Music Releases 11-02-18
Post-Apocalypto is the new album from acclaimed rock duo and basically everyone’s favorite band ever, Tenacious D -- comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The album is the companion to the band’s visual project Post-Apocalypto – The Series, an original, six-part animated video series from the minds of Tenacious D. Each frame of every episode was hand-drawn by Jack himself, with every character voiced by Black and Gass. The series begins rolling out on September 28th, 2018, via Tenacious D’s YouTube page, with a new episode every Friday after.
True to the title, Post-Apocalypto – The Series finds Tenacious D thrust into a world of complete and utter destruction following the drop of an atomic bomb. Surviving the attack in class cinematic fashion (a good old imperishable 1950’s refrigerator), the duo quickly learns that new forms of evil have spawned from the blast. One thing becomes apparent -- for humanity to prevail, Tenacious D must save the world.
The original electronic music trailblazers -The Prodigy- are back with some of their fiercest ever tunes. ‘No Tourists’, has been written, produced and mixed over the last year by Liam Howlett in his studio in London’s Kings Cross. Though this is – Liam notes – “very much a band album”. Maxim and Keef Flint are very much present and correct, each supplying their legendary vocal skills on this, the Essex machine’s seventh studio record. Yes, there are one or two collaborators, but fundamentally this is the sound of the central Prodigy three, bringing their riotous sound to audiences old and new, two decades since they changed the face and sound of electronic music with epochal album ‘The Fat Of The Land’. Expanding on the general shape of the project, Liam says: “this album is equally aggressive as the last records – but in a different way." A musician, songwriter and studio maestro, Howlett is as rigorous and righteously Up For It as he was when he formed his 28-years-young band. He explains that, as ever, the new songs “are built to play live. That’s the one thing that brings everything together. I couldn’t write this music unless it has that outlet on stage. That helps write the music. This is what I do it for: the live thing. And until we feel like we can’t do it, or the buzz goes, we won’t stop." It’s that sense of do-or-die commitment that is reflected in the album title. “To us, ‘No Tourists’ is ultimately about escapism and the want and need to be derailed. Don’t be a tourist - there is always more danger and excitement to be found if you stray from the set path.”
Since the early 90s Sweden’s Opeth have stretched the boundaries of heavy music. From the progressive death metal the band began with on classics like “Orchid” and “My Arms, Your Hearse” to the records like “Blackwater Park” and the band’s recent record, 2016’s “Sorceress”, Opeth has continually invited their growing audience along with them as they grew into the musically respected band they are today. Filmed and recorded in 2017 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, “Garden of the Titans (Opeth Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre)” is a 2-CD/BLU-RAY + DVD release (along with several vinyl color formats) consisting of tracks spanning the band’s nearly 30 year career.
Dreams still beckon in a damaged world, and Rosanne Cash renders them with fierce grace on She Remembers Everything, a studio recording arriving November 2 from Blue Note Records. The follow-up to Cash’s 2014 release The River & the Thread, recipient of 3 Grammys including Best Americana Album, the album offers shimmering pop—with hints of twang and jazz—that could find a home in almost any year of postwar American music. But the luminescence and bright production are shot through with a darker vision, trenchant vocals, minor chords, and bent notes that destabilize the landscape. Familiar yet alien, Cash's take on being a woman in the world reveals just how much has gone awry.
Closing out the four decades Cash has spent as a recording artist, She Remembers Everything contains echoes of nearly all her previous styles. Listeners familiar with "Seven Year Ache" or Interiors will recognize the knowing ache of this record. Those who listened to recordings and live shows in subsequent years—which have included residencies at the San Francisco Jazz Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress—will likewise find the literary voice that has framed her more recent music. Cash's time focused on roots music also lends a classic form to her songwriting that makes it universal and timeless.
Pressed on heavyweight 180g pink disc vinyl.
The debut album from Quavo, one third of the international supergroup “Migos”. Album includes the hit single “Workin Me” and additional album features from Drake, Travis Scott, Madonna, Cardi B, Lil Baby, Offset, Takeoff, and 21 Savage. Currently performing on “Drake & Migos” 42-date North American tour with Drake which started August 10th. His joint project with Travis Scott, “Huncho Jack,” debuted with 90K first week on the Billboard 200. The latest Migos album “Culture II” debuted at #1.
JD McPherson presents A Christmas Album, SOCKS. Featuring 11 original tracks written by JD McPherson and his friends. SOCKS is an album of Holidays songs sure to be standards while you are decorating the tree. Come get warm by the fire with songs such as , "All The Gifts I Need" and "Every Single Christmas." Or, burn the cookies to "SOCKS" and "Ugly Christmas Sweater." There is something for everyone on this record to enjoy whether you are in the Christmas spirit or if you just wanna say, "Bah Humbug".
My childhood memories of Christmas aren't warm and fuzzy. The holidays were more of a nuisance for my parents than cause for celebration. This is not to say that on behalf of their only child they didn't give the season a halfhearted try. There were Christmases when I found under the tree an electric football set, a Daisy pump air-rifle and a basketball goal that never got nailed up. But, there were also mornings when apples, oranges, hickory nuts and a hammer signified that year's bounty. Which is to say that Christmas in our household was mostly a wait-and-see proposition. I was finally ready to record an album of original Christmas songs. With Dan Knobler producing and some very gifted musicians and vocalists lending their talents, the making of the album Christmas Everywhere ranks as some of the most enjoyable recording sessions I've ever experienced. The record was close to being finished when it occurred to me that to set the tone for the albums mostly irreverent subtext, I needed to compose a lyrical prelude. In honor of Clement Moore, who wrote the poem we all know as, 'The Night Before Christmas,' I came up with a short piece called 'Clement's Lament (We'll See You in The Mall)'. Tania Hancheroff and Kim Keyes stopped by the studio and performed the tune with Jordan Lehning's orchestral backing and the album was pronounced complete. Seasons Cheer, Rodney Crowell
Since their inception in Melbourne in 1981, Dead Can Dance have been informed by folk traditions from all over Europe, not just solely in terms of instrumentation, but also by secular, religious and spiritual practices. Their forthcoming album took shape as Brendan Perry became fascinated by long established spring and harvest festivals that had their origins in Dionysian religious practices throughout Europe. Dionysus brings to the fore the rites and rituals that today continue to be informed by the Greek god. The album's seven movements, in the form of an oratorio, represent different facets of the Dionysus myth and his cult. As with the rest of the Dead Can Dance catalogue, rhythms inspired by world traditions play a key role, with tracks seeming less like songs and more like fragments of a cohesive whole. Perry blends all of the album's elements together using field recordings and chanting, including a goatherd in Switzerland, beehive's from New Zealand, and bird calls from Mexico and Brazil. Perry uses this not only to invoke the album's atmosphere and symbolic references but also to demonstrate how music can be found everywhere. On Dionysus, sounds blend into one another to create an esoteric, atmospheric, at times magical realist experience for the listener.
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The latest chapter in the highly acclaimed Bootleg Series makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Bob Dylan during six extraordinary sessions in 1974--four in New York (September 16, 17, 18, 19) and two in Minneapolis (December 27, 30)--that resulted in the artist's 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks The 1 CD configuration of More Blood, More Tracks assembles 10 of the most emotionally resonant alternate takes of each of the 10 songs appearing the original Blood On The Tracks plus a previously unreleased version of "Up to Me."
MARIANNE FAITHFULL Negative Capability is Marianne Faithfull’s 21st album and the most emotionally powerful of her 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.
Walls is the stunning new album from Barbra Streisand. This collection is Streisand's first album primarily consisting of original songs since 2005. Walls finds Barbra exploring both her concerns and hopes for the future in a collection filled with beautiful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to the three original tunes which the Oscar-winning songwriter contributed to, the songs on Walls explore topics near to the celebrated artist's heart. Streisand also brings a fresh perspective to the classic songs "Imagine" and "What A Wonderful World," and the Bacharach/David pop standard "What The World Needs Now." The penultimate song that Streisand sings is a timely one called "Take Care Of This House" by the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner. Barbra she shares production and arrangement duties on Walls with Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster all Grammy recipients for Producer of the Year and Songwriter Hall of Fame recipient Desmond Child. Streisand's vision also comes through on the defining title track "Walls," with lyrics specifically written for the album by revered Streisand collaborators Alan & Marilyn Bergman. The first song to be released from Walls was the passionate plea, "Don't Lie To Me," where Streisand shares the guiding principles and values she has believed in, spoken about, and fought for her entire life. Streisand is the only recording artist in history to achieve a #1 Album in six consecutive decades. She has recorded 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list. Streisand has had 34 albums make the Top 10 on the US charts, the only female artist to have achieved this milestone, tying her with Frank Sinatra. She is also the female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard s history. Widely recognized as an icon for her artistic achievements, she has been awarded two Oscars, ten Grammys including two special Grammys, five Emmys, three Peabodys, and eleven Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented her with the highest civilian honor the United States bestows, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She had already received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton in 2000, as well as France's prestigious Legion of Honor.
The verb, the noun, the substance, the action, the command: make a mark! With that, PAINT (guitarist/singer Pedrum Siadatian of the Allah-Las), is making his mark too with his first, self-titled solo record.
PAINT started by four-tracking his own strange, slow-growing ideas just after Allah-Las third album Calico Review (2016) fed or led by a certain acid-bitter poetry and the murky music of Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett. Siadatian found a producer in Frank Maston, who instinctively understood these songs would fall apart if scrubbed too roughly in the studio.
Think of it this way: PAINT’s first album isn’t always clean, but it’s very very clear. Sometimes the mess is the message.
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Steven Wilson, once described as 'the most successful British musician most people have never heard of,' embarked on his sold-out world tour last year in support of his latest album 'To The Bone' which has sold over 150k albums worldwide to date, both the album and the tour received amazing reviews with Q giving the album 4* 'Wonderfully executed… pop brilliance.' Eagle Rock filmed the full 3 hr concert in March 2018 where the show was part of his three night residency at the Royal Albert Hall. Bonus Features: Rehearsal Tracks- Routine/Hand Cannot Erase/Heartattack In A Layby, Interview. Region A/B/C, BD50, DTS-HD Digital Surround 96/24, LPCM Stero, 1080i High Definition 16:9
James Malone has spent the better part of the last five years preparing for Arsis’ new album, “Visitant”. Not that the guitarist/vocalist/primary creative force has had a lot of time to follow-up 2013’s savagely good “Unwelcome” album. He’s been intimately involved in the unexpected explosion of supergroup Necromancing the Stone and teaching guitar at the School of Rock. Additionally, sideman Brandon Ellis ended up joining death metallers The Black Dahlia Murder. Between Malone and Ellis’ non-Arsis responsibilities, new material was put on the proverbial backburner. But that all changes with Visitant. Indeed, Arsis’ return is a welcome one. It took a while for Malone to get his groove back, but after completing “As Deep as Your Flesh,” “Easy Prey,” and “Tricking the Gods” songs started falling out of the Arsis frontman. The partnership with Ellis also proved to be wickedly good. While Malone was writing on his end, Ellis was crafting the next generation of “Carve My Cross,” “We Are the Nightmare,” “Choking on Sand,” and “The Ten of Swords.” Between the two songwriters, drummer Shawn Priest also chimed in, resurrecting “Death Vow” from the Arsis vaults for Malone to reconfigure. While at first the follow-up to “Unwelcome” seemed over the horizon, once the principles of Arsis moved on “Visitant”, the songs materialized quickly. The difference between “Unwelcome” and “Visitant” is subtle yet profound. On one hand, Malone is comfortable in his own skin now. On the other, Malone’s guitar mentoring at School of Rock has revealed valuable songwriting or songcrafting lessons for the shredder. Before he was taking cues from Gary Marx (Sisters of Mercy), Ihsahn (Emperor), and Tony MacAlpine, but thanks to School of Rock his exposure to music he doesn’t like—but appreciates the musicality of it—has increased dramatically. For a band that Malone started in college, Arsis has risen through the ranks relatively unscathed. They’ve become part of the fabric of top-tier bands vying to blow fans away and best their previous record. Arsis has set the bar high for bands entering not just their space—mélange of melody, aggression, brutality, and virtuosity—but for just about any upstart looking to be the next riff slayer. With Visitant, Arsis are blazing through new trails and blasting over genre-imposed limitations. Watch out! Arsis are back!
Genre-defying, Grammy Award-winning band The Mavericks have announced the November 2nd release of their first-ever holiday album, Hey! Merry Christmas!. Always a group to forge their own path, The Mavericks wrote eight original songs for Hey! Merry Christmas! featuring the group's distinctive blend of rockabilly Latino, folk, swing, blues, jazz, and more. The new songs inject a fresh style and sound into the holiday season while seamlessly fitting into any rotation of Christmas classics. The new collection includes The Mavericks' renditions of two yuletide favorites ''Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)'' and ''Happy Holiday''. Led by the incomparable vocals of Raul Malo, drummer Paul Deakin, guitarist Eddie Perez and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden, The Mavericks will embark on their 30th Anniversary in 2019, but not before establishing some new holiday music traditions. From the rollicking opening tracks ''Christmas Time Is Coming 'Round'' and ''Santa Does'' to the gorgeous, jazzy ballad ''Christmas For Me Is You'' to the sultry blues of ''Santa Wants To Take You For A Ride'' The Mavericks help redefine what the sounds of Christmas can be.
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February 16, 2018 marked the 10-year anniversary of the first show ever played by Los Angeles natives Touche’ Amore’. To celebrate this anniversary the band played their 1000th show at the Regent Theater in downtown LA , and this incredible event was captured on their new live album, 10 Years/1000 Shows – Live At The Regent Theater
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s second EP, Willoughby’s Beach was self-released in 2011 and originally limited to 350 hand-numbered copies. Lo-fi garage rock.
- New Artwork Re-Imagined by Ican Harem
- Red Colored Vinyl
- On 12” 45rpm for the First Time
- Heavyweight Jacket w/Embossed Spot UV Coating and custom Inner Sleeve
The debut full length album by KG&TLW, originally released in 2012 and limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Psychedelic lo-fi garage rock.
Green colored vinyl with new art reimagined by Jason Galea
Originally released on Sept 7 2012 & limited to 500 hand numbered copies on red speckled vinyl. It has never been reissued or repressed.
The second full length album by KG&TLW, released in 2013 and originally limited to 500 copies. A cult western audio book, the album is narrated and tells a story of the American Frontier. Spaghetti western, garage rock. The original pressing was limited to 500 copies on sky blue wax. It has never been repressed or reissued.
New Artwork Re-imagined by Jason Galea
Halloween Orange-Colored Vinyl
On 12” 45rpm for the First Time
Heavyweight Jacket with Inner Sleeve
The third full length album by KG&TLW released in 2013 featuring the ‘Gizzhead National Anthem’ “Head/On-Pill”. It was repackaged in the USA as a double Lp with Oddments in 2014 and has since been out of print. Psychedelic garage rock.
LP Includes original artwork and 24”x24” foldout poster
Easter Yellow-Colored Vinyl
Heavyweight Jacket with Inner Sleeve
The 4th studio album by KG&TLW released in 2014 featuring a collection of odd songs recorded between 2007-2014. Originally limited to 500 copies. Pyschedelic rock/pop.
Re-designed Gatefold of Original Art by Jason Galea
Grimace Purple-Colored Vinyl
Pete The Cat is a wildly successful series of children's books, and now is also an animated series. The first soundtrack from the animated series features 28 tracks from the show. Voices and songs in the show are done by Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, KT Tunstall, Don Was, Jason Mraz, and many more.
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Terry Callier’s The New Folk Sounds of Terry Callieris available as a official vinyl reissue cut from the original analog master tapes. This deluxe reissue features unreleased tracks, new liner notes, and bonus tracks. Almost a lost album, The New Folk Sound of Terry Callierencompasses Terry’s blue’s voice and jazz, soul, gospel music fusion. The New Folk Sound of Terry Callierconveys the promise and power of Callier in his earliest days. It’s a document marking a particular moment, capturing a young man in his element, his voice and songs timeless.
Audiobooks is the new project from super-producer/mixer David Wrench (Frank Ocean, The xx, Caribou, FKA Twigs) and artist/model Evangeline Ling. The duo began making music after a chance meeting at a party. Audiobooks ride the sharp neon lines that run between the north Wales coast and the grubby heart of after-hours London. Stretched out over stuttering, glitchy glam electronics, their songs are woozy fly-on-the-wall accounts and out of body journeys through the capital at night.
2018 holiday release. Winter in the Air features twelve tracks, including Christmas classics such as "White Christmas"; "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"; "Holly Jolly Christmas"; and "Mary, Did You Know?" In addition to co-writing the lead single, "Christmas Every Day," David also cowrote the title track, "Winter in the Air," as well as "He Is Born" for the album. David said he wrote the lead single, "Christmas Every Day," because he "wanted to have some fun and write a song that would make people happy and feel the joy of the holidays." That spirit of fun and joy carries throughout the album, a cheerful and sometimes poignant celebration of the season.