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The Beatles (White Album / Super Deluxe)
For 50 years, The White Album has invited its listeners to venture forth and explore the breadth and ambition of its music, delighting and inspiring each new generation in turn. The Beatles have now released a suite of lavishly presented White Album packages, featuring the album’s 30 tracks, newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell, as well as dozens of early acoustic demos and session takes, most of which are previously unreleased in any form.
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)
Somewhat overlooked upon its release in November 1968, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now seen as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Created in difficult circumstances by a band who refused to follow fashion, it is an album of timeless, perfectly crafted songs about growing up and growing old, and the decline of national culture and traditional ways. Enduring and unsurpassed, with its wit, sadness, quiet anger, regret and charm, it is generally considered the high point of The Kinks’ outstanding career and Ray Davies’ masterpiece. A calm, nostalgic album which feels like a sweet, hazy dream but with endless layers of musical and lyrical innovation, The Village Green Preservation Society’s defiantly British sensibilities became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop.
|The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Jimi Hendrix Experience masterpiece Electric Ladyland, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings have released this deluxe package, including the original album, now newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes, intimate demos for song ideas Hendrix recorded himself, early recording session takes featuring guest appearances from Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills and Al Kooper, and the recently unearthed soundboard recording of the Experience live At the Hollywood Bowl 9/14/68, which captures the band and the mounting excitement that took place just weeks before the release of Electric Ladyland.
Richard Thompson’s newest album, 13 Rivers, is the artist’s first self-produced record in over a decade. According to Thompson, the very stripped down, bare-bones recording is a reflection of current events that have happened in his life. “This has been an intense year for myself and my family, getting older doesn’t mean that life gets easier! There are surprises around every bend. I think this reflects in the immediacy of the stories, and the passion in the songs. Sometimes I am speaking directly about events, at other times songs are an imaginative spin on what life throws at you. The music is just a mirror to life, but we try to polish that mirror as brightly as possible.”
Here If You Listen
Joined by Becca Stevens, Michael League, and Michelle Willis, who backed Crosby on his tour in support of 2016’s Lighthouse LP, joined Crosby again for his latest album, “a highly collaborative effort, with all four artists trading off lead vocals and bringing their distinct songwriting to the mix.” “If leaving a group like Crosby, Stills & Nash was like jumping off a cliff, then finding the Lighthouse Band was like growing wings halfway down,” says Crosby. “These three people are so startlingly talented, I literally couldn’t resist making this album with them.”
|Band Of Heathens
A Message from the People Revisited
The Band of Heathens recently went into their hometown studio in Austin, TX and decided to record their own version of the classic 1972 Ray Charles album A Message From The People. “A few weeks prior to the sessions it was collectively decided that we would use that time to take a shot at recording some of (whatever we could get to) A Message From The People. To our amazement, after four days we had finished the record. It was a beautiful process that simply flowed in a workmanlike manner. Going forward, our hope is that our performance of these songs has sufficient merit to carry the listener without distraction to the musical feeling that we strived to accomplish in these recordings — a spirit of brotherhood, hope and understanding, liberty, and justice for all.” Dedicated to the band’s close friend, producer, and musical collaborator, George Reiff, who succumbed to cancer in May of 2017, proceeds go to the Rock the Vote charity.
Produced by Will Kimbrough and recorded in Nashville, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise. Copeland’s latest work swells beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country, and she sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her. Guests include John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, and Steve Cropper.
|Ural Thomas & The Pain
The Right Time
If life was at all fair Ural Thomas would be a household name, his music slotted into countless sweet, seductive mixtapes between James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder (all of whom Thomas has performed with.) Thomas released a few singles in the late 60’s and early 70’s and played over forty shows at the legendary Apollo Theater before turning his back on an unkind business and heading home to Portland, OR. In 2014, Thomas became fast friends with local DJ Scott Magee, who urged him to give his musical career another shot. Diving deep into lifetime of melodic creativity, Thomas and his band got to work. One might think after a sizeable taste of early success Thomas would be more than a touch bitter – yet the opposite is true. “We have to be positive if we want the world to get better” Thomas advises. “We’ve come a long way, but if you carry a grudge with the whole world you’ll stop your growth. You can”t get anywhere without an open heart.”
Elvis Costello’s first album made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of “Momofuku” and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, “Wise Up Ghost,” “Look Now” is a strong addition to his song catalog. Most of the titles were written solely by Costello, save for a handful of tracks co-written with Burt Bacharach and Carole King.
Enduring Australian songwriter Paul Kelly entered the studio in Melbourne earlier this year to record Nature with his esteemed band: Peter Luscombe on drums, Bill McDonald on bass, Ash Naylor and Dan Kelly on guitars, and Cameron Bruce on keyboards. “I love playing with them,” he says. “They can morph from delicate scientists to big riff rockers and all states in between.” Nature brings together poems from five literary greats–Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Phillip Larkin–alongside poems that Kelly wrote himself and later put to music, and his own original songs that came along in the usual way, as sounds sung to chords that then turned into words. “I’ve been playing around with poems since 2012 and it’s now become another way for me to write songs. I think most writers get sick of themselves and their own habits so it’s a happy surprise, after 40 years of writing songs, to find a new way.”
The inimitable Graham Parker is back with his 24th studio album. With his Rumour packed away, Graham enlists a new gang, The Goldtops, on this new record (who, incidentally feature former Rumour member Martin Belmont) Six tracks also feature the Rumour’s brass section, dubbed The Rumour Brass. Initially prompted with a request from television producer Judd Apatow, which resulted in the album’s final track, “Love Comes,” Parker says “The end result captures exactly the kind of music I should be making today. The main thrust of the album is concerned with my signature swing and lyrical playfulness.”
The Eclipse Sessions
John Hiatt’s newest album, offers up his strongest set of songs in years. Long celebrated as a skilled storyteller and keen observer of life’s twists and turns, Hiatt can get at the heart of a knotty emotion or a moment in time with just a sharp, incisive lyric or witty turn of phrase. The 11 tracks presented in The Eclipse Sessions demonstrate that the singer-songwriter, now 66, is only getting better with age, his guitar playing more rugged and rootsy, his words wiser and more wry.
Recorded in just over three weeks at Weller’s own Black Barn Studio with a revolving cast of characters, True Meanings is an album characterized by grandiose-yet-delicate, lush orchestration: an aesthetic to which Weller’s better-than-ever voice, singing some of his most nakedly honest words, is perfectly suited. A dreamy, peaceful, pastoral set of songs to get lost in, it is both an album that his faithful audience has been wanting him to make for a long time, and an album that many new people outside of that audience will relate to.
Raised on the Village folk scene, and influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb has synthesized all of that into his own unique style that slides neatly between genres as he builds bridges with musicians from across the globe. “Griot, in West Africa, is a member of a caste responsible for maintaining a oral record of tribal history in the form of music, poetry and storytelling,” says Bibb. “It’s an honor and a great pleasure to introduce you to my fellow Global Griots with this gathering of the tribes.”
One Heart at a Time
After writing and recording songs for several record labels, documentary film scores, mini-operas, and dozens of musicals, the 24 songs contained in Barry Stagg’s latest album constitute a lifelong search to understand his journey. “There are so many questions but so few answers. It’s the questions that I pursue through my lyrics and my music. I have found that if I approach my art with total honesty, then it will touch the hearts of others and allow them to identify and explore the message contained in my songs. I believe we are all travelling down the same river, but each of us enters that river by their own personal channel. I’ve learned to keep my eyes focused on the road ahead but, every once in a while, to glance in the rear-view mirror. The longest journey is the journey inside. I hope my songs awaken or validate your own inner journey.”
|Darol Anger, Emy Phelps & Friends
Music of Our People: Songs of the Roaring Sixties
Legendary violinist Darol Anger and singer-songwriter Emy Phelps have been working for the last 4 years on this music project. According to Anger, “Emy Phelps & I both grew up in a time when popular music was one of the most important cultural resources that you could experience. In the 60s, the music coming out of New York, Detroit, Memphis, England and California, changed people’s lives. New ideas and sounds brought people together and galvanized political movements. We used our unique viewpoints and skills to re-create these songs in the New Acoustic style that has become a huge pillar of what people now call Americana music. On every song, we explored & added ideas that expanded the song’s meaning, and we learned more about them… these songs are great art, which continually reveals and opens up new facets.”
Muscle Shoals Has Got The Swampers
The legendary rhythm section known as The Swampers is having some of their original music released from the vaults of Muscle Shoals Sound Records decades after they recorded it. Barry Beckett (keyboards) Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass), and Jimmy Johnson (guitar) were one of the most respected and sought after session groups from the late 1960’s onward, and were responsible for playing several hit songs during their run including Big Joe Turners “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” the Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There,” and “Respect Yourself,” Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” and “Still Crazy After All These Years” and Rod Stewart’s “Sailing” and “Tonight’s the Night.” This collection of rare music gives music fans a chance to get to know more about one of the session groups that has helped to create music memories, superstars, and massive hits.
Garden of Edendale
David Haerle’s first album, Garden of Edendale, is a powerful and often tender collection of songs that takes the listener on a road trip through one man’s life. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, David shines a light on past experiences, transforms nostalgia into beauty and welds guitar-driven rock with a shimmering California sound. The album is inspired in part by his hometown, Los Angeles, with Edendale being the original name for much of today’s Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz neighborhoods. Garden of Edendale is a love story: love of Rock ‘N’ Roll, love of incredible people, and love of home.
|The Grip Weeds
Trip Around the Sun
The seventh studio album by New Jersey’s The Grip Weeds is the most varied collection of songs in their decades-long history. Echoes of sunshine pop, psychedelic garage rock, biting social commentary, vintage folk rock, and riff-driven rock, along with the band’s trademark songwriting and vocal harmonies, create a fine place for fans new and old to discover a new album made for these times.
The 11th studio by folk/rock duo and identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid, Angry Cyclist contains an array of songs showcasing their impassioned vocals, close harmonies, and clever, biting lyrics tackling the British class system, their hometown of Edinburgh, the reactionary and bigoted times we live in, and the hypocrisy and inequities that they see around them. It would be so easy for them to be cynical, but Angry Cyclist is positive, hopeful and optimistic.
|The Worthless Son-in-Laws
The third album from Boone, North Carolina’s Worthless Son-in-Laws, Resplendent Verge is layered with indie-pop sensibilities and a side of oddity. The lyrical content swings clear of common tropes but otherwise spans the map, remaining literate and sometimes teasingly opaque, veering from thoughtful musings on the impending birth of a child to rocked-out New Zealand slang, from wry country songs about lost love to rousing calls for the overthrow of the .01%.
Negative Capability is the 21st album of Marianne Faithfull’s 54-year recording career. Facing down arthritis and bolstered by collaborators including Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, Rob Ellis, Ed Harcourt and Mark Lanegan, Negative Capability is charged with brutal honesty and autobiographical reflection as she addresses losing old friends, her loneliness living in her adopted city of Paris yet still hopes love can come around.
Bottle It In
Philadelphia shredding slacktivist Kurt Vile calls his latest album his “best, deepest (and possibly weirdest) album to date.” Recorded at various studios around the country over two very busy years, every song, whether it’s a concise and catchy pop composition or a sprawling guitar epic, becomes a journey unto itself, taking unexpected detours, circuitous melodic avenues, or open-highway solos. “I’ve been bouncing around a lot and recording all over. My family would meet me in the middle of America, and we’d go on a road trip somewhere. I would record in between all that stuff.” Cameos on the album include Cass McCombs, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Farmer Dave Scher (Beechwood Sparks) and others.
Where Do I Come From
|The Lemon Twigs
Got to School
A conceptual musical conceived by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, The Lemon Twigs’ second album contains 15 tracks written, recorded, produced and mixed by the pair at their home in Long Island. Go To School tells the heartbreaking coming of age story of Shane, a pure of heart chimpanzee raised as a human boy as he comes to terms with the obstacles of life, and features contributions from Todd Rundgren, Susan Hall, Jody Stephens (Big Star), Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) and their father Ronnie D’Addario.
|Greta Van Fleet
Anthem of the Peaceful Army
The full-length debut by Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Greta Van Fleet features ten new songs collectively written by all four of the band’s members. In a blend of rock, soul, and blues, the new album explores a variety of topics that include fresh starts, love, integrity, innocence, adventure, diversity and peace, the life cycle and its inherent responsibilities, courage, masked deceptions, revolution, and truth.
|J-Punch and Dave Moonshine
The Kodiak Princess
Building on their long-standing appreciation for electronic music production and newfound bandwagoning of vaporwave and ’80s tom fills, J-Punch and Dave Moonshine have created a 10-song chilled-out rampage framing the oddities of the era of Big Data into the shape of an Artificial Intelligence’s obsession with a great bear.
Back On The Chain Gang
The Prophet Speaks
|Echo & The Bunnymen
Nina Cried Power
Can’t Fight the Feeling
Good On You Son (Radio Edit)
|The Gibson Brothers
All In Your Head
|They Might Be Giants
The Communists Have the Music
|Boy George and Culture Club
Let Somebody Love You
Party of One (feat. Sam Smith)
|Mumford & Sons
What’s The Deal With David?
|The English Beat
How Can You Stand There?