New Release Round-Up 02-24-23
Gorillaz - Cracker Island - Warner Records
Cracker Island is the eighth studio album from Gorillaz, an energetic, upbeat, genre-expansive collection of 10 tracks featuring yet another stellar line-up of artist collaborators: Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny, Stevie Nicks, Adeleye Omotayo, Bootie Brown and Beck. Recorded in London and LA last year, it is produced by Gorillaz, Remi Kabaka jr. and eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer / multi-instrumentalist / songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin.
Dierks Bentley - Gravel & Gold - Capitol Nashville
Dierks Bentley releases his 10th studio album Gravel & Gold on Capitol Records Nashville. The brand-new album includes 14 songs and features duets with Ashley McBryde and Billy Strings.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Gina Birch - I Play My Bass Loud [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Lucero - Should've Learned By Now [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]
Adam Lambert - High Drama
Jenny O - Spectra [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition California Pink LP]
Iris DeMent - Workin' On A World
Gracie Abrams - Good Riddance
Algiers - Shook
Logic - College Park
David Bowie - A Divine Symmetry: An alternative journey through Hunky Dory [LP]
Denzel Curry - Imperial [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black, White + Yellow Smoke LP]
Denzel Curry - TA13OO [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Magenta Splash LP]
Denzel Curry - ZUU [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red/Green Speckled LP]
Ghost - Popestar [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear LP]
The Shootouts - Stampede [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow & Deep Purple Splatter LP]
Mui Zyu - Rotten Bun For An Eggless Century
The Strokes - The Singles - Volume 01 [Vinyl Box Set]
Shame - Food For Worms
John Lee Hooker - Burnin': 60th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Red LP]
The Police - Around The World (Restored & Expanded) [Limited Edition Blue LP/DVD]
Steel Panther - On The Prowl
Godsmack - Lighting Up The Sky
5 Seconds Of Summer - 5SOS5 [Deluxe 2LP]
Nas - Magic [Limited Edition Green & Black LP]
Ash - Nu-Clear Sounds [Limited Edition Clear & Nuclear Green Splatter LP]
Neutral Milk Hotel - The Collected Works Of Neutral Milk Hotel [LP Box Set]
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Morgan Wallen - One Thing At A Time - Big Loud / Mercury Records / Republic Records
Morgan Wallen's 3rd studio album, One Thing At A Time, is set for release via Big Loud/Mercury/Republic on 3/3/23. Wallen's 36-song, deeply personal album combines his musical influences (country/alternative/hip-hop). With so much new music, the stage is set for his 63-date/30 stadium One Night At A Time World Tour. This album follows the success of his 4x platinum, Dangerous: The Double Album, which notched historical chart status at Billboard's longest running Top 10 album for a solo artist.
De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising - Chrysalis
3 Feet High And Rising is the debut studio album by hip hop trio De La Soul and was released on March 3, 1989. It marked the first of three full-length collaborations with producer Prince Paul, which would become the critical and commercial peak of both parties. Critically, as well as commercially, the album was a success. It contains the singles, "Me Myself and I", "The Magic Number, " "Buddy, " and "Eye Know". The album title came from the Johnny Cash song "Five Feet High and Rising". It is listed on Rolling Stone's 200 Essential Rock Records and The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. When Village Voice held it's annual Pazz & Jop Critics Poll for 1989, 3 Feet High and Rising was ranked #1. It was also listed on the Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Released amid the 1989 boom in gangsta rap, which gravitated towards hardcore, confrontational, violent lyrics, de la Soul's uniquely positive style made them an oddity beginning with the first single, "Me, Myself and I". Their positivity meant many observers labeled them a "hippie" group, based on their declaration of the "D.A.I.S.Y. Age" (Da. Inner. Soul. Yall). Sampling artists as diverse as Hall & Oates, Steely Dan and The Turtles, 3 Feet High and Rising is often viewed as the stylistic beginning of 1990s alternative hip hop (and especially jazz rap).
Fake Names - Expendables - Epitaph
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.
Frank Zappa - Zappa '80: Mudd Club/Munich - Zappa Records
Zappa '80: Mudd Club/Munich combines 2 historical performances from the 1980 spring/summer tour. The first is a set at Frank Zappa's favorite NYC nightclub, the famous Mudd Club, presented from a hi-res transfer of the original master tape. The second, from Olympiahalle in Munich, is the first-ever direct-to-digital live stereo recording of Zappa. Mastered by Bernie Grundman in 2022, with photography and memoir from George Alper, and liner notes from Arthur Barrow, Steve Vai & `Vaultmeister' Joe Travers.
Also Available: Zappa ’80: Munich [3LP], Zappa ’80: Mudd Club [2LP]
Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach - The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello - UMe
The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello, brings together all of the published songs that Costello has written with Burt Bacharach, celebrating the three decade songwriting partnership between them. Compiled by Costello, the Super Deluxe Edition includes the newly remastered album, Painted From Memory, along with a new collection, Taken From Life, featuring unreleased songs from the proposed "Painted From Memory" musical score, plus live performances, and a detailed 10,000 word essay by Costello.
Hollow Coves - Wanderlust EP - Nettwerk Records
Australian indie-folk duo Hollow Coves' release their debut EP 'Wanderlust' on CD and vinyl. It highlights Hollow Coves trademark soft lyrics and harmonies embedded deep into the acoustic guitar melodies. Since the EP's release, "Coastline" and "The Woods" are now certified GOLD status in Canada, and the minute long "Interlude" has found resonance on Tiktok and Meta soundtracked to stunning & on-brand travel and wanderlust themed content. The band has grown their own live following, translating their recorded music showcasing both their softer side and a lively stomp and holler show that has led to opening for Passenger and The Lumineers.