New Releases for the week of March 10, 2015
Madonna: Rebel Heart. The 13th studio album from the pop superstar. Rebel Heart was recorded in New York, Los Angeles and London with producers Diplo, Kanye West and Billboard. The album includes the single, "Living For Love" and "Bitch, I'm Madonna" featuring Nicki Minaj. The album features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson.
Will Butler: Policy. Will Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years. This is his first release under his own name. Policy is American music - in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (I know, but it counts). Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world. Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix's old living room (upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else was played by Will. The song structures are traditional; the arrangements are clean. The music is experimental only in that it attacks consistency as a requirement for sincerity.
Joe Pug: Windfall. His rise has been as improbable as it has been impressive. After dropping out of college and taking on work as a carpenter in Chicago, he got his musical start by providing CDs for his fans to pass along to their friends. This led to a string of sold out shows and a record deal with Nashville indie Lightning Rod Records. (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver). The following years would have him on the road for over four hundred shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Newport Folk Festival. "The aim on Windfall was very straightforward," Pug explains. "We wanted to capture the music just the way we play it, with minimal production. It was a very back to basics approach because ultimately that's what I love about music, and that's what I love about making music. I wanted to record these songs the way they were written and put them out in the world."
Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago. This exhilarating live album features compositions by Jack, Roscoe, Henry, Muhal and dynamic group improvisation and celebrates a reunion with old friends who came together for a very special concert at Chicago's Millennium Park in August 2013.
Bettye Lavette: Child of the Seventies. Digitally remastered set from the Soul great featuring her complete recordings for the Atco and Atlantic labels, which previously came out only in a hard-to-find limited edition. The title, Child of the Seventies, is taken from a complete album that Bettye (or Betty, as she was known back then) recorded for Atco back in November 1972; produced by Brad Shapiro, it's a raw soul masterpiece that the label inexplicably decided not to release. But that's only the beginning of the gems that await you on this set: among the 10 bonus tracks are two tracks ("Waiting for Tomorrow" and "Livin' Life on a Shoestring") that were previously unreleased until their debut here, plus single versions (including a mono version of the brilliant "Your Turn to Cry") of album tracks and six more single sides, 22 deeply soulful tracks in all! David Nathan's notes follow the long and winding road these recordings took to being released.
Luke Bryan: Spring Break…Checkin' Out. release from the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, the final entry in his popular Spring Break series. Spring Break…Checkin Out contains five new original songs all co-written by Luke plus all six songs from 2014's EP.
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New Releases for the week of March 3, 2015...
Asleep at the Wheel: Still The King. Nine-time Grammy Award winners Asleep at the Wheel have been a force in classic country music for decades now, from their 1973 debut Comin' Right At Ya to the Grammy Award-nominated collaboration with Willie Nelson in 2010, Willie at the Wheel. Now, the band keeps the collabs coming with their forthcoming tribute album, Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. On this 22-track release, Asleep at the Wheel is joined once again by Nelson along with the likes of The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many more to celebrate the music of Bob Wills, known as the King of Western Swing, and his band.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday. The second album from former Oasis guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds. Includes the single "In the Heat of the Moment."
Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter. The fifth studio album from the singer/songwriter. the Firewatcher's Daughter is Carlile's follow-up to Bear Creek, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart in 2012. "
Steven Wilson: Hand Cannot Erase. Four-time Grammy nominee, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and one of the hardest working artists in music, has announced that he will embark on a UK & European tour in March & April 2015 to coincide with the release of his long-awaited fourth solo album 'Hand. Cannot. Erase.' The release follows the critical and commercial success of his third solo album 'The Raven That Refused To Sing' released in February 2013 and a run of sold-out shows including London's Royal Albert Hall.
The Staple Singers: Freedom Highway Complete. Digitally remastered and expanded edition released to coincide with its 50th Anniversary. Freedom Highway Complete is a newly remixed, remastered and expanded edition of the live concert masterpiece recorded by the Staple Singers in April 1965 in support and celebration of that year's historic civil rights marches from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. Featuring previously unreleased performances, the spiritually uplifting service, Pops Staples' Intro and Outro and more, Freedom Highway Complete puts the listener right in the church, with the Staples, the choir, the band, and the congregation for a once-in-a-lifetime event. First released on Epic Records as an LP in 1965, the original Freedom Highway album, constrained by the time limits of 12? vinyl, edited the New Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church concert and service down to key performance tracks. This new Legacy edition marks the first-ever release of the full concert and service.
Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom. 'A golden despondency" is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave Of Montreal's thirteenth full-length album. The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record - penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key. "I was going through a very stormy period in my life and felt like I was just completely trashed," reveals Barnes. "I might be guilty of sharing or exposing too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without too much artifice or evasiveness." Aureate Gloom was recorded directly to tape with musicians Kevin Barnes (guitar, vocals), Clayton Rychlik (drums), Bob Parins (bass), Bennett Lewis (guitar), and JoJo Glidewell (keys), plus the help of engineer Drew Vandenberg. The strength of the members' musical rapport was instantly apparent. The group completed nearly a song a day and even wrote a brand new track on the spot, "Apollyon Of Blue Room," whose title references a supposedly haunted bedroom in a hacienda on the studio grounds. With Aureate Gloom, of Montreal have created one of the most unflinching, confessional and starkly emotional albums in their career.
Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute. One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads, will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute. A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his Brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankiann, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim (Ripper) Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.
Lilly Hiatt: Royal Blue. the feisty, adventurous and smart follow-up to her critically lauded debut full-length Let Down. Recorded at producer Adam Landry's (Deertick, Diamond Rugs, T. Hardy Morris) Nashville studio Playground Sound, the twelve new tracks skirt the edges of any neat genre definitions, boldly combining sounds of Austin folk rock, Pacific Northwest indie, pre-Oasis Britpop, 90's alt guitars, 00's indie synths and New York punk circa 1977. Often presented with naked autobiographical candor, the new collection of songs is filtered through a wide spectrum of lenses - flashes of humor, attitude, deep worry and gritty determination can be heard - but ultimately, Hiatt would rather rock than mope.
Gill Landry. First solo album in nearly 5 years is a gorgeous Americana-infused singer/songwriter record. Landry spends his days as a member of Old Crow Medicine Show but his solo work is a sparser, more intimate affair. Guests include Laura Marling and Robert Ellis