Music Releases 05-01-20
Lamentations is a 10-song rumination on the current state of the world around me. I was raised in the faith and the book of Lamentations was always one that caught my attention. A broken man crying out to the heavens, asking why God sat back and let his country fall apart. Questioning the sheer existence of a higher power in the lowest of times. How could an all loving God sit back and let an entire nation’s cry for he
lp go unanswered? I saw many parallels in that story and the current climate of this country in 2020. There are a large group of people who were promised something in 2016. They are still waiting for those promises to be fulfilled. This is a record about the things that break people. Religion, politics, addiction, love, money, family, history. I believe it is an empathetic look at the other side. A group of stories about losing everything and still finding the will to stand back up and fight for the things that matter the most. - BJ Barham
Making A Door Less Open, the new album from Car Seat Headrest and the first set of brand-new songs since 2016's Teens Of Denial, is set for release on May 1. The album will be available on vinyl and CD featuring distinct tracklists and mixes for each format. Created over the course of four years, Making a Door Less Open is the result of a fruitful 'collaboration' between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo's alternative persona, 'Trait.' To realize this, the band recorded the album twice: once live with guitars, drums and bass, and once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesized sounds. During the mixing process, the two approaches were gradually combined using elements of each, with additional overdubs.
With a sound that recalls Country music's acid washed golden era, the '90s influenced band Hot Country Knights has finally revealed more details about their debut album THE K IS SILENT, from Capitol Nashville, available May 1st. Produced by Dierks Bentley, the multi-Platinum entertainer also serves as a co-writer on over half of the 10 brawny tracks, serving up one of the most musically satisfying debut albums since 1999. Standout track "You Make It Hard" best represents their High-T philosophy.
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2020 release. They've been compared to tornadoes, firecrackers, and lightning storms, and described as genuine, unapologetic, and down-to-earth. And Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman of gutsy rock duo Diet Cig are excited to announce their sophomore full-length, Do You Wonder About Me? The album is the follow-up to 2017's Swear I'm Good At This. The album marks a more intentional, self-assured Diet Cig; not only in Luciano's radically intimate, acerbic lyrics, but in the duo's sound as well. Luciano and Bowman moved to Richmond, VA in the summer of 2017 as a place to "hide out and make music," and it was there that they wrote Do You Wonder About Me?, Diet Cig's ode to growing up.
2020 release. Ride handed the entirety of their highly acclaimed sixth studio album, This Is Not A Safe Place, to mysterious London act, Pêtr Aleksänder, who stripped the songs back to just the band's vocals and added their customarily beautiful string arrangements, keys and synth textures beneath them. The results take Ride deep into the neo-classical / ambient territory that a couple of the remixes of their previous album hinted at. These new 'reimaginings' will appeal to fans of those musical styles, as well as those who consider themselves a part of The Ride fanbase.
Wildly acclaimed Brooklyn songwriter, Joan as Police Woman, returns with her new album, Cover Two. This is Joan's second album reinterpreting songs by other artists and once again, the choices are unpredictable and intriguing. The track list features Prince's "Kiss," Neil Young's "On The Beach," Outkast's 'Spread" and more.
UK rock band Boston Manor will be releasing their new studio album "GLUE" via Pure Noise. Boston Manor’s third full-length is the sound of a band questioning the state of the world around them. Inevitably, in a critical examination of the modern world, it comes from a dark place, but one that fuelled the five-piece to create a body of work that elevates their craft further than ever before. Its 13 highly charged songs came out of a process that singer Henry Cox describes as “very chaotic”, but the result is a truly ferocious album - one that both draws and moves on from what they’ve done in the past, incorporating the gloomy atmospherics of 2018’s Welcome To The Neighbourhood with the highly charged yet melodic punk of 2016’s debut Be Nothing..
Honus Honus (aka Ryan Kattner) has devoted his career to exploring the uncertainty between life’s extremes, beauty, and ugliness, order and chaos. The songs on Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between, Man Man’s first album in over six years and their Sub Pop debut, are as intimate, soulful, and timeless as they are audaciously inventive and daring, resulting in his best Man Man album to date. The 17-track effort, featuring “Cloud Nein,” “Future Peg,” “On the Mend” “Sheela,” and “Animal Attraction,” was produced by Cyrus Ghahremani, mixed by S. Husky Höskulds (Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Mike Patton, Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint), and mastered by Dave Cooley (Blood Orange, M83, DIIV, Paramore, Snail Mail, clipping). Dream Hunting...also includes guest vocals from Steady Holiday’s Dre Babinski on “Future Peg” and “If Only,” and Rebecca Black (singer of the viral pop hit, “Friday”) on “On The Mend” and “Lonely Beuys.” The album follows the release of “Beached” and “Witch,“ Man Man’s contributions to Vol. 4 of the Sub Pop Singles Club in 2019. At the end of 2015, Man Man went on an unexpected hiatus, and thus began a period of creative reinvention for Honus Honus. He worked in music supervision and on scores (The Exorcist, Superdeluxe, Do You Want to See a Dead Body?). He acted in the indie film Woe (“I played a park ranger, a nice guy in a sad movie.”), So It Goes, a short musical film with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and starred in the award-winning tour documentary Use Your Delusion. He also developed an animated series, wrote film scripts, a graphic novel, a neo-noir TV pilot, and briefly penned a music column for The Talkhouse all while continuing to work on new music, such as an unreleased kids’ record, another Mister Heavenly album, a self-released Honus Honus record, and a conceptual art/noise project Mega Naturals. In the midst of this surreal exile from Man Man, Honus began piecing together what would become Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between. He recruited longtime-collaborator Cyrus Ghahremani to help him produce. Written in a friend’s LA guesthouse that had “an old upright piano, a thrift store lamp, and nothing else,” it was an arduous, three-and-a-half-year process, “I had chord progressions that looked like chicken scratch and lyrics on pieces of paper stuck all over the walls. It looked like I was about to break the big case, catch the killer,” he says, laughing. “There was a lot of self-doubt, fighting the urge to throw in the towel. It wasn’t fun but it definitely forced the best album of my career out of me. Sometimes you just gotta tear it all down to rebuild things the right way. Trust the process.”
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Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and indie-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids teamed up to create a reimagined version of Josh Ritter's song "Losing Battles". The original version of the song appeared on Ritter's latest album "Fever Breaks". This will be available via a 7" and indie stores will be the only place to get it. The 7" also features a new song by both acts called "The Gospel of Mary".
Colorado-based thrashers Havok are back! After a whirlwind yet rewarding cycle for 2017’s Conformicide effort, the high-octane outfit have emerged from the studio victorious with their new album, V. Engineered, mixed, mastered by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc.) and showcasing stunning artwork by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed, etc.), V will be released worldwide on May 1, 2020 via Century Media Records. Havok’s guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez explains about V: "A lot of experimentation went into the writing and recording of ‘V.’ The album offers the same intensity that we’re known for, but with a few twists that may surprise people. The music is dense with lots of different intertwining parts and we’re beyond excited to release our best-sounding record to date."
Technicians! Prepare to dive into uncharted waters when Tech N9ne releases ENTERFEAR on 4/10/20. Let Tech show you the way as he points you to his fears on his newest album, a collection of songs that includes “Yeah No!” and “Outdone” from the ENTERFEAR EP series, along with additional brand new songs not included in that series! Never one to avoid the introspective, ENTERFEAR definitely continues that trend as Tech N9ne takes you on a musical expedition into the inner-workings of himself.
Curtis Stigers returns with a new album that offers a wry yet elegant reassessment of the modern male. Along with his own lyrical observations, Stigers also commiserates and celebrates with the words of top songwriters like Nick Lowe, Tom T. Hall and John Fulbright.
2020 release. With Here And Now, the high energy songwriter/superstar delivers 12 tracks that lift up, inspire, acknowledge and validate people right where they are. Long on passion, joy, introspection and love, it's Kenny Chesney's way to help you check in with your world, find grace where you are and annex the No Shoes Nation state of mind any time, anywhere.
2020 album from the Irish singer/songwriter. Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them - Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; and now Usher's Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle), not to mention the hugely popular Transatlantic Sessions. This list is a veritable who's who of the greatest names in Irish music, and these are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle's signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential. Impossibly in demand in the studio and on the road, immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing, John Doyle is solidly establishing himself as one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.
Recording under the moniker Hala, 22 year old Ian Ruhala writes songs that feel fresh, bright, but insightful, out of his home in Detroit, MI. It is the kind of music that one would expect to hear at the beginning of a movie or short film. With a prolific output, Hala stresses the importance of the songwriting and production process, as much as the final product. Standard weight black vinyl with poster insert. Pressed on standard weight black vinyl with poster insert.
After a particularly rough solo performance in 2018 when one of her own friends talked loudly throughout her set, Christina Schneider exited the venue and told herself, "If they're not even going to listen, then I'm fucking done." It wasn't quite the feeling she'd hoped for after dedicating her life to creating subversive, genre-fluid pop music. Working under various aliases since 2014 - including CE Schneider Topical, Jepeto Solutions, Christina Schneider's Genius Grant and now Locate S, 1 - she's explored everything from groovy garage rock to minimalist bedroom pop to Syd Barrett-style psychedelia. But when she got home that night Schneider gave herself a little pep talk, and after some self-reflection she came away determined to begin another chapter. "I thought, I don't really need this world to value me, " Schneider says. "The process of writing and playing is what I really love, I'm simply getting lost in this other thing that's ruining it for me." Buoyed by her desire to create the same "crazy, powerful feeling" she gets when she hears an ABBA or Kate Bush song, she reached again for the outer limits of pop music and recorded Personalia, her sophomore album as Locate S, 1. Named after a poem by Mary Ruefle, "Personalia, " the lead single and title track, is a retelling of that emotional night in 2018 when she nearly quit. "Almost killed myself so I went home / I just cannot take these local shows, " she sings over a gloomy, despondent bass line. "Drive through thunderlight all alone just to play while they're looking at their phones / curse another crowd that doesn't get it, " she later sneers. But in-between this melancholy Schneider suddenly finds her spark. "Plug in tonight when I get to my room / pretend I'm someone that I could believe in, " she sings during the songs fizzy, euphoric chorus. "I've shorted out but if I play long enough I'll become the person that I wanna be again, " she cries, echoing some of Blondie's most triumphant moments. The song signals Schneider's desire to center Personalia in the present. Much like the character in Mary Ruefle's poem, Schneider spends much of the album trying to understand and expel a darkness that has come over her (and society at large) in order to live a more fulfilling life. While she was writing and recording the album in her home studio in Athens, GA over the past year, she was thinking a lot about her own growth and self-worth as an artist, and where her constantly evolving and always experimental music fits in the digital age. Environmentalism, money, power, and modern feminism formed part of that conversation, too. Throughout Personalia Schneider seeks to address how the attention economy is plaguing us with feelings of FOMO and anxiety, and is causing many of us to abandon their progressive values. One of the more profound statements about this topic comes via a song called "After The Final Rose, " which is based on Schneider's observations of the final two seasons of the reality TV series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. "At the end of the season they have this episode called "After The Final Rose, " and the Bachelor or Bachelorette meets up with all the other contestants and they yell at each other, " Schneider explains. "I thought that was a very funny and unintentionally self-reflexive title for the episode, so I borrowed it to criticize corporate feminism and it's lethal effects on romance. On The Bachelorette women feel like they're powerful because they have money and can travel all over the world. It seems like that's replaced any kind of meaningful feminism or romance in the world, currently." Her partner Kevin Barnes, of the rock band of Montreal, co-produced and engineered the album, and shares a writing credit on "Even the Good Boys Are Bad, " which references a conversation she had with Barnes about his daughter beginning to date. Schneider coined the phrase "even the good boys are bad" in reference to his paternal anxiety, they then took it and it turned into the album's biggest hook-"Even the good boys are bad / even the best ones, even the good sons." The song reached it's final form after Schneider listened obsessively to Britney Spears' hit single "Toxic." You can hear this influence in the charging drums, spiraling synths and the song's enigmatic chorus. Schneider also has a sharp sense of humor, and while it's more obvious on stage, if you listen closely you can also hear it on Personalia. Opening track "Sanctimitus Detrimitus" is named after a phrase she misheard while watching the James Stewart movie "Made for Each Other". "I love songs where people completely make up words, like Steve Miller's 'pompatus of love' but I thought it would be even funnier if I just made up some Latin, though 'Sancitmitus Detrimitus' does mean something to me now" Schneider says of the devotional, MIDI-saturated jam. "Futureless Hives of Bel Air" is an apocalyptic, anti-capitalist song about how we are killing our ecosystem, yet something about the idea of the ultra rich leaving behind their empty mansions and fleeing Earth to live in space (the idea came to Schneider in a dream) seems decidedly absurd. At it's core, Personalia is about rebuilding, not rebranding. It's about evolving and moving forward despite knowing the world is falling apart around you. On the peppy, dance hit "Whisper 2000" Schneider fully embraces this idea: "If you cannot behold my miracle, step away from the vehicle, " she sings with a defiant spring in step.
Mister Nobu is the solo project of Nobu Adilman, co-founder/director of Toronto's Choir! Choir! Choir! - an international phenomenon that's collaborated with the likes of Patti Smith, Brandi Carlile & more. TAVIE indelibly marks the emotional highs & lows of a perfect relationship running out of time. With ballads and dancers, it's unapologetically diverse yet slides comfortably as Indie Pop, celebrating melody, harmony & unironic emotionality. LP packaging includes download card.
2020 release. Good to Know is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Jojo. The album is Jojo's first release since leaving Atlantic Records and launching her own record label imprint Clover Music through a joint venture Warner Bros. Records. Includes the first single "Man".
Set sail with NOW That's What I Call Yacht Rock 2! Featuring 18 of your favorite summertime yacht rock classics, including tracks from Kenny Loggins featuring Stevie Nicks, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Little River Band, Toto, Santana, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, and more!
NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 74 features 16 major current hits from today's hottest artists including Lizzo's "Good As Hell", Selena Gomez's "Rare", Billie Eilish's "everything I wanted", The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" and more. Each numeric NOW release also features "NOW Presents What's Next" bonus tracks, previewing tomorrow's biggest hits; NOW 74 features 6 hot new tracks from PUBLIC, Evie Irie, Surfaces, and more.