Robert Pollard, with the band playing at peak-heavy. “Trust Them Now” rocks like an instant classic, “The Batman Sees The Ball” is lean, mean rock muscle. Opener “Made Man” tears and slashes at the ears and heart. Sweeping, colossal tracks like “Lights Out (In Memphis, Egypt)” and “Dirty Kid School” stretch far beyond the ordinary vocabulary of rock. Doug Gillard’s brilliant guitar playing explodes out of the speakers. The rhythm section of Kevin March and Mark Shue, always strong and reliable, has grown into a breathing composite organism. Along with Bobby Bare, Jr on rhythm guitar, they drive the songs and make one’s head shake. Producer Travis Harrison ties the talents of the band together, once again recorded remotely and individually, pandemic-style. This group brings to life the sounds in Pollard’s technicolor imagination.
Leon Vynehall returns with new album ‘Rare, Forever’ — the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Nothing Is Still’, which garnered widespread praise including appearing in ‘Album of the Year’ lists from Rough Trade, Mixmag, Esquire, Resident Advisor and received an 8.2 review from Pitchfork (also included in their Albums of the week roundup).
Vynehall has collaborated with Eric Timothy Carlson and Aaron Anderson (both Grammy nominated for their work with Bon Iver) on the 'Rare, Forever' artwork and imagery .
A unique new album of poetry and music featuring Marianne Faithfull, set to the music of Warren Ellis, and featuring Nick Cave, Brian Eno and Vincent Ségal.
Marianne Faithfull releases one of the most distinctive albums of her extraordinary life and career with composer and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis. It was recorded just before and during the first Covid-19 lockdown – during which the singer herself became infected and almost died. Together with musical friends and family, She Walks in Beauty fulfils Faithfull’s long-held ambition to record an album of poetry with music.
Delving deep into her past, it’s a record that draws on her passion for the English Romantic poets, a passion she fostered at St Joseph's Convent School before leaving for London at the age of 16. There she entered the world of As Tears Go By, of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, setting her on a left-hand path to pop stardom. Sixties iconography and outrage followed, as did her subsequent battles with addiction before her 1979 return to powerful female and artistic autonomy with Broken English.
Since their formation in 2004, British thrash-revivalists EVILE have been turning heads and taking names, delivering four pure thrash offerings blended with an uncompromising death metal assault. Their upcoming fifth studio album, Hell Unleashed, is the long-awaited successor to their 2013 release, Skull, and features the new exciting line-up formation of the talented Ol Drake on vocals/guitars and new member Adam Smith of RipTide as rhythm guitarist. The newly staffed four-piece strikes again on nine explosive tracks, leaving nothing but a hammering world of sound taken apart by thrash. Album opener “Paralysed” catches with endangering guitar lines, quickly building up to a furious thrash manifesto and attacking the eardrum at breakneck speed. “Gore” delivers with merciless velocity and explosive backing vocals from American actor, musician and comedian Brian Posehn, and highlights the band’s irrepressible, speeding energy. With double the amount of power, twice the speed, untamed brute and blazing riffs, the title track “Hell Unleashed” propels old and new fans to the status of eternal mayhem and huge thrash euphoria. “The Thing (1982)” marks another high point of the upcoming full-length: The track strongly represents one of the album’s most influential leverages, the cinematic impact on their songwriting in symbiosis with their outstanding competences of kicking in doors with thundering drums. In 41 minutes, Hell Unleashed unchains the unbridled forces of hell, catches some rousing demons of the past and provides classical thrash metal with a contemporary yet hard-edged touch. EVILE are back – straight from the abyss!