Roger Waters - Us + Them - Sony Legacy
Roger Waters: Us + Them, chronicles the acclaimed 2017-2018 tour of the iconic Pink Floyd artist. As the founding member, lyricist, composer and creative force behind Pink Floyd, US + THEM presents Waters powerful music in stunning form and highlights its’ message of human rights, liberty and love. Based around his acclaimed, sold-out US + THEM worldwide tour of 2017-18, comprising a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people across the globe, it features classic songs from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here as well as his most recent album, Is This The Life We Really Want? Waters powerfully demonstrates that he is at heart, a musical activist and one of the most passionate political commentators of his time. He has dedicated his life to fighting against those who seek to control our lives and destroy our planet. Welcome To The Machine and Another Brick In The Wall Part II, are a stark reminder of the bleak warnings that he gave decades ago about alienation, displacement, greed, suffering, destruction and loss. And yet the humanity of the songwriter cannot be more plainly seen than in Wish You Were Here, because, although he presents a grim picture of the state of the world, ultimately his message is one of hope through unity and love.
Lana Del Rey - Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass - Interscope Records
Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many. Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each word to make the perfect poem. They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason I’m proud of them, especially because the spirit in which they were written was very authentic. — Lana Del Rey….The recording includes 14 poems performed by Lana Del Rey accompanied by music from Grammy Award-Winning songwriter/producer Jack Antonoff.
The Nude Party - Midnight Manor - New West Records
Midnight Manor, the much anticipated sophomore album of the six-piece rock outfit The Nude Party is out this week via New West Records. Following two years of non-stop touring in support of their eponymous debut release, the band returned to their farmhouse in New York's Catskill Mountains to record the follow up to their acclaimed 2018 self-titles debut. Like The Band's sacred home-recording habitat The Big Pink, The Nude Party's communal dwelling provided the landscape and proximity to focus on deepening their bonds through music. It was at the Manor that the band of childhood friends could shift their energies from the archetypical emotional journeys of mid-twenty-somethings towards rebuilding their road-worn relationships with one another, leading them to write Midnight Manor - an album that lead singer Patton Magee describes as "a stone skipping over troubled waters." With Midnight Manor, The Nude Party shine a light on their past while at the same time moving towards a brighter future.
Bon Jovi - 2020 - Island
Bon Jovi's album 2020 is the 15th studio album from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band. The album features the new single "Limitless" as well as "Unbroken," which was featured in the documentary "To Be Of Service".
Brent Cobb - Keep 'Em On They Toes - Ol' Buddy Records
For his fourth album, Keep 'Em On They Toes, Brent Cobb is giving his songs the space they need to speak for themselves, a reflection of his own decision to write about the way he sees the world. “My last couple of albums have been about people and places, and I wanted this album to be about thoughts and feelings,” he says. Keep ‘Em on They Toes, Cobb captures the mindset of a man who values a simpler time despite living in a modern world. “To me, listening to this album feels like I’m sitting there with somebody, having a conversation,” Cobb says. “I would hope that it feels like sitting with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while. There’s nothing like being alone and listening to an album that is quiet and conversational – like those old records by Jerry Lee Lewis, Roger Miller, or Willie Nelson. I hope my music is that way to somebody now.”
Tallah - Matriphagy - Earache Records
Debut album on Earache Records from US Alt-Metal act Tallah. An original dose of f***ed up and disturbing alt-metal insanity. For fans of Korn, Code Orange, Slipknot, Deftones & Vein. Exhilaratingly fresh whilst incorporating nostalgic 90s nu-metal vibes
Shania Twain - The Woman In Me: Diamond Edition - Mercury Nashville
Shania Twain's `The Woman In Me' album reached Diamond status in 1997, selling over 20 million copies to date. Remastered in celebration of the 25th anniversary. Available on vinyl, Deluxe 2CD and Super Deluxe 3CD.
Herb Alpert - Herb Alpert Is... - Herb Alpert Presents
This new release from Herb Alpert Presents is the definitive retrospective on the illustrious career of one of America's most unique musical voices, Herb Alpert! Containing 63 tracks culled from 6 decades of the trumpeter's classic recordings, Herb Alpert Is... is the perfect companion piece to the new 2020 feature length documentary of the same name. Presented in a coffee table style LP record book containing five 12-inch, audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl records and 180 pages of vintage photos, extensive song credits, and a 7,500 word essay written by Bud Scoppa. The record book is housed in a custom slipcase with a screened printed smoked acrylic window.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Queen + Adam Lambert - Live Around The World
Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension
Dawes - Good Luck With Whatever
Corey Taylor - CMFT
Aloe Blacc - All Love Everything
Yung Lean - Starz
The Jaded Hearts Club - You've Always Been Here
BlackPink - THE ALBUM
Gabriel Garzon-Montano - Aguita
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes
Mariah Carey - The Rarities
Melanie C - Melanie C
Joachim Cooder - Over That Road I'm Bound
LANY - Mama's Boy
Chris Smither - More From The Levee
NRBQ - In Frequencies
Jonsi - Shiver
Dolly Parton - A Holly Dolly Christmas
Brian Fallon - Local Honey [Limited Edition Pink LP]
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Mettavolution Live [2LP]
Frank Zappa - Halloween 81: Live At The Palladium, NYC (Highlights)
William Shatner - The Blues
Oasis - (Whats The Story) Morning Glory: 25th Anniversary [Silver 2LP]
& More .....
Touche Amore - Lament - Epitaph
Touche Amore has been burrowing through angst, alienation, cancer, and heartbreak throughout four adored studio albums. After over a decade of working through darkness, the band’s gorgeously gruff fifth album, Lament, finds the light at the end of the tunnel. Through 11 songs, TOUCHÉ AMORÉ looks back at its past and uses hard-won optimism to point its fans toward light, and love.
Brothers Osborne - Skeletons - EMI Nashville
Brothers Osborne are set to release their third studio album, Skeletons, on October 9th. They are 2x CMA Award winners for Vocal Duo Of The Year and winners for the 2018 ACM New Artist of the Year. With 12 new tracks, including current hit- "All Night". Brothers Osborne's two previous albums Pawn Shop and Port Saint Joe produced seven singles that charted on the Hot Country Songs chart and included #1 Platinum single, "Stay A Little Longer".
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition - Warner Records
Released in October 2000, Linkin Park’s groundbreaking debut album Hybrid Theory is a melting pot of heavy alternative rock, hip-hop and electronic flourishes that inspired a new genre of music and a generation of dedicated fans, who continue to be loyal followers of the band. Additionally, the band’s sound influenced many young bands who related to the intense and emotional musical style. Hybrid Theory was the best-selling album of 2001 in the US and has since exceeded 11 million album sales in the US, qualifying for the rare Billboard “Diamond” award. Hybrid Theory’s success was supported by intensive touring, and three successful singles: “One Step Closer,” “Crawling,” and “In The End.” The band won their first Grammy Award for “Crawling” as Best Rock Performance. To celebrate 20 years since the original release, Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition will be released on October 9th, 2020. The flagship format is a super-deluxe edition box set that includes unreleased and hard-to-find material on CD, vinyl and DVD. The box set also includes a lavishly illustrated 80-page book with contributions from the band and many previously unseen photographs, plus a replica tour laminate, an oversize poster of Chester Bennington, and 3 lithographs of new artwork supplied by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn and Frank Maddocks (the art director on the original release, and this anniversary edition).
North Americans - Roped In - Third Man Vinyl
Patrick McDermott began his North Americans project with two albums: 2013’s No_No, and 2015’s Legends. Both records were dense affairs, with blocks of sound shifting and moving like melting glaciers to create a gorgeous, impenetrable, collection of digital drones. Though they sounded nothing like what would come a bit later, both records showcased McDermott’s understanding of mood and composition. On 2018’s Going Steady, McDermott blended his love of American Primitive guitar playing with playful pieces that never overstayed their welcome. He also began collaborating with a wide range of artists: from Julianna Barwick to guitar prodigy Hayden Pedigo, as well as Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi, and more. Now, two years later, McDermott is releasing Roped In, a gorgeous, intimate, and often spare album that pulls back from the collaborative nature established on Going Steady for a collection of fragile drone pieces anchored by McDermott’s intricate but direct guitar playing and haunting pedal steel work from Portland, Oregon’s Barry Walker. Where Going Steady was brimming with ideas and micromovements, Roped In is relatively sparse, built on patience and the kind of once-in-a-lifetime collaborative energy between McDermott and Walker, and accented by occasional collaborations from harpist Mary Lattimore and guitarist William Tyler. “I wanted to focus on the simplicity of the music,” McDermott says. “I didn’t want to be beholden to this massive goal of [making music] to see how progressive and experimental it could be. I was attempting to cherish the pureness of this type of music.”
John Lennon - GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES. - Capitol
GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES. is the definitive new best of John Lennon – 36 tracks on four 180-gram LPs completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sounding better than ever before. Lift-off lid box contains 4LPs, 8 page booklet, fold-out double-sided poster, 2 post cards and GIMME SOME TRUTH. bumper sticker.
Kacey Musgraves - The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show - MCA Nashville
Kacey Musgraves will be releasing the LP version of her 2019 Christmas Show - The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show on Oct. 9th. The show premiered in Nov. 2019 & includes duets with some of Kacey's favorite artists - Lana Del Rey & Leon Bridges, as well as comedy sketches with James Corden & Fred Armisen. The White LP will feature 18 tracks, including the new original track - "Glittery" w/ Troye Sivan as well as new versions of the Kacey originals - "Christmas Makes Me Cry" & "Ribbons and Bows".
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.
Greetings friends and music lovers. As we anticipate our second RSD drop on Saturday, we've seen records come from far and wide to fill the shelves. Certainty might be scarce in the outside world, but we've loaded up with sure shots on this front, starting with the straightest shooter of them all, BILL CALLAHAN, who brings us 'Gold Record' on vinyl this week. This is a relatively swift follow-up to last year's double album opus, and Bill does seem to arrive on the scene feeling less burdened. Paired with a band pulled deeply from the country-rock confines of Austin, Callahan summons his familiar comforting void from a host of shifting lyrical personalities, "Just a boy, messin with a man's toys". No longer boys are the DEFTONES, the California art-metal band that formed the same year that Strictly Discs opened (!!) way back in 1988 (!!!). That's given them enough time to put trends like 'nu metal' and corporate rock backlash deep in the rearview, tiny blips in comparison to the ballistically powerful music they are still making now on 'Ohms', in the shop on limited gold vinyl. It's staggering to behold a group of musicians impervious not just to time or genre, but also to the fragmentation of vision that tends to weaken bands over the years. When I hear the band name SYLVAN ESSO, I think about an abandoned Canadian gas station overtaken by verdant flora. Not sure if that's what they were going for, but it feels like I'm there on 'Free Love', the duo's third album of synth-pop that continues to explore tensile and tender themes, led by the lovely voice of Amelia Meath, who possesses a timbre similar to that of Astrud Gilberto. This one's in the shop on beautiful blue vinyl, and we have very nice posters signed by the band to give out with purchase!
Due to shipping delays, the Deftones release will be arriving Monday. Please reserve your copy.Over the two full years it took funk megalomaniac PRINCE to complete his critically acclaimed 1987 album 'Sign O The Times', the maestro stuffed his vault with a crowd of alternate takes, live mixes, dubs, duets, and alter egos thick enough to constitute a small village. Upon completing a similarly-comprehensive project for his album '1999', Prince's estate approached a super deluxe edition of 'Sign' in true time capsule fashion, capturing every facet of this sprawling record. We have this in stock in every retail configuration, from a pink vinyl Clean Version for the kiddos, to a 13 LP set containing dozens of unheard versions, a pair of live sets, DVDs and ephemera. We also welcome the first-ever vinyl edition of JOHN PRINE's turn of the century reminiscence 'Souvenirs', featuring tender renditions of 15 of his early classics, and a lovely etched D-side. We're also elated to bring in a true first of its kind thing in the till-now unheard live THELONIOUS MONK recording 'Palo Alto'. In a darkening American autumn following the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr, a high school jazz enthusiast booked the almighty pianist in his gymnasium, hoping to bring a grieving community together through music. Monk and his quartet, in a formation that scarcely appears on any other known recordings, played an extremely dialed-in set to a rapturous audience, and it was only the school's janitor that had the presence of mind to record it. Straight to a cassette deck, with mic placement divined, perhaps, from the intimate knowledge of a space that only a custodian could have, 'Palo Alto' has a direct fidelity to rival the greatest of live recordings done on far superior equipment, and immediately strikes one as the jazz equivalent to 'At Folsom Prison'. This immense package also includes liner notes from Robin D.G. Kelley, and replicas of the original posters and handbills for the gig. Time, like a record, is a flat ol' circle.A gleaming pop nugget tucked away at the tail end of the 80s careers of BRIAN ENO and JOHN CALE, 'Wrong Way Up' has long been a hard one to track down on vinyl. At last, we've laid hands on this somehow-underrated delight. Also hard to find forever was the debut album from M.WARD, 'Duet For Guitars #2', which modestly whispered an introduction to a timeless folk musician, and is now back in print on LP. A freshly minted 4LP Dicks Picks set from THE GRATEFUL DEAD is here for a heartbeat, documenting 2 shows from the band's 1969 heyday in Chicago and Minneapolis. These are cut suuuper quiet, limited to 1500, and close with one of the deepest "Morning Dew"s you'll hear.
The International Anthem continues to deliver balms in a troubled time with an absolutely gorgeous live record from two arrangers it would take much longer to dap up than this newsletter allows: CARLOS NINO and MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON. 'Chicago Waves' captures a seance-like live set of electronics, samples, and luminous violin. Vocalist DWIGHT TRIBLE leads a new LA spiritual jazz group COSMIC VIBRATIONS on 'Pathways & Passages', and we have a fresh printing of the knockout soul-jazz classic from KELLEE PATTERSON, 1973's 'Maiden Voyage'.A fresh pair of Blue Note Tone Poet editions usher in a continued wave of incredible new jazz LPs. This week we have JIMMY SMITH's bop summit 'Prayer Meetin' and HORACE SILVER's 'Further Explorations' in on audiophile pressings, plus new editions of OLIVER NELSON's 'Skull Session' and HERBIE HANCOCK's 'Flood'.Disquieting ambience reigns on a stunning new record from electronic composer SOPHIA LOIZOU called 'Untold'. Russian DIY techno-popster KATE NV channels Wally Badarou and Neneh Cherry in equal amounts on the delightful 'Room For the Moon'. Stately, unadorned folky brilliance is in store on LOMELDA's fantastic new record 'Hannah', a nice one for fans of Julie Doiron or Adrienne Lenker.
The unbeatable combo of JAY WORTHY and HARRY FRAUD roll a big doink on 'Eat When You're Hungry, Sleep When You're Tired', with lots of west-coast bounce and wordplay. Beatmaker BOTANY hits the mystery zone between Fourtet and Dilla on 'End the Summertime Forever'. One listen to CAMBATTA's latest would lead you to believe he wrote all these rhymes while on acid, but then he went and called the record 'LSD: Lunar Solar Duality', so.
Idyllic Young Neil type pop is here from SURFER BLOOD on 'Carefree Theatre'. World-beating UK Fugazi-gazers IDLES return with a walloping new record called 'Ultra Mono', in the house on CD, LP, and a deluxe vinyl edition, plus we've got the latest from proggy creepers ULVER.
In the emergent IDM/breakcore scene that emerged post-Aphex, few artists stood out like BOGDAN RACZYNSKI, who's playful, rubber-minded beats mingle with oddball sounds and vocalisms on 1999's 'Samurai Math Beats', back in print via the super dope emerging label Disciples. Producer Suzanne Kraft and singer Adda Kaleh did up some delightfully smooth R&B tracks in Bucharest in the early teens and let them marinate awhile as unreleased DJ weaponry, until releasing them now as the AKSK album 'Things We Do'. Clubbed-up Sade abounds on these perfect tracks, which include some deeper dubs from Tornado Wallace. "Join me. Perhaps you may be able to help solve a mystery," or just vibe eternally on the creepy, proto-Berghain sounds of GARY MALKIN's score for 'Unsolved Mysteries', available now on vinyl just in time for a Halloween that, well, honestly doesn't need much help being any scarier.
A pair of reissues land from the transcendent Japanese trumpeter TERUMASA HINO land with forceful grace; we've got 'Journey to Air' and 'Peace & Love'. A fantastic LP compilation from the Wamono crew documents deeply-dug 'Japanese Jazz-Funk and Rare Groove from 1968-1980'. Gotta love a fully descriptive title. On the "Sound Book" edition of 'My Neighbor Totoro', composer JOE HISAISHI re-imagines his soundtrack for the legendary anime with a chamber ensemble. Few records are worth a $50 price tag, but this one makes the grade with ease.
Brutal tech-noise is here on Philly boy PROFLIGATE's new record 'Too Numb to Know'. Carolinian guitar constrictor TASHI DORJI takes his skills to the Drag City label with 'Stateless', an uncompromising approach to the git that carries on the methods of Richard Bishop, Bill Orcutt, and late-period Fahey. KTL, the doomy duo of Peter Rehberg and Sunn's Stephen O'Malley, convene their first Covid drone session on 'VII'.The two compositions on ALVIN LUCIER's late 60s work 'Vespers' possess enough moments of pure invention to still be retraining ears fifty years later. Seemingly every minimalist after Robert Ashley took notes from him, but Ashley had to take notes somewhere too, and it was at the side of Lucier. That timeline leads to modern day composers like the Swedish artist BLOD, whose latest record 'Livets Ord' is virtually all solo organ, and breathtaking. Just in case you had any breath left, BRIAN ENO and his piano playin brother ROGER ENO are here with a new LP of predawn stillness called 'Luminous'.Some seldom seen Brazilian classics return to us on audiophile wax from the Rio label Polysom. We've got RITA LEE's enchanting psych-pop 'Hoje É O Primeiro Dia Do Resto Da Sua Vida', MARCOS VALLE's early turn to funk 'Vento Sul', and the singular trad-fusion of the ORQUESTRA AFRO-BRASILEIRA album.
A pair of incredible reissues (with three more to come) from the Now-Again label celebrate the deep catalog of Ethiopian soul singer AYALEW MESFIN. Just as entrancing as his cohorts Alemayu Eshete and Mahmoud Ahmed, these beautiful editions of 'Blindsided By Love' and 'March Forward' should put him more firmly on the map. Heading slightly west, we land in the Sudan with SHARHABIL AHMED, who was literally crowned 'The King of Sudanese Jazz'. Deeply-rendered melodies abound on this fantastic collection, which sidle alongside the classic works of Mulatu Astatke.
Continuing to hit the border we go, with a deep salsa burner from ALFREDO LINARES, a reissue of the landmark Argentinean jazz classic 'El Grito' from JORGE LOPEZ-RUIZ (say, that logo looks familiar!), and a heavy compilation of hard-to-find Greek rembetika from the 30s, 'I'm Burning, I'm Burning'. Same same.