The Breeders: All Nerve
The Breeders announce their return to 4AD with the infectious album All Nerve, the first music to be released by the classic lineup behind the iconic album, Last Splash. “A blurt of jolting joy” – NPR. “A classic Breeders bruiser, packed with punchy drums, sugar-rush power chords and lead riffs” – Rolling Stone “Wait in the Car” runs through all the hallmarks of a classic Breeders song: layered harmonies that manage to sound both euphoric and weary, vacillating between power chords, and a sneering Kim mandate. Though it has been 24 years since these last four recorded together, “Wait in the Car” effortlessly brushes away time”
Jackie DeShannon: Stone Cold Soul–the Complete Capitol Recordings
Stone Cold Soul-The Complete Capitol Recordings Presents All 25 Sides DeShannon Recorded for Capitol, Including the Songs Album and All of Her Memphis Material Featuring Five Previously Unreleased Tracks. Songs Featured Covers of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” (Retitled “Lay, Baby, Lay”) and Hoyt Axton’s “Ease Your Pain” Plus a Shimmering Trio of DeShannon Originals: “Salinas,” “Bad Water,” and a Remake of “West Virginia Mine.”
Joan Baez: Whistle Down The Wind
Produced by Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint and many others) Whistle Down The Wind features songs by Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eliza Gilkyson and others. Joan Baez remains one of the most celebrated and influential artists of her generation. Her impact on successive generations of singer/songwriters and female artists in particular is wide-reaching and crosses all genres and boundaries. Fellow artists from Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt to Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls cite her as a primary influence on their own careers. A new studio album from Baez is an event that will be celebrated by the media.
Keith Jarrett: After The Fall
“After The Fall” [2 CD] The group colloquially known as “the Standards trio” has made many outstanding recordings, and this album must rank with the very best of them. In his liner note Keith Jarrett writes “For me, it’s not only a historical document, but a truly great concert.” The concert, recorded in November 1998, marked Jarrett’s return to the stage after a two year hiatus. Joined by improvising partners Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, he glides and soars through classics of the Great American Songbook. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette.
Lucius: Nudes, a collection of acoustic recordings. The band’s Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig currently sing backup for Roger Waters on the Pink Floyd bassist’s still-ongoing Us + Them Tour. They recorded the 10-track album during gaps in Waters’ tour.
Lucius’ new album features covers of Tame Impala’s “Eventually,” Gerry Rafferty’s Right Down the Line” and the Lead Belly-popularized “Goodnight Irene,” featuring Roger Waters. Additionally, Wilco’s Nels Cline contributes to the original song “Million Dollar Secret.” The Brooklyn band also unveiled Nudes‘ smokey, folk-pop first single, “Neighbors”. “Amidst nearly every performance over the past few years, we’ve had the opportunity to strip away everything – be it at the center of the crowd, or on stage around one microphone, or in tiny, unexpected rooms around the world – all to share and create an intimate, heartfelt connection with our audience,” Wolfe and Laessig said of their new album in a statement.
“It’s these moments that have inspired our newest project, Nudes. Recorded over two days at New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios, Nudes is a collection of acoustic songs: new, from our back catalog – reimagined, and covers we’ve always wanted to record. It is a record giving homage to what has been … and a hint at what’s to come.”
The singers will rejoin Waters in February for the Australian leg of the Us + Them tour, after which Lucius will embark on their own North American trek throughout March before Waters’ jaunt heads to Europe in April.
Moby: Everything Was Beautiful & Nothing Hurt
Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt is the 15th studio album by electronica musician Moby. The title of the album is a reference to Billy Pilgrim’s epitaph in Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Featuring LA-based soulstress Raquel Rodriguez, the album’s first single “Like a Motherless Child” is a re-work of the well-known spiritual with origins in the slavery of the American South. The album is a glowing tapestry exploring spirituality, individuality and the brokenness of humanity and finds Moby returning to his orchestral, soul, trip-hop and gospel roots.
Sue Foley: Ice Queen
Sue Foley is a multi-award-winning musician and one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. She is a veritable triple-threat of musical talent as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. The Ice Queen features a trio of legendary Texas guitarslingers, Jimmie Vaughan, Z. Z. Top’s Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton, as well as a host of other Lone Star State all-stars. Foley holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards in Canada and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the Blues Music Awards from The Blues Foundation.
Titus Andronicus: Productive Cough
Since debuting in 2008, Titus Andronicus has been conditioning faithful listeners to always expect only the unexpected, consistently zigging where others would zag and maintaining a steadfast dedication to fearless ambition. With the release of the new studio album A Productive Cough, the group has executed the most shocking departure yet – but only if, as ever mercurial singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles insists, “you haven’t been paying attention.” In a move that may infuriate the black-denim-and-PBR set, A Productive Cough finds Titus Andronicus setting aside the leadfooted punk anthems of yesteryear in favor of a subtler, more spacious approach that pushes Stickles’ soul-baring songwriting to the fore, creating a conversational intimacy between artist and audience with which previous Titus Andronicus efforts had only flirted.