New Releases out now include:
Tank and the Bangas: Green Balloon
Hailing from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas formed in 2013 and bubbled into national consciousness after appearing on and winning NPR’s wildly popular Tiny Desk Concert contest in 2017.
Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Summer Of Sorcery
Summer Of Sorcery, the follow up to the critically acclaimed Soulfire is SVZ’s first album of original material in 20 years. It was written during the second half of the Soulfire Tour and recorded at Stevie’s Renegade Studio September-November 2018. All 12 songs are original SVZ compositions, one recut from his Revolution Album, one outtake from the Lilyhammer Score, and 10 new songs. The album was recorded with the same members of The Disciples Of Soul that have been touring this past year. The album is a breakthrough artistically for Stevie in several ways, ‘My first five albums in the 80s were both very personal, and very political. I wanted the new material to be more fictionalized. The way records were when I grew up. Before it was an Artform. The concept (loosely) was capturing and communicating that first rush of Summer. The electricity of that feeling of unlimited possibilities. Of falling in love with the world for the first time. Obviously, there are occasional personal references, and a bit of what’s going on socially scattered throughout, but I achieved what I set out to do. I created a collection of fictional audio movie scenes that feel like Summer. I’m quite proud of it.’ -Little Steven
Vampire Weekend: Father Of The Bride
New release from the alt-rock favorites. Father of the Bride is the highly anticipated album from Vampire Weekend, and is the band’s fourth full length release. It is the follow up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, which won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2014. Father of the Bride is produced by founding band member Ezra Koenig, and Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Madonna, Charli XCX, Usher, HAIM, Solange, and others). The album features 18 songs, including “Harmony Hall,” “Big Blue,” “2021,” and “Sunflower.”
Rhiannon Giddens: There Is No Other
Rhiannon Giddens’ album There Is No Other was recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi. Produced by Joe Henry and tracked over an intensely productive five day period in Dublin, Ireland, There Is No Other is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.
Amon Amarth: Berserker
the 11th full length release from Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth. The album – their first in three years – was produced by Jay Ruston. This marks the first album by the band to feature drummer Jocke Wallgren who joined the band in 2016.
Bad Religion: Age of Unreason
Age of Unreason can be described as “a musical manifesto on the current political landscape.” In a world still brimming with rampant anti-intellectualism, inequality and oppression, the band’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent seems as relevant as ever. Bad Religion began in the sprawling suburbs surrounding Los Angeles, with the teenage punks offering an impassioned counterpoint to a culture of consumerism and anti-intellectualism. Founding members Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, and Jay Bentley were eventually joined by guitarists Brian Baker of Minor Threat, Mike Dimkich of The Cult, and drummer Jamie Miller of… And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Bad Religion have been highly influential force in modern punk, producing beloved international hits and building a devoted worldwide following.
Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge
two CD set. Comprised of two discs: a meticulous studio session and the capture of a rousing live set at Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI, We are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is exactly that, a commemoration of a half-century of magical music making. The greatness of The Art Ensemble of Chicago has always been the shared commitment of it’s original members – Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Famoudou Don Moye – to the total realm of African diasporic music: what they have long-termed Great Black Music – Ancient to the Future. Also important are the group’s disparate musical and artistic personalities, comprised of jazz, advanced compositional techniques, theatrical performance, poetry, Pan-African percussion, all tied together with improvisational flair and the exploration of pure sound.
The Cranberries: In The End
the eighth and final studio album by Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries. It is the band’s first release since the death of singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died on 15 January 2018. Guitarist Noel Hogan and O’Riordan began composing songs for the album while on tour in March 2017. That June, Hogan spent time in France writing and sending his demos to O’Riordan in New York to add lyrics. Together they wrote and demoed 11 songs that winter, with the final emails from O’Riordan arriving to Hogan hours before she died. The surviving bandmates set aside her vocals for several months following her death and after getting the full support from O’Riordan’s family, they brought in Stephen Street-who produced several of their early albums-to complete the recording sessions in April and May. Noel Hogan has confirmed that the remaining members of the Cranberries will disband after it’s release.
Guided By Voices: Warp and Woof
Following Guided By Voice’s sprawling double-album Zeppelin Over China, Robert Pollard has written and recorded another full-length in record-breaking time. It’s Warp And Woof, exuberantly barreling through twenty-four songs in just thirty-seven minutes with a brevity similar to mid-90s GBV albums Alien Lanes and Vampire On Titus. GBV kicked this one out in a flash, recorded in studios, club soundchecks, hotel rooms and even in the tour van.
After completing Zeppelin, Pollard felt the itch to record a few EPs. Just as GBV had done back in 1994, he would use them to channel his everflowing ideas to an outlet. But when a magical boombox writing session produced six fully formed songs in under half an hour, Pollard realized he had an album on his hands. What to do? With a band so formidable they’ve been dubbed the Golden Age of GBV, they completed much of the recording on the road. The 2018 Space Gun Tour provided impromptu recording venues. Pollard recorded vocals in hotel rooms, complimentary condominiums, and small studios. Doug Gillard cut guitar tracks for “End It With Light” through his Mesa Boogie rig at the soundcheck at the Ottobar in Baltimore. Bobby Bare Jr. Recorded his spacey main rhythm guitars for album closer, “Time Remains in Central Position” at the same show, but in the backstage green room. Kevin March added drum tracks in a studio in his hometown Montclair, New Jersey. Gillard played guitar on “Bury the Mouse” in a van hurtling at 60-plus m.p.h., and Mark Shue laid bass on “Angelic Weirdness” as he balanced on the speeding van’s bench seat.
George Benson: Walking To New Orleans
George Benson gets back to Americana basics on Walking to New Orleans, the jazz guitar legend’s double-barreled tribute to both piano-pounding hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry. The album toggles between tracks written and/or recorded by Berry and Domino as though Benson were moderating a musical conversation between Missouri and Louisiana. It kicks off with a rock-solid rendition of Berry’s 1964 post-incarceration story song “Nadine (Is It You?),” which Benson makes his own by scatting in unison with his guitar solo. Then a horn section pumps up Fats’ 1951 R&B hit “Rockin’ Chair” and his first R&B-pop crossover smash, “Ain’t That a Shame,” from 1955, with Benson’s guitar standing in swingingly for the originals’ sax solos. The Chuck Berry songbook is also represented on Walking to New Orleans by the good-timey “You Can’t Catch Me,” the sinuous “Havana Moon,” the rollicking “Memphis, Tennessee,” and the bluesy “How You’ve Changed.” Fats Domino weighs in with the rollicking “I Hear You Knocking,” “Blue Monday,” and the album’s iconic title track.
J.J. Cale: Stay Around
For the first time in a decade, listeners will be moved by a new collection of unreleased Cale songs, a feat that’s possible due to Cale’s modus operandi: often Cale would reserve outtakes from one album for later release on another. In compiling Stay Around, Christine pored over songs, both studio and home recordings, that the public had never heard. The result is an album mixed and produced by Cale himself, left nearly untouched to leave, in Christine’s words, the “Cale Factor.” The only song not written by Cale is Christine’s “My Baby Blues,” the first song she and Cale cut as a four-piece combo in Bradley’s Barn studio in 1977, the year they met.
Josh Ritter: Fever Breaks
FEVER BREAKS, the tenth studio album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Josh Ritter, will be released April 26 via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell, the 10-song record was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and features Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit.
Of the album, Ritter shares with Rolling Stone, “The songs are very reflective of the times in which they were written,” he explains. “As we started coming together and playing, the songs that felt like they were gonna work really jumped out as obvious. From there on, after we recorded in August  we had this really nice time to stop and listen and let the songs marinate a little bit. In that time, the world has just become even crazier. There’s a lot of the record that feels reflective of the moment.
Over the course of his career Ritter has released ten full-length albums including 2017’s GATHERING, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart and received widespread critical praise. NPR Music proclaims, “Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer,” while the HuffPost adds, “GATHERING is beautiful and precise, and most of the beauty, to be certain, arises from a prolon
In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter made his debut as a published author in 2011 with his New York Times best-selling novel BRIGHT’S PASSAGE (Dial Press/Random House). Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review that BRIGHT’S PASSAGE “shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime… This is the work of a gifted novelist.”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard : Fishing for Fishies
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return with Fishing for Fishies, their first new music since 2017, and perhaps their most perfectly realized album to date. Fishing for Fishing is a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie that struts and shimmies through several different moods and terrains where organic meets automated, rustic meets robotic, and the past and future collide in the present.
Marvin Gaye: You’re The Man
You’re The Man is the first-ever planned “lost” Tamla/Motown album from Marvin Gaye. Includes three tracks newly mixed by SaLaAM ReMi. The album also includes a rare long version of Marvin Gaye’s cancelled Christmas single, as well as an unreleased vault mix of it’s instrumental B-side, and new essay by Marvin’s biographer, David Ritz. You’re The Man was the album originally proposed to follow-up the monumental What’s Going On. The release coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Motown label and also Marvin Gaye’s 80th Birthday.
The Mountain Goats: In League with Dragons
The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, and Matt Douglas. They have been making music together as a quartet for several years. Three of them live in North Carolina and one has moved back to Rochester. Their songs often seek out dark lairs within which terrible monsters dwell, but their mission is to retrieve the treasure from the dark lair and persuade the terrible monsters inside to seek out the path of redemption. As Axl Rose once memorably asked, in the song “Terrible Monster”: “what’s so terrible about monsters, anyway?” This is the question The Mountain Goats have been doggedly pursuing since 1991. They will never leave off this quest until every option has been exhausted.
Nils Lofgren: Blue With You
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and E Street Band member Nils Lofgren returns with a vengeance with his first new studio album since 2011. From searing rock tracks to tender ballads, each composition takes you along on a sonic journey with one of rock’s most respected players, displaying Lofgren’s incredible guitar and songwriting talents. There are 6 songs on this album that were co-penned with Lou Reed, 5 of which have never before seen the light of day. Lofgren shares “this album was recorded live, the old school way. Inspired players in each other’s faces rocking live in the studio. Andy Newmark on drums, Kevin McCormick on bass. We had a laugh at my live, backwards lead jam during ‘Give,’ one of 6 songs written with the great Lou Reed. Electric and inspired, I’m thrilled to share this new music.” While Nils is best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, he has a dedicated and loyal worldwide fan base, and an amazing 50 year solo career in between stints with Springsteen, Neil Young, and Ringo Starr. Besides the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Nils has been honored with the “Outstanding Contribution Award” at the Classic Rock Awards held in London (joining esteemed company of previous winners who have included fellow Rock Hall of Famers Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood and John Paul Jones), and been inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (where he currently resides with his wife Amy, who produced the album with him). PBS News Hour ran a segment on Nils’ 50 years on the road in December. The new album will coincide with a US tour kicking off in early May. A national PR campaign will support the album and tour.
Pink: Hurts 2B Human
Hurts 2B Human is the eighth studio album from pop superstar Pink. The first single from the album, “Walk Me Home”, was called a “foot-stomping anthem” as well as an “optimistic departure” from the content of her previous album, Beautiful Trauma.
Rodrigo y Gabriela: Mettavolution
Rodrigo y Gabriela are ready to embark on the next chapter of their remarkable story, with the release of their first studio album in five years. Three years in the making, Mettavolution brings together Rod and Gab’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species; all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, then road-tested in South America and the USA in 2017, a long list of new material has been distilled down to six new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions and one audacious, jaw-dropping cover song. Recorded in Los Angeles, producer Dave Sardy, – best-known for his work with Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle and Band of Horses – has helped Rod and Gab to a new recording career pinnacle.
ScHoolboy Q: CrasH Talk
is the fifth studio album by American rapper ScHoolboy Q, released through Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records. Crash Talk features guest appearances from Travis Scott, 6lack, Ty Dolla Sign, YG, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, and Lil Baby.