Jack Johnson, The National, Tori Amos and more

NEW RELEASES September 8, 2017:

Jack Johnson: All The Light Above It Too on CD and LP

Jack Johnson returns with his eighth album All The Light Above It Too. Includes the first single “My Mind Is For Sale”. Jack is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and a former professional surfer. He is known primarily for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. Johnson has reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his albums Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George in 2006, Sleep Through the Static in 2008, To the Sea in 2010, and From Here to Now to You in 2013. Johnson’s In Between Dreams album peaked at #2 on the chart in 2005 and again in 2013.

 

Gregg Allman: Southern Blood on CD & LP

the final studio album from the late, great rock icon. Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock ‘n’ roll throughout the past four decades. This is Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated solo landmark, Low Country Blues. Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where Duane Allman and the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, Southern Blood is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career. This emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn serves as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.

 

The National: Sleep Well Beast on CD & LP

the seventh album from the alt-rock band. The album’s first single, ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’, blends elements of The National’s signature indie rock anthems with a shot of disco funk. A shuffling drum beat and a grimy guitar loop mix with a slow-burning blend of piano, synths and horns that rise at the end with Matt Berninger’s rousing plea, “I can’t explain it/ Any other, any other way.” The band recorded the album primarily at guitarist Aaron Dessner’s studio, Long Pond, in Hudson Valley, New York, while additional sessions took place in Berlin, Paris and Los Angeles. Dessner produced the record with his brother, guitarist Bryce Dessner, and Berninger.

 

Neil Young: Hitchhiker on CD and LP

archive release from the iconic singer/songwriter. The songs on Hitchhiker were recorded in a single night with the intent of being released as an album. In his memoir Special Deluxe, Young described the session, “It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances… I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke. Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console.” Many of the songs surfaced on Young albums American Stars ‘n Bars, Decade, Comes a Time, Rust Never Sleeps, Hawks & Doves, and Le Noise, albeit in different forms. Hitchhiker also contains a pair of never-before-released songs: “Hawaii” and “Give Me Strength,” which Young has occasionally performed live.

 

Tori Amos: Native Invader on CD

the 15th studio album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Native Invader is the long-awaited follow-up to her 2014 album Unrepentant Geraldines. Tori’s confessional style of writing sees her continue to push boundaries with her music. Her messages of empowerment, tenderness, acerbic assertiveness and her utterly peerless sound speaks to audiences across the globe. On this album, Tori delves even deeper into her personal experiences, and the standard is there to be seen. Says Tori: “The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts. The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?

 

Living Colour: Shade on CD and LP

the sixth studio album from the veteran rockers. Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun recorded the follow-up to 2009’s The Chair In The Doorway with producer Andre Betts. “Shade is the sound of a band coming to terms with it’s shadows and light,” says Reid. “From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, Shade is the next chapter of a unique American journey.”

 

Jonny Lang: Signs on CD

Signs is not merely a return the artist’s guitar-based beginnings, but an embodiment of an even more elemental sound. Beyond focusing attention on his soloing prowess, it is about recapturing the spirit of the early blues, where the guitar was front and center, fairly leaping out of the speakers. “A lot of my earlier influences have been coming to the surface, like Robert Johnson, and Howlin’ Wolf,” he reports. “I let the writing be what it was and that was sometimes not necessarily the blues.” At 15, Jonny Lang made a blues album, 1997’s Lie to Me, which went platinum and hit #1 on Billboard’s New Artist chart. At 17 he made another, Wander This World, which earned a Grammy nomination. Today, at age 32, he can’t listen to them. “It’s like torture,” he says. “It’s like going back and looking at your high school yearbook or something. But no, I wouldn’t change anything. It’s all a part of where you are presently as a person.”

 

The Waterboys: Out Of All This Blue on CD

The Waterboys Out Of All This Blue 2 cds – Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo, Out Of All This Blue will be available on Double CD and Double Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) and Deluxe Triple Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) . Out Of All This Blue contains 23 songs. String and brass sections were arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective. Mike Scott says of the record: “Out Of All This Blue is 2/3 love and romance, 1/3 stories and observations. I knew from the beginning I wanted to make a double album, and lucky for me – and I hope the listener – the songs just kept coming, and in pop colors.”

 

Fred Hersch: Open Book on CD

Fred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely lyrical pianist. The 7 pieces on Open Book offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for it’s profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz.

 

Mogwai: Every Country’s Sun on CD and soon on LP

Every Country’s Sun takes two decades of Mogwai’s signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. Produced by psych-rock luminary Dave Fridmann, it’s a structural soundscape built from stark foundations up; from a gentle, twinkling, synth-rock spectre to a solid, blown-out, skyward-thrusting obelisk. There’s percussive, dream-state electronics (“Coolverine”), church organs as chariots of existential fire (“Brain Sweeties”), tremulous, foreboding bleeping – possibly from a dying android (“aka 47”). Their most transportive album yet, it also hosts their most fully realized art-pop sing-along of their storied history, “Party In The Dark,” a head-spinning disco-dream double-helix echoing New Order and The Flaming Lips, featuring Braithwaite’s seldom-heard melodic vocals declaring he’s “directionless and innocent, searching for another piece of mind”. This is music as a keep-out chrysalis, protective audio armor through exalting organs and portentous, dissonant guitar fuzz warping at the edges, bending the world inside-out into a reality in which you’d much rather live. The last three songs ascend into explosive exorcism, closing with the colossal “Every Country’s Sun,” it’s searching intensity whooshing towards infinity in a dazzling cosmic crescendo.

 

Mike Stern: Trip on CD

About a year ago Mike Stern, one of the highest regarded most successful jazz guitarists alive today, had a terrible accident. He broke both shoulders when he tripped running across a street in Manhattan. Trip is his stunning return after multiple surgeries and a lot of gumption. More than just a comeback, this album is about Mike’s career and his musical partnerships which Mike loving refers to ‘as a trip’. Feeling sufficiently fortified, Stern and his stellar crew of sidemen – many of whom go back with him to the ’80s – went into Spin Studio in Long Island City between January and March of 2017 to record his 17th album as a leader. A powerhouse outing, Trip, features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans, the latter a bandmate in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981, bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.

 

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton: Wildflower Blues on CD and LP

Wildflower Blues, the debut album from The Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. ItÕs been eighteen years since Holland and Parton first joined forces, and with Wildflower Blues, they begin a new chapter in their ever-evolving creative relationship. On the album’s ten tracks, they weave together influences spanning jazz, blues, country, folk, rock, experimental, and the great wide history of American song, into their own kind of soul music. Wildflower Blues features mostly original tracks written by Holland and Parton, as well as reimagined versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Michael Hurley, and Townes Van Zandt. Despite this sonic vastness, there is a deep intimacy running through everything the pair creates. The duo’s songwriting is at the forefront throughout: emotive and raw, marrying words and sound to both the dark and light corners of life.

 

Tony Allen: The Source on CD

With his Blue Note-debut, The Source, Nigerian drummer Tony Allen sees a childhood dream come true. Allen says this is the “best in my life,” and with a career spanning over 50 years, that’s quite the confession for the Afrobeat pioneer and former Fela Kuti fixture. The Source represents Blue Note’s classic era while symbolizing the label’s innovative present.

 

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

%d bloggers like this: