NEW RELEASES for July 13, 2018 (out now) include:
Out of the Fire Benefit CD: raising money to repair or replace musical instruments lost or damaged in the October fires.
11 tracks by Zero, Sarah Baker, Danny Sorentino, Eki Shola, Volker Strifler, Johnny Campbell, Levi Lloyd, Willy Jordan, Solid Air and Doug Jayne.
The Carters: EVERYTHING IS LOVE is a collaborative studio album by American singer Beyoncé and rapper Jay-Z, credited jointly as The Carters. Unveiled at the final London performance of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II Tour, it was released with no prior announcement or promotion on June 16, 2018, by Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment and Jay-Z’s S.C Enterprises, distributed through Sony Music Entertainment and Roc Nation respectively. Initially exclusive to Tidal, a wider release followed two days later. The album features additional vocals by Quavo and Offset of Migos, Ty Dolla Sign and Pharrell, among others. The duo self-produced the album with a variety of collaborators, including Cool & Dre, Boi-1da and Pharrell. Everything Is Love is mainly a hip hop album. The album contains lyrics about the couple’s romantic love, lavish lifestyle, media worship, wealth, black pride and fame; themes that were found to be characteristic of the whole record. Other songs feature the pair singing about their family affairs as well as maintaining their relationship following hardships (i.e. infidelity). EXPLICIT. It would be awesome if they released it on CD and vinyl first, and digitally later, but whaddya gonna do? It’s out now…
Drake : Scorpion the fifth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake, and it’s aboot time. It was released by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. Scorpion is a double album consisting of 25 tracks. It’s “A side” is primarily a hip hop album, whilst it’s “B side” has been described as R&B and pop. – The album features guest appearances from Jay-Z and Ty Dolla Sign as well as posthumous appearances from Michael Jackson and Static Major, and additional vocals by a variety of artists, including James Fauntleroy, PartyNextDoor, Nicki Minaj, Future and Nai Palm. The album is executively produced by frequent collaborator Noah “40” Shebib and manager Oliver El-Khatib, and features production from 40 alongside a variety of record producers, including No I.D., Boi-1da, DJ Premier, DJ Paul, T-Minus, Murda Beatz, Cardo and Noel Cadastre, among others. – It was supported by the singles “God’s Plan”, “Nice for What”, “I’m Upset”, “In My Feelings” and “Don’t Matter to Me”. The former two singles reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 prior to the album’s release.
The Jayhawks: Back Roads And Abandoned Motels consists of The Jayhawks’ versions of songs originally written by front man Gary Louris with and for other artists, including “Come Cryin’ to Me” (originally released on Natalie Maines’ Mother in 2013); “Everybody Knows” and “Bitter End” (released on Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way in 2006); “Gonna Be a Darkness” (written and performed by Louris and Jakob Dylan for True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series – Volume 3 in 2011); “Need You Tonight” (originally released on Scott Thomas’ Matson Tweed in 2015); “El Dorado” (originally released on Carrie Rodriguez’ She Ain’t Me in 2008); “Bird Never Flies” (originally released on Ari Hest’s The Break-In in 2007); “Backwards Women” (written with Wild Feathers but never recorded) and “Long Time Ago” (written with Emerson Hart of Tonic but never recorded). In addition, the album premieres two brand-new songs.
Eliza Gilkyson: Seculariais renowned Grammy-nominated folksinger Eliza Gilkyson’s 20th album. Gilkyson’s music, in the classic folk music tradition, has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in. Secularia is a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs, challenging us to embrace a more inclusive perspective, to respect all life and to be accountable for our actions in these divisive times. The album features a stunning performance with the internationally acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, (David Byrne, Bob Schneider), vocal cameos by Shawn Colvin and gospel singer Sam Butler, and a duet with her friend, the late Jimmy LaFave, as well as two songs adapted from poetry written by her grandmother, Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, co-written with Eliza’s father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson. Recorded with what she calls a “spare urban folk approach,” the album features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder. As always, she’s assembled a group of some of Austin’s finest players to back her in the studio: Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson), Warren Hood, Kym Warner (The Green Cards), Andre Moran, Mike Hardwick (Jon Dee Graham, Charlie Sexton), Betty Soo and more.
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio: Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here Elvin’s mates (Willy Jordan on cajon and vocals, Bob Welsh on guitar and piano) serve up a fresh new helping of their good ‘n’ greasy blues and R&B. Aside from the topical title track, there are four more new originals, plus Big Fun Trio takes on Elvin’s “Right Now Is The Hour,” Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher,” Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand The Rain” and more.
Cowboy Junkies: All That Reckoning The Cowboy Junkies once again gently shake the listener to wake up. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, this new collection may be the most powerful album the Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded. “It’s a deeper and a more complete record than we’ve ever done before,” says songwriter/guitarist Michael Timmins. “These songs are about reckoning on a personal level and reckoning on a political level.”
Rory Block: A Woman’s Soul Rory Block is the most celebrated living female acoustic blues artist. A Woman’s Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith kicks off Power Women of the Blues, Rory Block’s latest series of recordings dedicated to blues pioneers, following her previous Mentor Series. Bessie Smith was rightly called “The Empress of the Blues” for her 160 classic recordings between 1923 and 1933. Rory’s unique acoustic blues interpretations of Bessie Smith’s material remind us how powerful the songs are and how talented Rory is. Rory Block actively tours internationally. Each new release is a high profile occasion in the blues community. She is nominated for two 2018 Blues Music Awards.
Slightly Stoopid: Everyday Life, Everyday People the ninth album from the Southern California band featuring guest appearances from Ali Campbell (UB40), Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Alborosie, G. Love, Sly & Robbie, Don Carlos, and Yellowman. The album contains production by George Spits of Llamabeats. An eclectic band when it comes to musical styles as well as collaborations, Slightly Stoopid continues to manufacture an energizing and multi-faceted sound that has been described as “a spiritual bath of positive party energy.” The band was originally signed by Bradley Nowell from the band Sublime to his label Skunk Records while still in high school.
Jon Cleary: Dyna-Mite The pianist and songwriter new album has been described as “a rollicking march through the French Quarter, taking cues from the old cats in saloons, studios and street parades.” Indeed, “Dyna-Mite” is a quintessentially New Orleans joint, which the Grammy-winning Cleary says came to him “unbidden and complete, on a plane as we were about to take off for an overseas tour.” Inspired in part by an old tour poster of Etta James billed as “Li’l Miss Dyna-mite,” the record includes support from Leo Nocentelli and Jamison Ross, both of whom lend their individual formulas of TNT.
Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape comedy powerhouse Jim Gaffigan gets personal as he discusses the medical crisis that hit his wife and family this year, which almost led to his retirement. Using his signature everyman humor to deal with the unthinkable, Gaffigan proves why the Wall Street Journal called him the “King of Clean comedy”. Noble Ape was recorded live at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, MA after a sold out North American Tour of theaters and arenas. Jim is coming to the LBC in August.
Jason Isbell: Sirens Of The Ditch Deluxe expanded edition including four previously unreleased tracks from the same recording sessions. 2007 debut album from accomplished guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell, formerly of Drive By Truckers. Sirens Of The Ditch’s mystical quality can be partially attributed to the FAME recording studio (Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman, Otis Redding) in Isbell’s hometown of Muscle Shoals, AL where the album was recorded. Co-produced by Isbell and Patterson Hood (DBT), Sirens Of The Ditch features Isbell singing lead vocals and playing guitar throughout, joined by Shonna Tucker (Formerly of DBT) on bass and Brad Morgan (DBT) on drums. Several musicians pop in for cameos including Spooner Oldham and David Hood (Patterson s father) on “Down In A Hole”, John Neff (Formerly of DBT) on “Dress Blues” and Patterson himself guests on “Shotgun Wedding”. “a strong debut, full of the kind of confident, charismatic songwriting that just can’t be taught.” – Pitckfork “Isbell could be roots rock’s Flannery O’Connor.” – Spin.
Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun Super Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition This double disc set includes two versions of the original album – one fully remastered from the original 1968 mix, and the other remastered from the more well-known 1971 mix. Both mixes of the albums were mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser from the original analog master tapes. The set also includes a bonus disc with a previously unreleased complete live show recorded on October 22, 1967 at Winterland in San Francisco, CA. The band’s most experimental album, Anthem Of The Sun was an unprecedented mix of studio and live recordings stitched together to create a hybrid. Fifty years later, it remains a pinnacle of psychedelic music. It also marked a departure for the band, as they began to channel their creativity into longer jams on songs like “Alligator” and “Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)” – two live staples of the Dead’s early days. “This is one the most thrilling albums The Grateful Dead ever produced, mixing portions of live recordings from the first six months of Mickey’s tenure with the band, along with studio experimentations that would hint at where the Dead would go when they started recording to 16-track tape the following year.”