Music Releases 09-20-19
The limited deluxe edition comes with an embossed foil LP jacket, 180 gram black/white mx colored vinyl, animated zoetrope labels, custom inner-sleeve, and sheet insert. Composed and assembled over the course of several years, Jaime is a highly personal album release combining Brittany’s unmistakable voice with peerless, visionary and fearless songwriting. Brittany has constructed an assemblage of songs which bend the framework of what we know from her previous work with Alabama Shakes and endeavors with Thunderbitch and Bermuda Triangle, music which wholly sits in a new terrain of sound bolstered by an incredible band of musicians including Zac Cockrell of the Shakes, drummer Nate Smith and the one and only Robert Glasper.
NINE is the new album from Grammy nominated California rock heavyweights, blink-182. The album features soon to be classics “Darkside,” “Happy Days,” “Generational Divide,” “Blame It On My Youth,” and others.
blink-182 is Mark Hoppus (vocals/bass), Travis Barker (drums) and Matt Skiba (vocals/guitar). Since their humble beginnings in 1992 in San Diego, blink-182 have sold over fifty million albums worldwide and rocked audiences around the globe, becoming one of the defining and inspirational rock bands of their generation.
‘Why Me? Why Not.’ was written by Liam with producers Andrew Wyatt and Greg Kurstin, and recorded in Los Angeles and at RAK Studios in London. Wyatt and Kurstin previously contributed writing and production to Liam’s all-conquering debut solo album ‘As You Were’, and Liam was keen to get even deeper with them this time. As a result, ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ is a clear upgrade on ‘As You Were’ but not a radical departure. LG promises, “It’s a better record than As You Were,” which is saying something, as that was epic, wasn’t it?” The first single ‘Shockwave’ (out now) erupts into life with an indelible riff which channels The Who and T. Rex, before Gallagher bursts in on the unrelenting hook with his signature venomous punch. It’s the first new music from Gallagher since his chart-topping 2017 solo album debut As You Were and the first taste of what’s to come from his forthcoming second album, Why Me? Why Not.
The Shelters fan a fresh flame with classic fuel on their upcoming second full-length, Jupiter Sidecar to be released on September 20 via Warner Records. Ebbing and flowing between rock ‘n’ roll roots, surf swagger, synth swells, and unassuming pop ambition, the Los Angeles-based group—Chase Simpson [vocals, guitar], Josh Jove [guitar, vocals], and Sebastian Harris [drums]— thread it all together with catchy melodic hooks and handcrafted instrumentation. This approach quietly cemented them as a fan and critical favorite following the release of their self-titled full-length, The Shelters, in 2016. Produced by none other than the late Tom Petty, the debut garnered widespread praise from the likes of W Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Paste who noted, “The band’s sound successfully marries elements of ‘70s and ‘80s rock and roll with a modern flair.” Meanwhile, the boys racked up close to 14 million total streams with the single “Rebel Heart” and toured alongside The Head and the Heart, Royal Blood, The Killers, Gary Clark Jr., Band Of Horses, BRONCHO, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch and more, logging over hundreds of shows in two years.
Single LP on black vinyl in double gatefold jacket w/ matte coating & printed dust sleeve. Includes coupon for full download
Describing the Durham-basedHiss Golden Messengeris like trying to grasp a forgotten word: It’s always on the tip of your tongue, but hard to speak. Songwriter and bandleader M.C. Taylor’s music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: Elements from the American songbook—the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano—provide the bedrock for Taylor’s existential ruminations about parenthood, joy, hope, and loneliness—our delicate, tightrope balance of dark and light—that offer fully engaged contemporary commentary on the present. And then there’s an indescribable spirit and movement: Hiss Golden Messenger’s music grooves. There’s nothing else quite like it.
On his new album, ‘Ideal Man,’ Andrew Combs worked with producer/engineer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker)to achieve a more raw, direct sound. The collection was captured live in Cohen’s Brooklyn studio, with compact arrangements fueled by taut, elastic grooves. While Combs may be best known as a singer/songwriter in the classic 1970’s Laurel Canyon sense, he proves the true versatility of his work here, often setting his acoustic aside in favor of atmospheric synthesizers and distorted electric guitars. Combs worked with some of his favorite writers on the album, including Dylan LeBlanc, Jeff Trott, Joe Henry, and Kenny Childers, but the stories he tells here are deeply personal and remarkably vulnerable.
A sense of danger and violence underlies the entire record, much as it does the entire country, but it only serves to make the moments of beauty and connection here that much more poignant. Life is short and the clock is ticking. Andrew Combs doesn’t plan to waste a second.
Sinematic is an enthralling set of songs that explore the darker corridors of human nature. The 13 song collection, is his first since 2011’s How To Become Clairvoyant and themes sprang from his recent film scoring for Martin Scorsese’s organized crime pic, The Irishman and his forthcoming documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band. The album features guest stars such as Van Morrison, Glen Hansard, and many more.
Like a personal fantasy, Tove Lo invites you close enough to see, hear, and feel the moment just before it evaporates back into the ether once more. In 2018, she officially relocated to Los Angeles and dove headfirst into creating her fourth full-length, Sunshine Kitty. It represented a new season for Tove marked by a reclamation of confidence, hard-earned wisdom, more time, and a nascent romance. It starts with the confident and catchy single “Glad He’s Gone.”
It's impossible not to hear freedom and excitement coursing through the veins of Marco Benevento's seventh studio album, Let It Slide. Produced by Leon Michels (The Arcs, Lee Fields), the record introduces a gritty, soulful edge to Benevento's brand of high-octane keyboard wizardry an uptempo, uplifting sound he playfully describes as hot dance piano rock. For all Benevento's virtuosity on the keys though, the songs here are driven primarily by intoxicating grooves, with spare drums and minimalist bass lines underpinning infectious, intentionally lo-fi vocal hooks. The resulting vibe is a timeless one, filtering elements of vintage R&B and soul through modern indie rock and pop sensibilities and peppering it with the kind of adventurous improvisation that Benevento's come to be celebrated for worldwide. Acceptance is a recurring theme on the record, and Benevento's songs often find themselves recognizing that contentment can come only once you've freed yourself from the chains of desire and regret. Upon close listen, one can find Benevento's own personal philosophies subconsciously bubbling up throughout the songs. You ll feel better, I ll just say / When you finally let it go, he sings on the funky Say It s All The Same, which features vocal contributions from bandmate Karina Rykman. The hazy Solid Gold celebrates the simple joy of being in the moment with someone you love, while the Lennon-esque Lorraine (co-written with Simone Felice) grapples with loss and change, and the anthemic Send It On A Rocket contemplates loneliness and connection. Dubbed one of the most talented keys players of our time by CBS Radio, Benevento's released critically acclaimed solo albums over the last decade, performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Newport Jazz to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and worked in the studio and on the road with the likes of Richard Swift (The Shins, The Arcs), Jon Brion (Spoon, Aimee Mann), A.C. Newman (The New Pornographers), and Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Lumineers) among others. Its safe to say that no one sees the keyboard quite like Marco Benevento's genre-blind mashup of indie rock, jazz and skewed improvisation, the LA Times raved, while NPR said he combines the thrust of rock, the questing of jazz and the experimental ecstasy of jam, and Rolling Stone praised the textures and colors available in his keyboards and arsenal of manipulated pedals and effects, along with his deceptively rich, catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves.
Ekhodom is a side project from Eric Hilton of electronic duo Thievery Corporation and DJ/producer Gianmaria Conti - who was featured on Thievery Corporation’s album, Radio Retaliation. This 2LP is standard weight, black vinyl and includes a download card and CD.
Kill or Be Kind is Samantha Fish’s fifth studio album, but her debut release with a firm independent label and major distribution outlet. Selling out approximately 90% of her shows (stateside and internationally) her highly engaged live audience translates online as well. Month-to-month, her Facebook page likes increase by over 50% and her official Facebook Group boasts 70k members. Kill or Be Kind is poised to break her out of the blues market as it sonically caters to both rock and Americana fans, and expand her demographic out to a younger, female audience.
On his first new album in seven years, GRAMMY Award-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez celebrates the life and music of the iconic saxophonist John Coltrane. Due out September 20, 2019 via Concord Picante, Trane’s Delight is a love letter from one musical pioneer to another, as the Latin Jazz legend pays homage to one of his earliest and most indelible influences. The joyous album arrives just in time for the late tenor titan’s 93rd birthday on September 23. Trane’s Delight also continues Sanchez’s remarkable 37-year relationship with Concord, a rich legacy that has now yielded 27 albums. The album features the conguero’s longtime band, featuring trombonist and musical director Francisco Torres, trumpet and flugelhorn master Ron Blake, saxophonist Robert Hardt, pianist Andy Langham, bassists Rene Camacho and Ross Schodek, and percussionists Joey DeLeon and Giancarlo Anderson.
On his latest album, OVER THE RAINBOW, Herb Alpert began the same way he has done for all of his albums over the years: searching for great melodies. That search has resulted in the prolific trumpeter’s latest offering, a collection of 11 classics and 1 brand new, original track. That original song, “Skinny Dip”, opens the album with a quirky, fun vibe before things move on to recognizable tunes from the great American songbook, which are included for various reasons close to Herb’s heart. He felt the danger in the tightrope walk of recording his own version of the iconic “Over The Rainbow”, which was cemented within pop culture by Judy Garland's performance and many other fantastic recordings. And whether it’s a tribute to Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt on “All Love”, Bill Withers on “Ain’t No Sunshine”, or the great Louis Armstrong on “What A Wonderful World”, there is always a deeper connection and meaning for Herb on every cover selected for this album, making it one of the most personal projects he has ever worked on. OVER THE RAINBOW will be available everywhere on September 20 from Herb Alpert Presents.
The title “Restless Heart, Keep Running” is not only one of their favorite lyrics from the final track on the album, but it’s meaning has countless layers pertaining to the major theme(s) of the record, with that “Final” song being a major point where many of the themes intersect. For those who know “Capstan” these songs represent us finally cementing ourselves dynamically within the boundaries of a full-length record (this being our first). This is us stretching our sound to the corners of what we are - and beyond - and a step towards what we feel real fans have imagined from us as we’ve grown over the years. It is everything Capstan was, is, and is going to be. The title plays into the “push” or inspiration found throughout the record (even in the trying times) and coincides with the broad and open, flowing nature of each song. There are many different styles and feelings from song to song, but all the while we have the human heart as a central role in every theme connecting them to become one full and flowing work of art.
The classic Rodrigo y Gabriela album ‘Live In Japan’ is available on vinyl for the first time. It is a 2xLP release, remastered from the original source audio by John Webber at Air Studios, London and is pressed on heavyweight red vinyl. It includes tracks from Rodrigo y Gabriela’s self-titled album with older live favorites, and also includes a new track – ‘OK Tokyo’ - as well as Rod & Gab’s legendary solo jams recorded for the first time.
The purple vinyl album features an array of hard rock repertoire from 2007 including album tracks by LINKIN PARK, DISTURBED, SMASHING PUMPKINS, THE USED, HIM, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, ARMOR FOR SLEEP, IDIOT PILOT, MUTEMATH and others. GOO GOO DOLLS contributed “Before It’s Too Late (Sam And Mikaela’s Theme)” for the two protagonists. This is the first time the album has been on vinyl.
The album features an array of hard rock repertoire from 2009 including album tracks by GREEN DAY, CAVO, THE FRAY, NICKELBACK, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, HOOBASTANK, STAIND and AVENGED SEVENFOLD. LINKIN PARK, THE USED and TAKING BACK SUNDAY appear for the second time on a Transformer Soundtrack. CHEAP TRICK contributes the track “Transformers” (The Fallen Remix).