Music Releases 07-24-20
Alphabetland is the eighth studio album by American punk rock band X. Released digitally in April 2020, it is their first studio release in 27 years and the first with their original line-up in the past 35 years. The release has received positive reviews from critics. Alphabetland was recorded across several sessions in 2019 and 2020 with producer Rob Schnapf, who has previously worked with Elliott Smith, Beck, and Joyce Manor.
Even though these songs date from a time when the band's only songwriters were vocalist Exene Cervenka and Doe, all tracks are credited to all four members of X and the recording sessions coincided with the individual musicians improving their relationships with one another.
Vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2020 release from the indie pop duo. The Naked and Famous' album reasserts the group as one of modern indie-pop's most exciting sonic trailblazers, taking them to emotionally inspired depths, while maintaining the fresh effervescence that has led to over 600 million collective streams to date. While they have sonically mastered the art of dreamy, hook-laden synth-pop, The Naked and Famous have stuck to their guns as far as intimate storytelling. Recover is largely an autobiographical record rooted in a powerful sentiment of survival, and of the very human process of self-preservation - of saving, choosing and celebrating oneself in a world constantly trying to put us down.
With this album Neck Deep wants to continue carving out their own unique space within rock, punk, and alternative music. They have no delusions of "saving rock" or being the biggest rock band out there. They just want to remain Neck Deep and be an even bigger, better Neck Deep than before. They understand their roots are in pop punk, but want to expand on their sound in their own way, taking inspiration from artists like The Beatles and Nirvana who did things their own way and still were able to be massive.
Thirty Tigers artist Reckless Kelly's release new album 'American Jackpot / American Girls' This is the follow up to 2016's 'Sunset Motel', this new collection of songs from songwriter Willy Braun finds the band covering topics ranging from the duality of the American Dream to the simple things such as American Baseball and deep family ties.
- Focus Track "American Girls " - "I Only See You With My Eyes Closed" to be worked to Texas and Americana radio formats. - Working on extensive plans for visual creative content to tie into IG tracks and the overall narrative behind this two album set. The Grammy nominated Backstage Design Studio is overseeing creative - US press campaign being led by Joe Sivick and Missing Piece Group - Known for their impressive work ethic on the road, the band will be supporting this new album with extensive US touring.
STRFKR has always been a constantly evolving entity, growing over the years from rambunctious beginnings into the manicured electro-pop perfection they exhibited on their last studio album, 2016's pristine Being No One, Going Nowhere. New album Future Past Life breaks new ground, dialing back some of the high-gloss production they're known for to craft songs that are stripped down, spaced out and somehow as visceral as they are dream-like.
In 2014, STRFKR's principal songwriter/lead vocalist Josh Hodges was staying in Amsterdam for a few months, working on the music that became 2016's Being No One, Going Nowhere. By complete chance, a European traveller who was crashing at Hodges' house in L.A. while he was abroad connected him with some like-minded musicians in Amsterdam, Mathias Janmat and David Hoogerheide. Even though they were more or less strangers, the three musicians clicked almost instantly, coming up with new songs that would eventually make up the bulk of Future Past Life. The immaculate but danceable pop that has long been STRFKR's calling card is pushed into exciting new places on Future Past Life. It's a strange and beautiful sonic environment, one that finds STRFKR growing as they embrace the chance and spontaneity that brought these songs about in the first place.
Courtney Marie Andrews will release her highly anticipated new album, "Old Flowers", on 6/5 via Fat Possum. The album was produced by Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief). It was recorded at Sound Space Studio and features only three musicians: Andrews (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano), Twain's Matthew Davidson (bass, celeste, mellotron, pedal steel, piano, pump organ, wurlitzer, background vocals) and Big Thief's James Krivchenia (drums, percussion).
GarciaLive Volume 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend/bassist John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour. Recorded on January 27, 1986 at The Ritz in New York City, Garcia and Kahn deliver two exquisite sets featuring Grateful Dead favorites ("Ripple, " "Friend of the Devil, " "Dire Wolf, " and "Bird Song, " among others), spirited takes on Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "Simple Twist of Fate", and more from Garcia's songbook.
Jordan Davis will release a six song EP on June 19th as a follow-up to his GOLD selling debut album Home State. Jordan had 3- #1 songs on his debut album including "Singles You Up", "Take It From Me", and "Slow Dance In A Parking Lot". This EP will be a bridge for his second full-length album that will be forthcoming. Jordan is nominated for the 2020 ACM Best New Male Artist of the Year and the show will be broadcast in September. CD housed in slip sleeve with mini-jacket packaging.
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Diana Ross has scored four consecutive Billboard #1 Dance Club Songs Chart singles over the last two years – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Coming Out / Upside Down”, “The Boss" & "Love Hangover 2020." This is a historical run, as each track also hit #1 during its original release. The self-produced album follows these club hits, with classic songs turned inside out. Mixes by Eric Kupper, who has 120 Billboard #1s. Limited Edition LP pressed on crystal clear-colored vinyl.
Coming July 24th: Spoon's first EP Soft Effects is back in print for the first time since its initial release nearly 25 years ago. Newly recut from the original masters, the EP is available on vinyl and as part of a CD compiling the five tracks with Spoon's debut LP Telephono. Soft Effects vinyl features blue sky cover never before used in physical packaging.
Home and the people who make it have captivated Lori McKenna for years. Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother of five, she has also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods––all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and penning Tim McGraw’s no. 1 “Humble and Kind” solo. Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music’s first female Songwriter of the Year. The Tree , her eleventh studio album, was nominated for the 2019 Americana Awards Album of the Year. 2020 brings a new record for McKenna, "The Balladeer", produced by Dave Cobb.
Few artists understand the human condition like 6-time Grammy nominee Brandy Clark. Working again with acclaimed producer Jay Joyce, Your Life is a Record takes her unerring eye for detail and a genre-melting sense of melody to examine personal truths, revelations and emancipations with wit, grace and compassion. Working with just four acoustic-based musicians, intimacy was the goal. Memphis strings and horns, guest appearances from Randy Newman (“Bigger Boat”) and guitarist John Osborne color in the sketches – creating a depth to what is easily Clark’s most revelatory record yet
Funeral is the 13th studio album from rapper Lil Wayne. It features guest appearances like Big Sean, Lil Baby, Jay Rock, Adam Levine, 2 Chainz, Takeoff, The-Dream, the late XXXTentacion and more. Double LP available on July 10th.
Pop Smoke's legacy continues with the release of his posthumous debut album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon. The album finds Pop's voice in concert with collaborators both old and new such as Quavo, 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, and more. Staying true to his intention to use his debut album to show the breadth of his artistry, on songs like “Got It On Me”, “Enjoy Yourself ft. Karol G”, and “Something Special”, fans will discover a Pop Smoke that they had yet to see -- one that is singing, stepping outside of the Brooklyn drill sound that he helped bring to a global level and more. The release follows breakout mixtapes Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2. Before his untimely passing, Pop Smoke was on his way to becoming a mainstream hip-hop giant.
The power of a Winter song is hard to describe, like how the delicate world building of a good book can be more compelling than real life. There's a make-believe, fairy tale surrealism that sets Winter's blend of shoegaze and psychedelia apart while existing in the same universe as the ethereal dream pop of Cocteau Twins and Melody's Echo Chamber.
2 Ravens is by Roger O'Donnell, who plays keys in The Cure. It's a collaboration in part with vocalist and lyricist Jennifer Pague of Vita And The Woolf. It was recorded at Air Edel studios in London and features musicians Alisa Liubarskaya, Miriam Wakeling, Aled Jones, Nadine Sagan and Daniel Degada."
Widely regarded as the premier brutal death metal band in the world, Defeated Sanity is back with their brand new 6th full length album. The Sanguinary Impetus sees the band raise their patented progressive brutal style to yet another level.
LP pressed on assortment of randomly colored vinyl. Gatefold jacket packaging.
After a five-year hiatus, Belgium singer-songwriter Selah Sue returns with brand-new EP, Bedroom. Crafted the day after the birth of her first child, the 5-track project feels more intimate than ever. Written in her bedroom, it plunges us in the euphoric feeling of joy of the artist turned mother. The EP is ambitious as we see Selah producing for the first time in her career alongside English producer Kwes (Kelela, Solange, Tirzah). 10” LP in gatefold jacket printed inner sleeve.
Produced by Seth Henderson (State Champs, Knuckle Puck, Real Friends) Broadside return with their third full length album, "Into the Raging Sea". Hailed as one of the most anticipated albums of 2020 by Alternative Press the new album is comprised of 13 tracks of alternative pop that reward the listener with each listen
Sun City, the landmark protest album, by Artists United Against Apartheid, celebrates its 35th anniversary with this CD reissue. It remains an undisputed milestone in music and cultural history. The supergroup of musicians was brought together by Little Steven aka Steven Van Zandt and record producer Arthur Baker to fight racial injustice in South Africa.
With a debut record first released in 1998 Primal Fear has spent more than 20 years proving why they are the German Metal Commando. With over a dozen records under their belt Primal Fear are back on Nuclear Blast with their latest offering "Metal Commando", an album with merciless hooks, huge refrains and above all, strong songs that feature their trademark phalanx of three guitars and riffs too unerring to be resisted.
We are pleased to announce a new vinyl pressing of the classic Guided by Voices album, Vampire on Titus. Although there were several different pressings in the 1990s, this is the first since 1998. This edition features a new master cut at Golden, is packaged in a sturdy tip-on jacket, and includes Bob's original insert, now enlarged to a more readable size. A limited quantity will be available on opaque yellow vinyl, the remainder virgin black.
Originally released in 1993, Vampire was not unique at that time in it's 4 track recording methodology, but it was perhaps the first to garner major media attention. Many minds were blown, and a few were baffled enough to return the album to the store, believing the crude sound meant their copy was defective. Vampire occupies a unique place in the GBV discography. The album is a snapshot of a brief time in the band's history, a turning point after having broken up the previous year. It does not include any older or last minute material. Although sonically consistent, the songs exhibit tremendous variety, skirting several genres and many moods. The lineup is just a trio: Robert Pollard and brother Jimmy with Tobin Sprout. Although it could be described as one of GBV's "difficult" LPs, it has several songs that could've been standouts on Bee Thousand or Alien Lanes. It was their first album that was not self-released. It is an innocent album, unaware of it's audience, and fearless to the core as only true outsiders can be. As such, Vampire on Titus is an essential piece for even the more casual fan of the band. It's also just a damn good album that's held up to repeated listens for a quarter century.
“The Gulf Coast Sessions was inspired by that Interstate 10 area from Beaumont to New Orleans, where I was raised and where the old music was still going strong in the 70’s when I was a kid. East Texas African-American blues & gospel was everywhere, with lots of revival church music on the radio. Some of the honky tonks & juke joints that had opened long before, during the Lucas Gusher & the Spindle Top Oil Rush, were still in full swing with live bands nightly. We had 24 hour south Louisiana zydeco & Cajun radio w/ DJs speaking broken French. We had the migrant workers cranking up Mexican balladeers who were out-singing everyone on the radio. I remember seeing the Winter Brothers,(Johnny & Edgar), at the Dairy Queen and feeling like they had left behind the small town fear of the Holy Ghost & gone global w/ the Devil’s music. I thought about all of these scenarios while we were making this raw little stripped down record. This EP was recorded on the back porch of Clay Connell’s old house-turned-vintage-shop Roadhouse Rags in South Austin with zero budget just for kicks. Since I ended up playing guitars, bass, drums & piano on it, (everything except for Beth Christman on fiddle & Bradley Jaye on accordion), Clay & I we’re basically goofing off trying to create these imaginary fictional characters in “the band.” The “Beaumonster”’was our character’s name for our blues shouter singer-guitar-man. The joke was “Peanut was the only drummer we could get for the session” because of my overtly simple drum parts. Anyway, we went for the Excello label vibe w/ our own spin & I wrote all the songs on the spot as we recorded them. It’s a different kind of record for me & we hope y’all dig it in the greasy good timin’ spirit it’s intended.”
All the albums on limited coloured vinyl, in a box set
Swedish four-piece band, ABBA, redefined the boundaries of pop music, establishing themselves as one of the greatest pop groups of all time.
As you might expect, this contains all eight studio albums, starting with Ring Ring (1973) and finishing with The Visitors (1981). A now out-of-print black vinyl edition of this box was previously issued in 2014.
Each album is pressed on 180 gram coloured vinyl and comes with replica LP artwork. The colours are as follows:
Ring Ring – red vinyl
Waterloo – orange vinyl
ABBA – silver vinyl
Arrival – white vinyl
ABBA: The Album – green vinyl
Voulez-Vous – blue vinyl
Super Trouper – gold vinyl
The Visitors – yellow vinyl
Called “bold in both sound and subject” (NPR), Nashville-based artist Liza Anne pairs the sonic palette of pop-minded indie acts with the raw emotional lyrics. Produced by Kyle Ryan (Kacey Musgraves, Natalie Prass) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck), her new album, ‘Bad Vacation,’ represents an audacious sonic leap forward, mixing full-throated rock and roll anthems with playful new wave jams and power pop earworms, all with a hint of Americana.
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Born in Mississippi, "Big Bill Broonzy" - the name refers to his 6' 6" physical stature - remains largely unsung as far as a household name, despite recording several hundred songs, many of which he wrote. From the late 1920s through the late 1950s, this immensely prolific blues performer won over fellow musicians and "race music" fans alike. Nearly every label - notably Okeh, Paramount, and Vocalion, in the early days and later Folkways, Mercury, Victor, and Columbia, among them - released Broonzy records during and after his lifetime. As mentor to Muddy Waters and a major influence on artists like Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Rod Stewart, Broonzy's impact on music cannot be understated.
This solo performance captures Big Bill's affable personality and ability to hold the attention of an appreciative audience with his storytelling, acoustic guitar licks, and a strong singing voice that leaves an indelible impression that this man had experiences in the fields, the factories, and the railroads. The 1957 Nottingham set list largely consists of folk standards including "The Midnight Special," and "This Train," on which you can hear a little Elvis Presley swing, as Broonzy's introduction slyly alludes to some "rockin' and rollin'" cultural appropriation; we know what came first. Exhibiting the talent of any great song stylist, Broonzy makes all his own "The Glory of Love," an often-covered chestnut since the 1930s. On "What Kind Of Man Jesus Is," Broonzy harks back to his religious roots. He's self-deprecating on "In the Evening," quipping that it killed it's composer, another friend. "I hope it doesn't kill me." Three months after this concert, Big Bill learned he had lung cancer, to which he succumbed at 65 years old in August 1958. The record was mastered from original analog tape by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering, and pressed at Furnace Record Pressing.
Blessed with a voice that is both smoky and sweet, Lauren Daigle has forged a unique sound that combines the soulful, heart-in-throat vulnerability of Adele, with the passionate fire to serve God that Daigle admires in Brooke Fraser. Her multi-platinum Centricity Music debut, How Can It Be, ripe with the kind of compelling lyrics and engaging melodies that invite listeners to draw closer to their creator, is now available to enjoy on vinyl!
Peanuts Greatest Hits is an album of all seasons for fans of the venerable Charlie Brown and the gang. The program includes the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” the springtime favorite ,“Baseball Theme” Halloween’s “Great Pumpkin Waltz” and the yuletide favorite “Christmas Time Is Here.” Releasing in conjunction with Peanuts’ 70th anniversary, this limited edition picture disc features a smiling Snoopy on side A and his best friend, “Little Birdie,” Woodstock on side B.
2020 release. Exactly 20 years after the release of his self-titled, debut solo album, Ronan Keating, returns with an album that encapsulates his many musical achievements since the millennium. Keating describes his record, Twenty Twenty, as "a greatest hits of brand new music". To help him celebrate, Keating made two inspired choices: to dive into his back catalog and for some of the new tracks, to call in some friends. So, this is Twenty Twenty. The album of Keating's adult life.
2020 release. Neal Morse (vocals, keyboard, guitar), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals) and Randy George (bass, keyboards) are each widely acclaimed as progressive rock musicians in their own fields, but fans worldwide know that, together, they can always be relied upon to create a particular magic. For the latest instalment, they have covered the work of David Bowie, Gerry Rafferty, Lenny Kravitz, Squeeze and more, including a rendition of 'No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed' featuring Yes' Jon Davidson on vocals.
A companion piece to 2018's Listening To Pictures, this second volume in the pentimento series presents eight new tracks by the music visionary, continuing his lifelong exploration of the possibilities of recombination and musical gene-splicing. Pentimento is defined as the 'reappearance in a painting of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over' and this is evident in the innovative production style that 'paints with sound' using overlapping nuances to create an undefinable and intoxicating new palette.
Since releasing ‘Vector’ in October 2018, Haken have completed headline tours the world over, played sold-out shows across Europe and North America as support for Devin Townsend and picked up a Prog award for their efforts too! All the while, they have been quietly, secretly working on the follow-up album, entitled ‘Virus’. Drummer Ray Hearne reveals, “since releasing ‘The Mountain’ in 2013, one question has been asked of us time and time again, ‘who is the Cockroach King?’. This is something we were interested in exploring more deeply too, so we essentially did that through our music; elaborating and expanding upon the intervallic, harmonic, rhythmic and lyrical themes of that song. The end result is in an arc which spans across two albums: ‘Vector’ and ‘Virus’”. Once again, Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood has mixed what is perhaps the most eclectic Haken album to date, with the 7 tracks revealing hints of influences from multiple genres, all intertwined with Haken’s own recognisable sound.
A lot has been written about seminal Norwegian black metal band Mayhem but André Bratten's new record for Smalltown Supersound surfaces a little known story about the group. In 1986-87, years before their 1993 debut record, guitarist Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous) took a musical pilgrimage to Germany to solicit collaboration with one of his musical heroes. Øystein, who tragically was destined to be murder by former member Varg Vikernes in 1993, bought an Interrail ticket and travelled from Norway to Germany to seek out experimental musician Conrad Schnitzler. Conrad was the founder of West German Krautock incubating club the Zodiac Free Arts Lab in West Berlin in 1968 and a former member of Tangerine Dream and Kluster (key experimental groups in the development of industrial music and Kosmiche electronic music). Øystein sat outside Schnitzler's house and refused to leave until he was allowed in to talk. His persistence paid off, with Schnitzler surprisingly agreeing to write a piece of music for Mayhem. The piece of music became "Silvester Anfang", the first track and introduction to Mayhem's classic debut "Deathcrush". A detailed percussive number, Mayhem still open their heavy live shows with this music today. When Mayhem founder Jørn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud told the story behind "Silvester Anfang" to Bratten at a party, they immediately had the idea that Bratten should remix or rework this little known track. Totally absorbed in the sounds of Schnitzler and it's strange and unusual pairing with Mayhem, Bratten started out with a plan to make one remix. He ended up with a series of tracks inspired by both Schnitzler's intro and the sounds of the debut record "Deathcrush". The results transpired into a mutation of Conrad Schnitzler, Mayhem and André Bratten. "Silvester" is Mayhem and Schnitzler reimagined. Or deconstructed and then rebuilt. However you term it, a remix turned into a new André Bratten unlike any he has recorded before, haunted by the echoes of Mayhem's grisly legacy as well as Klusters early industrial music's concrte looped experiments. 5 new tracks and 50 minutes of new music. An album of abstract freeform structures morphing elements of kraut, techno, ambient, black metal, industrial, minimalist and drone. A perfect fusion of two dystopian extremes of Norwegian underground music.
Triple vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release from Grammy-nominated, Emmy-winning and New York Times bestselling author, actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan. This release is the audio companion to his Amazon stand-up show of the same name.