Music Releases 09-23-22
- 5 Seconds Of Summer
5SOS5 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Bone LP]
- King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Omnium Gatherum [Indie Exclusive Limited Lucky Dip 2 LP]
- The Soft Moon
Exister [Crystal Clear LP]
- Billy Idol
The Cage EP
Forget What You Know [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Metallic Gold LP]
- Nikki Lane
Denim & Diamonds [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Yellow LP]
- Tim Burgess
Typical Music [2LP]
- Mark Owen
Land Of Dreams [LP]
- Swedish House Mafia
- Daddy Yankee
- The Wonder Years
The Hum Goes On Forever [Limited Edition Blue Variant LP]
- Boney James
- Steve Bates
All The Things That Happen [LP]
- Grateful Dead
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 3/9/81 (Live) [3CD]
- Kelsea Ballerini
Subject To Change [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Low Price Signed CD]
How It Ends [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP]
- Beth Orton
Weather Alive [Clear LP]
- Divino Niño
Last Spa on Earth [Pink Guava LP]
- Todd Snider
Live: Return Of The Storyteller [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Sky Blue LP]
Electra Heart: Platinum Blonde Edition [Limited Edition Magenta 2LP]
- Sunny Sweeney
Married Alone [LP]
Iron Fist: 40th Anniversary Edition [Limited Edition Black & Blue Swirl LP]
- Eerie Wanda
Music Releases 09-30-22
Vinyl: $27.98 Buy
MP3 Album: $8.99 Download
Even real places become imaginary when they are so far out of reach. Named for an idyllic island near Ibiza off the coast of Spain, Formentera is a place that, for Metric, only existed on a page in a “dream destinations” travel book that lay open on a desk in the new recording studio that guitarist Jimmy Shaw built in 2020, in a rural hamlet north of Toronto. This is the setting where the band’s eighth album took shape. Shaw brought on Synthetica collaborator Liam O’Neil as well as longtime friend Gus van Go (The Stills) to co-engineer and co-produce with him. When the border opened, Metric bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott Key came in from the U.S to record, adding live energy and sonic depth to complete the Metric sound.
The result is a conceptual arc that progresses from tension and turmoil to dance-floor abandon, beginning with the edgy ten-minute album opener “Doomscroller,” and progressing through a color wheel of emotions, from determined perseverance on “What Feels Like Eternity” to self-emancipation in full orchestral bloom on the title track as Haines poses the question, “Why not just let go?” There’s a sense of resolution in the very matter-of-fact, deceptively catchy “False Dichotomy,” and the album ends on a melancholy high with “Paths in the Sky,” a love song to lifelong friendship, a thematic companion track to “All Comes Crashing,” an end-of-days banger and the first single.
“This is what we’re all thinking about,” Haines says. “So let’s address it, let’s have this whole expansive emotional experience that can feel collective instead of all going through it alone.”
Crazy Times is the brand-new studio album from Sammy Hagar & The Circle – Sammy Hagar (vocals), Michael Anthony (bass), Jason Bonham (drums/percussion), Vic Johnson (guitars). Featuring the title track, "Father Time," "Funky Feng Shui," and more.
Vinyl: $31.98 Buy
Double LP on yellow & black marble color vinyl in same packaging as the standard version. Side D is an etching. Full album download included. Ltd Edition. Indie Only.
The never-ending psychedelic web of Kurt Wagner's Lambchop continues to unravel on September 30th with a new album titled The Bible.
The story of The Bible begins with Wagner up in the middle of the night during the first year of the plague, watching his new friend from Minneapolis, Andrew Broder, play a Wurlitzer on Instagram Live. Broder was one in a group of Minneapolis musicians Wagner had met prior to the pandemic through mutual friend Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). After watching the livestream, he called Broder up. “Dude, I’ll get you in a studio,” he says, “you just go in there for like three or four hours and do your thing.” Broder sent him back twelve 20 minute-long pieces. And then Wagner found himself in Minneapolis, in the sweltering summer of 2021, in a decommissioned paint factory turned practice space. Wagner would find an immediate musical spark with Broder & his musical partner Ryan Olson (Gayngs, contributor to Taylor Swift's Evermore). Olson contributes greatly to the album, both with arrangements & production. “Ryan and Andrew, they’re like two sides of my personality,” Wagner says. “And if you put them together as a team, they represent me.” Good thing, because this would be the first time Wagner let somebody else—people who weren’t even from Nashville—produce a Lambchop record.
The music on The Bible is more unpredictable than it’s ever been on a Lambchop record. Jazz careening into country, into disco, into funk, and back to country. All tied together with Wagner’s own voice, born from a perspective on his own life inspired by taking care of his father at the end of his life. The sounds all jumbled together with snatches of observations, words torn from the headlines in Minneapolis—bumper stickers on the freeway, or graffiti from outside that decommissioned paint factory. Through the weeks, musicians (local & non-local) would come & go, putting their own thumbprints on this bible. Perhaps most strikingly, contributions from two different vocal choirs (Bells of the Lakes & Lutheran Bells) & gorgeous string arrangements courtesy of yMusic co-founder C.J. Camerieri (who has also arranged strings for Sufjan Stevens, Antony & the Johnsons & The National).
Shygirl is a multidisciplinary artist from the East London club scene. She has finished her first major body of work, her debut album entitled, Nymph. Written and produced by Shygirl, alongside long-term collaborator Sega Bodega, it features additional production by Mura Masa, Bloodpop, Danny L Harle, and Noah Goldstein among others. The 12-track album is a stunningly innovative and diverse collection of songs exploring themes of friendship, community, escapism, love, and loss. Indie Exclusive Translucent Blue LP.
It could only be called alchemy, the transformative magic that happens during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ most tuned-in moments in the studio, when their unique chemistry sparks opens a portal, and out comes a song like “Maps” or “Zero” or the latest addition to their canon, “Spitting off the Edge of the World" (feat. Perfume Genius) — an epic shot-to-the-heart of pure YYYs beauty and power.
A thunderstorm of a return is what the legendary trio has in store for us on Cool It Down, their fifth studio album and their first since 2013’s Mosquito. The eight-track collection, bound to be a landmark in their catalog, is an expert distillation of their best gifts that impels you to move, and cry, and listen closely.
“Older is my greatest moment” George Michael
This limited super deluxe edition celebrates George Michael’s iconic album, Older. Written, arranged and produced by George, it sees him exploring new genres as he reflected on life, loss, love and healing. Originally released in 1996, Older spent three weeks at Number 1 in the UK and spawned 6 singles including Fastlove and Jesus To A Child. The album was a huge global success, going 6x platinum in the UK, as well as being verified platinum in another 22 countries.
This stunning deluxe set features Older on double 180g vinyl remastered from original tapes plus Upper, available on vinyl for the first time. It also includes 5 CDs, 3 x 12”x12” art prints and a 12”x12” 48 page book ‘The Story of Older’ with contributions from key people who helped make the album plus rare and previously unseen photos.
On dear amelia, renforshort narrates an up-close and thrillingly honest journey through the darkest parts of her psyche. Her debut album spans twelve tracks and includes recent songs “moshpit” and “we’ll make this ok” featuring Travis Barker. Indie Exclusive Clear LP.
Forty years after the Summer of Love (and 30 years after the Summer of Hate), MGMT is celebrating the grand re-opening of the third eye of the world with Oracular Spectacular, an enigmatic and prophetic collection of hallucinatory sounds and hook-riddled Pop tones for the new millennium.
MGMT is: Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, two psychic pilgrims whose paths first intersected in the green pastures of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, circa 2002. The pair was drawn to the music of other duos and found themselves incorporating the implications of the hallucinatory power-twee of the Incredible String Band, the roaring subway minimalist Electronica of Suicide, the silky Pop-Soul of Hall & Oates, the pulsing narcotic trance of Spacemen 3, the avant-garde Industrial romanticism of Royal Trux and much more into the constantly evolving sounds of MGMT.
Nonesuch releases Philip Glass’s award-winning soundtrack to The Hours on vinyl for the first time on September 30 to coincide with its 20th anniversary and Glass’ 85th birthday concert season. Originally released in December 2002, Glass’s score to the Academy Award-winning film was itself nominated for an Academy Award, as well as a Golden Globe and a Grammy, and went on to win a BAFTA and a Classical BRIT.
Directed by Stephen Daldry, The Hours is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Based on Michael Cunningham’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, with a screenplay by David Hare, the film interweaves the stories of three women – a book editor in New York (Meryl Streep), a young mother in California (Julianne Moore), and the author Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman). Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.
Philip Glass’s score was conducted by Nick Ingman, with Michael Reisman on piano and the Lyric Quartet, and recorded at Abbey Road Studios and Air Studios, London. The score was a key element in this acclaimed triptych of dramatic tales. “The inter-cutting of personal stories over a wide span of time,” said NPR, “is held together by a single music approach.”
Growing up in his hometown of Atlanta, artist/producer Sol Messiah has always been inundated with the rich and energizing spirit of Hip Hop culture. Breakdancing from a young age eventually led him joining the legendary Rock Steady Crew out of New York City and learning and mastering the skill of DJing. From there, he began taking an interest in production too, which ultimately led him to working alongside legendary Atlanta producer, Dallas Austin. While Sol Messiah's time with Austin created a deep catalog filled with timeless tracks for TLC, Madonna, Boyz II Men and more, he eventually chose to pursue his own path independently and spent years building a stunning catalog of his own, producing popular tracks for Chamillionaire, David Banner, Nappy Roots, Dead Prez and more.
Soon, Sol Messiah would embark on a fruitful musical partnership with a fierce lyricist named Sa-Roc. Together, Sa-Roc and Messiah have released over a dozen projects thus far, including Sa-Roc’s groundbreaking 2020 debut on Rhymesayers Entertainment, The Sharecropper’s Daughter. As a duo, Sa-Roc and Sol Messiah have amassed a global reach, touring internationally and rocking crowds across continents. They have performed at the legendary Jazz Cafe in London, performed live for BBC, and have shared the stage with luminaries such as Common, The Roots and Jay Electronica.
On GOD CMPLX, Sol Messiah connects with some of the finest MCs in the game to create an impressive collection of Hip Hop music that's both innovative and inspiring. Featuring guest performances from KXNG Crooked, Sa-Roc, Evidence, Locksmith, Slug(Atmosphere), Murs, Aesop Rock, Baba Zumbi(Zion I), Che Noir, Lyric Jonesand more, GOD CMPLXis a powerful and engaging project serving as a testament to Sol Messiah’s skills both as a producer as well a visionary.
CD: $14.98 Buy
Nonesuch Records releases the first recordings of Steve Reich’s Runner (2016) and Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018), performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Susanna Mälkki, available on CD on September 30, 2022; a vinyl LP version will be released on December 2.
Reich says Runner is written “for a large ensemble of winds, percussion, pianos, and strings. While the tempo remains more or less constant, there are five movements, played without pause, that are based on different note durations. First, even sixteenths, then irregularly accented eighths, then a very slowed-down version of the standard bell pattern from Ghana in quarters, fourth a return to the irregularly accented eighths, and finally a return to the sixteenths but now played as pulses by the winds for as long as a breath will comfortably sustain them. The title was suggested by the rapid opening and my awareness that, like a runner, I would have to pace the piece to reach a successful conclusion.”
“Music for Ensemble and Orchestra is an extension of the Baroque concerto grosso where there is more than one soloist,” the composer continues. “Here there are twenty soloists—all regular members of the orchestra, including the first stand strings and winds, as well as two vibraphones and two pianos. The piece is in five movements, though the tempo never changes, only the note value of the constant pulse in the pianos. Thus, an arch form: sixteenths, eighths, quarters, eighths, sixteenths. Music for Ensemble and Orchestra is modeled on my Runner, which has the same five movement form.”
MP3 Album: $4.99 Download
Greet Death is a four piece shoegaze band from Flint, Michigan. "New Low" is a new 5 song 12"EP from Greet Death. The first four singles from this session were released digitally over a span of months in 2021 into 2022, leaving the title track exclusive to this final collection. With "New Low" Greet Death continue to explore the layered melancholic atmosphere they are known for while expanding into unconventional melodic territory.
Music Releases 10-07-22
Blue Rev [Marbled Blue LP]
- Charlie Puth
- Action Bronson
Cocodrillo Turbo [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ultra Clear LP]
People In Motion
- Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros
Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado, Vol. 2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
- Courtney Marie Andrews
Loose Future [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red LP]
- Tom Waits
Blood Money: 20th Anniversary Edition [Metallic Silver LP]
- Various Artists
Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
A Eulogy For Those Still Here [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Orange in Blood Red with Black splatter LP]
- Lamb Of God
- Joe P
Emily Can't Sing EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Vinyl]
A Study Of The Human Experience Volume Two EP
- THE BOBBY LEES
Bellevue [Limited Edition White LP]
- Patrick Watson
Better In The Shade
- Oh Wonder
22 Break / 22 Make
- Bonny Light Horseman
Rolling Golden Holy [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Galaxy Blue LP]
- My Kid Brother
RENAISSANCE [Deluxe 2LP]
Dear Chaos [Coke Bottle Clear LP]
- The Cult
Under The Midnight Sun [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
Digital Noise Alliance [Lilac 2LP]
- Indigo Sparke
Hysteria [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Cloudy Clear LP+7in]
- Caleb Caudle
Forsythia [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Ridge Splatter LP]