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NEW RELEASES for August 10, 2018 (out now) include:

 


Amanda Shires: To The Sunset
”It’s all rock & roll – no golf!’ is how acclaimed singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires describes her electrifying firth album, To The Sunset. She’s borrowed a lyric from the effervescent track ‘Break Out the Champagne,’ one of 10 deftly crafted songs that comprise her powerful new recording. The Texas-born road warrior, new mom, and recently minted MFA in creative writing has mined a range of musical influences to revel an Amanda Shires many didn’t know existed. ‘Isn’t it refreshing?’ Shires asks. Indeed. Distorted electric guitars, effects pedals, swirling keys and synths, and rockin’ rhythms certainly suit Shire’s visceral songcraft and lilting soprano.



Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild!
The collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and rock ‘n’ roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, Wild! Wild! Wild, gleefully lives up to it’s title. Subversive as it is reverential, the album confidently jumps the genre tracks of nitty-gritty rock ‘n’ roll, Americana, country & western, rockabilly, and all of their offshoots. Recorded at Chicago’s Reliable Recorders by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, The Cactus Blossoms) and produced by Robbie Fulks, the album features a band of American roots music legends, stalwarts, and peers. Linda Gail Lewis says, “I love singing with Robbie. It reminds of singing with my brother, Jerry Lee. The duets we did were so much fun. And the songs Robbie wrote are out of this world. My husband was a promotion man for Stax and Chess, and he felt like he was back at Stax when he heard ‘Foolmaker.’ Robbie is a soul singer. That was a surprise.”



Jason Mraz: Know
the sixth album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. Know serves as a follow-up to the 2014 LP Yes!, and is Mraz’s first full-length studio recording in over four years. The bulk of the album was written against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential election and it’s aftermath, and Mraz found himself writing a lot of “frustrated, angry, even sad songs, but nothing I wanted to sing.” Instead he has chosen to convey an uplifting, positive message. Know. Was produced by Andrew Wells, who brings an organic and groovy feel to the album’s classic, acoustic rock sound. Mraz has won two Grammy Awards and received two additional nominations, and has also won two Teen Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award and the Hal David Songwriters Hall of Fame Award. He has earned Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications in over 20 countries, and has toured in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and parts of Africa.



The War and Treaty: Healing Tide
As The War and Treaty, Michael and Tanya Trotter serve up healing and pain robbing with freewheeling joy on the monumental new full-length album, Healing Tide. An original tour-de-force produced by Buddy Miller, the collection swaggers with a confidence only gained by artists who are wholly, proudly, themselves. Funky bass lines, keys, lap steel, acoustic strings, and stripped-down percussion create a swampy Southern soul bed for the couple’s transcendent vocals. Michael wrote every track on Healing Tide.



Dawn Landes: Meet Me At The River
Through four full-length albums, Dawn Landes has blazed her own path with songs that are as fresh as they are timeless. Still, there’s no mistaking that strains of Nashville reside in her voice and in her musical soul, and now, with her fifth album, Landes is finally bringing them to center stage. Meet Me at the River is Landes’ self-described Nashville record, and she has assured it’s pedigree by enlisting the production skills of Fred Foster, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who played a pivotal role in the careers of Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, and Kris Kristofferson.



Jake Shears
Showcasing the essence of what Jake Shears does best, the eponymously titled solo debut from the Scissor Sisters frontman is an album brimming with anthemic choruses and lyrics about the joys and vagaries of love and sex – all of it underpinned by a swampy soul influence imparted from his newly adopted hometown New Orleans. Shears’ artistic vision blossomed in the epicenter of Southern decadence, where he had headed following the Scissors hiatus in 2012. Initial ideas for the album were mapped out at the city’s famed Marigny Studios before he decamped to Louisville, KY to work with producer Kevin Ratterman (Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket) who recruited members of My Morning Jacket, VHS or Beta, Jim James’ solo band, and Floating Action to lay down the album’s foundation. With string and brass arrangements by Christian Hebel (Barbra Streisand) and Lance Horne (Alan Cumming), they returned to NOLA to capture the city’s signature sound with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Sturgill Simpson’s brass section. The result is a thrilling work that plays inside some of the hallmarks of classic American rock music and marries them with Jake’s inimitable point of view, humor, and gift for unforgettable hooks.



Jim Lauderdale: Time Flies
Jim Lauderdale’s 31st album, Time Flies, is a return to what he does best: classic country infused with striking notes of Americana and soul. As a two-time Grammy winner and multi-genre dabbler, Lauderdale is able to carve out space for himself in music worlds both familiar and foreign, and after a creative legacy spanning nearly three decades, it’s no surprise that his ability to rejuvenate his sound is indomitable. Time Flies was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN, and produced by Jim Lauderdale and Jay Weaver. Special guests include Charles Odie Blackmon, Mando Saenz, and Pete Bernhard (The Devil Makes Three).



Mac Miller: Swimming
the fifth studio album by rapper Mac Miller. Includes the single “Self Care.” Mac has accomplished every goal he ever set for himself. At least that’s what the magazines say about the Pittsburgh kid, and they’re right enough. With his first album, he became a grassroots rap megastar. With his second he bared his weird soul and was praised for it. His 11 mixtapes boast a couple bucket lists’ worth of collaborators, from Bun B and Kendrick Lamar to Rick Ross and Juicy J. And in the same year that he toured the U.S. backed by a psychedelic soul band, he rapped all over Europe with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. He did indie. He’s doing major. He even bought himself a ridiculous house in the Los Angeles hills and made a TV show about it. Hell, he made a jazz record.



Shemekia Copeland: America’s Child
With America’s Child Shemekia stakes her claim as a riveting Americana singer of striking authenticity. The album features eight new songs from Gauthier, Kimbrough and more, plus brilliant covers of Prine’s “Great Rain,” The Kinks’ “I’m Not Like Everybody Else,” Johnny Copeland’s “Promised Myself” and the traditional ballad “Go To Sleepy Little Baby.”



Shooter
Ever the outlaw, Shooter Jennings has now crafted what might well be his most truly idiosyncratic work thus far, Shooter. Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, Low Country Sound founder Dave Cobb, at the renowned RCA Studio A on Nashville’s Music Row, the album sees Jennings staking out a fairly straightforward goal: to simply make a great country record. It should be noted, Jennings’ last studio album was a genuinely visionary tribute to Giorgio Moroder so in some ways, making a straight-up country record is as much of a left turn as anything else in his brilliantly mercurial career thus far. But with songs like “Fast Horses & Good Hideouts” or the raucous “I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy,” Jennings more than affirms his mission by returning to country’s original, if oft misplaced, mandate: singing songs about growing up and getting older, about going out and getting trashed. In short, making music for real people with real lives. With Shooter, Jennings truly puts his own mark on country music, living up to his extraordinary birthright with unparalleled passion, experience, and heart.



Steve Coleman: LIVE at The Village Vanguard
Alto saxophonist Steve Coleman’s Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) is his first live release in over 15 years. It captures his band Five Elements in two joyous sets at the historic New York venue where some of the most famous jazz recording from the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Bill Evans have been made. Coleman’s personal history is tied deeply with the club: One of the main reasons he moved to New York City from Chicago was for the opportunity to play in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, of which he was a member from 1978 to 1980. After playing there with singer Abbey Lincoln in 1984, there followed a hiatus of over 30 years before he was invited to perform at the club as a leader in 2015. Since then, he has led his band Five Elements at the Vanguard every year, including these two sets recorded in May, 2017. Unlike his two most recent releases, Morphogenesis (NPR Critics Poll #2 album of 2017) and Synovial Joints (New York Times #1 jazz album of 2015), both of which are highly orchestrated, Coleman’s recent goal has been to perform as spontaneously as possible, often completely extemporaneously, and yet still retain form and structure. Interspersing the set with tracks that feature these new compositional tactics with long-time Coleman favorites, the musicians tackles Coleman’s typically intricate music with an effortless grace. The band’s mastery over the cross-hatching rhythms, tricky counterpoint and percolating groove, inspired by the magical vibe of the Village Vanguard, is captured here at it’s absolute peak.

NEW RELEASES for July 27, 2018 (out now) include:


Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues
The self-produced Out Of The Blues finds national treasure Boz Scaggs applying his iconic voice and gritty guitar skills to a set of vintage classics as well as four originals. For the occasion, the legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist assembled a star-studded studio band including such prestigious players as guitarists Doyle Bramhall II, Ray Parker Jr. And Charlie Sexton, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Jim Keltner and keyboardist Jim Cox, as well as longtime friend Jack Walroth on guitar. Boz Scaggs is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was a guitarist and occasional lead singer with the Steve Miller Band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s gained fame with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States. His Cover of Neil Young’s “On The Beach” is pretty, pretty good…



Bob Dylan LIVE: Rare Collections From the Copyright Collections 1962-1966
The songs in the two-CD set are drawn from limited-run compilations Sony has released in the past six years to protect the recordings from European copyright law, which stipulates that recordings that remain unreleased for 50 years enter the public domain.
Among the treasures unearthed in the new set are a duet with Joan Baez on “When the Ship Comes In” recorded at the March on Washington, shortly before Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” Speech. There is also a version of “One Too Many Mornings,” recorded in London for broadcast on the BBC, and the earliest known version of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” taped in 1962 at New York’s Gerde’s Folk City.



BTS: Face Yourself
The first K-Pop/Asian artist to debut #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, the first Korean artist to have two RIAA© certified Gold singles, the only artist who won Top Social Artist for two consecutive years at the Billboard Music Awards (2017 and 2018), global superstars BTS will release their long-awaited Japanese-language album, FACE YOURSELF, in the U.S. on July 27, 2018. The CD comes with a 24-page booklet including exclusive photos of the group.
The group’s album FACE YOURSELF comes to U.S. retailers after becoming a world-wide smash upon its digital release quickly reaching the #1 spot on iTunes in 50 markets, and the No. 43 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart with more than 27 million streams in just 48 hours after release. To date, they have more than 220 million views on YouTube for the music video of their single “Fake Love” from their previous release LOVE YOURSELF: Tear which debuted #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and has sold more than 1.75 million albums worldwide.
FACE YOURSELF kicks off with the Japanese version of “Best Of Me,” a collaboration song with The Chainsmokers. The CD contains the Japanese version of smash hits around the world (“Blood Sweat & Tears“ / “Not Today” / “Spring Day” / “DNA” / “MIC Drop,” and Japan-original “Crystal Snow”), plus the Japanese version of “Go Go” and two new original songs.



Cody Jinks: Lifers
the eighth studio album from the country music singer/songwriter. His long-awaited album Lifers marks his debut for Rounder, and is a creative leap forward for Jinks. The eleven original songs on the album tackle heady themes of faith (“Holy Water”); love, loss, and the desperate measures to which they sometimes drive people (“Must Be the Whiskey,” “7th Floor,” “Somewhere Between I Love You and I’m Leavin’,” “Colorado”), loneliness, (“Desert Wind”), and the passage of time (“Stranger”). Lifers is the follow-up to his 2016 album I’m Not the Devil, which reached #4 on the Billboard’s Country Albums chart.



Israel Nash: Lifted
Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash presents his latest long play, Lifted. It is a modern day hippie-spiritual, a tonic for those needing to put aside the mess of the daily grind. With luscious beds of strings, horns and well adorned towering walls of sound, Lifted finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic experience of feeling that is at once both vast and intimate – soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others. Texas’ genre-bending rock ‘n’ roller Israel Nash presents his latest long play, Lifted. It is a modern day hippie-spiritual, a tonic for those needing to put aside the mess of the daily grind. With luscious beds of strings, horns and well adorned towering walls of sound, Lifted finds Nash continuing his tradition of creating a sonic experience of feeling that is at once both vast and intimate – soaring and untamed at times, placid and sincerely personal at others.



Rise Against: The Ghost Note Symphonies Volume 1
The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1 is a compilation album by rockers Rise Against. The album features reimagined versions of previously released Rise Against songs, with acoustic orchestration and alternative instrumentation. Rise Against recorded songs for The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1 at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado, with producers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore. Rise Against formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1999. The band spent it’s first four years signed to the independent record label Fat Wreck Chords, on which they released two studio albums, The Unraveling (2001) and Revolutions per Minute (2003). Both the albums met with considerable underground success, and in 2003 the band signed with the major label Geffen. Their major label debut Siren Song of the Counter Culture (2004) brought the band mainstream success, which continues to this day.


NEW RELEASES for July 20, 2018 (out now) include:


Cowboy Junkies: All That Reckoning With their album, All That Reckoning, the Cowboy Junkiesonce 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.”



Rodney Crowell: Acoustic Classics Throughout his more than 40 years as a songwriter, producer and recording artist, Rodney Crowellhas explored an expansive musical landscape from intimate, heartbreaking ballads to spirited honky-tonk rockers. For his 19th album, the Grammy-winning musician, whose health issues forced the cancellation of several 2017 tour dates, finds himself unplugged and recharged all at once with the release of Acoustic Classics, a 12-track collection of some his most recognizable songs in all-new settings.



Holly Near: 2018a collection of outspoken songs performed with simplicity and wisdom from singer songwriter Holly Near. Near’s work has been synonymous with social change activism for well over 45 years. Her new songs dig deep into subjects like bullying, domestic violence and flood destruction in Puerto Rico. Still there is a twinkle long identified with Holly’s view of life as she brings laughter and tenderness to the human condition – as in “Coup d’Etat” that Holly delightfully rhymes with Mardi Gras and Menage a Trois. Fire flies, an old fashioned front porch, pondering on the moon and a goose bump duet with her nephew Quinn Van Antwerp. Then there is her voice, which is more powerful and clearer than ever. With Tammy Hall (piano), Jan Martinelli (bass), Nina Gerber (guitars) and outstanding guest instrumentalists.


Punch Brothers: All Ashore their first album since 2015’s The Phosphorescent Blues. The band wrote all nine songs on the album, which they self-produced and recorded in Los Angeles. “It’s a meditation on committed relationships in the present day,” says Chris Thile, “particularly in the present climate.” Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by Chris Thile. It’s first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band’s many musical interests: indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, etc. In 2009 they began a residency at NYC’s Living Room, trying out new songs and ultimately spawning the Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic. In 2012 the band released Who’s Feeling Young Now?, of which Rolling Stone said, “The acoustic framework dazzles-wild virtuosity used for more than just virtuosity.”



Kanye West: Ye the eighth studio album by rapper/producer Kanye West. The album features guest vocals by Ty Dolla Sign, PartyNextDoor, Kid Cudi, Jeremih and 070 Shake, among others. West produced the album in it’s entirety, with additional production by Mike Dean, who serves as a co-executive producer, as well as Francis and the Lights, Benny Blanco, Irv Gotti, 7 Aurelius, Noah Goldstein, Che Pope, Caroline Shaw, Pi’erre Bourne and Ty Dolla Sign, among others. Ye is the second of five seven-track albums produced by West in what have been referred to as the “Wyoming Sessions”. West explained the album title, which is a diminutive of his own name commonly used in his songs, by stating: “I believe “ye” is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means “you”. So, I’m you, I’m us, it’s us. It went from Kanye, which means “the only one,” to just Ye – just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, everything. The album is more of a reflection of who we are.” Yenius smiley



The Internet: Hive Mindthe follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated album Ego Death. With this album, The Internet present enormous growth in their creative chemistry and prove they are a five-person force whose singular talents created one phenomenal whole. The album is written and produced entirely by The Internet – Syd (vocalist/songwriter), Matt Martians (producer), Steve Lacy (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter), Patrick Paige II (songwriter/bassist), and Christopher Smith (songwriter/drummer). And it is with a sense of togetherness – not just for them, but for everyone – that the band chose to highlight as a major theme for Hive Mind. “After making a few songs we realized that we really want to use this album to live by example and promote camaraderie amongst young black people,” Syd reveals. “We realized that we’re the only band of our kind. And we want to really solidify ourselves as that, as the best.” With the chaos of the current world considered, all of The Internet wanted to champion good feelings and the joy of following your heart and passions, in addition to using their own positive relationships and experiences to inspire their community. The band unearthed an even deeper purpose as they collaborated on Hive Mind. The result is not just one of the greatest records in the band’s already phenomenal catalogue, but is easily one of the best albums of 2018, from five amazing people already leaving an indelible mark on pop music.



Lori McKenna: The Tree Home and the people who make it have captivated Lori McKenna for years. Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother of five, she has also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town’s ‘Girl Crush’ and penning Tim McGraw’s #1 ‘Humble and Kind’. Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music’s first female Songwriter of the Year. The Tree is her much-anticipated eleventh studio album. Produced by Dave Cobb, The Tree takes one of McKenna s signature themes family and builds a tapestry of experiences she has lived and overheard, been told and dreamed up, to create a stunning ode to life’s defining relationships.



Ty Segall and White Fence: Joy ! Six years after their fun favorite Hair collaboration, and jeez, almost four years after Ty produced the last White Fence record For the Recently Found Innocent, they’re back at it. But the second time around, it’s no Hair 2 – Joy is it’s own reward. Tim Presley and Ty take it up a notch, with fifteen wild tracks that share space in a effortless fashion, dispersing doses of the fabled vintage obsessions, but threading them together instead with their own sound of today. Joy, indeed!

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!

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