New Release Round-Up 08-19-14

New Release Round-Up 08-19-14

Electric Würms, a prog-rock side project featuring The Flaming Lips' multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd on vocals, guitars, and keyboards and front man Wayne Coyne on bass and backed by Nashville psychedelic rock band Linear Downfall, presents a six-song album on Warner Bros. Records. Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk, will transport the listener into a new kind of transcendental orbit than one might expect from The Lips alone. Instead, these six velvety compositions appear to be harvested from a higher bardo plane of sound yet maintain a pleasantly familiar rock "experience" associated with The Lipsianoeuvre.

Orenda Fink - Blue DreamThroughout her time with Azure Ray and over the course of her solo career, Orenda Fink has never shied from exploring the darker edges of spirituality and the human condition. On her latest album, Blue Dream, she looks closely at death, reflecting upon a year-long meditation on the subject. That year she found herself on a deeply personal search for the meaning of death. Pieces of answers, coded in riddle, came to her in dreams. Her dreams began to tell a story–about life and death and the afterlife, reality, and the fine line between the conscious and subconscious world. She then spent the next year understanding the experience and filtering it through the musical inspirations of Smog, Violetta Parra, and Kate Bush to craft Blue Dream. The album trulycame together at ARC in Omaha, NE with the help of producers Ben Brodin and Todd Fink (The Faint), along with drummer Bill Rieflin (Ministry, Swans, R.E.M., King Crimson).

Kimbra's 2nd album The Golden Echo is ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, just like its creator. The Golden Echo was produced by Rich Costey who has been on her dream list of collaborators since she was 15. The lyrics find her grappling with a range of subject matter, from feeling nostalgic about young love on "90s Music," to being caught up in a place of narrowness on "Mad House," to wanting to run away and make a new life on "Carolina," to the vulnerability that follows succumbing to temptation on "Be Everlovin Ya." Kimbra wrote several of the songs with Daniel Johns from Silverchair, another idol of hers.

Sparks has been on a well traveled journey, one which Heap began at 6am 14 March 2011, with a live stream from her home studio in a small village on the outskirts of London, gathering 'sound seeds' from fans and weaving them together to form the first song (Lifeline). Fast forward, 4 continents later, a dozen related projects and 14 tracks, the album cover artwork was then completed by those who pre-ordered the limited edition, super deluxe box set by sending in their footprints! The stunning piece of artwork and packaging, designed and developed over the past three years by Imogen and her creative team with CSV (the company behind Radiohead s special packaging) it is the very first time that Imogen has released such a super deluxe package.

Jessica Hernandez & the DeltasJessica Hernandez & The Deltas have arrived at last with their long awaited Instant Records debut, Secret Evil. The album which follows 2013 s Demons EP sees the Detroit-based band serving up a brilliantly polyglot sonic stew equal parts rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz and funky reggae, Latin psych and Gypsy punk all cooked up on the hot Motor City pavement and seasoned by that distinctly Detroit combination of blasted R&B, showband theatrics, and limitless rock n soul energy. WATCH VIDEO

I Will Not Be Afraid is the national debut album by Caroline Rose, a fiery 24-year-old songwriter raised on rockabilly, vintage country and blues- infused rock; a self-proclaimed failed scholar and modern-day hobo who earned a degree in architecture (on a full-ride scholarship), then abandoned it all. Produced, written and arranged by Rose and co- produced with multi-instrumentalist Jer Coons, the album chronicles Caroline's wandering years; a disillusioned youth constantly demanding free- dom and the most from life. Raised in the North- east, Rose is a rare mix of Northern grit and Southern charm whose musical influences trace back to her family's Southern roots, running deep into the heart of Mississippi.

Blacc Hollywood marks the third full-length label release from Wiz Khalifa, and includes the hit single, "We Dem Boyz." Memoirs of a Murderer is an embodiment of KING 810’s life within this pressure cooker. JJ have, with the album 'V', realised the definitive expression of their experiences to date, and are finally comfortable with being a press-welcoming, tour-ready outfit. With more instrumental sophistication and all-tape recording, Native Echoes features more atmosphere and patina to deepen its new octane from Beach Day. The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out, is here at last.

SelahBenjamin BookerPosiesOffspringCastanetsPaul HardcastleMusic Go MusicApache Dropout, Sleeping BagThe Weeks, Suzanne Vega, Look Again To The Wind Johnny Cashs Bitter TearsDr. JohnSmokey RobinsonColton DixonChase RiceDirty LoopsBetter Than EzraHe is Legend, and Buckcherry.


Dry The River - Alarms in The HeartLooking ahead to next week's chart, we are excited to present an Early Listen for Dry The River - Alarms in The Heart, London, UK quartet Dry the River return with 'Alarms in the Heart', a bolder, more expansive, confident and cohesive set of songs and an undeniable step up in both diversity and volume from their critically acclaimed debut "Shallow Bed" (2012). Produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran), Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand) and Peter Miles (We Are The Ocean, Futures), these new songs are at turns anthemic, cerebral and irresistible. Peter Liddle's melifluous, choral voice blends effortlessly with chiming guitars and stirring rhythms, and additional emotional resonance is provided by arrangements and strings from Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Rós, Björk). WATCH VIDEO

Basement Jaxx - JuntoGlobally revered as innovators and leading lights of their genre, BASEMENT JAXX blew the lid off the dance music scene of the late 90’s with their ground breaking albums Remedy, Rooty and KishKash. Having firmly established their place in the pantheon of dance music greats, the duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are back with JUNTO, a genre-hopping musical roller-coaster that showcases the band’s legendary inventiveness, irresistible songwriting and production smarts. Watch the video for the global club smash "Never Say Never (WATCH THE VIDEO)".


Yep Roc Essentials of Americana

The Americana Music Association Festival and Conference, held in Nashville every September, is one of the fastest growing, most FUN music festivals around. This year’s Festival and Conference takes place September 17 through the 21, and we’re teaming up with Yep Roc Records (who have a mighty fine, inclusive Americana catalog themselves) to give someone a special trip to this year’s Americana Music Association Festival and Conference. 

Check out some great Yep Roc Titles and follow the link for the chance to win.


Nothing to It

Wow, just wow, the first single from the upcoming "Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes" project brings together music history excitement and heavy hitters. The first single is "Nothing To It" available this week. On Nov. 11th - Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is a music event 47 years in the making. It's an historic album project from five of music's finest artists -- Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) -- in unique collaboration with a 26-year-old Bob Dylan.

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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New Release Round-Up 08-12-14

New Release Round-Up 08-12-14

The Man Upstairs sees psychedelic troubadour Robyn Hitchcock uniting with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, R.E.M.) for one of the most unique outings of his already quite distinctive career. The album sees the British singer/songwriter musing on mortality, masculinity, and the impossibility of forever.

Sinead O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy I'm The BossIndicative of where Sinead is in life, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss is passionate and direct, yet with an overarching fragility; her voice is a weapon, as powerful as it is tender. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features hardbound book packaging and three bonus tracks. Vinyl version due August 25.

Live from Atlanta is a massive, career-spanning collection of songs recorded over three nights in Atlanta’s Terminal West. It’s a four-LP greatest hits collection of 32 tunes played the way they were meant to be heard, with all the distinguishing elements you’d hear at Lucero’s live show—horns, pianos, and the trademark instrument of the band’s live sound: whiskey-fueled audience sing-alongs.

The fifth album from the New Jersey-based rockers, Get Hurt sees The Gaslight Anthem pushing their raw stripped back rock & roll into new territory, drawing on a fresh palette of influences ranging from folk, punk, and Americana. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds three bonus tracks.

DC-natives SOJA are thrilled to announce the release of new album Amid the Noise and Haste on August 12 via ATO Records. It is band's fifth full-length and was produced by multiple GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend). Featured guests include Michael Franti, Damian Marley, J Boog and Collie Buddz

Plus there are other great new releases including Heartist's Feeding Fiction with anthemic grandeur, brawny metalcore-infused heaviness, and chorus-driven radio rock nirvana. Tank's sixth solo album from the multiple Grammy-nominated R&B superstar Stronger. Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot: All Original is a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish, Vinyl version due August 19. Billy Thermal's self-titled release contains the original versions of songs later made famous by superstars like Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar, and Rick Nelson. Finland-raised singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner creates music that melds subversive lyricism touching on themes of love and death against a backdrop of spare and minimalist folk music in When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day.

Plus, A.C. NewmanTwistaFKA TwigsWatskyUpon A Burning BodySaint Pepsi, Blood OrangeThe UnderachieversRandy TravisSuzanne VegaKris AllenCaleb JohnsonShawn MendesPorter RobinsonUnisonicDilated PeoplesEric RobersonSheer TerrorPrawn, and Adebisi Shank all have new albums today.


There are also a few singles available, including Summer Noon (Indie Exclusive Vinyl single) from Tweedy, and Electric Wurms (the new band featuring members of The Flaming Lips) who release an Indie Exclusive Flexi Disc single in the form of Transform!!! (Mach Two) which includes a $2 off coupon for their upcoming album Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk which is due 08/19. There is the exciting new single from Ryan Adams that is available as either a Digital or a Vinyl Single (with b-side), Gimme Something Good and you can pre order his self-titled album out Sept. 9th.

There is an acoustic EP of William Fitzsimmons who releases Acoustic Sessions, a collection of stripped down recordings from his latest studio album, Lions - out now. Recorded at his home studio in Illnois, the 4-song EP showcases Fitzsimmons' consistently honest and tender balladry.

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.

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