PRINCE - HIT N RUN Phase Two - NPG
When the news broke last week about the untimely passing of Prince, everyone was in utter shock. The world will never be the same without him, but his funky soulful and emotional music will live on forever. Republic Records/Roc Nation release the 39th and final studio album, HIT N RUN Phase Two. This is the follow up album to the fan favorite HIT N RUN Phase One, which was released in September 2015. The album is classic Prince. Slinky sex grooves. Thank U Prince.
THE JAYHAWKS - Paging Mr. Proust - Sham
Paging Mr. Proust finds the 2016 Jayhawks still remain one of America's foremost rock bands: based around leader Gary Louris gift for melody that has made them such a respected and seminal group for almost three decades. Paging Mr. Proust features the long-time core of the Jayhawks: Gary Louris (lead vox/guitars), Marc Perlman (bass), Tim O Reagan (drums/vox), and Karen Grotberg (keyboards/vox). From the jangle of album opener Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces to the trademark harmonies of Isabel's Daughter to the more pensive Lover Of The Sun , it is clear that The Jayhawks power remains undiminished from their initial national impact, 1992's Hollywood Town Hall. Other tracks such as the sludgy rocker Lost The Summer, the kraut-rock groove of Ace and the taut minimalism of Comeback Kids bring new sounds to the palette. Paging Mr. Proust shows a commitment to adventure and forward motion, which makes this collection of songs exciting and instantly memorable.
ROB ZOMBIE - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser - UME
The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is Rob Zombie's sixth solo studio album. Produced by Zeuss, it was recorded and mixed at Goathouse Studios. A full return to form by the rock icon, The Electric Warlock… features John 5 (Guitar), Piggy D (Bass) and Ginger Fish (Drums). This album marks Rob Zombie's first solo studio album since 2013's Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200.
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD - Nonagon Infinity - ATO Records
Coming only 6 months after the softer, folksy Paper Mache Dream Balloon, Nonagon Infinity finds King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard returning to form on this relentless psychedelic shred fest. The brand new album from the Aussie rockers consists of 9 interconnected tracks that comprise an infinite loop of music. Enter the nonagon if you dare.
NEW MADRID - Magnetkingmagnetqueen - Normaltown Records
New Madrid's chemistry and singular sonic stamp are undeniable. Years of relentless touring, hundreds of shows and several thousand hours playing together have yielded a battle-hardened brotherhood – a band on a mission. New Madrid’s new record Magnetkingmagnetqueen, on Normaltown Records, comprises a sprawling 15 tracks, equal parts groove and jangle, psyche and fuzz, rock, grit and slow burners. Co-produced with esteemed engineer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Drive-By Truckers), the album rewards the careful listener with unfolding layers of experimental soundscapes and grooves, bearing new discoveries with each enthralling listen.
BAD COMPANY - Bad Company Live In Concert 1977 & 1979 [2CD] - Atlantic
The collection includes more than two-and-half hours of unreleased music taken from 24-track tapes in Bad Company's vault. The music heard on this live collection features absolutely no enhancements or overdubs, nothing but the band as they performed live on the night of the concert. Bad Company Live In Concert 1977 & 1979 includes two previously unreleased concerts with one additional track taken from the group's June 26, 1979 show in Washington, DC.
KEITH URBAN - Ripcord - Capitol Nashville
As the excitement mounts for Keith Urban's May 6th release of Ripcord, and for his subsequent June 2nd launch of his ripCORD World Tour 2016, details of his eighth studio album are revealed. RIPCORD features a virtual who's who of creative collaborators for an album that Urban says was his most exhilarating album to make, both musically and creatively. This album's journey began back in January, 2015 and took me to a lot of unexplored people and places. added Urban. The end result was the recording and exploring of more songs then I've ever done before and carving that down to what I felt constituted RIPCORD. For the 13-track album, which has already produced his 19th and 20th No. 1 songs, Urban amassed an eclectic group of Grammy, CMA, ACM Award-winning writers and co-producers, who that have collectively worked with the likes of Adele, Jason Aldean, David Bowie, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Fun, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Madonna, Daft Punk, Pink and Taylor Swift. They include new collaborations with Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Greg Wells and Nile Rodgers, as well as those who Urban has worked with before, including Shane McAnally, Ross Cooperman, Dann Huff and Nathan Chapman all of whom worked with Urban on his previous No. 1 album FUSE. Getting to work with people like this was unlike anything I've envisioned before, said Urban. It's the result of writing, reaching, imagining, and following the muse every step of the way.
DIANA KRALL - Stepping Out [Vinyl] - Justin Time Records
Stepping Out launched the career of one of our generation’s greatest Jazz artists. “Diana Krall's 1993 debut shows that she had the goods right from the get-go. Krall sings with honesty, subtlety, and persuasion while playing the piano with head-shaking authority, both as accompanist - she offers amazing asides in between vocal phrases - and as an absolutely A-one improviser.” (Zan Stewart). The Justin Time Essentials Collection introduces the album to a new generation of fans, but this time with an added bonus track from the original sessions – Diana’s incredible arrangement of “Summertime”.
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