New Releases from September 1, 2016

De La Soul and the Anonymous NobodyDe La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody

the ninth album from the hip hop trio. And The Anonymous Nobody is their first studio album in four years. Includes the single ‘Pain’ featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also features Jill Scott, Usher, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and others. As the band states in their press release: “Hey, everybody! We are De La Soul: Posdnous, Dave, and Maseo. Over the last three years, we’ve collaborated with some of L.A.’s finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. We have a fantastic cast of artist we’ve collaborated with. Damon Albarn (of Blur/Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, and David Byrne (of Talking Heads) have blessed us with their talents.”


unnamed-1The Bad Plus: It’s Hard

The Bad Plus’ eleventh studio recording, It’s Hard sees the leaderless trio – bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King – returning to the distinctive deconstruction of pop forms that first drew them international attention almost two decades ago. Recorded this past April at NYC’s Brooklyn Recording with longtime engineer Pete Rende (Joshua Redman, Bill McHenry), the album spans both era and inspiration as The Bad Plus offer new perspectives on classic songs from the 1970s to the 2010s. While the four most recent Bad Plus albums have focused on predominantly original material, It’s Hard showcases the trio’s inimitable gift for intrepid and audacious interpretation. A lyrical take on Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” stands alongside the motorik futurism of Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” and the post-millennial indie creativity of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps” and TV On The Radio’s “Staring At The Sun,” altering pop, prog rock, country, psychedelia, and more via an unmatched gift for wit, harmonic innovation and rhythmic brilliance. Their expressive reading of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones” – coincidentally recorded a month before the legend’s untimely death – is a potent tribute to a figure that loomed large in the lives of these Minnesotan musicians. The Bad Plus has spent nearly two decades expanding the parameters of what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. The genre-smashing band has crafted a repertoire of innovative original music, along with a daring series of iconoclastic covers spanning such diverse artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. No matter the material, The Bad Plus continue to mine the very same aesthetic principles that inspired their inception, exploring myriad musical forms through the unparalleled interpretive power of jazz.


unnamed-2Glass Animals: How To be a Human

Glass Animals’ rise has gained the Oxford four-piece a legion of fans all over the world. The band’s debut Zaba, released on Harvest Records, has so far sold nearly half a million copies worldwide and amassed 200 million Spotify streams. How To Be A Human Being is a scrapbook of their time spent on the road, gathering memories and perceptions of different types of people from all around the world.


unnamed-3Banks & Steelz: Anything But Words

Banks & Steelz – a musical collaboration between Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks. RZA and Banks first began working on music together in 2013. RZA told Rolling Stone at the time that the idea to collaborate with the Interpol frontman sparked after RZA’s manager asked him who he wanted to do an album with. “When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist,” RZA says. “We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool.”


unnamed-4The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Strong Like That

From the opening swampy piano runs, crispy funk lead riffs, earthy and raunchy harmonica runs, and Kim Wilson’s down-to-the-bone soul growls on the Motown classic “(I Know I’m) Losing You” to the bright Stax-inflected guitars and horns of the Eddie Floyd classic “Never Found Me a Girl,” The Fabulous Thunderbirds take flight on their new album, Strong Like That. The band balances the mournfulness of blues with all the joy of soul music, and the tunes here are often so bright that they drive us up out of our seats to the dance floor to groove to The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ smooth and soulful sound. Henry Carrigan, No Depression.


unnamed-5Morgan Delt
The invocation of classic West Coast psychedelia that permeates Morgan Delt’s Sub Pop debut album feels like a continuous sunrise, never concealing it’s influences yet perfectly putting it’s songs through a gauzy lens that blurs and obscures. Is such a thing even possible after witnessing umpteen reverb-jockeys creating their own take on the genre? Can anything truly different be done in the realm of being both original and reverent, wearing favorite records and artists’ moves on one’s sleeve? Definitely the case with our man here. After releasing a 6-song cassette in 2013 followed by a full length for the Trouble In Mind label, the California native now fine-tunes his sound world outwardly rather than honing in on a specific trajectory, allowing all of said influences to coexist together in a unique yet undoubtedly Californian vision. The resulting 10-song collection, performed entirely by Delt, recorded in his Topanga Canyon studio, and mastered by JJ Golden, is a home-fi construction with a more subtle, brain-tickling character than it’s predecessor, and somewhat reflects a realist take on the flower power fantasy of 1967. Doused in echo and haze, slow chords lap in like Pacific waves, flanked by gentle whispers of multi-tracked, cooing vox, phased guitars and fuzz that calmly surrounds the listener’s head less than it jabs at the cortex.


unnamed-6Butch Walker
As a writer of dozens of songs with hooks that stick in your head, Rolling Stone has called Butch Walker, “one of America’s best singer-songwriters,” as he has penned choruses you want to sing (or shout) along to from acts including Frank Turner, Brian Fallon, Taylor Swift, and many more. He is a teller of authentic stories of exploits and predicaments and romance that are filled with optimism; builder of albums with no boundaries – rock, pop, Americana, singer-songwriter… or, as he says, “I think it’s all just rock & roll.” Stay Gold, his 8th studio album, is clearly Walker’s most articulate to date. When asked if the stories are real or imagined, he replies, “All the songs are half true.”


unnamed-7Jack Ingram

From the artist who brought us numerous hit songs including “Wherever You Are,” “Barefoot and Crazy,” “Love You,” and “Barbie Doll,” along with “Seeing Stars,” an incredible duet with songstress Patty Griffin, comes a brandnew concept project from Texas native Jack Ingram. On his eighth studio album, Midnight Motel, Ingram finds the creative freedom to write his most expressive and emotionally raw songs to date.


unnamed-8J-Diggs

J-Diggs is a Bay Area fixture who is the co-CEO of the late Mac Dre’s label, Thizz Entertainment. He was one of the more prominent artists during Mac Dre’s prime before he was killed. His 2016 album, California Livin’ Pt. 3 features the late Mac Dre and The Jacka, as well as E-40, Berner, Nef The Pharaoh, and others.


unnamed-9Florida Georgia Line

the third album from the country superstars. Dig Your Roots was produced by Joey Moi, whom FGL have worked with since the start of their career. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard penned more than half of the tracks on the album. Includes the massive hit single “H.O.L.Y.” as well as “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw), “Life Is A Honeymoon” (featuring Ziggy Marley) and “God, Your Mama And Me” (featuring Backstreet Boys).


unnamed-10Todd

Deluxe CD/DVD edition comes in a special six-panel digipak. An incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren! Includes some of Todd’s best known songs including “Hello It’s Me” and “Bang On The Drum” plus fan favorites that haven’t been performed live in decades. Recorded live at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on December 15, 2015.


unnamed-11Babs

The greatest star to ever come out of Broadway, Barbra Streisand returns to her roots with Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. This album includes duets with Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Anthony Newley, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, and Patrick Wilson. The legendary performer rose to unprecedented fame while starring on Broadway with her stage debut in I Can Get It For You Wholesale and then as comedienne Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. With the longest span of #1 albums in history – six decades – Streisand has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best-Selling Artists list. With the release of her last album, Partners, Streisand has had 33 albums make the Top 10 on the US charts. Streisand is the female artist with the most #1 albums in Billboard’s history. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor, concert performer, producer, director, author and songwriter. She has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, and eight Grammys.


unnamed-12Britney
the ninth studio album from the pop priestess. Includes the single “Make Me” (featuring G-Eazy). Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history with nearly 100 million records sold worldwide. So far, Spears has earned a total of six #1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 24 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 – five of which went to #1. Spears has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005.


unnamed-13Beach Men

Two CD collection of the earliest Beach Boys recordings. In September of 1961 Al Jardine, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Mike Love stepped up to a microphone together for the first time at the home of Hite and Dorinda Morgan to demo The Beach Boys’ first three songs. Between that September date and March 1962, before signing a seven-year contract with Capitol Records on May 24, 1962, they committed nine songs to tape under the direction of Hite and Dorinda Morgan. Some iconic, others obscure-“Surfin’, ” “Luau, ” “Lavender, ” “Surfin’ Safari, ” “Surfer Girl, ” “Judy, ” “Beach Boy Stomp” (aka “Karate”), “Barbie, ” and “What Is A Young Girl Made Of”- Every complete take, false start, master take, and every second of studio banter during these historic recordings is gathered on this landmark collection, Becoming The Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions.


unnamed-14Make It Stop !

three CD collection released to coincide with the pop/rock quartet’s 50th Anniversary. The 50 tracks contained on this collection span their entire career from their 1966 debut single “Last Train To Clarksville” to the glorious “She Makes Me Laugh” and “You Bring The Summer”, both released five decades later (on their 2016 album Good Times). The Monkees are an American rock band that released music in their original incarnation between 1965 and 1971, with subsequent reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. They were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968.

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