Music Releases 01-24-20
Wolf Parade - Dan Boeckner, Spencer Krug, and Arlen Thompson - will release Thin Mind, the group’s fifth album for Sub Pop, on January 24th, 2020. The 10-track record was recorded by John Goodmanson at Risque Disque on Vancouver Island, BC, mixed by Goodmanson at Bogroll Studios in Seattle, WA, and mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering in Toronto, ON. Thin Mind has sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and dystopian narratives interwoven throughout. These themes emerged while working at Risque Disque, which Boeckner jokingly describes as a Dutchman’s failed utopia, a problematic structure with a post-apocalyptic vibe: the studio is housed in a stone barn hand-built by the Dutchman in the middle of the woods, using local materials and based on his memory of a building he loved growing up in the Netherlands. Thin Mind finds the core members of Wolf Parade working as a trio, as they did on past albums Apologies to the Queen Mary and At Mount Zoomer, with songwriting duties evenly split between singers Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug. The album includes the singles “Forest Green,” “Julia, Take Your Man Home,” and “Against the Day,” the latter of which features a rare, co-vocal performance from Boeckner and Krug.
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Aurora features reimagined versions of the band’s biggest and most popular songs with special guests including Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf), Scooter Ward(Cold) and Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath), to name a few. Speaking about Aurora, BREAKING BENJAMIN’s founder/frontman, Ben Burnley, had this personal message to share,”This album is a celebration of our incredible fans; for those who have been there since hearing ‘So Cold’ for the first time in 2004, and the new ones who have joined us on this amazing journey along the way. We’ve always shared a unique emotional connection to our music with our fans, and this album attributes to those dark times and euphoric ones. From wherever you joined along the road to Aurora, this one is for you. Thank you.”
ANDY SHAUF is becoming one of the most important songwriters of his generation. His songs are tuneful vignettes of small moments and big hearts. On his latest, The Neon Skyline, Shauf intertwines stories of a group of friends who frequent a local dive bar, and through them, makes poignant observations about human nature with a novelist’s detail and melancholic humor. The songwriting is down to earth, yet sophisticated and inventively melodic. The Neon Skyline is a creative leap for this already acclaimed artist.
Vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket. Includes digital download. 2020 release, the 14th studio album from the British electro-pop duo. Hotspot was mostly written and recorded in Berlin and Los Angeles and produced and mixed by Stuart Price. Features the singles "Dreamland" (featuring Years & Years) and "Burning the Heather".
Recorded over the course of a series of freewheeling, improvisatory sessions, Kingdom In My Mind is The Wood Brothers seventh studio release and their most spontaneous and experimental collection yet. A testament to the limitless creativity of the unharnessed mind, the record explores the power of our external surroundings to shape our internal worlds (and vice versa), reckoning with time, mortality, and human nature. The songs here find strength in accepting what lies beyond our control, thoughtfully honing in on the bittersweet beauty that underlies our pain and sadness with vivid character studies and unflinching self-examination. Deep as the lyrics dig, the arrangements always manage to remain buoyant and light, though, drawing from across a broad sonic spectrum to create a transportive, effervescent blend that reflects the trio s unique place in the modern musical landscape.
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The Family Songbook is a tribute to the family's American heartland heritage. The album includes four recently unearthed songs by their grandfather, Carl E. Haden, friend to the Carter Family, Porter Wagoner and other icons. The songs were written during the Depression when he was in his 20s - "Who Will You Love," "Ozark Moon," "Memories of Will Rogers," "Grey Mother Dreaming." Other notable songs - "Every Time I Try" written by the triplets brother, Josh Haden; Kanye West's "Say You Will"; Americana standards "Wayfaring Stranger," "I'll Fly Away," "Wildwood Flower," "Pretty Baby," (shortened from "Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby"). The Family Songbook features renowned musicians: Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Doyle Bramhall II, Don Was, Larry Taylor, Woody Jackson. The Haden Triplets are: Petra: violin, Tanya: cello, Rachel: bass, keyboards. The sisters individual credits: Petra - sought-after collaborator on violin and voice; recording and touring credits include Bill Frisell, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Nancy and Beth ("punk-vaudeville" act created by Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt); Rachel - toured with Todd Rundgren, lead singer on Weezer B-side, former member of that dog; Tanya - visual and animation artist.
2019 is the 40th anniversary of Elton John's historic first tour of Russia - he was the first Western rock star to ever perform in the country. The show in Moscow on 28th May 1979 with Ray Cooper was broadcast on BBC radio in the UK. This release is taken from the original broadcast masters, which have been remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Now available on 180g, 2 LP vinyl in gatefold package.
Supergrass – Gaz Coombes, Mick Quinn, Danny Goffey, and Rob Coombes – are one of the most important bands to emerge during the 1990s, with several million record sales, including 6 top 10 albums and 10 top 20 singles. Formed in Oxford UK in 1993, the Brit, Q, NME and Ivor Novello-winning outfit released their Mercury-nominated No.1 debut album I Should Coco in 1995. Fourth single, ‘Alright’, was a pop masterpiece and became a massive hit, catapulting the band to global success. Released on 24th January 2020, “The Strange Ones: 1994-2008” is a comprehensive multi-format release comprising of a 2LP, 1CD and Digital ‘Best Of’, featuring all of their biggest hits, and a career spanning box set, containing 6 original albums on picture disc LP and CD, bonus CDs of unreleased material, a deluxe book, posters and button badges. Compiled by Supergrass, this CD format includes 22 career-spanning tracks: 9 top 20 hits, including 5 top 10s in a gatefold sleeve softpack with extended booklet containing sleevenotes with band quotes, rare band photos
Dirty Shirley is a new project combining the talents of Animal Drive's insanely talented young vocalist Dino Jelusic with the guitar pyrotechnics of Lynch Mob/ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch. In the songwriting department, the Dirty Shirley project covers much ground, offering different influences from '80s metal to '70s and '90s sounds, showcasing George Lynch continuing his impressive run of being more inspired and creative than ever before and of course, the aforementioned killer vocals from Dino!
He’s a man Pitchfork calls “a pioneer” with a voice recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as the sound of resilience. Now, Kirk Windstein, wielder of the sludge sledgehammer and unmistakable earthmoving bellow of Crowbar, stomps forward as a solo artist for the very first time. On a Dream In Motion, the inaugural effort from his eponymously monikered incarnation, the Dark Lord of the Southern Riff stretches his creative wings as he introduces new emotional depth and sonic texture that strengthen, rather than tarnish, the metal monolith’s career legacy and rightly revered catalog.
Though he invited in collaborators for this project, Parker is very much a solo artist on Suite for Max Brown. He constructs a digital bed of beats and samples; lays down tracks of his own on guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion, and occasionally voice; then invites musician friends to play and improvise over his melodies. But unlike a traditional jazz session, Parker doesn’t assemble a full band in the studio for a day or two of live takes. His accompanists are often working alone with Parker, reacting to what Parker has provided them, and then Parker uses those individual parts to layer and assemble into his final tracks. The process may be relatively solitary and cerebral, but the results feel like in-the-moment jams—warm-hearted, human, alive. Suite for Max Brown brims with personality, boasting the rhythmic flow of hip hop and the soulful swing of jazz.
Ethan Gruska’s sophomore album, En Garde, produced by Ethan Gruska and Tony Berg, will be released on January 24th. 2020 on Warner Records. The album features Phoebe Bridgers, Lianne La Havas & Moses Sumney.
Ethan is a highly respected and in-demand producer and co-writer. His current production credits include Phoebe Bridgers and Matt Berninger, as well as upcoming releases from Manchester Orchestra and Fiona Apple.
Recent co-writes include Amy Allen, Terrell Hines, Adam Melchor, John Robert, SWMRS and Wallows.
"Authentic yet often ineffable greatness that would define Silkworm's next 11 years of activity, the reissue of In The West is a grand corrective gesture with no expiration date.'- Andrew Earles
"Revelatory," Vital" & "Fascinating" - Pitchfork (8.1)
This definitive pressing of Silkworm's second album In the West marks its first appearance on vinyl. It has been remixed from the original 2" tape at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini, who also engineered the original recording in 1993.
Limited to 1,500 copies worldwide.
In addition to the album, supplemental material for this release includes new liner notes by Silkworm's Tim Midyett, single-only tracks 'Incanduce California' & 'In The Bleak Midwinter' plus a live version of The Dream Syndicate's 'Halloween' recorded at Chicago's Lounge Ax in 1994.
"Like the brightened cover tweaks suggests, Silkworm's relevance was always there; it just took 25 years for some of us to notice." - Northwest Music Scene
The Comet is Coming follow up to their critically acclaimed "Trust in The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery" with "The Afterlife" EP, their second title to be released under the Impulse Records! label. "The two records can be seen as companions, that cannot exist without each other, like day and night, light and dark, creation and destruction. They were made together, at the same time, and have always been intended to be experienced together". - Danalogue
Deen Castronovo (The Dead Daisies, ex-Journey), Doug Aldrich (ex-DIO, Whitesnake), and Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees) return with their third album, RISE. As with the first two well-received albums, Rev Saints (as the fans like to call them) are bringing back the classic melodic rock style that thrilled and delighted legions of fans in the 80s and 90s and still does today! Inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies, and musicianship to die for is what you get in spades here.
Hailing from Unholywood, Killafornia, Davey Suicide storm the underground by fusing arena rock, punk, sleaze and industrial with the the very right amount of theatrics. With anthems that are as corrosive as they are catchy, Davey Suicide present the proof that rock is alive as ever and ready to attack. Their new album Rock Ain`t Dead shoots out hit after hit after hit! Includes guest features from Telle Smith, Hyro the Hero and Blacklisted Me.
Kilo Kish's REDUX EP marks a revival of creative power, personal authorship, and DIY techniques. What Kish describes as "an homage to what we can make ourselves." Redux explores Kish's varying musical influences, including electronic, synth, alternative, hip hop, and dance-punk. In this fourth collaboration with producer Ray Brady, we find increasing freedom and boldness through continued partnership.
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TNGHT's crescent moon is appearing once again from behind heavy clouds. It has been seven years since Hudson Mohawke (Ross Birchard) and Lunice's (Lunice Fermin Pierre II) prodigious debut which accidentally changed the sound of the pop music caught in its wake. The pair of bedroom-producers-cum-super-producers come from Glasgow and Montreal and have aligned once again on a record which aims to chew up and spit out every influence in an exhilarating 7 tracks. 'TNGHT II' will be released 12th November via Warp & LuckyMe. TNGHT II has the wildness turned up. In this, the second epoch, the pair explore new forms: they've collected more equipment, made a couple hits, own bigger speakers, loaded a thousand flutes into FL Studio.
“The Dave Clark Five was an obsession that went beyond the Beatles - and initially ignored the Rolling Stones.” Vanity Fair THE DAVE CLARK FIVE’S own unique brand of music sold in excess of one hundred million records during their career. ALL THE HITS is the definitive collection of their biggest selling tracks including “Glad All Over”, “Bits & Pieces” and “Do You Love Me”. This new UK release will be available in a 1CD Digipack with 28 page booklet and 2LP Gatefold Sleeve on 180g Black LP featuring fully remastered audio, including all of the biggest DC5 hits in the UK. It will also be available digitally for purchase and streaming. THE DAVE CLARK FIVE were the first English group to tour the United States, spearheading the British Invasion. During their first two years in the US they scored no less than fifteen consecutive Top Twenty hits, more than anyone except The Beatles. They took the world by storm and helped change the rock scene, blasting hit after hit over the world’s radio airwaves.
Bleed the Sky returns with it's 3rd studio album. Dealing up some riffy nu metal in 2020 BTS will sure to please any metal heads taste. Featuring memebers of Devildrivder & Chaimaira BTS picks up where they left off with the first single Serpent. For fans of Slayer, Devildriver, Fear factory, Slipknot and more