• New Release Round-Up 02-16-18

     

    New Releases 16 Feb 2018



    Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems [Limited Edition LP Box Set] - Matador
    A new Belle & Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president’s ambassador, not the current one’s). Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious ‘The Same Star’, which marries Belle and Sebastian’s melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). “We’d met Leo in February of 2016, and I’d say that meeting and the recording of ‘I’ll Be Your Pilot’ were the first tangible steps of this EP project,” Martin says. “We didn’t have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point - and when I’d got to a point with ‘The Same Star’ where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked ‘Leo’ coming up. It’s not a song we’d laboured over playing for months - it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob’s [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart’s willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn’t just the same three chords over and over and over.” There’s one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. “We’d made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months,” Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band’s career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.

    Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love

    Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For LovePianos Become The Teeth - Wait For LovePianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love - Epitaph
    Wait For Love, their fourth album, sees Pianos Become The Teeth taking another sonic step forward to craft a musical statement that truly transcends genres. The Baltimore natives have produced a collection of songs that feature lush soundscapes and a more nuanced and melodic sound when compared to the screamo-aggression of their early work. Fans who have followed the band’s trajectory—from their 2013 split with Touché Amoré—can trace the way the band’s sound has evolved from a melodic screamo act to a group that create heaviness and weight via raw emotion instead of distortion and dissonance.

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    Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive - Merge Records
    After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election, “I didn’t buy the silver lining some were promoting that ‘well, at least art and music will be great now!’,” says Superchunk co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan. “Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers.” That said, good music and art still have a lot to say, and the urgency of current events gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon the momentum to make something new sooner than later. “It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in.” Enter What A Time To Be Alive, Superchunk’s first album in over four years, out February 16, 2018, on Merge Records. It’s a record, says Mac, “about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.”

    Ought - Room Inside The World - Merge Records
    On Room Inside The WorldOught's third album and their first for Merge—growing up doesn’t mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside the World explores themes that have always concerned the band—identity, connection, survival in a precarious world—but with a bolder, more nuanced sound palette. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought’s first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths.

    Born Ruffians - Uncle, Duke & The Chief - Yep Roc Records
    Produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins), Uncle, Duke & The Chief is a record less concerned with what sounds hip than what feels good. In the Born Ruffians case that meant shedding some of their more arty influences (the Pixies, Talking Heads) and reconnecting with the sounds they first heard on their parents turntables as kids: Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, and pre-psychedelic Beatles. It's about going back to the deepest, most satisfying itch to scratch, says lead singer Luke Lalonde. And in doing so, the album takes you back to a time when the Ruffians sounded less like a band and more like a gang, raising a wild ruckus and speaking in telepathic tongues.




    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Brandi Carlile - By The Way, I Forgive You [LP]
    Craig David - The Time Is Now [LP]
    Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Landfall [2LP]
    Kendrick Lamar - Damn. Collectors Edition. [Limited Edition Clear LP]
    Wild Beasts - Last Night All My Dreams Came True [2LP]
    Morbid Angel - Kingdoms Disdained [7in Vinyl Box Set]
    Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts Of The Great Highway [LP]
    Polica & S T A R G A Z E - Music For The Long Emergency [LP]
    Senses Fail - If There Is Light, It Will Find You [LP]
    Shannon & The Clams - Onion [LP]
    Nipsey Hustle - Victory Lap
    Nina Simone - Nina Simone At Town Hall [Limited Edition Pink LP]
    Everything Is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell [LP]
    I'm With Her - See You Around [LP]
    Loma - Loma [LP]
    Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy [LP]
    U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited [LP]

    & More .....

    Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 3) EP [Vinyl]
    Mt. Si - 911 EP [Vinyl]
    Mansions - Deserter EP [Vinyl]
    Brett Dennen - Let's… EP
    Good Old War - Part Of You EP
    Ride - Tomorrow's Shore EP [Vinyl]
    Twitching Tongues - Kill For You
    Jeremy Messersmith - Purple Hearts



     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Caroline Rose - Loner

    Caroline Rose - LonerCaroline Rose - LonerCaroline Rose - Loner - New West Records
    The songs and narrative’s on Loner reflect my life over the last couple years––I joined Tinder, I got my first apartment and painted it teal, I went to parties, I discussed politics, I had a girlfriend, we traveled the country, we broke up. I learned, for better or worse, how to be a member of the modern world. Turns out the modern world is terrifying. Tired of the bottomless pit of sad songs, I decided to put a spin on my greatest songwriting inspirations––misogyny, unplanned pregnancy, Capitalism, anxiety, loneliness and death––and wrap such depressing subject matter in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito…Because it’s hard being serious all the time and sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail. Loner reflects the styles of music I love––pop, folk, punk, electronic, and surf music––all thrown into a blender with a ladle full of cheeky satire. I call it Schizodrift. It sounds like Blondie drunk on mai tais. Loner was co-produced by myself and the wonderful Paul Butler (Devendra Banhart, Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul & The Broken Bones) and recorded in freezing Northern California, in addition to my parent’s attic and my last apartment. It was mixed by sound guru Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Show Me The Body) in Brooklyn, NY. - Caroline Rose

    Video Available 

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    Joshua Hyslop - Echos

    Joshua Hyslop - EchosJoshua Hyslop - EchosJoshua Hyslop - Echos - Nettwerk Records
    Joshua Hyslop's new album Echos, releases on February 23, 2018 (Nettwerk) and is an empathetic collection of stories reflecting the Vancouver based singer/songwriters personal experiences as well as those around him. Since emerging with his 2012 full-length debut Where The Mountain Meets The Valley, Joshua Hyslop has accumulated over 65 Million streams worldwide, performed over 200 shows spanning North America and Europe, garnered critical acclaim and support throughout the media and industry peers, and has carved out an impressive diehard fan base.

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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

     

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  • New Release Round-Up 02-09-18

    Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers

    Brian Fallon - SleepwalkersBrian Fallon - SleepwalkersBrian Fallon - Sleepwalkers - Island
    Known as singer/guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, as well as The Horrible Crowes, Brian Fallon releases his sophomore solo album, Sleepwalkers, via Island Records. Fallon will launch an extensive run of 2018 European and North American tour dates with his backing band, The Horrible Crowes to support the album's launch. Current single, 'Forget Me Not,' is building at Alternative, Triple A, and Active Rock radio.

    Early Listen Available Video Available





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    Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending - Domino
    A triumphant recasting, Franz Ferdinand's Always Ascending is as exuberant as it is euphoric, bursting with fresh ideas born of what Alex Kapranos calls “aggressive sonic experimentation.” With the help of producer Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, Beastie Boys), Kapranos and co. took a knife to their old canvas, producing an album that is so foreign in its familiarity it could only be current. A sound the singer refers to as “simultaneously futuristic and naturalistic.” These are the louche tales of the Parisian night, the exhilaration of an Italian car racing down the autobahn; a feeling of euphoria so pure it could only exist on a knife’s edge. As such, best to press play expecting nothing more than a good time. “I hope that when you listen to it you feel exhilarated,” Kapranos says, “Until you fully absorb the lyrics.”

    MGMT - Little Dark Age - Sony
    Little Dark Age is the long awaited new album from MGMT. The album is produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Kelela, Blood Orange), and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala). MGMT recorded Little Dark Age at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY. The new album includes the previously released title song "Little Dark Age," and the tracks "When You Die" and "Hand It Over." Each of these tracks were also accompanied by stunning video clips.

    Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus

    Ezra Furman - Transangelic ExodusEzra Furman - Transangelic ExodusEzra Furman - Transangelic Exodus - Bella Union
    Ezra Furman's second album for Bella Union represents a new landmark for the American singer-songwriter. Furman says, it is "not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme. A combination of fiction and a half-true memoir, a personal companion for a paranoid road trip, a queer outlaw saga." Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, and singing in solidarity with the innocent, persecuted, oppressed and threatened, Ezra Furman has soundtracked the current fear and loathing across America like no other.

    Early Listen Available Video Available





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    Son Lux - Brighter Wounds - City Slang
    Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation - a band whose mix of electronic pop, unusual soul, and outright experimentalism feels more inviting than ever on the project's fifth album, Brighter Wounds. The songs therein leave behind Son Lux's typically universal themes for deeply personal fare. While making Brighter Wounds, Lott became a father to a baby boy and lost a best friend to cancer. Days of "firsts" were also days of "lasts," and the normal fears that accompany parenthood were compounded by a frightening new reality - Lott's son arrived shortly after Election Day. These songs draw on all of that: warm reflections of a fading past, pain wrenched from a still-present loss, and a mix of anxiety and hope for a future that is promised to no one.

    Melody Gardot - Live In Europe

    Melody Gardot - Live In EuropeMelody Gardot - Live In EuropeMelody Gardot - Live In Europe - Verve
    After a serious car accident when she was 19, Melody Gardot used the experience as a springboard to musical success she might never have achieved otherwise. Gardot had played the piano before the accident, and a doctor suggested that she use music as a kind of recovery therapy. Since she couldn't sit comfortably at the piano, she picked up a guitar and now after several albums she is celebrating the international tour success of her career so far by brings us her first ever album of live recorded music. “Live In Europe” presents live versions of her greatest hits recorded at concerts worldwide between 2012 & 2016. An album personally curated by Melody herself, hits include Baby I’m A Fool, My One and Only Thrill, Les Etoiles & March For Mingus.

    Early Listen Available Video Available



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    Joan As Police Woman - Damned Devotion - PIAS America
    Already acknowledged as a thrilling live performer and starkly honest lyricist, Damned Devotion finds Joan Wasser at her rawest. ''My maxim is: if it feels scary to say it, it's the thing you must say''. Stripping her compositions back to the core, her timeless melodies and bare-all lyricism harken back to her accolade-winning album To Survive (2008) and her universally acclaimed debut album Real Life (2006). On Damned Devotion, thoughtful lyricism is married to Joan's most accessible music to date.




    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

     CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

    Shovels & Rope - Busted Jukebox Vol. 2 [LP]
    Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows [LP]
    Jonny Greenwood - Phantom Thread
    The Wombats - Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life [LP]
    The Soft Moon - Criminal [LP]
    Good Tiger - We Will All Be Gone [LP]
    Wild Child - Expectations [LP]
    Black Panther: The Album
    Legend Of The Seagullmen - Legend Of The Seagullmen
    Ufo - The Complete Studio Albums 1974-1986 [10CD]
    Fifty Shades Freed [Soundtrack]
    Wade Bowen - Solid Ground
    Palm - Rock Island [LP]
    Hovvdy - Cranberry [LP]
    Sunwatchers - II [LP]
    Toto - 40 Trips Around the Sun: Greatest Hits [2LP]
    Bat Fangs - Bat Fangs [LP]

    & More .....

    Sister Hazel - Water EP
    Save Face - Folly: On The Rocks EP [Vinyl]
    Arcade Fire - Creature Comfort [White Vinyl Single]
    We Sell The Dead - Pale And Perfect


     

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love

    Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For LovePianos Become The Teeth - Wait For LovePianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love - Epitaph
    Wait For Love, their fourth album, sees Pianos Become The Teeth taking another sonic step forward to craft a musical statement that truly transcends genres. The Baltimore natives have produced a collection of songs that feature lush soundscapes and a more nuanced and melodic sound when compared to the screamo-aggression of their early work. Fans who have followed the band’s trajectory—from their 2013 split with Touché Amoré—can trace the way the band’s sound has evolved from a melodic screamo act to a group that create heaviness and weight via raw emotion instead of distortion and dissonance.

    Video Available 





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Music Releases 02-16-18

Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems [Limited Edition LP Box Set]

Belle & Sebastian - How To Solve Our Human Problems [Limited Edition LP Box Set]

New Vinyl: $49.98   $44.98
<p><span>A new Belle and Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president’s ambassador, not the current one’s). Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious ‘The Same Star’, which marries Belle and Sebastian’s melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). “We’d met Leo in February of 2016, and I’d say that meeting and the recording of ‘I’ll Be Your Pilot’ were the first tangible steps of this EP project,” Martin says. “We didn’t have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point - and when I’d got to a point with ‘The Same Star’ where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked ‘Leo’ coming up. It’s not a song we’d laboured over playing for months - it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob’s [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart’s willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn’t just the same three chords over and over and over.” There’s one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. “We’d made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You’re Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months,” Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band’s career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.</span></p>
Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love [LP]

Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love [LP]

New Vinyl: $19.98   $16.98
Video
<p>Wait For Love, their fourth album, sees PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH taking another sonic step forward to craft a musical statement that truly transcends genres. The Baltimore natives have produced a collection of songs that feature lush soundscapes and a more nuanced and melodic sound when compared to the screamo-aggression of their early work.</p> <p>Fans who have followed the band’s trajectory—from their 2013 split with Touché Amoré—can trace the way the band’s sound has evolved from a melodic screamo act to a group that create heaviness and weight via raw emotion instead of distortion and dissonance.</p>
I'm With Her - See You Around [LP]

I'm With Her - See You Around [LP]

New Vinyl: $24.98   $22.48
<p><span>See You Around is the full-length debut from I'm With Her, featuring multi-Grammy-Award-winners Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan. Before coming together these artists co-founded seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still) and since have collectively contributed to critically acclaimed albums from esteemed artists including Yo-Yo Ma, The Civil Wars, Kris Kristofferson, John Mayer, Alison Krauss, John Prine, and many more. This much anticipated release reveals the commitment to creating a wholly unified band sound. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, I'm With Her builds an ineffable magic from their finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies. The result is a collection both emotionally raw and intricate, with layers of meaning and insight within even the most starkly adorned track. Co-produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Paul McCartney) and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in a tiny English village near Bath, See You Around delivers a warmly textured sound that proves both fresh and timeless.</span><br><br><span>180g black vinyl w/ download card.</span></p>
Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy [LP]

Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy [LP]

New Vinyl: $27.98   $25.18
Ought - Room Inside The World [LP]

Ought - Room Inside The World [LP]

New Vinyl: $18.98   $15.98
<p>Single LP on black vinyl in gatefold sleeve with matte finish. Includes 12” x 12” printed insert. Includes coupon for full download.</p> <p>On Room Inside the World—Ought’s third album and their first for Merge—growing up doesn’t mean mellowing out so much as it means learning to pay attention, listening carefully and openly, staying somewhere long enough to really understand where you are. Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside the World explores themes that have always concerned the band—identity, connection, survival in a precarious world—but with a bolder, more nuanced sound palette. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought’s first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths.</p>
Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive [LP]

Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive [LP]

New Vinyl: $17.98   $14.98
<p>Single LP on black vinyl in gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve. Includes coupon for full download.<br><br><span>After the shocking, and for many, demoralizing result of the 2016 election, &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t buy the silver lining some were promoting that &lsquo;well, at least art and music will be great now!&rsquo;,&rdquo; says </span><strong>Superchunk</strong><span> co-founder and frontman Mac McCaughan. &ldquo;Obviously, any sane person would gladly trade four to eight years of terrible music for not having our country dismantled to satisfy the whims of a vengeful child and his enablers.&rdquo;</span><br><br><span>That said, good music and art still have a lot to say, and the urgency of current events gave Mac, Laura, Jim, and Jon the momentum to make something new sooner than later. &ldquo;It would be strange to be in a band, at least our band, and make a record that completely ignored the surrounding circumstances that we live in and that our kids are going to grow up in.&rdquo; Enter </span><strong><em>What a Time to Be Alive</em></strong><span>, Superchunk&rsquo;s first album in over four years, out February 16, 2018, on Merge Records. It&rsquo;s a record, says Mac, &ldquo;about a pretty dire and depressing situation but hopefully not a record that is dire and depressing to listen to.&rdquo;</span></p>
Kendrick Lamar - Damn. Collectors Edition. [Limited Edition Clear LP]

Kendrick Lamar - Damn. Collectors Edition. [Limited Edition Clear LP]

New Vinyl: $34.98   $31.48
<p><span>LIMITED REVERSE EDITION : 2017 album from the Compton rapper featuring 'Loyalty' with Rihanna &amp; 'XXX' featuring U2. Housed in a black &amp; white sleeve with the tracklisting in the reverse order of the original release!</span></p>

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Movie Releases 02-16-18

Wonder [Movie] - Wonder

Wonder [Movie] - Wonder

New Blu-Ray: $39.99   $35.99
<p><span>Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay star in an inspiring story of a loving family whose son, born with facial differences, enters a mainstream school for the first time. </span><br><br><span>Based on the beloved best-selling novel, WONDER follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. When Auggie enters mainstream elementary school for the first time, his extraordinary journey unites his family, his school, and his community, and proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Oscar&reg; winner Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay star in this heartwarming and uplifting film.</span></p>

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