New Release Round-Up 05-28-21
Blackberry Smoke - You Hear Georgia - 3 Legged Records
Throughout their career, Blackberry Smoke has embodied Georgias rich musical legacy, honoring the people, places and sounds of their home state. As the band celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, their reverence for Georgia has only deepened. On their latest album, You Hear Georgia, the follow-up to 2018s critically acclaimed Find a Light, Blackberry Smoke is further celebrating these roots with 10 new songs that feel like Georgia, accented by the addition of Grammy-winning producer and fellow Georgia-native, Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile). Dave and I had spoken for the last few years about making a record, Starr says. Finally, it worked out, our schedule and his schedule, and we said, yeslets make a record.
Various Artists - Get On Board The Soul Train - The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1 - United Souls
8CD Book set with bonus 12 inch single. United Souls, in conjunction with Sony Legacy Recordings, is delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records with the eagerly anticipated release of Get On Board The Soul Train - The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1. This is the first volume in a limited edition series which covers the first eight studio albums released by the label from 1971-1973. The series, in which all album are re-mastered from the original tapes, will map the history of Philadelphia International Records chronologically. Housed in a stylish 48 page slipcased book, the edition is strictly limited to 2500 copies. It also includes a numbered certificate of authenticity, an exclusive 12" single and a unique poster. The detailed 48 page hard cover book, including rare photographs was compiled and curated in association with PIR artists, engineers and producers, with liner notes by Tony Cummings (Author of The Sound of Philadelphia) and a foreword by Ralph Tee. The eight classic albums included in Volume 1 comprise: Billy Paul - Going East/Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - I Miss You/The O'Jays - Back Stabbers/Billy Paul - 360 Degrees of Billy Paul/Dick Jensen - Dick Jensen/The Intruders - Save the Children/MFSB - MFSB/Billy Paul - Ebony Woman. Exclusive 12"- The O'Jays - Back Stabbers / MFSB - Back Stabbers
Moby - Reprise - Deutsche Grammophon
Mobys eclectic career has cast him in the roles of electronic dance music pioneer, singer and songwriter, producer, activist, and restaurateur, but for his latest venture he presents his music in a whole new light. Together with Deutsche Grammophon, he is releasing an album of his best known tracks in stunning new arrangements for classical instruments featuring Moby himself and a stellar lineup of collaborators from across the musical spectrum. Always a daring and imaginative thinker, Mobys first classical collaboration happened in October 2018, when he performed a selection of his songs alongside the LA Phil and conductor and friend Gustavo Dudamel. This was the inspiration for the current project, which features not only full orchestral versions but new electronic arrangements, as well as sophisticated smaller-scale acoustic interpretations. The 14-track album includes classic Moby songs like Porcelain, Why Does My Heart, and Extreme Ways in innovative new versions, featuring eye-catching collaborations including both Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Víkingur Ólafsson on Porcelain; Gregory Porter and Amythyst Kiah on Natural Blues; and Kris Kristofferson as well as original vocalist Mark Lanegan on The Lonely Night. The album concludes with a cover of David Bowies Heroes.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Porter Robinson - Nurture [Ultra Clear 2LP]
World Party - Dumbing Up
Dispatch - Break Our Fall
Del Amitri - Fatal Mistakes
Nat Turner Rebellion - Laugh To Keep From Crying
k.d. lang - makeover
Shannon Mcnally - The Waylon Sessions
Elder Island - Swimming Static
LP - Live In Moscow [Limited Edition LP]
Perturbator - Lustful Sacraments
Taylor Swift - evermore [Deluxe Green 2 LP]
Robert Ames - Change Ringing
Brian Setzer - Rockabilly Riot! Volume One: A Tribute To Sun Records [Red 2LP]
Texas - Hi
Mustafa - When Smoke Rises [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Alestorm - Live in Tilburg (Live) [CD + Blu-ray + DVD]
black midi - Cavalcade
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World [12in Picture Disc]
PJ Harvey - The Peel Sessions 1991-2004
& More .....
cleopatrick - BUMMER - Nowhere Special Recordings
"Listening to the story of Canadian duo cleopatrick is a bit like hearing the plot of the best, most righteously validating coming-of-age film never made. Two friends meet aged four in Hicksville, Nowheretown (real name: Cobourg, Ontario, population 19,000), grow up completely inseparable, form a band and, against numerous obstacles, blossom into a genuine, global underground sensation. There are heroes and villains, highs and lows and, crucially, some of the most poetic plot twists that could seem almost too perfect, were they not completely true.
Take the story of 2017 breakthrough track hometown for example. Its one of the craziest, most ironic things thats ever happened, begins vocalist and guitarist Luke Gruntz. I was going to college because I was too scared to put all my chips in the band pile, and thats what hometown is about: its a song about feeling like were doing all this stuff and were working so hard and were just never going to be heard. Its literally a song about people probably never hearing our songs. And then by some act of the universe, that song ended up unlocking all the doors for us.
Today, cleopatrick has logged 77 million streams and counting - all from an increasingly dedicated fanbase whove found the duo, completed by drummer Ian Fraser, their own way: no major label, no big budget, just two best pals knuckling down, cementing a unique sonic alchemy and filling a space of honest, empathetic yet undeniably heavy-hitting rock music that theyd been searching for themselves for years. Between multiple sold out tours in Canada, the US and the UK/EU and appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Reading/Leeds, the pair have been crafting BUMMER: a debut album that sees cleopatrick harness all the magic theyve been brewing over their two-decade friendship and funnel it into a record that aims to reinvigorate the rock landscape from the ground up. Taking the ethos of their New Rock Mafia collective - a group of friends and fellow bands, united in making a more inclusive, equality-driven space in rock music - and imbuing it with the sonic ambition and ferocity of a record designed to be played hard and loud, its an album about two friends, whove been with each other since the formative first steps that adorn BUMMERs heartwarming cover image and made something thats a testament to the power of sticking to your guns."
Rostam - Changephobia - Mastor Projects
Changephobia is the 2nd full-length solo record from Grammy Award-winning songwriter, producer, and composer Rostam Batmanglij. An adventurous new direction for Rostam, the songs collected on Changephobia are deeply personal, yet universal for anyone who has ever experienced doubt. In addition to being a founding member of the seminal New York Indie Rock Band, Vampire Weekend, Rostam has been described as "one of the great pop and indie-rock producers of his generation." Rostam has produced & co-written critically heralded recent albums by Clairo and Haim, as well as singles from Maggie Rogers, Solange, Charli XCX, Frank Ocean, Santigold and others
Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood & Jason Isbell - Live At The Shoals Theatre - Southeatern Records
On June 15th 2014, Jason Isbell reunited onstage with former Drive By Truckers bandmates Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for a special round-style night in Muscle Shoals Music. The setlist includes acoustic versions of Isbell-era Truckers gems including Heathens, Decoration Day and Zip City as well as post-Isbell Truckers tracks like Space City and solo Isbell faves such as Cover Me Up. The set opens and closes with a pair of classic Hood-sung numbers, 2004′s Tornadoes and 2001′s Let There Be Rock.