New Release Round-Up 05-17-19



New Releases 17 May 2019

The National - I Am Easy To Find - 4AD
I Am Easy To Find is The National’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s GRAMMY®-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other”—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically side staged in favor of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.

The Head And The Heart - Living Mirage - REPRISE
The Head And The Heart
 are releasing their new LP, Living Mirage, on Warner Bros. Records/Reprise. Early last year, The Head And The Heart came together in the Mojave Desert’s Joshua Tree where they decided to shed old skin before writing their fourth album, Living Mirage, a sweeping, artful expansion of the earthy folk rock that once defined them. This recent “rebirth, a spirit quest of sorts,” as bassist Chris Zasche describes it, came from growing pains after their last album, Signs of Light: the amicable departure of guitarist-vocalist Josiah Johnson, replaced by Matt Gervais (husband to singer-violinist Charity Rose Thielen), and the return of keyboardist Kenny Hensley. “This is literally the most work we’ve ever done on an album,” the band’s Jon Russell remarks, proudly.

RAMMSTEIN - RAMMSTEIN - CAROLINE
RAMMSTEIN is the first new RAMMSTEIN studio album since 2009’s LIEBE IST FÜR ALLE DA. The new album is produced by Olsen Involtini with 
Rammstein. Rammstein is Christoph Schneider, Flake Lorenz, Oliver Riedel, Paul Landers, Richard Z. Kruspe, and Till Lindemann.

 

 

Jimmie Vaughan - Baby, Please Come Home

Jimmie Vaughan - Baby, Please Come HomeJimmie Vaughan - Baby, Please Come HomeJimmie Vaughan - Baby, Please Come Home - Last Music Company
When it comes to the blues today, there are a handful of guiding lights to make sure the music stays true to its powerful source. The sound of pleasure and pain that first sparked musicians to create such a sound is a force that can never be underestimated. The mojo has to be there. Texas guitarist/singer Jimmie Vaughan has dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive, but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen. He's held onto the spirit of the blues for more than 50 years, and he isn't about to stop now. Vaughan's first studio album since 2011, Baby, Please Come Home is a rolling and righteous celebration of everything the blues can be.

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Jon Bryant - Cult Classic

Jon Bryant - Cult ClassicJon Bryant - Cult ClassicJon Bryant - Cult Classic - Nettwerk Records
New to Vancouver (Canada), alternative/singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Bryant sought connection. After joining, spending time and eventually leaving an undisclosed ‘cult’, Bryant’s fascination with cults began to percolate and became the framework for his upcoming full-length ‘Cult Classic’, that releases this week via Nettwerk.

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Ryan Pollie - Ryan Pollie

Ryan Pollie - Ryan PollieRyan Pollie - Ryan PollieRyan Pollie - Ryan Pollie - Anti
Inspired by the warm, inviting sounds of ‘70s singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne and Graham Nash, Ryan Pollie wanted to make the most personal music of his career. He had released two albums as Los Angeles Police Department, and now he was ready to shed the protective barrier of his old band name — to make music, simply, as himself. Bolder and crisper than the albums he’s made as Los Angeles Police Department, his self-titled record emerges from a deeply collaborative place. He invited many of his closest friends over to his home to record the album, and a feeling of warm camaraderie shines through the music. “When somebody plays on a song, their character is in it,” he says. “I like to think all my friends are on this record. Their personality is in it. That was really important to me. I’m able to do what I do, mentally and emotionally, because of the people around me.”

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Minor Poet - The Good News

Minor Poet - The Good NewsMinor Poet - The Good NewsMinor Poet - The Good News - Sub Pop
After spending years writing and recording music by himself in various bedrooms and basements, Andrew Carter hit his stride with the debut Minor Poet album, And How!. Made on a creative whim with no outside expectations, the eleven-song collection combined Carter’s love of carefully-crafted pop with a loose, fun, off-the-cuff recording aesthetic. The album was released in 2017 and developed a small but loving fan base, and Minor Poet has grown from a passion project into a cross-country touring band with write-ups in publications such as American Songwriter, Magnet, The Wild Honey Pie, Impose, and more. Minor Poet’s second album, The Good News, is a six-song collection that expands the boundaries of what constitutes the band’s sound. In just twenty-two minutes, the songs take apart the standard formulas of guitar-based rock and infuse them with vibrance and energy. On opener “Tabula Rasa,” interlocking guitars and a Farfisa organ carry the song through until everything drops suddenly into a doo-wop section that wouldn’t be out of place on a 1950’s.

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
Lucette - Deluxe Hotel Room
Paul McCartney - Egypt Station Explorer's Edition
The Heavy - Sons
Greta Van Fleet - From The Fires
Holly Herndon - Proto
Brad Mehldau - Finding Gabriel
The Mystery Lights - Too Much Tension!
Brad Mehldau - Finding Gabriel
Imperial Wax - Gastwerk Saboteurs
Paul Gilbert - Behold Electric Guitar
Alex Lahey - The Best Of Luck Club
Dancing in Darkness - EBM, Black Synth & Dark Beats from the 80's
Lewis Capaldi - Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
Various Artists - Sad About The Times
Cassandra Wilson - Glamoured: Blue Note Tone Poet Series
Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus
Full Of Hell - Weeping Choir
Dionne Warwick - She's Back
Black Oak Arkansas - Underdog Heroes

& More .....

Interpol - A Fine Mess EP
David Bowie - Clareville Grove Demos [3x7in Singles Box]
Nick Lowe - Love Starvation / Trombone EP
David Bowie - Boys Keep Swinging: 40th Anniversary [Ltd Picture Disc]
Kero Kero Bonito - Swimming / The Open Road [Vinyl Single]
Barns Courtney - You And I [Single]
*repeat repeat - Apocalyptic [Single]
Volbeat - Parasite [Single]
Enthroned - Vapula Omega [Single]












 

UPCOMING RELEASES 

Justin Townes Earle - The Saint Of Lost Causes

Justin Townes Earle - The Saint Of Lost CausesJustin Townes Earle - The Saint Of Lost CausesJustin Townes Earle - The Saint Of Lost Causes - New West Records
The Saint Of Lost Causes is the 8th album from American roots troubadour, Justin Townes Earle.  Earle’s latest album finds a songwriter and artist who is unflinching and unequivocal in his truth. When writing this album, Earle focused on a different America—the disenfranchised and the downtrodden, the oppressed and the oppressors, the hopeful and the hopeless. There’s the drugstore-cowboy-turned-cop-killer praying for forgiveness (“Appalachian Nightmare”) and the common Michiganders persevering through economic and industrial devastation (“Flint City Shake It”); the stuck mother dreaming of a better life on the right side of the California tracks (“Over Alameda”) and the Cuban man in New York City weighed down by a world of regret (“Ahi Esta Mi Nina”); the “used up” soul desperate to get to New Orleans (“Ain’t Got No Money”) and the “sons of bitches” in West Virginia poisoning the land and sea (“Don’t Drink the Water”). These are individuals and communities in every corner of the country, struggling through the ordinary—and sometimes extraordinary—circumstances of everyday life.

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Mavis Staples - We Get By

Mavis Staples - We Get ByMavis Staples - We Get ByMavis Staples - We Get By - Epitaph
Mavis Staples returns with a brand new studio album produced and written by Ben Harper. Backed by Mavis’ critically acclaimed live band, We Get By features 10 songs of longing, strength, and spirituality, presented with simplicity, grit and sublime beauty. Highlights include the buoyant, “Anytime”, the cathartic, “Change”, and the title track, an uplifting duet with Ben Harper.

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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.