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Ro James – Eldorado CD (RCA)
James’ sound is reminiscent of the greats (think Prince meets D’Angelo) but the Germany-born, New York bred crooner pens narratives about love and making it that unfold like a party for the ears. He credits his soulful roots to his father — a military man turned preacher — who raised him on a mix of gospel, Donny Hathaway and Otis Redding.
Soundtrack – The Warriors [Reissue/1979] 2xLP (Waxwork)
Waxwork tirelessly worked directly from the original master tapes of both the original 1979 soundtrack and film score to bring audiences a brand new transfer of every musical cue heard in the movie, for the very first time on vinyl.
Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)
Kristin Welchez is best-known as Dee Dee, leader of the gauzy garage-rock gang Dum Dum Girls. X-Communicate was inspired by the ’80s pop Welchez listened to as a kid, with touchstones including Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Janet Jackson, and Madonna.
Of Mice & Men – Live At Brixton CD+DVD (Rise)
To tide you over until their new album hits Of Mice & Men deliver their first live album. Live At Brixton catches Of Mice & Men playing a sold-out headline show at the legendary O2 Academy Brixton in London.
Goat – I Sing in Silence b/w The Snake of Addis Ababa 7”+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Elastic guitar lines, woodblock percussion, and flutes which “I Sing In Silence” are enveloped by one of the strongest vocal deliveries by the bands enigmatic singers, resulting in a powerful and catchy psych-pop number. The B side, an instrumental called “The Snake Of Addis Ababa,” is a looping, North-African mantra played on a teasing, fuzzed guitar, underpinned by a djembe groove.
Florida Georgia Line – Here’s To The Good Times – This Is How We Roll  2xLP (Big Machine)
HQ-180gm vinyl LP pressing of the deluxe edition of the country duo’s debut album.
Soundtrack – Pee-wee’s Big Holiday CD (Varese Sarabande)
The soundtrack to the original Netflix feature-length movie Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, composed by the founder and lead singer of Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh.
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere CD/LP+MP3 (Vagrant)
After a three-year break from writing and touring, the Southern California quartet are back with their first studio album in almost five years.
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Bright Star [OST] CD (Ghostlight)
Original soundtrack from the Broadway Cast. Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this ‘unabashedly romantic’ (The New York Times) original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. Music, book and story by Steve Martin. Music, lyrics, and story by Edie Brickell.
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May 26 , 2016
Big Thief – Masterpiece CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Big Thief’s music, rooted in the songs of Adrianne Lenker, paints in vivid tones “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting go, looking into your own eyes through someone else’s, and being okay with the inevitability of death,” says Lenker. Masterpiece, Big Thief’s debut album, is filled with characters and visceral narratives, songs that pivot in the space of a few words. Adrianne’s voice and guitar playing speak of rich emotional territory with grace and insight. In her words, the record tracks “the masterpiece of existence, which is always folding into itself, people attempting to connect, to both shake themselves awake and to shake off the numbness of certain points in their life. The interpretations might be impressionistic or surrealistic, but they’re grounded in simple things.”
Catfish and The Bottlemen – The Ride CD/LP (Capitol)
No difficult second album here. Just blistering, swashbuckling tunes. Fittingly for a band that earned notoriety playing car parks outside other bands’ gigs, there’s a fearlessness to the Welsh four-piece’s follow-up to 2014’s rollicking The Balcony. Its first half is a masterclass in exuberant, let-tonight-last-forever indie—“Twice” and “Soudcheck,” in particular, were built for raucous festival crowds—before two gems glisten on the home straight. “Glasgow” and “Heathrow” are both gorgeous and reveal a softer, melodically-piercing side to a band breaking confidently into its stride.
Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful CD/LP (Sony Legacy)
Everything’s Beautiful brings Miles Davis’ sound into the 21st century, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across Miles’ incredible tenure with Columbia Records (1955-1985) with original reinterpretations. Jazz pianist Robert Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; hip-hop producer Rashad Smith; Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/producer Illa J; jazz guitarist John Scofield, who collaborated with Davis; and the legendary Stevie Wonder.
Flume – Skin CD/2xLP (Mom + Pop)
Harley Edward Streten, also known by his stage name Flume, is an Australian electronic music producer/beatmaker who released his first self-titled debut album in 2012, having previously remixed songs by Lorde, Sam Smith, Disclosure and Arcade Fire. His second album, Skin, features guest appearances from Beck, Raekwon, Vince Staples, Vic Mensa, Little Dragon, AlunaGeorge, Allan Kingdom, and others. The 16-track album has a broader spectrum of sound than his self-titled debut record released almost four years ago. “There’s some really chilled out, ambient stuff, and there’s some really high energy, festival moments. There’s also some more poppy moments and there’s some really weird, dark moments, too.”
The Monkees – Good Times! CD (Rhino)
Good Times! by The Monkees is the band’s first new album in 20 years and tied to their 50th anniversary. The album finds all three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork) taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments, and sharing new compositions. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal on the Neil Diamond-penned “Love To Love.” Much like The Monkees’ early albums, Good Times! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world’s most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (“She Makes Me Laugh”), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie (“Me & Magdalena”), Andy Partridge of XTC (“You Bring The Summer”), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller (“Birth Of An Accidental Hipster”). [Vinyl version due August 12.]
The Muffs – Blonder And Blonder [Reissue/1995] CD/LP (Omnivore)
Blonder And Blonder is the second album by the pop punk band The Muffs, originally released in 1995 on Reprise Records. One listen to Blonder And Blonder should reveal to you that punk rock songwriting genius just doesn’t get any better. Slightly less infectious than Green Day, The Muffs are more advanced punk rock craftsmen. Roy the drummer is a complete phenomenon, with skills to hush the greatest in history. What really makes The Muffs is the subtle yet impossible to emulate songwriting style of Kim Shattuck. The intricacies of her melodies greatly surpass anything else that has even been done with pop punk. Picture the sweetness of ‘60s-girl mixed with the snideness of ’77 brit-punk and that is what you’ll get. And then, out of nowhere comes ‘the scream’ (the best in the biz and used to its fullest potential on this recording). Like 2015’s reissue of The Muffs, the full-color packaging includes photos, drawings, memorabilia, and essays from Barnett and McDonald, as well as, track by track commentary by Shattuck.[CD version is expanded with 7 bonus tracks (2 UK B-sides, and 5 previously unissued Shattuck home demos), while the vinyl edition is opaque light blue colored.]
My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves [Deluxe Edition] 2xCD/4xLP+CD (ATO)
New deluxe edition of My Morning Jacket’s 2003 album It Still Moves, completely remixed, remastered and expanded with three unreleased songs and James’ original demo versions of 10 of the album’s 12 songs, plus brand new artwork and photos. According to James, the band’s intense touring schedule at the time forced My Morning Jacket to hurriedly complete the album, which left the band feeling as though It Still Moves was “unfinished.” Speaking to the New York Times, James referred to the original version of It Still Moves as the band’s “wet blanket” album, a joke about the LP’s muffled sound. “It Still Moves is really the only record in our catalog that I’ve always felt I wanted to remix,” James said. “Part of the fun of that record was that we recorded it all to tape, and it was all super-duper organic. But when we mixed it originally, we didn’t have enough time. We thought we were happy with it, but there are certain things that bothered me when I would listen to it, like, ‘Oh my God, you can’t hear that guitar solo.’”
Beth Orton – Kid Sticks CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)
Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her folktronica sound, mixing elements of folk and electronica, has re-emerged as she began experimenting with a series of electronic loops that would eventually come together in this career-redefining new album, Kidsticks. Co-produced by Beth and Andrew Hung (F**k Buttons), Kidsticks reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. A resolutely focused album, it represents a rare chance to hear an established artist get plugged in and completely rework the songwriting process with wide-eyed, open-minded glee.
PUP – The Dream Is Over CD/LP+MP3 (SideOneDummy)
“The Dream Is Over, the sophomore album from the young Toronto band PUP, is the best punk rock album we’ve heard in a long time. It’s a short album, just a hair over half an hour long, but in that short time, it absolutely piles on the hooks, the cathartic gang-shout choruses, and the huge, crashing guitars. It’s also an incisively written record, one that tackles the difficulties of the squalid, permanently broke touring-band lifestyle in ways that few other bands have managed. It’s just an awesome album, one that’s very much worth your time” – Stereogum. [Limited red color vinyl edition also available.]
Real Friends – The Home Inside My Head CD/LP (Fearless)
As one of the pioneers of the new wave of pop-punk-emo, Chicagoland quintet Real Friends have rapidly and organically grown a global following of devotees in their short existence. Produced by Steve Evetts (The Wonder Years, Every Time I Die) their second full-length The Home Inside My Head follows-up 2014 Fearless Records label debut Maybe This Place Is The Same & We’re Just Changing and sees the band taking their do it yourself attitude and sound to the next level. The album is preceded by the auspicious lead single “Colder Quicker.”
Daniel Romano – Mosey CD/LP+MP3 (New West)
Daniel Romano refuses to be confined to narrow classification — in fact, out of necessity he created his own genre: Mosey Music. With the release of his fifth solo record, Mosey, we get a fresh new vista into the mind of the prolific singer/songwriter, the masterful lyricist and the multi-instrumentalist. New sonic territories are mapped, genres are splintered, conventional rules discarded. Imagine Rolling Thunder Revue era Bob Dylan conspiring with Lee Hazlewood, Tom Waits and Peter Green. You’ll hear heavy swells of fuzzed out electric guitar, horns, and keys delivered with a fire and fury that demands your close attention. There are even some surprise guest cameos to boot. [HQ-180gm mono vinyl pressing also available.]
Travis – Everything At Once CD/ LP (Caroline)
“Scottish four-piece Travis have spent a lifetime trying to live with the ‘safe’ tag – they are the boys every mom wants their daughter to date; they’re vanilla ice-cream; they’re, well, ‘pleasant’. It’s a shame that this is used as a taunt, for on Everything At Once, their eighth studio album, they continue to produce breezy melodies with confident aplomb. Singer Fran Healy had previous spoken about this record being more short and succinct, and it’s true the record’s ten songs come and go in quick fashion, none outstaying their welcome. Take ‘Magnificent Time,’ which meshes a saccharine, but satisfying, R.E.M.-style jangle with deceptively melancholic lyrics. The title track, where bassist Dougie Payne takes centre stage on the chorus, is a garbled, gleeful rocker, while ‘Animals’ shimmers and glows. Everything At Once serves as a neat compendium for all of Travis’ plus points, and while ‘pleasance’ is surely on there, that’s certainly no bad thing” – Louder Than War.
Kendrick Lamar – untitled. unmastered. LP
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Kendrick Lamar’s surprise new release features studio versions of the untitled songs he performed on The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the most recent performance at the 58th annual Grammy Awards show. (Vinyl edition TBA.) “Back when he was just dropping these untitled songs on TV performances, one narrative held that Kendrick Lamar reigned so supremely that he could just let these sublime tracks lift into the ether without putting them on an album. But while that perspective honored his genius, it ignored King Kendrick’s intentionality. Elsewhere, there have been some takes connecting the surprise release of untitled unmastered. to The Life Of Pablo, but again, there’s a significant difference between Kanye’s tinkering and K-Dot’s surprise bit of context. Even a patch of unfinished demos gives extra clarity to Lamar’s masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly and his career as a whole. Only King Kendrick’s demos could sound this intentional and powerful.” – Consequence Of Sound
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