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What's New 5-17-24

the avett brothers
Ramseur Records

After more than two decades as a band, The Avett Brothers have stamped their own name on their 11th album. It's a return in some ways to their original form, too — raucous vocals, with harmonies in just the right places, over simple instrumentation. Here the guitars are electric, and the production is modern, but it’s a classic Avett Brothers theme: the agony and ecstasy of being in love.

beth gibbons
Domino Record Co.

Orton’s (Portishead) most personal work to date, the result of a period of sustained reflection and change — “lots of goodbyes,” in Beth’s words. Farewells to family, to friends, even to her former self. These are songs from the mid-course of life, when looking ahead no longer yields what it used to, and looking back has a sudden, sharper focus.

blitzen trapper
Yep Roc Records

The songs here are as sincere as they are surreal, rooted in rich character studies and deep reflection. It’s a gorgeous collection of stripped-down bedroom folk wrapped in lush layers of synthesizers and washed out electric guitars, a poignant, expansive exploration of perception and purpose that manages to look both forwards and backwards all at once.

cage the elephant
RCA Records

Following a five year hiatus and navigating through some notably peculiar circumstances, the Kentucky rockers are prepared to pick up where they left off (Social Cues— 2019’s Grammy winner for Best Rock Album) with the highly anticipated sounds of Neon Pill. It’s the perfect return for a band that has been greatly missed.

collective soul
Fuzze-Flex Records

30 years later, Collective Soul is still going strong and continues to create infectious Alt-Rock music that is loved around the world. Here To Eternity contains 20 tracks of the catchy melodies, driving guitars, and soaring choruses that have defined the band's sound since their early days. This is a love letter to the fans.

billie eilish
Darkroom/Interscope

Eilish’s third studio album, her most daring body of work to date, does exactly as the title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. “This whole process has felt like I’m coming back to the girl that I was,” Eilish says. “I’ve been grieving her. I’ve been looking for her in everything.”

amen dunes
Mono Mundo Recordings

Known for their eclectic Americana/roots fusion of alternative & outlaw country, rock, blues, R&B and Tejano/Tex-Mex influences, The Mavericks appropriately recorded these tracks in Nashville, New Mexico and Louisiana. The result invokes both a timeless feel of a classic Mavericks while again challenging conventions and pushing boundaries.

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What's New 5-24-24

diiv
Fantasy

After more than two decades as a band, The Avett Brothers have stamped their own name on their 11th album. It's a return in some ways to their original form, too — raucous vocals, with harmonies in just the right places, over simple instrumentation. Here the guitars are electric, and the production is modern, but it’s a classic Avett Brothers theme: the agony and ecstasy of being in love.

andrew bird
Loma Vista

Orton’s (Portishead) most personal work to date, the result of a period of sustained reflection and change — “lots of goodbyes,” in Beth’s words. Farewells to family, to friends, even to her former self. These are songs from the mid-course of life, when looking ahead no longer yields what it used to, and looking back has a sudden, sharper focus.

wallows
Atlantic

The songs here are as sincere as they are surreal, rooted in rich character studies and deep reflection. It’s a gorgeous collection of stripped-down bedroom folk wrapped in lush layers of synthesizers and washed out electric guitars, a poignant, expansive exploration of perception and purpose that manages to look both forwards and backwards all at once.

lenny kravitz
BMG

Following a five year hiatus and navigating through some notably peculiar circumstances, the Kentucky rockers are prepared to pick up where they left off (Social Cues— 2019’s Grammy winner for Best Rock Album) with the highly anticipated sounds of Neon Pill. It’s the perfect return for a band that has been greatly missed.

rotting christ
Season of Mist

30 years later, Collective Soul is still going strong and continues to create infectious Alt-Rock music that is loved around the world. Here To Eternity contains 20 tracks of the catchy melodies, driving guitars, and soaring choruses that have defined the band's sound since their early days. This is a love letter to the fans.

kerry king
Reigning Phoenix Music America

Eilish’s third studio album, her most daring body of work to date, does exactly as the title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. “This whole process has felt like I’m coming back to the girl that I was,” Eilish says. “I’ve been grieving her. I’ve been looking for her in everything.”

slash
Gibson Records

Known for their eclectic Americana/roots fusion of alternative & outlaw country, rock, blues, R&B and Tejano/Tex-Mex influences, The Mavericks appropriately recorded these tracks in Nashville, New Mexico and Louisiana. The result invokes both a timeless feel of a classic Mavericks while again challenging conventions and pushing boundaries.

twenty one pilots
Fueled By Ramen

Known for their eclectic Americana/roots fusion of alternative & outlaw country, rock, blues, R&B and Tejano/Tex-Mex influences, The Mavericks appropriately recorded these tracks in Nashville, New Mexico and Louisiana. The result invokes both a timeless feel of a classic Mavericks while again challenging conventions and pushing boundaries.

collective soul
SO Recordings

30 years later, Collective Soul is still going strong and continues to create infectious Alt-Rock music that is loved around the world. Here To Eternity contains 20 tracks of the catchy melodies, driving guitars, and soaring choruses that have defined the band's sound since their early days. This is a love letter to the fans.

billie eilish
Metal Blade Records

Eilish’s third studio album, her most daring body of work to date, does exactly as the title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. “This whole process has felt like I’m coming back to the girl that I was,” Eilish says. “I’ve been grieving her. I’ve been looking for her in everything.”

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New Release Round-Up 05-24-24

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Blue Note 85 Tone Poets Series

Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse (Blue Note Tone Poet Vinyl Series) Donald Byrd - Byrd's Eye View

Donald Byrd - Byrd's Eye View

Vinyl LP pressing. Recorded in 1955 for producer Tom Wilson's short-lived Boston-based label Transition Records, Byrd's Eye View was trumpeter Donald Byrd's first issued recording as a leader. The date presented Byrd at the helm of what was then the current line-up of The Jazz Messengers with tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Horace Silver, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Blakey. Local Boston area trumpeter Joe Gordon joins the band for some friendly brass sparring with Byrd on several numbers, further adding to the album's jovial air of a blowing session. Everyone is in fine form on this 5-song set with Side A consisting of an extended stroll through Watkins' laid-back original "Doug's Blues" followed by some inspired trading between Byrd and Gordon on "El Sino." A beautiful rendition of the ballad "Everything Happens To Me" and two swinging Mobley pieces comprise Side B, bringing this highly-enjoyable date to a close.

Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse (Blue Note Tone Poet Vinyl Series)

Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold tip-on jacket. Bobby Hutcherson's 1968 album Total Eclipse was the vibraphonist's first recording to feature saxophonist Harold Land who would become a key collaborator for years to come. Rounding out the band were pianist Chick Corea, bassist Reggie Johnson, and drummer Joe Chambers on this impassioned post-bop set. This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes

Out this week...

 Twenty One Pilots - Clancy

Twenty One Pilots - Clancy

Clancy marks Twenty One Pilots’ first studio album in three years and follows their RIAA Gold certified LP, Scaled And Icy. With details of the release teased to fans earlier this month via cryptic mailings and covert artswaps on streaming services, “Overcompensate” welcomes listeners back to the band’s immersive world of ‘Trench.’ Layers of synths build over a racing breakbeat in the song - a skilled passage of alternative dynamics, flexing in time, and ready to explode. Having amassed over 33 billion streams worldwide and over 3 million tickets sold across global headline tours, the Columbus, OH based duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have established themselves as one of the most successful bands of the 21st century and redefined the sound of a generation.  Co-produced by Joseph and Paul Meany, Clancy marks the final chapter in an ambitious multi-album narrative first introduced in the band's 2015 multi-Platinum breakthrough, Blurryface.  Furthermore, Clancy’s forthcoming release on May 17th coincides with the 9th anniversary of Blurryface, which was released exactly nine years prior to the day. Twenty One Pilots extended the ambitious concept laid out in Blurryface with their 2018 Platinum-certified album TRENCH.  Featuring the multi-Platinum and Platinum singles “Chlorine,” “My Blood” and the GRAMMY® Award-nominated “Jumpsuit,” the album graced spots on “Best of” year-end lists by Billboard, KERRANG!, Alternative Press, and Rock Sound—who placed it at #1.


 DIIV - Frog in Boiling Water

DIIV - Frog In Boiling Water

Produced by Chris Coady and written by DIIV (pronounced Dive), Frog in Boiling Water, the band’s fourth full-length LP is a collection of snapshots that explores the brutal realities of end-stage capitalism and overwhelming technological advance. Across 10 dark and dazzling tracks, DIIV documents the collapse from various angles with unusual sensitivity and depth of purpose while expanding their grand, hypnotic shoegaze, to create a transportive, sensual work of hope, beauty and renewal.

 Wallows - Model

Wallows - Model

Wallows / MODEL / The trio - comprised of Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters and Cole Preston - recently announced their upcoming album, which is set to drop May 2024 via Atlantic Records. Product info: Indie Exclusive vinyl, Solid Orchid/Translucent Orange Crush

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Twenty One Pilots - Clancy [Indie Exclusive Clear w/Opaque Red Splatter LP]

Wallows - Model [Indie Exclusive Horizon Colored LP]

DIIV - Frog In Boiling Water [Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Green LP]

Lenny Kravitz - Blue Electric Light [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink/Blue 2LP]

Creed - Greatest Hits [2 LP]

Andrew Bird Trio - Sunday Morning Put-On [INDIE EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition Translucent Ruby Red LP]

Rival Sons - Head Down [LP]

Young Jesus - The Fool [Opaque White LP]

Paul Weller - 66 [Blue LP]

Aluminum - Fully Beat [Pale Blue LP]

Thursday - WAR ALL THE TIME (LIVE) [2 LP]

Fania All Stars - Latin-Soul-Rock (50th Anniversary) [LP]

NewJeans - Newjeans 'how Sweet' Standard Ver.

RM (BTS) - Right Place, Wrong Person (Ver. A, B, C)

Courettes - Hold On We're Comin' [Colored Vinyl] (Red)

Travis Denning - Roads That Go Nowhere

Gyasi - Rock N'roll Swordfight [Limited Edition] (Stic)

Howlers - What You've Got To Lose To Win It All - Pink Vinyl

La Luz - News Of The Universe [Colored Vinyl]

Old Man Luedecke - She Told Me Where To Go [Colored Vinyl] (Grn) (Stic)

Richey, Kim - Every New Beginning

Say Anything - Is Committed

Shenseea - Never Gets Late Here

Alex Sipiagin - Horizons

Connie Smith - Love Prison Wisdom & Heartaches

Spinners  -  Full Circle

Vegyn - The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy

Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy- UMe

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New Release Round-Up 05-17-24

Billie Eilish - Hit Me Hard and Soft

Billie Eilish - HIT ME HARD AND SOFT - Darkroom/Interscope Records

Billie Eilish’s third studio album, "HIT ME HARD AND SOFT", released via Darkroom/Interscope Records is her most daring body of work to date, a diverse yet cohesive collection of songs— ideally listened to in its entirety from beginning to end—does exactly as the album title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. With the help of her brother and sole collaborator, FINNEAS, the pair wrote, recorded, and produced the album together in their hometown of Los Angeles. This album comes on the heels of her two massively successful albums “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?" and "Happier Than Ever" and works to further develop the world of Billie Eilish.

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Luke Grimes - Luke Grimes

Luke Grimes - Luke Grimes - Mercury Nashville

Luke Grimes self-titled debut album on Mercury Nashville features 13 tracks, including “Burn,” “Hold On,” and “Oh Ohio.” Known for his role as Kayce Dutton on the hit television series Yellowstone, Grimes has been making music for years. He closed out 2023 with a sold-out tour after playing fairs and festivals around the country, including
Stagecoach, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Under The Big Sky Festival, and more. Grimes grew up playing music in church as the son of a Pentecostal pastor. His father also laid the foundation for the music he loves, introducing him to the works of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Indie Exclusive
Clear LP. Limited Edition.

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Various Artists - Now K-Pop 2024

Various Artists - NOW K-Pop 2024 - NOW

Possibly the most long-awaited NOW album since NOW That’s What I Call Music released it’s first album in 1998, NOW That’s What I Call K-Pop will be available May 17th.

NOW That’s What I Call K-Pop, a first of its kind curation for K-Pop, featuring 20 top hits from major current K-Pop favorites – the full tracklist is below.

NOW That’s What I Call K-Pop is available in CD digipack, black vinyl

CD and vinyl editions each include photo cards for all 20 featured artists, a photocard envelope to hold them, and a photo spread of many carefully curated images of the artist

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Zayn - ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS [Forest Green/Neon Splatter 2 LP]

Cage The Elephant - Neon Pill [Indie Exclusive Milky Clear LP]

The Avett Brothers - The Avett Brothers [Indie Exclusive Light Blue LP]

Modest Mouse - Good news For People Who Love Bad News (Deluxe Edition)

Pink Floyd - Animals (2018 Remix) [Audio Blu-ray w/Dolby Atmos Mix]

Hampton Hawes - For Real! [Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series LP]

Cold Hart - Pretty In The Dark [LP]

Bright Light Bright Light - Enjoy Youth [Pink LP]

Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Hollywood Bowl With Orchestra [2 LP]

ISOBEL CAMPBELL - Bow to Love [Solid Yellow LP]

Guster - Ooh La La [Mint Green LP]

Ghostly Kisses - Darkroom [LP]

Sasha Alex Sloan - Me Again [LP]

Better Than Ezra - Super Magick [LP]

Night Sins - A Silver Blade in the Shadow [Green and Black Marble LP]

Hollywood Vampires - Rise [CD]

Porcupine Tree - Closure / Continuation: Live Amsterdam 07/11/22

Stephen Sondheim / Cast Recording - Here We Are (Original Cast Recording) [LP]

Kirk Whalum - Epic Cool

Oppressor - Solstice Of Oppression

Blitzen Trapper - 100's Of 1000's, Millions Of Billions (Blue)

Jeremy Camp - Deeper Waters

Collective Soul - Here To Eternity

Ana Egge - Sharing In The Spirit [Limited Edition]

China Forbes - Road

& More .....

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy

Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy- UMe

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What's New 5-10-24

judah and the lion
Cletus the Van Records

This record is a song cycle about the process of grief, moving thru the traditional five stages of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance and welcoming the pain that accompanies each stage. Rather than deflecting or bottling it up, facing the pain head-on allows us to be more human with ourselves and each other. There's also mandolin, handclaps and whoops.

shannon and the clams
Easy Eye Sound

Woven from the threads of devastating loss – the sudden passing of Shannon's fianceé – this record unfolds as the Clams' most introspective to date. With Dan Auerbach's production, the album delves deep into themes of heartache and healing, and showcases the band's trademark wry psychedelia, energetic nostalgia, and flourishes of retro beauty.

knocked loose
Pure Noise Records

There’s no ceiling for hardcore in 2024, but there’s a center to what Knocked Loose do that will never change: uncompromising heaviness, both sonically and thematically. What is evolving is their drive to find new ways to convey that heaviness, and add tasteful variety that only highlights their undiminished ferocity.

pokey lafarge
New West Records

While working 12-hour days farming, LaFarge began dreaming up a kaleidoscopic sound informed by his love of mambo, tropicália, rocksteady, and mid-century American rock-and-roll. “The songs that naturally come to me are upbeat and make you wanna dance,” says LaFarge. “I used to think of my music in dark blue, but now I see it in technicolor.”

sebastian bach
Reigning Phoenix Music

The former Skid Row frontman powers back with pummelling, Bach-to-basics heap of heavy rock fun. Given that Judas Priest just released one of the best albums in their 50-year career, Sebastian Bach will be hoping that seniority is the new youth (gone wild). There isn’t anything particularly new here, but what he does he still does mighty well.

queen
Hollywood Records

This 28-track setlist shows the breadth and brilliance of Queen’s songwriting. It mixes ‘70s classics with fan-favorite deep cuts and album tracks (“Keep Yourself Alive,” “Dragon Attack,” “I’m In Love With My Car,” “Sheer Heart Attack”), as well as two songs (“Flash,” “The Hero”) which are exclusive to the audio-only formats. Limited Edition

amen dunes
Sub Pop

For the first time the reflections and meditations of Amen Dunes are turned from himself and sharply towards the world. A drastic turn musically and thematically, rooted in the electronic music of raves and of rap music he grew up with, Death Jokes plays like a scathing electronic essay on America's culture of violence, dominance, and destructive individualism.

chick corea and bela fleck
Bela Fleck Productions

Remembrance serves as a moving final document of the profound creative and personal rapport of banjoist Béla Fleck and pianist Chick Corea. It’s also a crucial addendum to Corea’s legacy, featuring three previously unreleased Corea compositions as well as five short free improvisations, or impromptus, that Fleck has infused with written music.

dehd
Fat Possum

The indie-rock trio went off the grid in New Mexico, got stranded in Montana, and returned home to Chicago to make Poetry, an LP filled with pain and joy and everything in between. It's not a stretch to preemptively label it 2024's record of the summer for the alternative crowd. It's fun, it’s fresh, it’s vibes for days.

kings of leon
Capitol

As the title suggests, it’s a document of one of this era’s great rock n’ roll bands cutting loose, trying new things, and, yes, having some fun. The band harkens back to their gritty origins while simultaneously finding new gears. It’s the sound of a band freed from any expectations, and the album the band says they’ve always wanted to make.

sturgill simpson
High Top Mountain Records

10th anniversary of the seismic shifting album. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Country Albums of All Time” in 2022. The New York Times called it, “one of the most jolting country albums in recent memory.” The new special edition features a fully reimagined album cover, pressed on 180g vinyl with an “old style” tip-on jacket.

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