Music Releases 06-11-21
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Garbage return with their seventh studio album ‘No Gods No Masters’, to be released 11th June 2021
“This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content.
The seven virtues
The seven sorrows
and the seven deadly sins.
It was our way of trying to make sense of the craziness of the world and the astounding chaos we found ourselves in.”
The audio + video release of Mr. Bungle's 2020 livestream event, The Night They Came Home. Includes performances of songs from their album, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo, along with cover songs, official music videos, behind-the-scenes bonus features and celebrity guest cameos. This version of Mr. Bungle is original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, joined by Scott Ian of Anthrax and Dave Lombardo of Slayer/Dead Cross.
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Mammoth WVH is the debut, self-titled album of Mammoth WVH – the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. This collection includes the chart topping new single, "Distance” plus “Don’t Back Down,” “Epiphany,” “Mammoth” and more.
At the beginning of 2015, Wolf broke ground on what would become Mammoth WVH with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Alter Bridge, Slash] behind the board. Wolf began to embrace his voice, inspired by everyone from his father, to bands like AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, and Jimmy Eat World. In addition to writing and singing every song on the self-title debut album, remarkably Wolfgang plays every instrument.
“The name Mammoth is really special to me.” says Wolf. “Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, I’d call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much.”
Big Mess marks Elfman’s first solo collection in more than thirty years, but it’s no return to form. Clocking in at 18 tracks, the sprawling, ambitious double album finds the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer breaking bold new ground as both a writer and a performer, drawing on a dystopian palette of distorted electric guitars, industrial synthesizers and orchestra in an effort to exorcise the demons brought about by four years of creeping fascism and civil rot.
The songs here call to mind everything from Nine Inch Nails, to David Bowie to XTC at times, balancing dense, harmonically complex arrangements with biting, acerbic wit as they reckon with the chaos and confusion of the modern world. Elfman wrote almost all of the record during quarantine, and while the anger, frustration, and isolation of it all is palpable in his delivery, Big Mess is about more than simply blowing off steam. In making the space to truly sit with his emotions and write without limitations, Elfman achieved a kind of artistic liberation on the record that had been eluding him for decades, rediscovering his voice and reinventing himself all at once in the process.
Born and raised in southern California, Elfman began his career as part of a surrealist, avant-garde musical theater troupe known as The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo. The group would eventually morph into the critically acclaimed rock band Oingo Boingo, whose high-energy performances and genre-bending sound garnered them a fanatically devoted cult following in the 1980s and ’90s. Among the group’s early fans was fledgling director Tim Burton and Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman), who enlisted Elfman to score their first feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The collaboration would prove to be the start of a long and fruitful partnership for Elfman and Burton, with Elfman going on to score a string of iconic Burton features like Batman, Beetlejuice, Big Fish, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. To date, Elfman has scored more than 100 films.
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Sleater-Kinney's 10th studio album was recorded in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2020 ' against a backdrop of social unrest, devastating wildfires, and a raging pandemic. It's music for an imagined togetherness. This marks the first Sleater-Kinney album produced by the band members themselves.
The eagerly awaited new album from Maroon 5, Jordi, is the band's first since the critically acclaimed Red Pill Blues. The album will include the recently released hit single "Beautiful Mistakes ft. Megan Thee Stallion" as well as fan favorites "Memories" and "Nobody's Love."
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Deluxe 3 CD – 32 page Casebound book with bonus disc including previously unreleased acoustic versions, remixes, instrumentals and an unheard demo.
Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) is a Best Of celebrating the first decade of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
This double album, curated and compiled entirely by Noel, includes tracks from the three Number One albums (‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’, ‘Chasing Yesterday’ and ‘Who Built The Moon?’) and the three acclaimed EPs (‘Black Star Dancing’, ‘This Is The Place’ and ‘Blue Moon Rising’) - plus 2 previously unreleased tracks including the brand new single ‘We’re On Our Way Now’.
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Considered to be one of the best live albums of all time, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s ‘Live’ Bullet was captured at Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI, in September 1975. The album was released April 12, 1976, and helped to supercharge Bob Seger’s career. To mark the 45th anniversary, the album has been remastered and will be released in its original 2LP format in both black and color vinyl.
AFI are leaders, not followers. A collective in a perpetual state of creative evolution as fluid as the evocative figures contorting on the cover of Bodies, their newest collection of songs. The record is a snapshot of unrelenting artists in motion, unconcerned with compromise or outside demands.
AFI's unshakeable connection with their audience is a testament to the band's knack for reinvention, renewal, and exploration, anchored by an unblemished authenticity. AFI songs are embedded in the spiritual DNA of a legion of supporters and Bodies is further demonstration of AFI's unwavering commitment to artistic exploration, a dark conjuration of an uncapturable muse.
The band initially summoned a steady subcultural groundswell in the mid-90s, devoid of careerist ambitions. The band first made music as teenaged misfits in an obscure Northern California town, steadily assembling a dense catalog over the years marked by its diversity and authenticity. Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget keep their eyes fixed on the present and future, ensuring their position as a uniquely vibrant artistic force remains steadfast and strong.
Like similarly artistically-minded iconic bands, AFI's ever-evolving identity has kept their sound, themes, and overall image fresh. A place in rock n' roll history assured by magical musical androgyny, both post-modern and timeless, AFI remains guided by the flames of authenticity and determination that defined their first ten albums and are sure to drive the next ten and beyond.
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For Leslie Jordan, it was the hymnal, not the radio, that soundtracked life in rural Tennessee. 'There was so much comfort in those old songs,' says Jordan. 'I'd sing them out loud with the congregation on Sunday mornings, and then softer to myself on the weekdays in between.' And while the Emmy Award-winning actor ultimately left the church as a teenager, he held onto those timeless hymns like a lifeline, clutching them close to his heart every step of the way on his unlikely path to Hollywood stardom. Now, at 65, Jordan is breathing new life into the music that raised him, teaming up with an all-star cast of duet partners to release his debut album, Company's Comin'. Features on the album include Dolly Parton, Eddie Vedder, Brandi Carlile, Morgane & Chris Stapleton, Tanya Tucker & TJ Osborne.
MARINA will be releasing her fifth studio albumon June 11, a 10-track project titled Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land. In writing this album, the major themes range from the impending climate crisis doom, wealth disparity, gender and racial inequalityto choosing yourself in a relationship. The new album is self-written and also sees MARINA co-producing 6 tracks for the first time alongside James Flannigan (Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa) and Jenn Decilveo.This album was preceded by the release of three singles, “Man’s World”, “Purge The Poison”, and “Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land”. Reacting to the startling statistics that only 2% of producers and 3% of engineers across popular music are women, MARINA returned and launched her new era with “Man’s World”, penned solely by MARINA, produced by Grammy Award nominee Jenn Decilveo and engineered by the first-ever female Grammy Award winner for “Best Engineered Album, Non Classical,” Emily Lazar, with an all-female creative team helming the music video and photography led by Alexandra Gavillet and Coughs.VOGUEacclaimed “Since her idiosyncraticFamily Jewelsdebuted in 2010, the singer-songwriter has attained one of pop’s most devoted followings….” “Man’s World” advances her sound further, while retaining the ethereal hooks that have sustained Diamandis as one of the most consistently innovative acts in alt-pop.”MARINA will be releasing her fifth studio album on June 11, a 10-track project titled Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land. In writing this album, the major themes range from the impending climate crisis doom, wealth disparity, gender and racial inequality to choosing yourself in a relationship. The new album is self-written and also sees MARINA co-producing 6 tracks for the first time alongside James Flannigan (Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa) and Jenn Decilveo. This album was preceded by the release of three singles, “Man’s World”, “Purge The Poison”, and “Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land”. Reacting to the startling statistics that only 2% of producers and 3% of engineers across popular music are women, MARINA returned and launched her new era with “Man’s World”, penned solely by MARINA, produced by Grammy Award nominee Jenn Decilveo and engineered by the first-ever female Grammy Award winner for “Best Engineered Album, Non Classical,” Emily Lazar, with an all-female creative team helming the music video and photography led by Alexandra Gavillet and Coughs. VOGUE acclaimed “Since her idiosyncratic Family Jewels debuted in 2010, the singer-songwriter has attained one of pop’s most devoted followings….” “Man’s World” advances her sound further, while retaining the ethereal hooks that have sustained Diamandis as one of the most consistently innovative acts in alt-pop.”
The term “Front Porch Singin’” may actually be a metaphor for many creative and conceptual musical ideas. But, for us, this title has become more of an attitude than anything else. What if the four of us were sitting on a porch together and someone begins to sing a favorite old Gospel song, like “Swing Down Chariot,” or a country and Western standard like “Red River Valley,” and everyone else just joined in? That is what happened at RCA Studio A. But, as usual under producer Dave Cobb’s leadership, this album turned into so much more. The Front Porch Singin’ attitude remained prevalent throughout, as songwriters, musicians, Dave and all four of us kept coming to the table with terrific creative ideas to enhance our Front Porch experience.
This project is quite honestly one of the most heartfelt albums we have ever recorded. Perhaps it is because we recorded these songs in the middle of a raging pandemic that changed the face of America and obviously took a huge toll on those of us in the music business. It was a bit strange to social-distance from each other in the studio, but we believe it drew us all closer and, in doing so, we may have inadvertently recorded the perfect project for this time period. These songs, whether new or old, reflect a certain optimism and a deep-seated faith that God will work all of this out as we move forward. “Life is beautiful,” as one song says. We must embrace it and celebrate it with all of our being.
Join us on The Front Porch and, if it is God’s will… Let’s keep on SINGIN’.
—The Oak Ridge Boys
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Faith No More's Greatest Hits presented on 2LP, clear color vinyl.
A reinterpretation of 2020’s hugely successful and critically acclaimed LP Roisin Machine by producer Crooked Man aka DJ Parrot.
If Roisin Machine was the big night out… this is the afterparty where things get darker & more twisted.
Like the original LP it is segued as a continuous listening experience.
He likes a ‘version’ does our Parrot.
When Roisin Machine was in the making you would often have 3 or 4 versions of a track suddenly drop into your inbox. All different, all brilliant… so the idea of Parrot doing his own version of the LP was always on the cards. Inspired by albums such as the 1985 LP Padlock, Imagination’s Night Dubbing and Love & Dancing by The Human League, the Crooked Man has delivered something quite extraordinary. “Parrot doesn’t try to be ‘cool’, I reckon that’s the last thing on his mind. He makes music with a real sense of responsibility to the craft. He just cannot make rubbish music, he’d be too ashamed. So everything he is and everything he has learned, is put into everything he does. I think Crooked Machine is one of his greatest achievements so far. I left him and Fat Dave to their own devices on this and they have outdone themselves! I absolutely love it!! I think I prefer it to the original album, slightly less me and all the more ‘cool’ for it! “
Dennis DeYoung is back with the second volume of his fond farewell to recorded music, "26 East, Vol. 2.” As with the preceding volume, "26 East, Vol. 2" once again hints strongly at DeYoung's legendary rock roots with Styx. A fitting goodbye and a final signature on an outstanding body of work.
Van Dyke Parks is a living legend: together with Brian Wilson, he is partly responsible for the Beach Boys' "Smile Sessions". He has worked with many other great artists, such as Ry Cooder, Little Feat, The Mothers Of Invention or Gaby Moreno and has also recorded some wonderful solo masterpieces. Now he has discovered the Mexican singer and harpist Veronica Valerio and recorded four tracks with her. Mexican flair with the spirit of Van Dyke Parks. Another legend contributes the cover: Klaus Voormann, who made pop history with the Beatles' "Revolver" cover, among others.
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Indigo De Souza’s I Love My Mom, her debut LP initially released in 2018, is a collection of the best songs she’d written in the few years that preceded it, recorded quickly and breathlessly and thrown out into the world. Consisting of ten songs, the album feels both raw and unabashed. Indigo pulled a band together for the first time, and was quickly encouraged to commit her songs to tape. Recorded at her friend’s house, they played almost everything live in just a few days, and released the record naturally, with little fanfare. That the record quickly took on a life of its own, deeply resonating with those who heard it, is a testament to Indigo’s songwriting. On June 11th, I Love My Mom gets the full release it deserves - pressed to vinyl for the first time, ahead of a brand new LP a little further down the road.
Italy’s fascinating dichotomy of tradition and modernity come together in the music of CGS: the seven piece band and dancer are the leading exponents in a new wave of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy’s Pizzica musical and dance traditions for today’s global audience. Special guest Red Baraat.
"Milk and Honey is about promise. During a season of desolation, I've been writing songs to remind me that we are headed somewhere beyond this, that God has not left us alone. In between captivity and promise, we need something to sing, or hear, or touch, or see - a signal of what the truth of reality is. If we look, it's all around us. This album is a celebration of the future we are marching towards together and a prayer that each of us can live in this promise in the here and now." - Crowder
10th mini album from K-pop girl group sensation TWICE, filled with brand new style tracks and Summer vibes. Follow up to last December’s Eyes Wide Open release. Three unique package versions; TASTE, FALLEN and IN LOVE. All CD packages contain 80p photobook, cover (lenticular photocard + tasting card), photocards (random 5 of 45), lenticular photocard (random 1 of 9), tasting card (random 1 of 9), coaster (random 1 of 9) and photocard set (unique to each version). Dimensions (mm) 150x210x25.
Palette Knife’s layered approach to songwriting and storytelling might begin as a shock. It’s a dizzying experience, one that flips channels between impassioned odes to thrifting dates and other cheapskate adventures, lamenting the person yourself or someone like you used to be, and relentless appeals to reason in a world that constantly moves the goalposts. For now, enjoy the kickoff. Ponderosa Snake House & The Chamber Of Bullshit finds Palette Knife—guitarist/vocalist Alec Licata, bassist Chris Mcgrath, and drummer Aaron Queener—navigating the woes and wins of twenty-something Midwest life with acrobatic energy. Much of this comes from Licata’s guitar playbook that dips into everything from tapping solos to thunderous power chords, but this scholarship borrows from the past five years of emo-rock to forge something entirely its own. With tongue-in-cheek versatility and tangible relatability, Ponderosa Snake House And The Chamber Of Bullist will be slithering your way May 28th, promising more acerbic bite with each move.
The recording features the pianist/composer and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, who commissioned this orchestral version of the work, which comprises a theme and eleven variations plus a cadenza and postlude; the album also includes an encore, “Variations ‘X’ and ‘Y.’” (Mehldau originally composed Variations on a Melancholy Theme for pianist Kirill Gerstein.) Mehldau and Orpheus toured Europe, Russia, and the US with the piece, including a 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall. Speaking to the combination of classical form with jazz harmonies in the work’s musical language, Mehldau wrote, “I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues.”Mehldau continues, “The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some sense of finality and ending to it when heard for the first time already. So as I composed, a narrative challenge emerged; namely, how to embark on a story that begins with a conclusion. While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress.”
Just signed with Napalm Records, CRYPTA offer a raging sonic monster in a class of its own: the newly staffed Brazilian/Dutch death metal unit is set to drop jaws with their long awaited debut offering - Echoes of the Soul. Formed in June 2019, the four-piece line up consists of vocalist and bassist Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto on drums, both former members thrash metal frontrunners NERVOSA, plus supremely talented guitarists Sonia Anubis (Cobra Spell, Ex-Burning Witches) and Tainá Bergamaschi (Ex-Hagbard). These four powerful women enforce a heightened level of potency and experience from their successful past and current projects, enhancing influences from both classic and modern death metal genres, plus significant extreme and black metal elements, to create a sound of their own. Atmospherically dark and threatening, the 55-second intro “Awakening” prepares the listener for the oncoming ferocity of Echoes of the Soul, dispensing murky, fiery fuel into the death metal machine. Their significant sonic texture derived from various death metal sub-genres and traces of classic thrash becomes instantly evident as the album begins, reflective of the entirely vicious, infernal aura the 10-track debut is about to unleash. CRYPTA unbridle high-powered sonic demons and nourish cumulative, explosive energy with raging guitar riffs, Fernanda Lira’s unmistakable vocal color and Damettos's menacing drums. Tracks like “Starvation”, “Kali” and “Blood Stained Heritage” incite an uncontrollable storm of pure rage and belligerence, while offerings like “Under The Black Wings” and “Dark Night Of the Soul” deliver a message of pure hardness in perilous atmosphere. “Death Arcana” provides its listener further insight into CRYPTA’s sonic mastery and captivates with sprawling solos reminiscent of earlier times, yet spiced with a modern twist. Album closer “From The Ashes” once again showcases the full extent of the bands striking interplay: Lira’s forceful vocals, Anubis and Bergamaschi’s bold axe attacks and Dametto’s prominent sophisticated drumming summon the phoenix to rise from the ashes - with the last crackle of this debut full-length conjuring screams for more. Echoes of the Soul was recorded in January 2021 at the Family Mob Studio (Brazil), mixed by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Powertrip etc.) and mastered by the famed Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura etc.). The cover artwork was created by Wes Benscoter, who is internationally famous for his stunning covers for bands such as Slayer, Kreator, Black Sabbath and many more.
Legendary progressive rock giants Emerson, Lake & Palmer were formed in 1970 by the brilliant keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, gifted singer / composer / guitarist Greg Lake and dynamic drummer / percussionist Carl Palmer. Torchbearers of the progressive rock sound, ELP jointly created the super-group concept and are among the most important bands in the history of rock music. They blended musical dedication and showmanship with tremendous energy, and helped to broaden the audience for the genre from hundreds of thousands into tens of millions. ELP were one the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1970s, their first 7 album releases making the U.K. Top 10 and U.S. Top 20 album charts. Despite the tragic deaths of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake in 2016, their amazing and inspirational music very much lives on. This lavishly packaged, limited edition, rigid box set showcases the immense musical talents of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake & Carl Palmer, and contains a wealth of ELP audio and visual treasure, from 1970 to 1997. Includes: ?The remastered 11 classic original ELP albums (1970-94), on CD, with original sleeve artwork reproduced ?Previously unreleased, gatefold, triple vinyl LP album ?Previously unreleased live CD albums ?Audio Blu-Ray, containing the stereo 5:1 and surround sound mixes of 4 albums ?Remastered 7” singles with reproduced original sleeve artwork ?Deluxe, hardback 12” book with band photos and extensive notes, featuring quotes from Keith Emerson, Greg Lake & Carl Palmer ?Reprinted original 1970 promo poster, 1972 promo brochure, 1974 and 1992 tour programmes ?Metal & enamel ELP logo pin badge
So Help Me God is the personal, soulful 6th studio album from Atlanta rapper, 2 Chainz. Boasting a wide range of star-studded features ranging from Lil Uzi, NBA Youngboy, Mulatto, Brent Faiyaz, plus key collaborators Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Rick Ross. 2 Chainz delivers his classic quotable bars across the 15 tracks. Captures an array of themes from 2020 anthem “Quarantine Thick” w/ Mulatto, the Hall & Oates sampled “Can’t Go For That” and the melodic “Feel a Way” w/ Kanye West & Brent Faiyaz.