Music Releases 03-17-23
Songs Of Surrender [4 LP Super Deluxe Collector's Boxset]
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
V [Legendary Edition 2LP]
Fantasy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Marble 2LP]
- Kacey Musgraves
Same Trailer Different Park: 10th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Picture Disc- Zoetrope LP]
- Black Crowes
Shake Your Money Maker: Live [2LP]
- All Time Low
Tell Me I'm Alive
- Say Hi
Elocution Prattle [LP]
- 100 Gecs
10,000 gecs [Indie Exclusive limited Edition White LP]
- Dropkick Murphys
Blackout: 20th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Translucent Red LP]
Ceremony And Devotion [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Lemon 2LP]
- Sonny Rollins
Go West!: The Contemporary Records Albums [3LP]
- Jake Baldwin
Enveletration [White and Blue Hand-pour LP]
- Pierce The Veil
A Flair For The Dramatic [LP]
- Stephen Sondheim, Sara Bareilles, Into The Woods 2022 Broadway Cast
Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording) [Apple Red 2LP]
- DJ Black Low
- Now More Than Ever
Creatrix [Coke Bottle Clear LP]
- The Band of Heathens
Simple Things [Limited Edition Clear LP]
29:29 Split Vision [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Deep Purple LP]
EP-LP [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Deep Purple LP]
Time Flies + Rats [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Deep Purple LP]
The Awakening [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 2LP]
- Ten Years After
A Space In Time: 50th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Half-Speed Master LP]
- Drake / 21 Savage
Music Releases 03-24-23
Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd is the ninth studio album from acclaimed singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, comprising 16 tracks and interludes with features including Father John Misty, Tommy Genesis, Jon Batiste, Bleachers and more. It follows the prolific artist's 2021 albums Chemtrails Over The Country Club and Blue Banisters.
The Art of Forgetting [Audiophile Collectors Edition Clear Lenticular Cover 2LP]
Vinyl: $50.98 Buy
The time is now for Caroline Rose. Their last record, Superstar, was released on March 6, 2020. The record was critically acclaimed and positioned Rose as the next big breakthrough in music. Needless to say, the resulting pandemic grinded all momentum to a halt while at the same time throwing Rose’s personal life into turmoil. The result of that turmoil is the fuel that fired the creation of their latest album, The Art of Forgetting. With The Art of Forgetting, Rose took on the dual role of writer and producer. The album encapsulates the feeling of experiencing recent memories, having them turn into old ones and then ultimately forgetting those memories altogether. There is a romantic nature within the sonic landscape of this record. Tape effects and loops emulate the feeling of aging while the juxtaposition of modern acoustic-electronic textures, like lo-fi tape next to hi-fi granular synths result in some of their most mature and honest work to date.
If credibility were currency, FAKE NAMES’ wealth would be off the charts. Composed of Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, INVSN, The [International] Noise Conspiracy), Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside) and the newest member Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Rites of Spring), the band is a veritable post-hardcore dream team.
However instead of rehashing the past, Expendables is a reinvention that sees the band dialing back the distortion and leaning into the melodies. The result pairs their unparalleled pedigree with a pop sensibility that’s slightly unexpected and wholly satisfying. “For our
last record [2019’s FAKE NAMES]the general influences were 70’s U.K. punk and power-pop; but it wound up with a little classic rock vibe as well, like the Vibrators meets Aerosmith. We never saw that coming!” , Baker explains.
For Expendables the band enlisted producer Adam “Atom” Greenspan (IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Baker explains, “The pop influences are a little more out front on this one and the production really helps it shine. It sounds more direct, more urgent.” Expendables is the latest exchange in a musical conversation that spans four decades. Baker aptly refers to the lineup of FAKE NAMES as a “mutual admiration society” and says that once the five members got in the same room together, it felt as if they had already been in the band together for years.
Honky Chateau: 50th Anniversary [2LP]
Vinyl: $37.99 Buy
Named after the residential studios outside Paris where the album was recorded, Honky Château bought a new level of simplicity and directness to Elton’s music that had previously only been seen in glimpses. Shorn of the complexities and ornate orchestrations of his recent work, Honky Chateau seemed freewheeling and intimate. It was helped by Rocket Man, the record which became another of Elton’s signature songs.
These special editions contain the original album, and on both vinyl and CD editions a newly created selection of outtakes from the sessions, produced from the original tapes by Matt Still, which highlight the warmth and humor of the sessions.
On CD only there are eight tracks from the album that were recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in 1972, all receiving their live debut, just a few days back in the UK after recording. Assembled with the customary care by Elton’s catalog team, the album comes as a gatefold with an eight-page booklet with rare photos, memorabilia and an essay by co-curator and music writer Daryl Easlea, featuring interviews from those who were there.
Honky Château has been mastered at Lurssen in California, and the vinyl cut at Abbey Road.
MP3 Album: $9.99 Download
Vinyl: $34.98 Buy
Just nine months after his 3x Grammy-nominated record Growin’ Up was released, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs is back with a new companion album, Gettin’ Old, releasing March 24 via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. In advance of the release, lead track, “Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old,” written by Combs, Rob Snyder and Channing Wilson, is out now.
Produced by Combs, Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton, Gettin’ Old is Combs’ fourth full-length album following 2022’s Growin’ Up, 2019’s 3x Platinum What You See is What You Get and his 4x Platinum debut, This One’s For You. Across these eighteen new tracks, Combs continues to establish himself as one of music’s most authentic and powerful voices, as he reaches new lyrical depths exploring themes of family, legacy, love and personal growth.
Glimpse of Heaven [Pink & Blue Swirl LP]
Felte Records presents Glimpse Of Heaven – a stunning new album by the Hawaii-born, LA-based musician, singer, producer and professional mastering engineer Jess Labrador, AKA Chasms.
Labrador’s deeply personal work as Chasms has always felt like an unveiling. Following 2019’s ‘The Mirage,’ which was a dark, dubby meditation on grief and loss, this new album is both familiar and different. The third full-length under the Chasms name, Glimpse of Heaven trades in washes of reverb for starker moments of closeness and intimacy. An exploration of the personal inventory and reckoning necessary to move forward in life, the LP considers not only how we relate to the world, but more importantly how we relate to ourselves.
While always distinct, you could previously detect post-punk, shoegaze, and dub sensibilities in the music. Dreamy drift tethered by skittered beats, airy vocals, and melancholic melodies are here like previous efforts too. However, at the same time, Labrador steps into new territory with an expanse of vaporous synths and samples, adding to the project’s ethereal electronic pop and dubwise pulse. Lush guitars glisten throughout the album, but this time only in sparse, disciplined embellishments. Glimpse of Heaven is a fully realised version of Chasms beyond its influences; to say that this is a seamless evocation of such disparate sounds as Massive Attack, Basic Chanel, Sade, Seefeel and Dif Juz is to say it is wholly unique. While she continues to unfurl her thoughts, there is a shift from opening up to the listener toward allowing the listener to witness her opening to herself.
The Dark Side Of The Moon: Live At Wembley Empire Pool, London, 1974 [LP]
Vinyl: $37.98 Buy
LP in gatefold sleeve, with two posters featuring design by Ian Emes and Gerald Scarfe. Cover design by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon/Storm Studios. Featuring original 1973 line drawn cover artwork by George Hardie.
Good Luck [Loser Edition Metallic Silver LP]
Cecile McLorin Salvant
CD: $14.98 Buy
Nonesuch Records releases Cécile McLorin Salvant’sMélusine on CD March 24, 2023 and LP on May 19, 2023. Mélusine features a mix of five originals and interpretations of nine songs, dating as far back as the twelfth century, mostly sung in French along with Occitan, English, and Haitian Kreyol.
The new album’s songs tell the story of the European folkloric legend of Mélusine, a woman who turns into a half-snake each Saturday as a result of a childhood curse by her mother. Mélusine later agrees to marry Raymondin on the condition that he never see her on Saturdays. He agrees but is ultimately convinced by his brother to break his promise, piercing his wife’s door with his sword and finding her naked in the bath, half snake, half woman. When she catches him spying on her, she turns into a dragon and flies out the window, only to reappear every time one of her descendants is on their deathbed.
Salvant, whose parents are French and Haitian, saysMélusine is also “partly about that feeling of being a hybrid, a mixture of different cultures, which I’ve experienced not only as the American-born child of two first generation immigrants, but as someone raised in a family that is racially mixed, from several different countries, with different languages spoken in the home.”
As badly as we want our trajectory to be linear and to make logical sense, sometimes life has other plans for us. We have to listen to that little voice within, whispering: rebel against the status quo. This has been the experience of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Kate Davis, where she hits the brakes on the life she thought she knew, grabbed the creative reins and rebuilt her artistic foundation. As she walks away from her previous life as a conservatory-trained jazz musician and into her future as an experi- mental art-rock singer, Davis has found a new home within herself. Growing up in Portland, Davis later moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School Of Music. At night, Davis would sneak down to Brooklyn, where she watched indie-rock innovators Grizzly Bear and the Dirty Projectors and se- cretly dreamed of breaking away from the academic rigor of the jazz world she inhabited. With time, Davis found a way to take control of her musical destiny and define her own path, which is illustrated with vivid clarity on the highly conceptual Fish Bowl, coming three years after her debut album, Trophy. This coming-of-age story is at the heart of Davis’ sophomore album, Fish Bowl, coming soon via her new label home of ANTI- Records.
Across Fish Bowl’s 12 deeply personal tracks, Davis traces her very own he- ro’s journey, from the moment she steps away from her old life to the moment she finds inner peace. She follows these steps through the eyes of Fish Bowl’s central character, FiBo, who starts out on opening track “Monster Mash” realizing the community she cultivated has turned on her and starts to seek real change. Leading the entire creative process, Davis wove multiple genres — art-rock, pop, and folk — into an intricate, unique tapestry of sound.. As she steps into an exciting new stage of her music career, Davis is taking the very meticulousness she developed from her years in the jazz world and applying them to Fish Bowl. Like genre pillar John Coltrane, Davis is transitioning to a more musically spiritual place — a place where rules don’t matter, experimen- talism is encouraged, and change is part of one’s natural progression as an artist. As Davis continues to push forward with clear-eyed determination, the indie-rock world is about to gain a new sonic voyager.
American Nervoso: 25th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Purple LP]
Vinyl: $31.98 Buy
Legendary Tacoma, Washington mathcore/hardcore/metal band Botch’s debut full-length American Nervoso was originally recorded in 1998, eventually becoming one of the most ground-breaking records during a pivotal shift in heavy music. Now, the band’s debut album is set to be re-issued on Sargent House 25 years after its original release. The album features white-hot guitar action, scathing vocals, sweet bass moves, and torrential drums, smashing existing precepts of hardcore and redefining both the word and the music for a generation of kids and grizzled vets alike. Bassist Brian Cook, guitarist David Knudson, drummer Tim Latona, and vocalist Dave Verellen formed Botch in 1993, eventually becoming one of the most significant bands of their time before playing their final show on June 15, 2002. The members would go on to play in These Arms Are Snakes, Minus the Bear, and Russian Circles, among others, with acclaim for the band coming mostly post-breakup. Over 20 years since they played their final show, Botch are reuniting for select dates in the Pacific Northwest in February 2023
Apollo’s long-awaited debut album IVORY brings him to another level in his career. Crossing genre lines as well as language barriers, the full-length showcases even greater musical diversity from the already boundless creator. Despite being at this pivotal moment in his career, Omar feels like he’s just getting started. The artist who once called himself “just a kid from Indiana” is breaking new ground, abandoning all comfort zones, and never looking back. Featuring the hit song, “Evergreen.”
Vinyl: $35.98 Buy
Elvis Live 1972 compiles the best of the live tracks from the new 6CD+bluray box set Elvis On Tour. Recorded at 4 Elvis tour dates throughout April 1972, most of these tracks are previously unreleased, and appear here on vinyl for the first time.
The Artist In The Ambulance [Green LP]
MP3 Album: $7.99 Download
The question has to be asked: Why would Thrice re-record a 20 year old album? Here's what the members of Thrice had to say in regards to The Artist In The Ambulance - Revisited.
"The core of the answer is that it simply sounded fun and we were curious. What would it sound like to play these old songs after 20 years of playing and singing under our belts? We know that playing the revisionist is a dangerous game so we were always a little uneasy about trying to go back and mess with something that people loved, people who had none of the hang-ups about the record that we did. But, since we decided to do this anyway, we tried to let that wariness guide us in how we approached the record, and in the end we decided to make very minimal structural changes. At the end of the day, what we wanted the record to sound like for fans is that somehow one of their old favorite records got a new lease on life, but that it hadn't lost it's soul or turned into something else."
The Bouncing Souls
Ten Stories High [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow, Blue & Black Twist LP]
Vinyl: $27.98 Buy
"During the pandemic, we started a Patreon page. Through the Patreon page, ten people purchased a song we would write for them after having a zoom chat with the band. The stories we heard in those conversations created foundations for the lyrics that evolved into ten different songs. A year or so later we decided to take them into the studio to create a new album. During the studio sessions, we realized we wanted a song to summarize the process and tell the story of the project. One afternoon during the session we came up with the title “10 Stories High” and matched it up with a melody that Pete and Bryan had recorded earlier on their phones. We really liked how the title added imagery of ten people in a ten-story building living out their own external and internal experiences. It was a perfect summary to the project. After a few hours of tinkering with the music and words we had our title track for the record."
Authorized Greatest Hits [2LP]
Vinyl: $30.98 Buy
The historic Greatest Hits collection now available on vinyl. Featuring 18 classics including “I Want You To Want Me”, “Surrender”, “The Flame” and more. Plus track-by-track liner notes by the band.
Vinyl: $26.98 Buy
Vinyl: $25.98 Buy
*NSYNC’s first album originally released in 1998 now available on black vinyl. The debut smash features 13 tracks including the hits “Tearin’ Up My Heart ” and “ I Want You Back” among others.
The Scarlet Goodbye
Vinyl: $18.98 Buy
The Scarlet Goodbye (labelled “the most unlikely mash-up in Minnesota music history”) is the creative combination of Daniel Murphy (Soul Asylum, Golden Smog) and Jeff Arundel. Murphy had stepped away in 2012 after 30 years of recording and touring. A chance meeting with the mellow singer/songwriter Arundel led the duo to start writing and recording together. The result is their full-length album, Hope’s Eternal, produced by John Fields and releasedvia Nashville’s The Label Group. Red LP.
Music Releases 03-31-23
the record [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
- The New Pornographers
Continue As A Guest [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Green/Translucent Blue LP]
- The Hold Steady
The Price of Progress [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Metallic Gold LP]
- The Who
The Who - With Orchestra Live At Wembley [3LP]
- Melanie Martinez
Portals [Bloodshot Translucent LP]
- Denzel Curry
UNLOCKED [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Purple Haze LP]
- City And Colour
The Love Still Held Me Near [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear/White Galaxy 2LP]
Obzen: 15th Anniversary Remastered Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black/White LP]
- Frank Zappa
Zappa ’80: Munich [3LP]
- Frank Zappa
Zappa ’80: Mudd Club [2LP]
- Taylor Kingman
Hollow Sound [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow Belly Yellow LP]
- Andrew Bird
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
- Scott Mcmicken & The Ever-Expanding
- Various Artists
The Birth Of Bop: The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection [5 10in LP Box Set]
If You Have Ghost [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Yellow LP]
Meliora [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]
- Surf Curse
- Mac Miller
Blue Slide Park: 10th Anniversary [Limited Edition Clear w/ Splatter Deluxe 2 LP]
- The Zombies
Different Game [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Cyan Blue LP]
- Hermanos Gutierrez
El Bueno Y El Malo [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Marble LP]
- Boy Named Banjo
Circles EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Whiskey Smoke Vinyl]
- The Bar Stool Preachers
Above The Static [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Half Black/Half White Splatter LP]
- Archetypes Collide
Miracle-Level [White LP]