Music Releases 01-21-22
- Years & Years
Night Call [LP]
- Billy Talent
Crisis Of Faith [White LP]
- Greensky Bluegrass
Stress Dreams [LP]
- John Mellencamp
Strictly A One-Eyed Jack
Hunter's Moon [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blood Red Vinyl Single]
- Keb' Mo'
Good To Be...
- Penny & Sparrow
Olly Olly [LP]
- SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE
THE DOOR [Limited Edition Cloudy Teal Vinyl]
Sacred Spaces [Limited Edition Gold LP]
- Aoife O'Donovan
Age Of Apathy [Bone LP]
- Miles Kane
Change The Show [LP]
- Various Artists
Annie Live! Original Soundtrack of the Live Television Event on NBC
- Fun Lovin' Criminals
Come Find Yourself: 25th Anniversary Edition [2LP]
W [Sea Blue LP]
- Walker Hayes
Country Stuff The Album
- El Camino Acid
Sunset Motel [Orange LP]
- Nuclear Assault
Handle WIth Care [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Magna Red LP]
- Fucked Up
Epics In Minutes [LP]
Little Green House [Violet LP]
- Jake Xerxes Fussell
Good and Green Again [LP]
- Jana Horn
- The Waterboys
Room To Roam (Half Speed Master) [2LP]
- The Waterboys
The Magnificent Seven: The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues / Room To Roam band, 1989-90 [Super Deluxe 5CD/DVD Box Set]
- Various Artists
Urban Cowboy [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Opaque Blue 2LP]
Music Releases 01-28-22
Dawn FM [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Signed CD]
CD: $13.99 Buy
Indie Exclusive w/ signed insert and alternate cover art Version
Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The album is narrated by Jim Carrey, and features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. The production was handled by The Weeknd himself alongside Oneohtrix Point Never-who produced the majority of the tracks-as well as Max Martin, Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia, among others. The album serves as a follow-up to The Weeknd's fourth studio album, After Hours (2020).
Apocalypse Whenever [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Pink LP]
Bad Suns sound - dreamy '80s pastiche flanked by Stratocasters through cranked Vox amps, pulsing synths, and palpable rhythmic energy - that endeared listeners to the band in the first place, and their fourth LP, APOCALYPSE WHENEVER, uses that musical foundation as the jumping-off point for their next evolution. Conceived as "the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't yet exist," the 13-track album, helmed by longtime producer Eric Palmquist (MUTEMATH, Thrice) at his Palmquist Studios and the band's North Hollywood rehearsal spot, is more conceptually rigorous than anything they've ever attempted - but no less compelling or accessible. "We also knew we wanted the album to have a through-line, a story from beginning to end," frontman Christo Bowman explains, so the band did what any good directors would: They assembled a mood board, filtering their neo-noir version of Los Angeles through the dreamlike haziness of author Haruki Murakami, the futuristic flair of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Blade Runner, and the lifted cinematography of Spike Jonze's HER. These disparate influences don't just offer APOCALYPSE WHENEVER an expanded palette of sonic choices to color Bad Sun's airtight hooks - they help give the songs an emotional complexity that works on a multitude of levels depending on how listeners choose to receive them.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
The Alien Coast [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold Nugget LP]
Vinyl: $23.98 Buy
A fever dream in sonic form, The Alien Coast is the first album St. Paul & The Broken Bones recorded in their hometown of Birmingham. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price) - the bands fourth full-length is a dizzying convergence of rock & roll and R&B, psychedelia and stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged - it makes for a majestic backdrop to the groups visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.
Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001–2021) [Indie Exclusive Deluxe 2LP]
Vinyl: $31.98 Buy
Eric D. Johnson, the creative force behind Fruit Bats, doesn't spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror. But with the 20th anniversary of his first Fruit Bats release (2001's Echolocation) on his mind, it seemed as good a time as any to take stock of his work-and he's doing so in the form of Sometimes a Cloud Is Just a Cloud: Slow Growers, Sleeper Hits and Lost Songs (2001-2021), a two-disc collection that tracks the history of Fruit Bats from it's earliest days to right now. Thoughtfully compiled by Johnson himself, this set is split in two distinct halves. Set in reverse chronological order, the first disc cherry-picks from Fruit Bats' official releases, including fan favorites-"Humbug Mountain Song" from 2016's Absolute Loser and "The Bottom of It" from his 2019 Merge debut Gold Past Life-alongside some of Johnson's more personal choices like "Glass in Your Feet" from Echolocation.
CD: $13.95 Buy
A brand new album of brand-new songs from the No. 1 R&B Group of All Time, The Temptations. Features tracks written and produced by Narada Michael Walden, the young hip-hop producer K. Sparks, longtime group member Ron Tyson, founding member Otis Williams, and the equally legendary Smokey Robinson, whose classic songs launched the group’s original hit streak. The new album release will coincide with Otis Williams’s 80thbirthday, and the Broadway return (and road show edition) of the hit musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.
Lu's Jukebox Vol. 6: You Are Cordially Invited....A Tribute To The Rolling Stones [LP]
Vinyl: $29.98 Buy
Let England Shake [LP]
Ocean To Ocean [2 LP]
Vinyl: $35.98 Buy
In spite of the various crises that have occurred since 2017’s Native Invader, Tori Amos has emerged with Ocean to Ocean, her most personal work in years — an album bursting with warmth and connection, with deep roots in her earliest song writing. Written during the third lockdown in Cornwall this year, Ocean to Ocean is a universal story of going to rock bottom and renewing yourself all over again.
Richer Than I Ever Been [Deluxe]
CD: $12.96 Buy
Richer Than I Ever Been is Rick Ross’ eleventh studio album and oozes the kind of diamond-encrusted lyrical opulence that made him one of the greatest of this generation. The GRAMMY®Award-nominated multiplatinum superstar, two-time New York Times-Bestselling author, and business magnate makes everything feel “rich,” eclipsing material wealth and hinting at a much more substantive spirit. Guest features include Wale, Future, 21 Savage and Wiz Khalifa among others. The deluxe 15 track version of the album features three additional songs:“Revelations,” “Vacheron” featuring AZ, and “Not For Nothing” featuring Anderson .Paak.
The Magnetic Fields
The House Of Tomorrow EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Green Vinyl]
MP3 Album: $4.99 Download
Cast your mind back to notable landmarks of 1992. Outside the Twin Cities, Mall of America opened to the public. Frank Gehry’s enormous golden fish sculpture, El Peix, welcomed Barcelona Olympians. And The House of Tomorrow, a four-song 7-inch on a small indie label, ushered in a new era for the Magnetic Fields. Never before released as a 12-inch, this 30th anniversary remastered edition includes the additional track "Alien Being" plus a vinyl etching on side B.
The Zealot Gene [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red 2LP + CD]
Vinyl: $48.98 Buy
InsideOutMusic/Sony Music are set to release the new studio album from progressive rock legends Jethro Tull. 'The Zealot Gene' is the bands first new studio album in nearly 20 years. With more than 30 albums to their credit and sales totaling more than 50 million, Jethro Tull are one of the most successful rock bands of all-time with a catalog that contains classics that still resonate today. Led by Ian Anderson, Tull still continues to tour throughout the world, entertaining audiences of all ages.
Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels 2 [RSD Essential Clear w/ Red & Teal Splatter 2LP]
Run the Jewels, the super dynamic duo of EI-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap brought you Run the Jewels 2 on mass Appeal records in 2014. The immensely anticipated album includes guests ranging from Zack de la Rocha to Travis Barker amongst others, but the duo maintains that the album is first and foremost about the creative partnership between the MC's themselves.
Piece of Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deep Emerald LP]
Vinyl: $22.98 Buy
Big Crown Records is proud to present Piece of Me, the sophomore full length offering from Lady Wray. This is something of a homecoming for Nicole. Where her 2016 solo debut Queen Alone leaned more towards Soul and R&B with tinges of hip-hop, this record changes the mixture. It's still R&B with the textures of analog Soul, but there is a heavy Hip Hop influence that brings the sum of Nicole's career together in a new sound that will dene her future. Boom-bap drums and chunky bass lines are front-and-center creating a perfect head-nodding backdrop for Lady Wray to take on the good, the bad, the difficult, and the joyful on her most personal collection of songs to date.
The title track, "Piece of Me," which has already become a classic since it's 2019 release is about the people in your life who need more than you are willing to give. This tune and the B side of the 7” “Come On In” were the first songs put to tape for this album and they were recorded with Nicole sitting in a chair 8 months pregnant with her daughter. Her voice is so powerful, so raw, so thorough on these initial songs—it's wild to think that they were recorded this way. And even wilder to know that she knocked them all out in one take.Long time collaborator and producer Leon Michels keeps the musical backing restrained and expertly executed, setting up Lady Wray for the full spotlight and setting the tone for the rest of the album.
While the upbeat energies of “Under The Sun” and “Through It All” are sure to become hits that reconnect Lady Wray with her 90s R&B fanbase, “Where Were You” offers a behind the scenes look at what those days of stardom in her youth were really like. Nicole takes on the racial tension in America with her poetic and powerful “Beauty In The Fire” and leans heavy into her faith and church upbringing on the showstopper, “Thank You”. She gushes about the profound love she’s come to know for her daughter on “Melody” and celebrates life’s ups and downs on “Joy & Pain”. In 2021 it is rare to hear a varied yet cohesive album with no “skippers”, but that is what you have herein spades. The tried and true chemistry between Lady Wray and Leon Michels has undeniably found a higher level and this album stands as a testament to conviction and dedication for all of us to enjoy and be inspired by.
With this in mind, when talking about this record, for Lady Wray, it's about a larger purpose. "My goal is always to help and to heal people with singing," she explains. "Part of that is to try and bring back real music, real singing, so people can feel something again." Now, she's not dissing anyone here, to be clear. It's just that Lady Wray cannot sing without tapping into something deeper, searching for that shared compassion between all of us. Perhaps it comes from her church upbringing, or maybe from her years of trials and tribulations in the music industry. Either way, Lady Wray is looking to bring that "Good Sound" back and the good feelings that come with it. She calls it "those inner hands," and she always means to stir them up, grabbing your attention from within.
Joan Hutton & Sue Orfield
Take That Back
CD: $9.98 Buy
Take That Back is the dynamic debut by the inventive Midwest jazz quintet led by veteran composers/saxophonists Joan Hutton and Sue Orfield. The album draws on its leaders’ passion for original music and their mutual joy in pursuing unpredictable musical adventures.
Rise NYC / Binary Starr System
Rock 'N' Roll Manifesto / What's Da T? [12in Single]
Vinyl: $19.98 Buy
**Please note this is a split 12" with a different artist on each side**
Debut release by World Domination Records contains unreleased remixes by Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle) and David J. (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets) of two of NYC's hidden gem groups of the early 2000s, Rise NYC and Binary Starr System.
Charlotte Day Wilson
Alpha [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Pink LP]
Vinyl: $21.98 Buy
ALPHA is an eleven-song project of metaphor and earnest declarations, recollecting Charlotte’s inner struggles of love, growing, and breaking that she’s finally speaking to in a greater way. Self produced, the album shines a light on her prodigious skills of which are deeply admired by her peers including Toronto’s jazz-funk trio BADBADNOTGOOD, Mustafa, Syd and Daniel Caesar who all appear on ALPHA. Charlotte has continued to make wonders with the ALPHA era showcasing her impressive instrumental repertoire of guitar, bass, drum pad, and piano talent.
Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
CD: $11.96 Buy
SUMMER OF SOUL (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack accompanies Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s directorial debut documentary SUMMER OF SOUL, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Like the documentary, most of the audio recordings that were recorded during the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival have not been heard for over 50 years, keeping this incredible event in America’s history lost – until now. The SUMMER OF SOUL (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a joyous musical celebration and the rediscovery of a nearly erased historical event that celebrated Black culture, pride and unity. For the album, Questlove carefully selected 16 live renditions of jazz, blues, R&B, Latin, and soul classics performed over the course of The Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969 as chronicled by the film. Performers include The 5th Dimension, B.B. King, Nina Simone, and Sly & The Family Stone!
CD: $11.98 Buy
Combo Chimbita unleash a primal roar of catharsis on their latest album, IRÉ, channeling a burning spiritual awakening blazing through the world and in their hearts. Rapturous cumbia, ancestral drumming, free jazz, electronic distortion and wordless chants abound throughout IRÉ; a testament to the ever expanding scope of Combo Chimbita’s sonic palette and acts of resistance in realms both spiritual and terrestrial.
The New York City-based quartet are tracing their roots back to Colombia and even further to the precolonial continent of Abya Yala. Often described as tropical futurists for their ambitious melange of ancestral musical traditions and cutting edge experimentation, the creative unity of Carolina Oliveros (vocals, guacharaca), Niño Lento es Fuego (guitar), Prince of Queens (bass, synthesizers) and Dilemastronauta (drums) transcends common concepts of time and nationality. By identifying as Abyayalistas, the ensemble takes yet another step towards unshackling their essence from the cruelty of conquest and the stifling oppression of land borders.
That’s How Rumors Get Started [Sliver LP + 7in Single]
Vinyl: $29.98 Buy
That’s How Rumors Get Started sees Nashville icon and 2019 Best New Artist Grammy nominee Margo Price commit her genre-bending rock-and-roll show to record for the first time, stretching out her emotive twang over sky-high soft-rock, burning psychedelic rock ballads, stomping road songs, and sprinkles of pop. With production from her friend and longtime collaborator Sturgill Simpson, it shows both of them pushing into unexpected directions.
180-gram Silver LP + 7" Single.
Kush & Orange Juice [LP]
MP3 Album: $9.99 Download
Music Releases 02-04-22
- Hippo Campus
LP3 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Purple Swirl LP]
Requiem [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Milky Clear LP]
Give Me The Future [LP]
Video Free Stuff PlayARt
- Paul McCartney And Wings
Wild Life: 50th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Half Speed Master LP]
- Black Country, New Road
Ants From Up There [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Marbled 2LP]
- Animal Collective
Time Skiffs [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Ruby 2LP]
- Erin Rae
Lighten Up [LP]
Two Sevens Clash [RSD Essential Clear w/ Blue & Yellow Smoke LP]
- Mason Jennings
Laurel Hell [LP]
- Venom Prison
Erebos [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ivory LP]
You Fail Me (Redux) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red & Black Smoke LP]
- Various Artists
West Side Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [LP]
- Dooms Children
Dooms Children [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black w/ Yellow Splatter & Black w/ Blue Splatter LP]
- Hollis Brown
In The Aftermath [LP]
- Night Crickets
A Free Society
- As It Is
I WENT TO HELL AND BACK
- Curtis Mayfield
The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield [2LP]
- Paul Oakenfold
- Natalie Cole
Unforgettable...With Love [30th Anniversary Edition]
- Noah Kahan
I Was / I Am
- Rolo Tomassi
Where Myth Becomes Memory