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Happy Friday the 13th

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.
Contact info@outofthefirebenefit.com for information on instrument replacement or repairs.



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.[4] 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.”

 

The Kinks are getting back together, and there’s a new John Coltrane album.

Kinks Reunion?

NEW RELEASES for June 29, 2018 (out now) include:

speaking of Ray Davies and The Kinks….

Ray Davies: Our Country: Americana Act ll
This release is the follow-up to his 2017 LP Americana. According to Davies, Our Country: Americana Act II “follows my journey across America; through endless tours not just to reclaim the Kinks’ career, but to rediscover the country that offered me my earliest inspirations,” Our Country: Americana Act II was preceded by it’s first single and opening track “Our Country,” a rootsy rocker about Davies’ conflicted relationship with America. “This is my country/And I can’t believe/That one day I’d want to leave these shores forever,” Davies sings on the chorus. “The book [Americana] has got some song references in it and the songs are part of the narrative, so the trick was to get the record to stand up as a record as well as being part of a series,” Davies says. “I think people that like the first album understand where it’s going. [Our Country] is what happens when you get there.”



Florence + The Machine: High As Hope
the fourth album from six-time Grammy-nominee Florence + the Machine. High As Hope is the sound of an artist who appears more certain than ever of herself. Florence writes about her teens and twenties with a renewed, more mature perspective: of growing up in South London, of family, relationships and art itself. Florence and the Machine formed in London in 2007, consisting of vocalist Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other musicians. The band’s music received praise across the media, especially from the BBC, which played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing.



Gorillaz: The Now Now
the sixth studio album from the acclaimed British ‘band’. With the announcement of The Now Now, the band also introduced a new fictional band member, Ace from Cartoon Network’s animated series The Powerpuff Girls. In the story, Ace is a temporary replacement for Murdoc, who has been incarcerated. Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010) and The Fall (2011). A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have topped charts around the world and toured the globe from San Diego to Syria, picking up hundreds of millions of streams and record sales along the way. Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor and are recognized by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.



Jim James: Uniform Distortion
release from the Grammy Award-nominated frontman of My Morning Jacket. “My head feels like it is exploding with the amount of information we are forced to consume on a daily basis, and how that information is so distorted there is almost no longer any tangible truth,” says James. “The name of my record is Uniform Distortion because I feel like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news and important information. More and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth… and finding hope in places like the desert where I write this now… finding hope in the land and in the water and in old books offering new ideas and most importantly in each other and love.”



John Coltrane Quartet: Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album
Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid. Featuring the Classic Quartet – John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones – and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward. Standard version incorporates seven tracks, two of which are completely unheard original compositions.



Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens
At 80 years old, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd remains an intrepid musical pioneer, entering his ninth decade at a creative peak in what now stands as a mountainous and formidable career. With his band The Marvels-a guitar-driven group featuring Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Reuben Rogers, and Eric Harland-Lloyd released the 2016 album I Long To See You which NPR called “music that evokes an uncommon state of grace.” Now on Vanished Gardens, The Marvels add a new dimension by collaborating with revered singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams to pioneer a new genre of Americana Jazz that draws on the musicians many influences and experiences with reimagined versions of Williams favorites, new Lloyd originals, and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk, and more.



The Milk Carton Kids: All The Things I Did and All The Things I Didn’t Do
The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into studio with them. “We wanted to do something new,” Pattengale says. “We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we’d been before. There arose some sort of need for change.” “Musically we knew we were going to make the record with a bigger sonic palette,” says Ryan. “It was liberating to know we didn’t have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars.”



The Interrupters: Fight The Good Fight
The INTERRUPTERS are an L.A. based four-piece bound by their rebel spirit and deep love of punk, rock, ska and 2 Tone. They make super high-energy rock -n-roll that’s equal parts catchy and confrontational. Their third album, Fight The Good Fight, was produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and released on his Hellcat imprint for Epitaph Records. The album features front-woman Aimee Interrupter, guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivone and drummer Jesse Bivona, spitting out lyrics that take on matters as thorny as family, friendship, martial law and loyalty, while churning out bouncing rock-steady rhythms and snarly guitar riffs.



David Bowie: Welcome To The Blackout (Live London ’78)
This is the CD debut of Welcome To The Blackout (Live London ’78). This live album features performances recorded at Earl’s Court in London on 30 June and 1 July, 1978 during Bowie’s Isolar II Tour.



Indigo Girls: Live With The University of Colorado Symphony
Recorded in front of a sold-out audience in Boulder, CO, and deftly mixed by Grammy-winner Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris), Indigo Girls Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra showcases Indigo Girls at their finest: raw, real, and revelatory. Spanning material from throughout the band’s career, the 22-song set features a mix of reimagined classics, including fan favorites “Galileo” and “Closer to Fine”, unexpected deep cuts, and tracks from Indigo Girls’ latest studio album, One Lost Day. Recorded live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy-winning duo managed to find that elusive sonic sweet spot with this project, creating a seamless blend of folk, rock, pop, and classical that elevates their songs to new emotional heights without sacrificing any of the emotional intimacy and honesty that have defined their music for decades. After more than 50 performances with symphonies across America, the experience has finally been captured in all it’s grandeur on the band’s stunning new album, Indigo Girls Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.



Graham Nash: Over The Years
two CD collection. Over The Years… highlights songs from the iconic CSN debut album (“Marrakesh Express”) and it’s successor album Déjà Vu, for which Neil Young joined forces with CSN (“Our House” and “Teach Your Children”) as well as songs from subsequent CSN albums (“Just A Song Before I Go” and “Wasted On The Way”). In addition, the collection highlights songs that Nash recorded for his 1971 solo debut, Songs For Beginners, including “Military Madness” and “Simple Man,” and includes unreleased mixes for two other songs from that album: “Better Days” and “I Used To Be King.” The most recent recording on the compilation is “Myself At Last” from Nash’s 2016 solo album This Path Tonight. Includes 15 demo recordings, 12 of which have never been released. Standouts include the 1968 London demo of “Marrakesh Express,” rejected by the Hollies and setting the stage for Nash’s relocation to Los Angeles and the next chapter of his life. The set contains early versions of CSN classics like “Our House,” “Wasted On The Way,” “Pre-Road Downs,” and “Teach Your Children.” Other unreleased gems include: “I Miss You” and “You’ll Never Be The Same” – both from Nash’s 1974 solo album Wild Tales – and “Horses Through A Rainstorm,” originally intended for Déjà Vu.



The Flaming Lips: Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Recordings of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 Limited six CD set. Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 brings all four studio albums that the band released on Restless Records between 1984 and 1990: Hear It Is (1986), Oh My Gawd!!!… The Flaming Lips (1987), Telepathic Surgery (1989) and In A Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares) (1990). Among the set’s many sonic treasures are “Godzilla Flick,” “Unconsciously Screaming,” “One Million Billionth Of A Millisecond On A Sunday Morning” and their cover of the classic “(What A) Wonderful World.” This set is also packed with rare recordings originally released as b-sides, flexi discs, and on various compilations like, the Sub Pop single “Strychnine/Peace, Love And Understanding” and a cover of “After The Gold Rush” from a 1989 Neil Young tribute album Also included is The Mushroom Tapes, the series of demos for the band’s final Restless album, In A Priest Driven Ambulance, only previously issued on the Rykodisc compilation CD, The Day They Shot A Hole In the Jesus Egg.



Buffalo Springfield: What’s That Sound? Complete Album Collection
May 5th marked the 50th anniversary of Buffalo Springfield’s final show, a performance which capped a two-year period which saw the band releasing three studio albums: their debut album Buffalo Springfield, their sophomore effort, Buffalo Springfield Again, and their swan song, Last Time Around.
These 3 albums have been newly remastered from the original analog tapes under the watchful ears of Neil Young for this new boxed set. The set includes new stereo mixes of all three albums as well as mono mixes of the first two albums.
But wait, wasnt there already a Buffalo Springfield Boxed Set?

This set was released in 2001, and included 4 CD’s but did not include Last Time Around, the 3rd Buffalo Springfield album, and they only released 3 albums. Gotta love Neil Young!

Don’t Leave Your Records In The Sun.

       

Listen to John Hartford: Don’t Leave Your Records In The Sun

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NEW RELEASES for June 22, 2018 (out now) include:


Panic! Athe Disco: Pray For The Wicked
“After being away in New York for months doing Kinky Boots, I just wanted to hang out at home when I got back to LA. I was so revved up that I asked some friends to come over to my home studio to help me write about all the incredible things I’ve experienced the last couple of years,” said Brendon Urie, Panic! At the Disco frontman. “Pray For The Wicked is my ‘thank you’ to our fans and the most fun I’ve ever had making album.” Award-winning internationally acclaimed rock band Panic! At the Disco released their fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, in January 2016. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Most recently, frontman Brendon Urie starred as Charlie Price in the critically acclaimed Broadway hit Kinky Boots.



Nine Inch Nails: Bad Witch
Bad Witch is the ninth studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. It is the band’s first full-length release since Hesitation Marks (2013). In 2016, Nine Inch Nails planned a trilogy of EPs, starting with Not the Actual Events. The second EP, Add Violence, was released in 2017. Regarding the third entry in the trilogy is a delayed production. “The reason this has been delayed is because it took us a while for – what has become the third [record] – to reveal itself to us” Trent Reznor said. While Bad Witch was originally set to be released as the final EP in a trilogy, it has since been confirmed to be a standalone studio album.



The Record Company: All of this Life
The band continues with their signature gritty, rock ‘n’ roll, blues sound on All Of This Life, their second studio album on Concord Records. This album incorporates the band’s organic style, but provides a richer, full expanded sound using Boulevard Recording Studio and mixes by Mark Needham (The Revivalists, Blue October, Newsboys, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, etc…). This album is comprised of stories about moving through difficult times in life. The Record Company is an American power trio rock band formed in Los Angeles. Their music is influenced by blues musicians like John Lee Hooker,[1] early punkbands like The Stooges, and rock bands like The Rolling Stones



Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth
Kamasi Washington’s sophomore album Heaven and Earth not only fulfills it’s overarching ambition, but illustrates the dialectic between seen and unseen, real and imagined, citizen and culture, self and self, as well as self and other, and does so through the lens of a mature but never jaded revolutionary consciousness. The artist’s own words best convey the inspiration behind this monolith of an album “The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind. This idea inspired me to make this album Heaven and Earth. The reality we experience is a mere creation of our consciousness, but our consciousness creates this reality based on those very same experiences. We are simultaneously the creators of our personal universe and creations of our personal universe. The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me. Who I am and the choices I make lie somewhere in between.”



Dawes: Passwords
On the group’s sixth album, Passwords, inspiration pulls guitarist/singer Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber, and keyboardist Lee Pardini into their most universal, topical territory to date. This is a record about the modern world: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, the small victories and big losses that give it shape. Taylor’s writing is personal at points – the result of his recent engagement, which lends a sense of gravity and self-reflection to album highlights like “Time Flies Either Way” and “I Can’t Love” – but it also zooms out, focusing not on the director himself, but on everything within the lens.



Jeffrey Foucault: Blood Brothers
the sixth album from the Americana singer/songwriter. Blood Brothers is the follow-up to 2015’s Salt As Wolves.



This Wild Life: Petaluma
This Wild Life have only been around since 2010 but they’ve already had multiple lives. The duo have lived with their records for the last four years and decided what they love and what they don’t about them. Early on in the writing process for Petaluma they made a mutual decision to make a record that felt brighter, more uptempo, and something they would personally want to listen to every single damn day. They limited the arrangements to only instruments that can physically be played.

Movie critic disses record store owners in review

Offerman and Clemons in tune as dad-daughter songsters in ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

By Mick LaSalle


“Nick Offerman is Frank, who owns a record store specializing in vintage vinyl, which means he’s going out of business very soon.”

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NEW RELEASES for June 15, 2018 (out now) include:


Dave Matthews Band: Come Tomorrow
Come Tomorrow is the ninth studio album by Dave Matthews Band. The album is their first since 2012’s Away from the World. Working between tours at studios in Seattle, Los Angeles and Charlottesville, Dave Matthews Band chose to record with several different producers, including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo and Rob Evans. Dave Matthews Band was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991.



Sugarland: Bigger
Grammy Award-winning pair Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are refreshing their musical visions while staying true to an authentic sound and emotive songwriting that has made Sugarland ubiquitous with country music duos. The Georgia natives released their first new music in seven years with “Still The Same” setting the tone for their joint venture with Big Machine Records and UMG Nashville.



Lykke Li: So Sad So Sexy
So Sad So Sexy is the fourth studio album by Swedish musician. Includes the singles “Hard Rain” and “Deep End”. Lykke LI is a Swedish singer, songwriter and model. Her music often blends elements of indie pop, dream pop and electronica. LI possesses the vocal range of a soprano.



Lily Allen: No Shame
No Shame is Lily Allen’s most personal, insightful and fully-formed record to date. It includes lead song “Trigger Bang” featuring Giggs, which The Guardian describes as, “a return to the melancholic pop that made her so intriguing.” Working with collaborators Fryars, Mark Ronson, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Burna Boy, P2J and Cass Lowe to create No Shame, Lily says her goal was to make an album that is “as truthful as possible.” Speaking about the sense of catharsis that came with making the album, she says, “I believe that we as humans work through things by talking about them, and that’s what making music is for me. It’s sharing things that you hope are going to connect with people, not that are going to connect with algorithms.”



Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars
Original soundtrack to the Eric Clapton documentary Life In 12 Bars, directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck. The documentary about the legendary 18-time Grammy winner premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before Showtime bought the US TV rights. The 32-track double CD features four previously unreleased songs, and includes tracks by Clapton, Yardbirds, Derek & the Dominoes, Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and Muddy Waters.



Shannon: In Nashville
Shannon Shaw, the captivating vocalist, bassist, and founder of Shannon & the Clams, strikes out on her own for her first solo album, Shannon In Nashville. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach at his Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, the album features a cast of revered old-school session musicians which have breathed life into notable records by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, and John Prine, to name just a few. The album evokes the tear-jerking intonations of Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline and exudes a self-possessed melancholy that sets the scene for Shaw to comb through a personal history of love lost to time, circumstance, fear or neglect.



Christina Aguilera: Liberation
the eighth studio album by pop/R&B vocalist Christina Aguilera. Liberation is Aguilera’s first album in six years, following Lotus (2012). Liberation finds her having her way with R&B and hip-hop (Kanye West produced two tracks). Christina’s soulful singing dominates the proceedings, and she co-wrote a lot of this: “Accelerate,” “Maria,” “Liberation,” “Sick of Sittin’,” “Masochist” and more! The first single “Accelerate” features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. The album’s second single “Fall in Line” features Pop vocalist Demi Lovato.



Buddy Guy: The Blues is Alive and Well
the first album in three years from the blues legend. The fruitful partnership of blues legend Buddy Guy and Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge continues on this album-and they had a little help from their friends, too. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and James Bay join them here-though, as always, it’s Buddy’s guitar heroics, vocal power and commanding charisma that magnetize most. Includes “A Few Good Years,” “Guilty As Charged,” “Cognac,” “Bad Day,” “You Did the Crime” and more. This album is the first from Guy, 81, since 2015’s Born to Play Guitar.



Mike Shinoda: Post Traumatic
In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, Shinoda has immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief. With no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording, and painting. In January, he released the Post Traumatic EP consisting of three deeply personal songs – each one a powerful, stream-of-consciousness expression of unvarnished grief – accompanied by homemade visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted and edited himself. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with New York Times stating “The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do.” Following the EP release, Shinoda continued to create, and the result is Post Traumatic, a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite it’s title, isn’t entirely about grief, though it does start there. “It’s a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness,” Shinoda says. Ultimately, Post Traumatic is an album about healing. The songs, though specific about Shinoda’s experience with loss, manage to be universally relatable, thanks to their honesty and heart. “If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone,” he says. “If they haven’t been through this, I hope they feel grateful.”



Arthur Buck
Sometimes the catalyst for creating great art is simply being in the right place at the right time. For Arthur Buck, the new collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck, that place was Mexico, and that time was the fall of 2017. Specifically, a little town off the Baja coast named Todos Santos, with the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east and the bright blue Pacific stretching out infinitely to the west. It is here that Buck has held the Todos Santos Music Festival for the last several years, which he created in 2012 with his wife, Chloe Johnson, shortly after R.E.M. called it a day. Among the many artists who have played the festival is Joseph Arthur, who also happened to leave behind a guitar-a Dobro, specifically-after his last appearance there. And so last year he made the trek down to Todos Santos to pick up the instrument. Which is where he ran into Peter Buck.



Fantastic Negrito: Please Don’t Be Dead
There is desperation and urgency in Fantastic Negrito’s new album Please Don’t Be Dead. The record sees the Devil around the corner, and each song is a plea to make you aware of what’s waiting for you. The artist is screaming at you because he knows what comes next. The album art features a real life photograph of Fantastic Negrito waking up from a three week coma. His body is shattered, his eyes are staring past you. They’re staring at the darkness that awaits. But with his new album we hear the voice of an artist who put that darkness in the rearview. Now he’s asking America to do the same.



Olivia Chaney: Shelter
London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney, following a long period of life on the road, returned to a family retreat, a rustic, 18th-century cottage in the hills of the North Yorkshire Moors, to write the songs of Shelter. Produced by Thomas Bartlett, the album features eight original songs, plus Chaney’s interpretations of Purcell’s “O Solitude” and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter’s “Long Time Gone,” first recorded by the Everly Brothers. Olivia Chaney’s debut solo album, The Longest River, was released on Nonesuch Records in 2015. This release, which The Guardian hailed as “an enchanting and stately creation”, was noted in a number of Best of 2015 lists (including Uncut, Mojo and PopMatters). The Independent featured it in their Top 5 Albums of the Year, calling it “a landmark release”.

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NEW RELEASES for June 1, 2018 (out now) include:


Neko Case: Hell-On
Producer/singer/songwriter Neko Case has won a large and loyal audience for her smoky, sophisticated vocals and the downcast beauty of her music. Now more than 23 years into her musical calling, Case is the consummate career artist-fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Hell On is an indelible collection of colorful, enigmatic storytelling that features some of her most daring, through-composed arrangements to date. Produced by Neko with help from Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn & John), Hell On is simultaneously the most accessible and most challenging album in a rich and varied career that’s offered plenty of both. Rife with withering self-critique, muted reflection, anthemic affirmation, and her unique poetic sensibility, the 12 tracks of Hell On – which features collaborations such as Joey Burns, Beth Ditto, Kelly Hogan, KD Lang, AC Newman, Paul Rigby, Laura Veirs, and more.



Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Downey To Lubbock
Downey To Lubbock was born by immaculate inspiration from live shows Grammy winner Dave Alvin and Grammy nominee Jimmie Dale Gilmore performed together in 2017. Just the two of them were swapping songs and cutting up, each with a guitar and a heart full of soul, musicians who’ve been on the road their entire adult lives. The result is an album of blues, rock and folk inspired tunes that both of their fans will enjoy. The album contains 12 songs – 10 covers and two originals – and is destined to be a classic Americana album from two Americana legends.



Nicki Bluhm: To Rise You Gotta Fall
After nearly a decade spent with the Gramblers, recent high-profile collaborations (Phil Lesh, Infamous StringDusters, Ryan Adams), and a split from her husband and musical mentor, vocalist and songwriter Nicki Bluhm is stepping out on her own with her new album, To Rise You Gotta Fall. The songs were written over a two-year period in Bluhm’s life and chronicle her fundamental life changes, which found the West Coast native living in Nashville, TN. “These songs are the conversations I never got to have, the words I never had the chance to say, and the catharsis I wouldn’t have survived without,” she says. Recorded in Memphis, TN at legendary Sam Phillips Recording, Bluhm brought in producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell), for these live band, analog sessions. The studio band includes Will Sexton (guitar), Ross-Spang (guitars), Ken Coomer (drums and percussion), Al Gamble (Hammond B3), Rick Steff (piano), Dave Smith (bass), with Sam Shoup (string arrangements) and various special guests. To Rise You Gotta Fall tells the story of a woman searching for light among darkness and reveals her emergence as a powerful songwriter and vocalist of great depth and immediacy.



Father John Misty: God’s Favorite Customer
God’s Favorite Customer (alternatively Mr. Tillman’s Wild Ride) is the fourth studio by American musician Josh Tillman, under the stage name Father John Misty. The album was primarily produced by Tillman himself, alongside a variety of collaborators including Jonathan Rado and previous engineers Trevor Spencer and Dave Cerminara, with further contributions by Tillman’s long-time producer Jonathan Wilson. It also features a variety of musical collaborators, including The Haxan Cloak, Weyes Blood, Mark Ronson and members of Tillman’s touring band. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman was a former member or toured with Demon Hunter, Saxon Shore, Fleet Foxes, Jeffertitti’s Nile, Pearly Gate Music, Siberian, Har Mar Superstar, Poor Moon, Low Hums, Jonathan Wilson,[10] Bill Patton, The Lashes, Stately English, and has toured extensively with Pacific Northwest artists Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes, and David Bazan.



The Ghost BC: Opus Eponymous
A daringly beautiful combination of satanic rock music with an almost unthinkable pop sensibility, 2010’s Opus Eponymous (Latin for self-titled work) is where it all began for the beautifully dark global phenomena Ghost! Standing motionless and anonymous beneath the painted faces, hoods and robes, the nameless ghouls of Ghost deliver litanies of sexually pulsating heavy rock music and romantic lyrics, which glorify and glamorize the disgusting and sacrilegious. The simple intention to communicate a message of pure evil via the most effective device they can find: Entertainment. This is black metal at it’s most original and deceiving; compositions such as “Ritual” and “Death Knell” majestically weave their melodic spell of evil through the senses until the listener finds themselves utterly possessed and open to any diabolical suggestion.


These came out last week (May 25)

Chvrches


Snow Patrol


Kasey Chambers


Judith Owen

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