New Releases from September 9, 2016

unnamedNick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree

It’s the 16th studio album from alt-rock pioneers Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. This follows the Bad Seeds’ most critically and commercially successful release of recent times, Push the Sky Away (2013). Skeleton Tree began it’s journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were formed in Melbourne in 1983 by lead singer Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld. The band has featured international personnel throughout it’s career. They have released 15 previous studio albums and completed numerous international tours.


unnamed-1 Wilco: Schmilco
Schmilco is Grammy-award winning Wilco’s tenth studio album and it’s follow up to last year’s Star Wars. The album was record-ed at the band’s Chicago loft and is releases on their own label, dBpm Records. Wilco’s Schmilco is a mostly acoustic record, but that doesn’t mean it’s a tame one. It bears neither the vicious, fuzz-glam guitars of 2015’s Star Wars, nor the dazzling, baroque-ish ar-rangements that fans have come to expect. But in their place is a spaciousness and chaos that might feel welcome after twenty-some years of enjoyed but now-familiar Wilco releases. Schmilco is loose, and that’s a good thing.


unnamed-2 The Beatles
Digi-sleeve packaging accompanied by a 24 page booklet with brand new liner notes by David Fricke. 2016 release. The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is an album that captures the joyous exuberance of the band’s three sold-out concerts at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. A companion to The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Academy Award-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about the band’s early career. While The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl references the long out of print 1977 album, it is an entirely new release, directly sourced from the original three track tapes of the concerts. To preserve the excitement of the shows while unveiling the performances in today’s best available clarity and quality, Grammy Award winning producer Giles Martin and Grammy Award winning engineer Sam Okell have expertly remixed and mastered the recordings at Abbey Road Studios, including 13 featured on the album produced by Giles’ father, plus four additional, previously unreleased recordings from the momentous concerts.


unnamed-3 Jack White: Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
is the definitive Jack White songwriting collection, spanning his 20+ year career. It includes White’s acoustic-based recordings with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and his acclaimed solo projects. The music included here is all-encompassing, highlighting White’s versatility, and the songs are presented with unique character in chronological order. As noted American author and music journalist, Greil Marcus, conveys in the albums liner notes: “The lack of electric guitar opens songs up to their own contrivance, and cuts out pretentions of seriousness and grandiosity in favor of the quiet, the ridiculous, the sly.” The completely remastered collection includes album tracks, B-Sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased studio recordings and is a must for any fan of the genius that is Jack White. 2 CD set.


unnamed-4 Bastille: Wild World
Deluxe edition includes five bonus tracks. 2016 release, the second studio album by English indie rock band Bastille. Wild World is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 debut Bad Blood and their experimental EP VS. (Other People’s Heartache, Pt. III), released in 2014. About this project they said: “It focuses in on the human condition. While some songs tackle how we endlessly absorb the horrors of the world through media outlets and television sets, or our newfound fascination for true crime, it also explores our innate need for relationships and human connection.” Bastille are a British indie pop band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by singer Dan Smith, who later decided to form a band.


unnamed-5The Head and The Heart: Signs of Light
Recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage The Elephant), Signs Of Light, crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of The Head and the Heart’s finest work. Lead single “All We Ever Knew,” which was written during the Let’s Be Still era but never captured to the band’s satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while “Turn It Around” seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching it’s inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape. On Signs Of Light, that gamut of emotions is felt most deeply on the Josiah Johnson-penned title track, which none of the other members had ever heard until they happened to walk in on him playing it over and over at the piano during pre-production in El Paso, Texas. “It was one of those moments where no one talks,” Russell remembers. “No one needs the chords; no one is looking up. You simply pick up your instrument and play. The next thing you know, nearly 10 minutes have gone by and you have no idea how or why or what just happened.”


unnamed-6 St. Paul & the Broken Bones: Sea of Noise
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises. Half The City is the compelling full-length from the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region’s classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency. All six members share writing credit on 10 of the songs on Half The City, with Janeway contributing lyrics. Half The City – vital, direct, emotionally affecting – presents the same engaged, high-voltage, in-the-pocket sound that St. Paul & The Broken Bones produce at their live dates, where Janeway’s extroverted performing style enraptures his audiences.


unnamed-7 The Time Jumpers: Kid Sister
from the Grammy-winning western swing band. Tragically The Time Jumpers lost their 11th member, vocalist Dawn Sears, who passed away Dec. 11, 2014. In many ways, Kid Sister is a tribute to the memory of Dawn, with various songs, including the title track, written in her honor. With ten members, multiple writers, seven lead singers, and an unending supply of virtuosity, the band is the very definition of versatility, while always maintaining their signature western swing style. The Time Jumpers formed in 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee. They began as a garage practice session; the group started playing occasional gigs in the Nashville area until they were offered a regular slot playing at the Station Inn.


unnamed-8 Ronnie Earl: Maxwell Street
with The Broadcasters….


unnamed-9 Grouplove: Big Mess
the third album from the alt-rock quartet. Recorded in Los Angeles and Seattle with producers Captain Cuts (Grouplove’s own Ryan Rabin) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins), Big Mess features the signature anthemic choruses and infectious hooks that first brought the Los Angeles quintet to prominence. No stranger to the worldwide festival circuit, Grouplove has made an album that brilliantly showcases their richly narrated songs with elaborate production. Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. Grouplove first came together in 2009 and soon were hailed as a great live act, both as headliners and at such international festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading + Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury.


unnamed-10 The Trio Collection
Complete 3 CD set or Selections 1 CD


unnamed-11 ZZ Top: Tonight at Midnight
With seven Billboard Top 10 albums to their name, multiple platinum album certifications all over the world and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary ZZ Top are officially the world’s longest running rock band with it’s original line-up intact. Now after over 45 years together, the Texan trio release their first official live album. Recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world, Greatest Hits Live picks the greatest moments and biggest hits from ZZ Top’s illustrious back catalog captured with the phenomenal energy of their renowned live performances. – ZZ Top had accomplished the impossible; they had moved with the times while simultaneously bucking ephemeral trends that crossed their path. They had become more popular and more iconic without ever having to be flavor of the week. They had become a certified rock institution, contemporary in every way, yet still completely connected to the founding fathers of the genre.


unnamed-12 Jason Aldean: They Don’t Know
With his seventh album, They Don’t Know, Jason Aldean continues to lead the way, advancing the sound and style that helped define today’s country music. With his first release since 2014’s Old Boots, New Dirt-which debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart-the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year returns with a crowd-pleasing array of emotions and observations, from sizzling party-starters to hard-earned heartbreak. For Aldean, one key ingredient for the new project was getting back the kind of hard-charging tunes that helped make his name. “I’m super-proud of my last couple of records, but I always thought they could use a couple more of those big, up-tempo songs like ‘She’s Country’ or ‘My Kind of Party,’ ” he says. “So one goal going in this time was to find some of those big songs-and I think we got ’em.” One notable discovery was the album’s opener, “Lights Come On,” which showed up at the last possible minute. Just as Aldean and his band were putting the finishing touches on the record, he got an email from his friends Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, pitching a new song they had co-written.


unnamed-13 M.I.A.: Aim
the fifth album from the British hip-hopster. AIM is the follow-up to Matangi. The album was going to be called Matahdatah, with it’s original concept of audiovisual series filmed around the world. She considers it her most positive work, saying that there are “no complaints” on it, and announced it as her last album.

 

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