Prince: HITnRUN Phase Two
the 39th studio album from the late R&B/soul/rock icon. Hit n Run Phase Two is the follow up album to the fan favorite Hit n Run Phase One, which was released in September 2015. A few of the tracks – ‘Baltimore’, ‘RocknRoll Love Affiar’, ‘Xtraloveable’, ‘Groovy Potential’, and ‘Screwdriver’ – had been released online over the past few years in different forms but have been overdubbed or reworked for this release. Not in stock yet as of this writing. Soon come…
The Jayhawks: Paging Mr. Proust
from the Americana/rock pioneers. Paging Mr. Proust finds the 2016 Jayhawks still remain one of America’s foremost rock bands: based around leader Gary Louris’ gift for melody that has made them such a respected and seminal group for almost three decades. Paging Mr. Proust features the long-time core of the Jayhawks: Louris (lead vox/guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O’Reagan (drums/vox), and Karen Grotberg (keyboards/vox). From the jangle of album opener “Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces” to the trademark harmonies of “Isabel’s Daughter” to the more pensive “Lover Of The Sun”, it is clear that The Jayhawks’ power remains undiminished from their initial national impact, 1992’s Hollywood Town Hall. Other tracks such as the sludgy rocker “Lost The Summer”, the kraut-rock groove of “Ace” and the taut minimalism of “Comeback Kids” bring new sounds to the palette. Paging Mr. Proust shows a commitment to adventure and forward motion, which makes this collection of songs exciting and instantly memorable.
Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid
2016 album from the Indie-rap mainstay, his first album in four years. On The Impossible Kid, Aesop continues finding new ways to improve on the skills that have made him one of the kings of indie hip-hop. His creative process now includes a newfound willingness to open up about his personal life, going deep on topics like depression, his sometimes rocky relationship with his family, and the turbulent handful of years that culminated in Aesop leaving his adopted home of San Francisco to live in a barn out in the woods, where he recorded the foundations of The Impossible Kid. There’s also moments of levity though, as Aesop taps into the funny side of his persona that he suppressed during the period where being taken as a serious lyricist was more of a priority. Like Skelethon, Aesop exercised complete creative control over every aspect of the album, from the production (which he handled himself, with instrumental help from Philly’s Grimace Federation) to conceptualizing the cover art by his friend Alex Pardee.
The Bo-Keys: Heartaches By The Number
The Bo-Keys genesis happened when members of the Hi Records and Stax rhythm sections intersected with members of The Bar Kays and Gregg Allman band, and an acclaimed composer/bassist. Maybe you know them from their score to the Oscar-winning film Hustle And Flow. Or, possibly from their appearance in the Samuel L. Jackson/Bernie Mac film Soul Men, which included the Grammy-nominated “Soul Music”-produced by Bo-Keys member Scott Bomar. Cyndi Lauper’s Memphis Blues (also produced by Bomar) Wait, you still don’t know The Bo-Keys? Well, that needs to change! The Bo-Keys have been together for nearly two decades, and Omnivore Recordings is proud to unleash their 3rd full-length release, Heartaches By The Number. The Memphis torchbearers explore the intersection of country, folk and soul on Heartaches By The Number. In addition to stunning originals, The Bo-Keys include interpretations of classics from Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Swamp Dogg, and Ray Price, to prove that the past will always inform the present. Heartaches By The Number takes you to the root, but offers a current bloom that will continue to amaze. Memphis is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and home of the blues- and it is where The Bo-Keys live and play. So, put a quarter in that jukebox, it’s time for Heartaches By The Number.
Del McCoury & David Grisman:
Del & Dawg LIVE !
two CD live release from two bluegrass legends. Del McCoury met David Grisman at the first show Del played (on banjo) with Bill Monroe on February 8, 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village. Three years later, Del & Dawg played their first gig together in Troy, NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For decades they have shared stages at venues and festivals across the country, and in 2014 began the unique duo collaboration heard on this recording. Del & Dawg Live! Celebrates the continuing 53-year bluegrass friendship of these two legendary musicians. This HD release presents two complete live sets in a sonically superior format. The 23 tunes include bluegrass classics, original instrumentals and a special medley dedicated to their late friend and musical cohort, banjo innovator Bill Keith.
John Doe: The Westerner
Throughout his career, Doe has garnered worldwide acclaim: NPR Music describes his work as “one of the warmest, most welcome voices in pop music. There’s a beseeching quality to his singing that draws you in with curiosity,” while American Songwriter praises, “… a winning platter of ’60s inspired rock with a singer-songwriter twist.” Doe calls The Westerner his “psychedelic soul record from the Arizona desert.” The album features 10 new tracks from Doe with guest appearances from Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West and Tom Brosseau. The Westerner was produced by Howe Gelb (Neko Case, M. Ward), Dave Way (Fiona Apple) and Doe. The album’s artwork was designed by Shepard Fairey and Aaron Huey to support Native American rights via a campaign called Protect The Sacred, with additional photography by Jim Herrington.
Brian Eno: The Ship
The Ship is Brian Eno’s first solo record since 2012’s Grammy-nominated Lux. Originally conceived from experiments with three dimensional recording techniques and formed in two, interconnected parts, The Ship is almost as much musical novel as traditional album. Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics, omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite. The result is the very best of Eno, a record without parallel in his catalog. The album opens with the 21-minute eponymously titled ‘The Ship’ on which Eno’s cyclically sung sea-chant builds in ominous drama, followed by ‘Fickle Sun’, a song in three movements. The first continues where ‘The Ship’ left but with Eno’s voice sounding more upfront, determined, even despairing. The albums finale is a Lou Reed penned cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’m Set Free’, a band who were famously credited by Eno as the inspiration behind his early music explorations as an art student.
Formed in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii by Kaleo Wassman, Bret Bollinger and Yesod Williams, the now California-based trio relied on their longtime friendship and creative partnership to self-produce (their first time) and record Ohana in their newly established Kona Inn Recording Studio in Redondo Beach (former studio home to Pennywise). With Ohana, Pepper was able to bridge their past with their future. The first single, ‘Vacation’, bassist Bret Bollinger describes as “… if James Brown and The Beach Boys got together and had way too many Mai Tai’s”, while ‘Start You Up’ and ‘Never Ending Summer’ demonstrate that with Ohana, Pepper is on a whole new level and better than ever.
Rob Zombie: The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
2016 release from the rock monster and film maker. The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is Rob Zombie’s sixth solo studio album. Produced by Zeuss, it was recorded and mixed at Goathouse Studios. A full return to form by the rock icon, The Electric Warlock… features John 5 (Guitar), Piggy D (Bass) and Ginger Fish (Drums). This album marks Rob Zombie’s first solo studio album since 2013’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which debuted at # 7 on the Billboard 200. Features “Well, Everybody’s F***ing in a U.F.O.”, “Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On!”, “The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore” and many more delightful slices of Zombie rock!
Snarky Puppy: Culcha Vulcha
Snarky Puppy introduces their first new band album in two years, Culcha Vulcha. The album title refers to how we – the Western civilized world – have all become slaves to pop culture, consuming as many messages to “buy”, “be” and “get” as possible. The album is a slight departure for Snarky Puppy; darker, with elements of rock along with brilliant flourishes of R&B, funk, soul, jazz, bossa nova, electric blues and more. True! Standout tracks: “Big Ugly,” “Semente” and “Grown Folks.”