Music Releases 05-07-21
One Flight Up One Flight Up [Blue Note Tone Poet Series LP]
At The BBC [3 LP]
Seek Shelter [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]
Notes From The Archive: Recordings 2011-2016 [Translucent Green 2 LP]
Passing Ships [Blue Note Tone Poet Series 2LP]
Zappa Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Crystal Clear 2LP]
Set In Stone
Sin Miedo (Del Amor Y Otros Demonios) (Box)
Van Weezer [Indie Exclusive Neon Magenta LP]
Latest Record Project Volume 1 [3LP]
The White Tape [Silver/White Splatter LP]
Young Heart [2LP]
Surrounded By Time
Black Magic (Purple Vinyl)
Bright Green Field [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green 2LP]
First Aid Kit
The Big Black And The Blue [Limited Edition Blue LP]
First Aid Kit
The Drunken Trees EP [Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl]
You And Me
Song Of The Lark & Other Far Memories [Indie Exclusive] (Box)
Les Rallizes Denudes
Heavier Than A Death In The Family [Colored Vinyl] (Red)
Burn Everything That Bears Your Name
Movie Releases 05-11-21
Dolly Parton & Friends: 50 Years at the Opry [DVD]
The Mauritanian [Movie]
The Marksman [Movie]
Music Releases 05-14-21
Robert Glasper settled into NYC's Blue Note Club for an October 2018 residency, featuring new dream team collective R+R=NOW: Glasper/Terrace Martin/Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah/Derrick Hodge/Taylor McFerrin/Justin Tyson.
The music from their recent debut album, Collagically Speaking, took on expansive new dimensions in concert. R+R=NOW Live is a thrilling live recording with standout tracks such as "Respond," "Change of Tone," "Resting Warrior" and a cover of Kendrick Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost." Double LP.
Double LP of R+R+Now in concert in New York City
Kenny Rogers: 21 Number Ones' is back-to-back chart-topping hits that include his greatest duets, 'Islands In The Stream' with Dolly Parton,'We've Got Tonight' with Sheena Easton, 'Every Time Two Fools Collide', 'What Are We Doing In Love', 'All I Ever Need Is You' as well as 'Lady' and many more. 2021 marks the albums 15th Anniversary and is now available on vinyl for the first time!
Celebrating 60 years of Impulse Records. A Deluxe 4-LP Box Set with tracks by John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and other legendary Impulse Artists. This release includes liner notes by Greg Tate and A.B. Spellman. The LP box is housed in a high-quality archival portfolio cast with a museum drop front, includes a magazine style booklet featuring original impulse! ads and artist photos, as well as an impulse! vinyl slip mat.
Orange and black. Fire and ebony. Fury and pride. Wearing its signature colors proudly and raising its exclamation point high, Impulse! Records was the go-to label for music that harnessed the searching and political stand-taking of the Sixties. Launched in 1961, Impulse grew to become an inherent part of the era’s velocity as well as its volume, pulling jazz into the age of Black Power, Afrocentricity, and Spiritual Expansion. In its balance of tradition and transition, it bridged the golden age of jazz, that brief window from the late Fifties to the Seventies when players representing every jazz era were alive and active—from Louis Armstrong to Albert Ayler, from the legends of lore to a new generation of energy players. Impulse treated all its musicians as innovators, revolutionaries even—from swing and bebop, to free and Afrofuturist.
The performances on Impulse Records: Music, Message and the Moment draw their staying power from a wide embrace of styles and sounds, as well as a tight focus on a historic moment when the promise of change was in the air and the message of racial harmony was in the music. Today that music has lost none of its relevance: the promise still deferred, the message still on time.
“...A collection celebrating Impulse’s deep-digging support of artists who scored We The People’s SingFight-ing for social political and artists’ self-determination in a critical time of beatdowns, breakthroughs and cosmically-centered aspirations.”
- Musician/Essayist Greg Tate
“In many ways, this collection is a mural in sound of the activist’s stimulation of the Sixties and Seventies…we need this scope of sound again: We need the horns to scream of stout resistance, and we need the bands to sing to us of the righteous beauty of our souls.”
- Journalist/Author A.B. Spellman
Sons of Kemet returns in 2021 with their new album Black To The Future, the follow up to 2018’s Mercury Prize nominated breakout release Your Queen Is A Reptile. This release finds the UK-based quartet at their most dynamic – showcasing harmonically elegant arrangements and compositions, coupled with fierce, driving material that will be familiar to initiated fans. This is their 4th record, and 2nd on impulse! This album features prominent UK vocalists and a strong emphasis on lush compositions and arrangements. Guest artists include Kojey Radical, Moor Mother, Angel Bat Dawid, Joshua Idehen, D Double E and is part of the impulse! records “impulse 60!” 2021 campaign
One of the original releases on Impulse! when the label debuted in 1961, the album emphasizes Ray Charles as a jazz instrumentalist. He also switched from his usual electric piano to a Hammond organ, brought in Count Basie's band and used Quincy Jones' hard-blowing arrangements. The success of the album and its single "One Mint Julep" helped put Impulse! on the map. Verve's Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180g vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Dolores Diaz & The Standby Club is Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Corina Figueroa Escamilla, Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes), Roger Lewis (The Good Life), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Dan McCarthy (McCarthy Trenching), Ben Brodin, Phil Schaffart, and Jim Schroder. These are recordings taken from shows they performed in 2016 and 2018, at the Omaha pub owned by members of Cursive. The album is a collection of country covers by Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.
After a brief disbandment Traffic returned in Summer of 1970 with John Barleycorn Must Die, hitting No 5 on the US Billboard Chart and thus making it their highest ever peak position in the US. John Barleycorn would take the band's jazz/rock leanings beyond mere jamming and give Winwood excuse to exercise his expressive voice as punctuation to the extended instrumental sections. Remastered from the original tapes, pressed on 180g heavy weight vinyl and artwork caringly overseen and interpreted.
In December 1967 Traffic released Mr. Fantasy their debut Album on Island records. Rolling Stone called the album "one of the best from any contemporary group" and has become a staple on almost any best album poll from the 20th and 21st centuries! Remastered from the original tapes, pressed on 180g heavy weight vinyl and artwork caringly overseen and interpreted.
The sixth studio album by Traffic would meet mixed reviews from the music press but none the less singles like "Evening Blue" and "(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired" are high points. They summarized that the album "embodies the inconsistencies that beset the band as well as the high points that have kept Traffic moving. Remastered from the original tapes, pressed on 180g heavy weight vinyl and artwork caringly overseen and interpreted.
Signaling the commercial and artistic apex of the second coming of Traffic The Low Spark Of The High Heeled Boys would reach Gold less than a year after its release and eventually reach sales beyond that of Platinum. Re-Issued individually from the phenomenal 2019 Traffic - The Studio Albums 1967-74 Boxset. Remastered from the original tapes, pressed on 180g heavy weight vinyl and artwork caringly overseen and interpreted, this album is a must for any newcomer or indeed, seasoned Traffic fan.
The second offering from Traffic, October 1968 would be their self titled album, achieving a strong balance between Dave Mason's simple and straightforward folk-rock songs and Steve Winwood's complex and often haunting rock jams would see the album peak at No'16 on the US Billboard Chart. Remastered from the original tapes, pressed on 180g heavy weight vinyl and artwork caringly overseen and interpreted, this album is a must for any newcomer or indeed, seasoned Traffic fan.
When the Eagle Flies was the band's fourth consecutive studio album to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Chart and have gold album status. The album would portray a bleaker tone than previous outings and peaks superbly on "Graveyard People" and "Walking in the Wind". Traffic toured to support the release, but they disbanded in the middle of the tour in 1974. Remastered from the original tapes, pressed on 180g heavy weight vinyl and artwork caringly overseen and interpreted.
Available May 14th, Keith Urban’s new studio album, THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1, will be available on Double Vinyl. It features the hit song “God Whispered Your Name” and the current Top 20 hit- “One Too Many” (duet with P!Nk). The award-winning artist will also be hosting the ACM Awards on April 18th. “In October 2019 this album title came to me. I liked it because I felt like life was flying by so fast. But music (for me) has always been the place where it slows down and doesn’t even exist. I would never have imagined that, in 2020, this album title would take on a whole new meaning.” – Keith
Eminem is back with "Music To Be Murdered By - Side B" Deluxe Edition. Features 16 new tracks (13 tracks + 3 skits). Executive produced by Eminem and Dr. Dre, the deluxe album features Skylar Grey, DJ Premier, Ty Dolla $ign, Dr. Dre, Sly Pyper, MAJ and White Gold. Opaque Grey 4LP available August 13th.
A classic big-band album and one of the first-ever releases on the Impulse! label, this 1961 recording features a superb line-up including Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Ron Carter on bass and a fiery Elvin Jones on drums. Verve's Acoustic Sounds Series features transfers from analog tapes and remastered 180-gram vinyl in deluxe gatefold packaging.
Steve Miller has dug deep into his archives and found an unreleased, full-length concert recording. The album captures Miller's legendary 1977 lineup at the beginning of the band's turn from playing ballrooms and theatres to arenas and football stadiums. Recorded at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD on multi-track tape and newly mixed and mastered by Miller and Kent Hertz. Includes original liner notes by music journalist David Fricke and is pressed on 2 Black Vinyl 180G LP's.
Alan Jackson's brand new studio album, Where Have You Gone, is his first country release in over 5 years. He's one of the best-selling music artists of all time with over 75M records sold worldwide. Alan is a member of the Grand Ole Opry & has topped the Billboard Country charts with 35 #1 Singles & 15 #1 Albums. He's received multiple awards including 2 Grammys, 16 CMAs, 17 ACMs. CD includes blow-in card for a FREE Download of the Bonus Track "That's The Way Love Goes (A Tribute Merle Haggard)"
Daddy’s Home, the sixth album from St. Vincent, is the latest facet of an ever-evolving artist regarded by many as the most consistently innovative and intriguing presence in modern music. The album was pro-duced by Annie Clark and Jack Antonoff, recorded by Laura Sisk, mixed by Cian Riordan, and mastered by Chris Gehringer. The music was performed by Annie, Jack, Cian, Thomas, Evan Smith, Sam KS, Greg Leisz, Daniel Hart, Michael Leonhard, Lynne Fiddmont and Kenya Hathaway.
"Daddy's Home collects stories of being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night's heels on the morning train. Glamour that's been up for three days straight.”—St. Vincent
Los Angeles, California's TETRARCH – metal’s hottest new rising stars – have turned heads with their ability to successfully blend the addictive stylings of favorite modern metal pillars while maintaining a fresh sound that breaks new ground. Since bursting onto the scene with their breakout independent debut Freak in 2017, the band has garnered remarkable early acclaim from notable press, radio, industry and fellow artists alike at an impressive rate unmatched by any other new band. In 2021, they will release their sophomore full-length, Unstable – a 10-track barnburner that confirms the band’s icon status. The album wastes no time igniting with the unforgettable, punching first single “I’m Not Right” (currently boasting over 1 million views on YouTube and counting, plus huge fan buzz) – a prime example of TETRARCH’s fresh sound. The anthem's straight earworm hook, boosted by frontman Josh Fore’s raw emotion and dynamic vocal style, pays homage to the genre’s greats while lifted by the eerie leads of trailblazing lead guitarist Diamond Rowe. Radio-ready, lyrically-relevant tracks like anti-bullying anthem for the ages, “Sick Of You”, and ode to relationships-gone-bad, “You Never Listen”, showcase TETRARCH’s hefty progressions and unforgettable choruses. Unstable’s heaviest offerings prove the band’s dynamic assault of varying heavy styles, most notedly on assertive breakneck burner “Negative Noise” – a track that could turn the heads of metal’s greatest riff writers with Rowe’s mighty axe attack – and on the melodically chilling “Take A Look Inside”, highlighting the powerful rhythm section of bassist Ryan Lerner and drummer Ruben Limas. The album even ventures to explore slower introspective sides of the band on the standout, melodic “Addicted” and closer track “Trust Me”, which trickles in supernatural atmosphere. Delivering heavy hit after hit, Unstable is 10 tracks of pure potency and undeniable talent. Look no further, TETRARCH is the band to watch.
On April 23, 2021, melodic death metal pillar BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT will release their new EP, Paint The Sky With Blood, via Napalm Records. Paint The Sky With Blood was recorded in Finland back in 2020 and was meant to be the beginning of an exciting new chapter that sadly ended far too soon. The three-track offering is an impressive, overwhelming sonic tribute to an absolute legend of the metal scene – matchless late guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho – and at the same time, a modern homage to the genre itself. A storm of raging guitars and blaring drums merge with Laiho’s versatile vocal power, leading into a heavy attack – title track “Paint The Sky With Blood” – opening the 14 minute EP. The track is strikingly reminiscent of early-CHILDREN OF BODOM elements, while also adding exciting modern influences into the fold. Second stunner “Payback’s a Bitch” and its massive riffing are on a quest for retribution, delivering a hard-hitting, second to none offense. The interplay of Alexi Laiho, guitarist Daniel Freyberg, drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-Santa Cruz) and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto is not only a testament to the band's extraordinary musical ability, but also showcases their skill in deftly incorporating a variety of genre influences. Closing cover track “Where Dead Angels Lie” is an absolute triumph – originally performed by Swedish extreme metal formation Dissection, the track shines as a timeless classic with a new edge. Eerie riffs and vocals alternating between menacing murmurs and characteristic guttural, distorted vocals stay faithful to the original while branding this version with an undeniable BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT punch. With Paint The Sky With Blood, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT hold the sceptre of metal in their hands, bestowing an impressive fragment of their inimitable legacy.
Fleetwood Mac’s legendary album Tusk, originally released in Oct. 1979, went on to sell 4 million copies WW and was certified Gold in Germany and France, Platinum in the UK, Netherlands and New Zealand and 2X Platinum in the US.
Vinyl: $99.98 Buy
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s immensely popular second album, Déjà vu, celebrates its milestone 50 year anniversary this year. The groundbreaking album – which went on to be certified 7x platinum in the US, Platinum in France, and Gold in Germany, Switzerland and the UK – features tracks: “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Our House,” and “Helpless”.
Movie Releases 05-18-21
Sam Cooke: Legend, the Grammy® Award winning feature documentary, examines the life and music of Sam Cooke through accounts from family, friends, musical collaborators and business associates, including Aretha Franklin, L.C. Cooke, and Bobby Womack. The film traces Cooke’s professional and personal life and recounts his commitment to the struggle for civil rights. The film was written by best-selling author Peter Guralnick and narrated by Tony award winning actor Jeffrey Wright.
Music Releases 05-21-21
My Bloody Valentine
m b v [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe LP]
bb u ok? [Clear 2LP]
Intruder [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP]
Twenty One Pilots
Scaled and Icy
Long Lost [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Custard/Blue 2 LP]
Love and Death
Perfectly Preserved [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold w/Black Marble LP]
January Flower [LP]
Fly Pan Am
All I Know So Far – The Setlist
John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band
Leftover Feelings [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Marble LP]
A Little More Time with Reigning Sound [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Peak Green & Yellow Swirl LP]
Showtunes [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange LP]
Add It Up (1981-1993) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Aqua 2 LP]
Hella Love [Orange LP]
Seeking New Gods [Green LP]
Amidst the Chaos: Live from the Hollywood Bowl [3LP]
Butter Miracle Suite One [LP]
I'm Still Here [Gold LP]
All Is Well In The Land Of The Living (But For The Rest Of Us… Lights Out) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Live In Asheville '19 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]