New Release Round-Up 06-30-23
Lucinda Williams - Stories from a Rock N Roll Heart - Highway 20 Records
Three-time Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams releases her highly anticipated new album Stories from a Rock N Roll Heart (Highway 20 Records/Thirty Tigers). 2023 is a special year for Williams: she turned 70 in January and on April 25th released her long-awaited memoir Don’t Tell Anybody The Secrets I Told You (Crown, a division of Penguin Random House LLC). The last couple years have been challenging for Williams. In 2020, a tornado damaged her new home in Nashville, followed two weeks later by the beginning of the COVID lockdown. Later that November, Williams suffered a stroke that partially impaired some of her motor skills on the left side of her body, forcing her to learn to walk again and taking away her ability to play the guitar. Stories from a Rock n Roll Heart marks a triumphant return from one of our most revered artists and songwriters. Williams is in great form as heard on her new single “New York Comeback,” written by Williams, Tom Overby and Jesse Malin, with Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen on backing vocals. Stories from a Rock n Roll Heart was produced by Williams, Overby and Ray Kennedy, who also engineered. The album includes guest backing vocals by Jeremy Ivey, Jesse Malin, Buddy Miller, Angel Olsen, Margo Price and Tommy Stinson.
Neko Case - Wild Creatures - Anti
Wild Creatures is a career retrospective album containing twenty-three of Neko Case’s most impactful tracks from her discography, and will now be available on CD and 2x LP. With a career spanning over twenty years, she has famously collaborated with The New Pornographers and Case/Lang/Veirs in addition to releasing many critically acclaimed solo albums, including ‘Fox Confessor Brings The Flood’, ‘Middle Cyclone’ and most recently 2018’s ‘Hell-On’. Gathering power year after year, Neko sings with the fierce abandon of a newborn infant crying in a basket in the woods. Since escaping the labels of country and Americana, the gorgeous train-whistle vocals of her early career sit submerged in her later style, where their ghost can appear any minute. When her voice jumps an octave, it’s almost visible, like sparks at night. “I never knew where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do with my voice,” she says, “but I just wanted to do it so bad.”
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Grian Chatten - Chaos For The Fly
Frank Zappa - Funky Nothingness
Khruangbin & Nubya Garcia - Live at Radio City Music Hall [LP]
Hermitude - HyperParadise
Ben Howard - Is It?
Nas - King's Disease III
Nothing but Thieves - Dead Club City [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Milky Transparent LP]
Bright Light Bright Light - All Man: The International Male Story
Brigid Mae Power - Dream From The Deep Well
Aespa - MY WORLD - The 3rd Mini Album - INTRO Ver.
Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh [RSD Essential Neon Orange LP]
Joanna Sternberg - I've Got Me [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Custard / Gold LP]
James & The Giants - James & The Giants
Twiztid - The Green Book: Twiztid 25th Anniversary
Anna Of The North - Crazy Life
Estrella del Sol - Figura de Cristal
The Pink Stones - You Know Who [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Green LP]
Cliff Martinez - Touch of Crude (Soundtrack from the PRADA Short Film)
Hayden Pedigo - The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Radioactive Green LP]
The Japanese House - In The End It Always Does [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sunflower Yellow LP]
Loma Prieta - Last [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black/White Cornetto LP]
Charlie Watts - Anthology
Grandaddy - Sumday: 20th Anniversary
Jerry Garcia - GarciaLive Vol. 20: June 18th, 1982 - Cape Cod Coliseum
Paris Texas - Boy Anonymous [Indie Exclusive Opaque Red LP]
Bdrmm - I Don't Know [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black & White Marble LP]
John Carroll Kirby - Blowout
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Gus Dapperton - Henge - Warner Records
Alt-pop icon Gus Dapperton’s vast and ambitious album Henge builds a new world – tugging the listeners between night and day, socializing and solitude. With nearly 2 billion collective streams across his career – the Warwick, NY native constructed the album with the concept of entering an underworld as the sun goes down and trying to get home before dawn—or risk being stuck in a time loop. Sonically the album delivers a contemporary eclectic sprawl, at times landing between 80’s new-wave and 70’s funk. Collaborators include Cruel Santino, Ocean Vuong, and BENEE – who Dapperton reunites with musically following their double-platinum viral hit “Supalonely” which has amassed over 1 billion streams. Dapperton’s music maintains the intimacy that made his previous offerings so resonant – including singles Horizons, Wet Cement, and Don’t Let Me Down.