Music Releases 03-01-19
Wasteland, Baby! is the highly anticipated sophomore album singer-songwriter Hozier. The 14 track album was preceded by the September, 2018 release of Hozier's 4-track EP, Nina Cried Power. The track 'Nina Cried Power' is also included on Wasteland, Baby! and features vocals from multi-Grammy Award-winning artist and performer Mavis Staples and instrumentation by renowned Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones. The track was highlighted as one of Barack Obama's favorite songs of 2018. The album also includes the singles 'Movement' and 'Almost (Sweet Music).' Wasteland, Baby! is the follow up LP to Hozier's 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. With a phenomenal reception by critics worldwide, the album was also a commercial success, reaching Top 10 chart positions in Ireland, UK, United States, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Greece. The album included this first worldwide hit, 'Take Me To Church,' that a nomination for Song of the Year and the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Weezer (The Black Album) was produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek, with whom the band worked for the first time. The album's songs were entirely written on piano by frontman Rivers Cuomo for the first time in Weezer history, creating some of the most satisfyingly awesome songs in the entire hits-filled Weezer catalogue. With band members switching up instruments in the studio, and choruses filtered through Sitek's own encyclopedic musical references of everything from Gorillaz to Can to Pink Floyd, Weezer (The Black Album) is the bold next step in the winning streak of acclaimed albums they've released since 2014.
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This collection of personal favorites and important milestones is the first anthology to span Petty’s entire career, from the first album to Mudcrutch 2. The album contains 38 tracks on 4 LP’s including the hits “Free Fallin’, American Girl, “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, You Wreck Me: and many more. The album also includes two unreleased tracks, “The Best of Everything (Alternate Version)” and the previously unreleased and unheard “For Real”.
The legendary Meat Puppets have reunited and put together an album of new music. The album, Dusty Notes, will be available March 8th via Megaforce records. Includes the single "Warranty".
Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of God, will release a 10-track album titled Anesthetic. With Mark at the creative center, Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Trivium) co-writing, recording, mixing, & producing, & Jake Oni also co-writing & performing. Singers include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales & Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paulo Gregoletto & Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman & Marc Paul rounding out the band. Comes on red vinyl with 12 tarot cards.
The Cactus Blossoms - Minneapolis-based blood harmony brother duo Page Burkum and Jack Torrey - return with new album Easy Way (March 1), a self-produced collection of ten new originals on their own Walkie Talkie Records. Featuring special contributions from Dan Auerbach and renowned saxophonist Michael Lewis (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird), Easy Way expands on the creative turns of phrase, gorgeous harmonies, and ageless sound (NPR) theyre known and loved for to deliver something new and distinctly modern.Since the release of their 2016 debut Youre Dreaming, The Cactus Blossoms experienced a number of breakout moments, including tours with Kacey Musgraves and Lucius, appearances on prestigious stages from Newport Folk to Lincoln Center, and a perfectly cast appearance on the third season of David Lynchs Twin Peaks.
The Butcher Shoppe EP is comprised of 6 of Della Mae’s most-requested, fan-favorite songs, determined over their years of touring. Comprised of cover songs and three brand new original compositions, The Butcher Shoppe EP highlights the band’s genre-bending virtuosity: from traditional bluegrass standards to classic southern rock. This EP also serves as Della Mae’s welcome back from hiatus, and features a number of guest performers including legendary banjo player Alison Brown, rising star/guitarist Molly Tuttle, and original bandmate/guitarist Avril Smith.
"In the Dark" is the second studio album from Icelandic electronic dream-pop band Vök, due out 1st March. Produced with James Earp (Bipolar Sunshine, Fickle Friends, Lewis Capaldi). Lead by the unmistakable Margrét Rán, "In the Dark" is the band most accomplished work to date, exploring exciting new musical territories as they expand on their pop sensibilities further with hook-laden singles "Night & Day" and "Spend the Love".
Frankie and the Witch Fingers' fifth LP, ZAM, bleeds beyond borders and boundaries. Its opening preternatural sounds bubble up out of the primordial soup, spilling into our world, invading the inner recesses of the listener's mind. Like a two-headed snake wrapped around the skull, the album pendulates between winding instrumentals and dancey riffs that pop like supernovas out of the black void. Just when a song goes one way, it propels another through long stretches of a cosmic inferno. Bringing glimmers of krautrock and funk, its eleven tracks unleash a versatile and tenacious weight, slithering between the sexy, the aggressive, the vivacious, and the disorienting-until the living invasion is felt-ZAM-a supernatural entity summoned by four madmen obsessed with tearing open a gateway to dark space. After being pulled apart atom-by-atom, the listener is reconfigured on the other side, born unto starry wasteland. Where head is separated from body. Where music is seen and apocalyptic soundscapes flow to revelation. A funhouse undercurrent pulses through the album's epoch, reflecting a carnival mosaic shrewdly lulling and doggedly brutal. As one track bleeds into the next, that hour of running time becomes wormhole travel, until the listener returns earthbound, transmuted, craving more odyssey.
Orange Vinyl. One of the most popular roots music acts in the world keeps one of the busiest live performance schedules in all of music. Killin' It - Live is the band's first live release, and one their legion of fans have been asking for. A soul-satisfying romp with blustery blues, gritty R&B and hard-charging roadhouse rock, the set list includes fan favorites from throughout Tommy's career.
Dee left college and began making trips to Tennessee, where he found another mentor in Dan Auerbach. Together, the two co-wrote a number of new songs, often teaming up with additional composers in town. Allison Krauss sings on four songs, lending her gossamer harmonies to album standouts like "Bucket of Bolts" and "Tell the World I Do." A world-class vocalist, she found a kindred spirit in the 19 year-old Dee, whose unforced vibrato and effortless tone floored her. During one recording session, she pointed to Dee in the vocal booth and announced, "From now on, you only sing with me." Not bad for a Nashville newcomer."It would be two of us," Dee remembers, "and Dan would rotate these other writers — all older guys who loved classic music — in and out of the writing room every day. Each write would be completely different, which is why each song on the album sounds so unique."Eventually, they whittled down the list of songs to two-dozen finalists. They then recorded all twenty-four songs in two weeks, using Auerbach's studio — Easy Eye Sound, a playground of vintage gear and analog equipment — as their home base. TITLE HERE features ten of those tunes, along with guest appearances by a number of titans from the folk, country, and bluegrass worlds.The guest list doesn't stop there. Fellow Nashville newcomer Ashley McBryde duets with Dee on "Road That Goes Both Ways," their voices backed by sweeping strings and steel guitar. Auerbach himself plays guitar throughout the album, while first-class sideman like Bobby Wood (keyboardist for Elvis Presley and Garth Brooks), Bubba Chrisman (drummer on Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man"), and Billy Sanford (the man behind Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" guitar riff) all appear on multiple tracks. On an album filled with all-star musicians, however, it's Dee White who shines the brightest, filling Southern Gentleman with a mix of youthful energy, rich lyrical metaphors — particularly "Rose of Alabama," a cheating song dressed up as an achingly gorgeous ballad — and swooning melodies."We were just trying to write standards," says Dee.Stripped free of pitch correction and studio trickery, Southern Gentleman is an honest portrayal of a 19 year-old natural. Dee White's songs are classics-in-the-making, inspired by traditional sounds but happily rooted in the 21st century. This isn't a throwback record. Instead, it's a contemporary, ageless album — one that packs just as strong a punch today as it would've 50 years ago.
Simbi Ajikawo, crowned Little Simz, let's her work do the talking - and her prolific releases and boundary-breaking achievements clearly tell a story of a pioneering Hip Hop artist who leads the way on her own terms. Giving lauded, energetic performances, critically acclaimed albums, sold-out headline shows around the world, and international tours with the likes of Gorillaz, Anderson.Paak and Ab-Soul, this visionary 24 year old woman from North London is living out her childhood dreams to heights of excellence - and inspiring her generation to do the same.
Dylan Owen is a New York artist who combines rap and songwriting into his own brand of confessional, heartfelt storytelling. Holes In Our Stories is Dylan's first full-length album in nine years and his first time on vinyl format. His words have earned him undeniable fans who have played his songs more than 8.9MM times on Spotify. As RESPECT Mag puts it, 'Artists like Dylan Owen make it clear that no amount of corporate marketing can quite replicate the potential of a microphone, a laptop and a strong team of supporters.' He has shared stages with Grieves, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Logic, Watsky, Ceschi, and Skizzy Mars, performing a live set with musicians on guitar, trumpet, and violin. Dylan has received praise on Earmilk, RESPECT Mag, hotnewhiphop.com, DJ Booth, This Song Is Sick, Pop Matters, has landed sync placements on WWE Smackdown and MTV, and was named a Billboard 'Next Big Sound' artist.
Philadelphia's DEVIL MASTER stake their claim as one of the most venomous, twisted entities in the underground with their hellish debut, Satan Spits on Children of Light. The album, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Arthur Rizk (POWER TRIP, MAMMOTH GRINDER, OUTER HEAVEN, and more,) rattles the very gates of hell with a vile dose of black metal-infused punk mayhem. Commanding the steel of VENOM, the fury of BATHORY's earliest years, and the raw, uncompromising nature of the notorious GISM, Satan Spits on Children of Light sees DEVIL MASTER emerge from the grave and reach new blasphemous heights. Give in to the Satanic panic and obey your DEVIL MASTER!
Queensryche is one of hard rock's most respected and celebrated acts selling over 30 million albums around the world. The band's third album, Operation: Mindcrime, catapulted them to mainstream success, single-handedly redefining the concept album and charged into the Top 40. A precision collection of near-perfect songs pushed landmark masterpiece Empire to triple platinum. "Silent Lucidity", earned the band their second and third Grammy nominations, plus five nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, where Queensryche picked up the Viewer's Choice Award. Adding to their successes, Queensryche have dominated Rock Radio with hits like "Jet City Woman", "Another Rainy Night (Without You)", "Real World", "I AM I", "Bridge", and "Sign of the Times". Produced, mixed, and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) "The Verdict" is the most metal and the most progressive record Queensryche have made in a long time and will no doubt continue to ignite the heavy metal scene.
The new record features 12 tracks from the singer-songwriter including his stand-out singles, ‘Angels‘ and ‘Leave A Light On‘. The artwork for the LP was created by Craig Allen and depicts a portrait of Tom comprised of more than 2000 miniature figures of those who have inspired him throughout his life.
Comprised of 11 new, original songs all written and produced by Citizen Cope - AKA Clarence Greenwood - Heroin & Helicopters marks a return to Cope s grassroots approach to musicianship, one that is colored by hard work, hustle and heart, irrespective of the obstacles he s encountered throughout his more than 25 years as a career artist. Citizen Cope came up with the title Heroin & Helicopters after an encounter with Carlos Santana, who has been a Citizen Cope fan since before their 2002 collaboration on his rework of the Cope song Sideways. Santana was at a Citizen Cope show at San Francisco's Fillmore when he told Cope to "stay away from the two H s - heroin and helicopters," saying both had fatal results for people in music. To Cope, the quote reflected a larger pattern in society - a metaphor for addiction and instant gratification, both themes that thread throughout the record. The album tackles Cope s personal struggles with religion, political manipulation, hollowness in the entertainment world, and spiritual enlightenment, as he contends with his own role in those societal institutions.
Delicate Steve is back with his 5th studio album, Till I Burn Up. A critically acclaimed guitarist beloved by music critics and his peers, Steve has played on the albums of artists from Paul Simon to Yeasayer, and toured with artists from Tame Impala to The Growlers. Check out what the critics have to say about Delicate Steve. “Steve Marion..this fierce and lyrical guitar player, who performs as Delicate Steve, writes playful instrumental music led by hooky vocals — but there is no voice. His electric guitar is often played with a glass slide, mimicking a human being and bringing a palpable personality to his songs. “ - BOB BOILAND , NPR MUSIC “Steve Marion has become something you didn’t know you even needed in this day and age: a guitar hero. And just as contemporary superhero franchise reboots tend to focus less on their protagonists’ powers and more on their flaws, Marion wields his ample talent with the humility of a mortal. On the (mostly) instrumental albums he’s released as Delicate Steve, Marion’s guitar playing is always in the spotlight, but never hogging it—rather, his luminous leads form the emotional undercurrent around which everything else flows. What makes Marion a guitar hero isn’t just his technical wizardry, but his music’s mission to help you through dark times.” - STUART BERMAN, PITCHFORK
U.S.-based British singer-songwriter Bobby Long explores his love of The Beatles on his forthcoming Compass Records' album, SULTANS. The two-part title track that bookends this, his fourth album, playfully pays homage to Sgt. Pepper's and the music Long heard at home growing up in rural Southwest England, while this taut new 10-song set of original material effectively traverses Long's signature themes of love, loss and heartache. A prolific songwriter who has been compared to his own heroes-Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan - Long recorded SULTANS in Brooklyn as a live trio with producer and frequent collaborator Jack Dawson for a more textured sound. As always, his songs are word pictures that transfix and transport, whether mining the depths of despair and alienation or exploring spirituality, love and passion. Long headlines his own shows and has supported such major artists as Steve Winwood and Iron & Wine, as well as playing high profile festivals like Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, the Dave Matthews Caravan, Bamboozle and England's venerable Glastonbury Festival.
If TEEN’s 2016 album Love Yes was a bursting, harmony-infused synthpop thesis on embracing love, then its follow-up, the even more joyous and melodic Good Fruit, is its opposite, a look at what happens after love fades. The Lieberson sisters—Teeny, Lizzie, and Katherine—have, with their fourth album, crafted a dynamic, hook-stuffed take on the oft-trodden breakup album; as on prior releases, there are frequent meditations on death, capitalism, and womanhood.
Yves Jarvis is a recasting of Montreal-based musician Jean-Sebastian Audet. Audet previously created under the name Un Blonde. Each aspect of Audet’s work is immensely personal, and Yves Jarvis reflects this literally. Yves is Audet’s middle name, while Jarvis is his mother’s last name. His music is idiosyncratic neither by design or by chance; it just is. It mutates and shifts, as he does, through cycles and phases. Yves Jarvis’ new record, The Same But By Different Means, is a new cycle. With The Same But By Different Means, Audet continues to create music that is at once warm, haunting, and unfamiliar while remaining singularly inviting and kind—a mélange that reflects both comfort and its counterpart. Un Blonde’s 2017 LP Good Will Come To You was celebrated universally for those things that make Audet’s work compelling: careful folk noir, tender R&B flourishes, pillowy vocal beds that somehow seem to neither begin nor end, and a punkish ambivalence towards saccharine melodics that traditionally dominate the previous three structures. Asked for a message he hopes his listeners receive, Audet simply says, “I really have to ask: talking or listening? That’s all I want to ask with anything I do now, I think. It’s this spectrum and it’s this dichotomy that I’m interested in exploring. Both sides of everything, and everything in between.” Jean-Sebastian Audet presents Yves Jarvis. The same, but by different means.
Meg Duffy grew up in a small town in Upstate New York and they cut their teeth as a session guitarist and touring member of Kevin Morby’s band. The Hand Habits project emerged after Meg moved to Los Angeles; it started as a private songwriting outlet but soon evolved into a fully-fledged band with Meg at the helm. Hand Habits’ debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), was released by Woodsist Records in 2017. The LP was entirely self-produced and recorded in Meg’s home during spare moments when they weren’t touring. Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) is a lush, homespun collection of folk songs that found Meg in an exploratory state as an artist moving out on their own for the first time. Two years later, Hand Habits has returned with their sophomore album, placeholder, due out on Saddle Creek. To make this album, Meg chose to work in a studio and bring in collaborators, entrusting them with what had previously been a very personal creative process. Over the course of 12 tracks, Meg emerges with new confidence as both a bandleader and singer. This album is as tender and immediate as anything Meg’s ever written, but it’s also intensely focused and refined, the work of a meticulous musician ready to share their singular vision with the world. In 2018, as the wildfires raged in Southern California when Meg wrote the bulk of placeholder; the anxiety that came with living in L.A. during that time exposes itself throughout these songs. The flames that fuel placeholder occasionally billow out, but most often these songs are warm and comforting -- a space listeners can return to again and again when the outside world starts to overwhelm. Meg describes these songs as their most direct to date, crafted with clear intention, and unlike Wildly Humble (Idle Before The Void), placeholder doesn’t meander. As a lyricist, Meg is drawn to the in-between, and the songs on this new album primarily confront the ways in which certain experiences can serve as a stepping stone on the road to self-discovery. placeholder opens with the title track which on its surface is about a break-up. “Oh but I was just a placeholder/ A lesson to be learned,” a scorned Meg sings over a lush bed of twangy guitars. The blame quickly shifts, though, as Meg begins to take on partial responsibility for the partnership’s collapse: “Oh but now you are just a placeholder/ Blinded by desire/ Oh now you’re just a placeholder for someone wasting time.” Nothing in Meg’s world is as simple as black and white, right or wrong. An openness to nuance drives revelation in these songs. Instrumentally, placeholder can be situated alongside some of Meg’s folk-adjacent contemporaries like Angel Olsen or Big Thief, and the guitar work on this album proves that Meg continues to be one of the finest young musicians working today. placeholder is another entry in the Hand Habits songbook, but it’s also a valuable testament of our time. While placeholder inspires a sense of ease, simple questions rarely beget easy answers and Meg honors the indescribable joy and profound sorrow that comes with figuring things out, one step at a time.
Shadowboxer is the long-awaited debut album from Sydney's Mansionair, the genre-bending trio of Jack Froggat, Lachlan Bostock, and Alex Nicholls. Written and self-produced over a three-year period - in living rooms, studios, garages, and a cabin the California mountains - Shadowboxer is an album about making mistakes in private together, and then coming out on the other side with something beautiful and whole.