Music Releases 01-18-19

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Pedro The Lion - Phoenix [LP] Phoenix [LP]

Pedro the Lion has always been David Bazan, but it took a long time to get back there.

In August 2016, during what he now recognizes as his lowest point, Bazan was touring the country alone in an aging minivan and found himself in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. In need of a break from the road, he spent a night off at his grandparents’ house instead of driving on to San Diego. Before leaving town the next morning, after realizing that even the most familiar places can become unrecognizable, Bazan gave himself the gift of a quick detour past the house he grew up in, and on the way, experienced a breakthrough - one that would lead him both forward and back to another home he had built many years before.

From the beginning, Pedro the Lion didn’t work like the bands Bazan had played drums in, where each player came up with their own parts. Instead, like scripting scenes of dialogue for actors to play with, Bazan recorded and arranged all of the skeletal accompaniments for his obsessively introspective lyrics and spare melodies. Each player would then learn their parts and, together as a band, they brought the skeleton to life. While bandmates played on a few recordings, Bazan often played all or most of the instruments himself.

“I found so much joy working this way,” Bazan remembers. “It came naturally and yielded a feeling and a sound that couldn’t have existed by any other process. At the same time, I was also aware that not everyone wanted to play in a band where the singer wrote all the parts and might perform them on the record. Someone even suggested it might not be a valid approach to having a band in the first place. Being insecure and wanting to find camaraderie, I became conflicted about my natural process.”

By 2002, after recording Control, the high rate of turnover in the band finally caused Bazan to ditch his “natural process” in favor of a collaborative writing process. When, after a couple more years, this move did nothing to stabilize turnover, Bazan was perplexed. In November 2005, Bazan decided to stop doing Pedro the Lion altogether.

Ironically, Bazan didn’t see “going solo” as a chance to revert back to his original process of writing and playing all the parts. For the next decade Pedro the Lion felt off limits, even forgotten, like a childhood home Bazan had moved out of. He pushed forward with releasing solo albums & relentless touring in living rooms and clubs, through every part of the US and beyond, sometimes with a band, but mostly on his own. It took a toll on his family and more acutely on himself. By the summer of 2016, he still hadn’t found the personal clarity or the steady collaboration he’d been seeking and was at the end of his rope.

“I had abandoned my natural way of working in the hopes of creating space for a consistent band to write with...and it hadn’t worked. So I got a rehearsal space, mic’d up drums, bass, and guitar, and really leaned into my original process again. It immediately felt like like home. Before long I realized it also felt like Pedro the Lion.”

In June 2018, with Bazan on bass, vocals, and arrangement writing, Erik Walters on guitar and backing vocals, and Sean Lane on drums, Pedro the Lion went into Studio X and Hall of Justice with producer Andy Park to create Phoenix, the first new Pedro album in 15 years.


Pedro The Lion $27.98
Alice Merton - Mint [Green LP] Mint [Green LP]

After rising to fame two years ago in 2016 with her explosive debut 1 Million selling single 'No Roots' (Mom + Pop), written about her constant moving homes as a child becoming such as huge debut, its safe to say its been a whirl wind for Alice Merton with 124 Million YouTube hits to date. She also gained 6+ Million streams, toured the US supporting the brilliant Vance Joy, championed by Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine with Performances on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonights Show and James Corden's Late Late Show, Live With Kelly and Ryan, and even a recent 2018 Teen Choice Awards Nomination in 'Best Rock' category. Merton's debut album, Mint, will be released on January 18th and featured "No Roots", "Lash Out" and her newest single "Why So Serious".


Alice Merton $26.98
Toro Y Moi - Outer Peace [LP] Outer Peace [LP]

Following the ever-emotive Boo Boo, Toro Y Moi’s new album Outer Peace is a time capsule that captures our relationship to contemporary culture into one comprehensive, sonic package. As both a producer and designer, Bear utilizes abstract sound pairings with recognizable samples for his most pop influenced record to date, including features from ABRA, WET, and Instupendo. This is no departure from his funk and disco roots, which can be heard on “Ordinary Pleasure”, later fusing into variations of house with tracks like “Freelance” and “Laws of the Universe.” Smooth interludes melt into fast paced beats, paralleling the feeling of driving through the Bay Area, where Bear spent most of his time writing the album. Outer Peace is duality. It embodies whatever form you choose to inhabit in the moment. Listen and let your imagination become the universe.


Toro Y Moi $19.98
Guster - Look Alive [LP] Look Alive [LP]

Guster's latest studio album Look Alive was produced by English musician, composer, and producer Leo Abrahams (Regina Spektor, Brian Eno/David Byrne, Belle and Sebastian, Chromatics). The forthcoming LP maintains the band’s unique charm while charting new sonic and lyric pathways. It will be available on CD, vinyl, and digitally.


Guster $26.98
James Blake - Assume Form Assume Form

James Blake has long been a hip-hop ally. Not only has his own discography cemented him as a critically acclaimed artist, the multiple Grammy award-nominee and Mercury Prize winner has worked with artists from the likes of Drake, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and more. 2018 was a massive year for the producer, singer and song-writer who collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on the era-defining Black Panther soundtrack and lent his vocals to Travis Scott's "Stop Trying To Be God."


James Blake $17.99
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow [LP] Remind Me Tomorrow [LP]

Remind Me Tomorrow was written in stolen time. In the four years since Are We There, Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, performed in David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival, and wrote her first film score and song for TV - for Kathering Dieckmann's Strange Weather Tig Notaro's show Tig, respectively. Van Etten also had a child, and began studying psychology. In the scraps of hours between these endeavors, Remind Me Tomorrow was born. Working with producer John Congleton, Remind Me Tomorrow reveals piano keys that churn, deep drones, distinctive sharp drums. Originally a piano ballad, "Comeback Kid" evolved into a dark, menacing anthem. "Seventeen" began as a Lucinda Williams-esque dirge, but winds up a star-spangled nod to Springsteen, exploring gentrification and generational patience. The breadth of Van Etten's new passions have inflected Remind Me Tomorrow with a wise, warped-time perspective. She explains, "I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school, but yeah, I have a stain on my shirt, oatmeal in my hair. I feel like a mess, but I'm here. Doing it. This record is about pursuing your passions." This is Remind Me Tomorrow, fusing a pained attentive realism and radiant lightness about new loves.


Sharon Van Etten $14.98
Malibu Ken (Aesop Rock / Tobacco) - Malibu Ken [LP] Malibu Ken [LP]

Aesop Rock has been credited as one of the most verbose MC's in Hip-Hop today. Known for his dense and abstract wordplay, he manipulates language to illustrate elaborate stories and difficult concepts with sharp clarity. Tobacco is a member of psych-electronic band Black Moth Super Rainbow. Known for working with pre-digital electronic instruments like analog synths and tape machines, he crafts distorted, experimentalist beats that intertwine feelings of tension and anxiety with sensations of bemusement and pleasure. Together, Aesop Rock and Tobacco are... Malibu Ken.


Malibu Ken (Aesop Rock / Tobacco) $21.98
Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? [LP] Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? [LP]

How do you describe an album out of time, concerned with the disappearance of culture, of humanity, of nature, of logic and emotion? Why make this album in an era when attention spans have been reduced to next to nothing, and the tactile grains of making music have been further reduced to algorithms and projected playlist placement. Why wake up in the morning? Why hasn’t everything already disappeared? Deerhunter’s eighth LP forgets the questions and makes up unrelated answers. It gets up, walks around, it records itself in several strategic geographic points across north america. It comes home, restructures itself and goes back to bed to avoid the bad news. From the opening harpsichord and piano figures of Death in Midsummer, it is impossible to tell where the record came from. Is No One’s Sleeping an outtake of an aborted Kinks recording session in 1977 Berlin with Eno producing? No. That is nostalgia. If there is one thing Deerhunter are making clear it is that they have exhausted themselves with that toxic concept. What they spend their time doing instead is reinventing their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars are left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth. The result is as thrilling, haunting, and unpredictable as anything in their roughly 15 year career. Deerhunter have made a science fiction album about the present. Is it needed right now? Is it relevant? Perhaps only to a small audience. DADA was a reaction to the horrors of war. Punk was a reaction to the slow and vacant 70’s. Hip Hop was a liberated musical culture that challenged the notions presented wholesale about the African-American experience. What is popular music today a reaction to?


Deerhunter $24.98
The Flesh Eaters - I Used To Be Pretty [2LP] I Used To Be Pretty [2LP]

One of Los Angeles punk rock’s most widely admired yet little-heard bands makes a striking return to records on Jan. 18, as Yep Roc Records issues an all-new collection by The Flesh Eaters, I Used to Be Pretty.  On the release, founding vocalist and songwriter Chris Desjardins — better known as Chris D. — is backed by the legendary “all-star” edition of the band, originally heard on the 1981 set A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die: Dave Alvin (guitar) and Bill Bateman (drums) of the Blasters; John Doe (bass) and D.J. Bonebrake (marimba and percussion) of X; and Steve Berlin (saxophones) of the Plugz (and later the Blasters and Los Lobos). The album was produced collectively by the band members. 


The Flesh Eaters $26.98
Switchfoot - Native Tongue [2LP] Native Tongue [2LP]

'Before we learn to hate. Love is our Native Tongue.' - Jon Foreman. For their new album Native Tongue, alternative rock band SWITCHFOOT step beyond their trademark epic soundscapes and explore new textures and themes that genuinely reflect this fraught cultural moment. From the hard-hitting anthemic title-track to more reflective songs such as 'Prodigal Soul,' 'Joy Invincible,' and 'Voices,' co-written and produced with their friends in One Republic, the band interlace empathy and introspection, urging us to 'use our lungs for love and not the shadows.'


Switchfoot $29.98
The Twilight Sad - It Won't Be Like This All The Time [LP] It Won't Be Like This All The Time [LP]

From their unassuming origins as a group of school friends drawn together by a shared passion for music to the global touring force (supporting The Cure and Editors at arenas and stadiums), they have quietly become, The Twilight Sad's ascent has been forged the old way with grit, graft and four exceptional studio albums. Now signed to Mogwai's Rock Action Records, the bands fifth album does not disappoint and will certainly not disappoint fans of their previous works. It will also appeal to fans of The Cure, Frighten Rabbits, The National, Interpol and Editors.


The Twilight Sad $31.98
Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life [LP] Heard It In A Past Life [LP]

After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Maggie Rogers released her critically acclaimed debut EP, 'Now That The Light Is Fading'. The acclaimed producer/songwriter/performer now releases major label debut album: ‘Heard It In A Past Life’. The album includes the song that introduced Rogers to the world, “Alaska,” which has accrued over 100 million global combined streams to date. ‘Heard It In A Past Life’ also contains the follow-up singles “Fallingwater,” praised by NPR as “a celebration of the terrifying yet thrilling process of change” and “Give A Little,” which Pitchfork hailed as “cathartic pop song about empathy and unity.”; as well as newest single “Light On”, as seen on Saturday Night Live - November 3rd.


Maggie Rogers $18.98
Ohtis - Runnin [Limited Edition Vinyl Single] Runnin [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]

The brand new single from the band Ohtis - made up of members Sam Swinson, Adam Pressley & Nate Hahn. The band, formed in Normal, Illinois, bring the vivid storytelling wit of Josh T. Pierson and the shufflin’ Americana of Wilco and Phosphorescent. The band have finished their new album which is due for release in Spring 2019. Limited edition, one time 7" press. Includes "Runnin" and an exclusive B-side, "Settling."


Ohtis $7.98
Various Artists - Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert [2LP] Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert [2LP]

Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert captured performances from the historic event  at The Theatre At Madison Square Garden, honoring the songs of one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. The concert film/audio recordings feature 20 performances of Beatles and solo classics by Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Spoon + Chris Stapleton.


Various Artists $24.99
LP - Heart To Mouth [Orange LP] Heart To Mouth [Orange LP]

The new album from LP on orange vinyl.


LP $22.98 Digital: $9.99
Cody Johnson - Ain't Nothin' To It [LP] Ain't Nothin' To It [LP]

Cody Johnson $26.98
Trippie Redd - A Love Letter To You 3 A Love Letter To You 3

Trippie Redd $13.49 Digital: $10.99
Various Artists - Homecoming Artists Sing The Songs Of Bill & Gloria Homecoming Artists Sing The Songs Of Bill & Gloria
This special, 12-song collection showcases some of the most popular songs penned by Bill & Gloria Gaither performed by award-winning members of the Homecoming family of artists, including the Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs, Jake Hess, Booth Brothers, David Phelps, the Cathedral Quartet and more. Experience these timeless gems containing eternal messages of hope and love.
Various Artists $9.99
Greensky Bluegrass - All For Money [2LP] All For Money [2LP]

For more than 18 years, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have been creating their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. As they continue to evolve and further define that sound they are breaking barriers with their seventh studio album, All For Money. Recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC alongside co-producers Dominic John Davis (Jack White s longtime bassist) and Glenn Brown, this set of 12 new songs finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground, welcoming old fans and new audiences alike. They re going full steam ahead into this new era with both the passion and vigor of a band in their infancy and the knowledge and power of one that s been together for almost two decades and counting.


Greensky Bluegrass $23.98 Digital: $
Frances Cone - Late Riser [LP] Late Riser [LP]

Timing matters. With our without you the train is departing; the second hand doesn't really stop when you won't wind your watch; inspiration strikes in an instant but its reckoning can take an eternity. In the world of music, the concept of time doesn't just pertain to cues to come in or a 4/4 beat -- it is also equally about patience and the space an artist must allow themselves to create. So for Christina Cone, the leader of the Nashville-based soulful indie-pop band Frances Cone, Late Riser, the title of her first album since 2013, is a nod to that notion, and her band's growing achievements.


Frances Cone $18.98 Digital: $
The Steel Woods - Old News [2LP] Old News [2LP]

The Steel Woods' sophomore Thirty Tigers album, Old News, represents a creative leap for the southern roots rock songwriting team of Alabama native Wes Bayliss and his North Carolina partner Jason "Rowdy" Cope, who completed their first recordings barely months after they first met. Recorded in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Studios, the site of an old church during a six-day break in a hectic touring schedule, the new album features more original songs and, for the first time, the whole band participated -- including the rhythm section of bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Jay Tooke -- playing in a single room, cutting the tracks virtually live. Part Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, dual-guitar southern blues-rock with elements of R&B, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, folk and metal, the descriptively named, Nashville-based band deepens its resolve on a theme-driven album that joins the mystery train of the past with the full-speed loco-motion of the present, seeking to bring people together with the universality of music.


The Steel Woods $24.98 Digital: $
The Moth & The Flame - Only Just Begun - Single Only Just Begun - Single

The Moth & The Flame   Digital: $
Neyla Pekarek - Rattlesnake Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake is the highly anticipated debut solo album from Neyla Pekarek


Neyla Pekarek $12.98 Digital: $
Soul Asylum - While You Were Out / Clam Dip & Other Delights While You Were Out / Clam Dip & Other Delights

• The band’s last raucous indie releases before signing to major Label. • Remastered and featuring 7 bonus cuts, including 4 never-before released. • Liner notes by Jon Wurster (Superchunk). • While You Were Out was produced by much revered Minneapolis Musician Chris Osgood, leader of the groundbreaking 1976 punk band The Suicide Commandos. • Contains the full U.K.-only EP track list of Clam Dip & Other Delights EP, first time available in the U.S. Soul Asylum were inheritor’s of the throne in the Minneapolis scene launched by The Replacements and Husker Du. Soul Asylum stood out because of their smart, punky, hard rock songs and relentless work ethic. They made four records for hometown label Twin/Tone Records before moving on to the majors; first A&M, then Columbia, where they scored two platinum albums and won a Best Rock Song Grammy for “Runaway Train.” While You Were Out was the band’s 3rd album and its 3rd release of 1986, following 2nd album Made To Be Broken and the cassette-only rarities compilation, Time’s Incinerator. It is considered by many to be their finest album. Clam Dip & Other Delights was their parting release for Twin/Tone before signing to major label, A&M Records. As the liner notes say, “The band got to record a bunch of things that likely would never have made it to an album, raw and all over the map stylistically, but sounding vital even 30 years removed.” Produced by Twin/Tone Records co-founder and Replacements manager, Peter Jesperson and Grammy®-winner, Cheryl Pawelski, these expanded reissues of Soul Asylum’s 3rd and EP collect rare outtakes and demos from this era, including seven bonus tracks as well as four completely unreleased songs. The packaging provides an array of never before seen photos, artwork, flyers and liner notes written by Jon Wurster of Superchunk fame.


Soul Asylum $16.98
Altitudes & Attitude - Get It Out [LP] Get It Out [LP]

Altitudes & Attitude $19.98 Digital: $
Joe Jackson - Fool [LP] Fool [LP]

Following the 2015 release of the critically acclaimed Fast Forward , legendary songwriter Joe Jackson is releasing the 20th studio album of his career. 'Fool' is the fulfilment of a career-long dream: to finish a tour and head straight into the studio with the band firing on all cylinders. So, on July 29th, Joe wrapped up his 2018 summer tour at The Eqyptian Theater in Boise, Idaho and the following day set up shop at Tonic Room Studios in town. The album was co-produced by Jackson and producer Pat Dillett (David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, etc.) The band in question was the same group that Jackson has played live with ever since the release of Fast Forward : Teddy Kumpel on guitar, Doug Yowell on drums, and long-time collaborator Graham Maby on bass (Maby was on that first recording session 40 years ago as well). The Fast Forward Tour took on a life of its own and enjoyed several encores over the last 3 years with the band ultimately playing 103 shows together during that time span.


Joe Jackson $19.98
Night Beats - Myth Of A Man [LP] Myth Of A Man [LP]

Fronted by Texan native Danny Lee Backwell, Myth Of A Man is Night Beats fourth studio album. While Blackwell has always fed off the musical legacy of his Texas roots, Myth Of A Man has him pulling from the surrogate wellspring of Nashville, Tennessee. It was there that he worked with the eminent Dan Auerbach, and a murderer's row of battle-worn session musicians. Written during a particularly destructive period of the band, the album is populated by fallen angels, blood-sucking wanderers, and vindictive lovers, but the character most present is Blackwell, himself. ''Myth Of A Man can be summed up as a personal display of vulnerability and guilty conscience,'' he explains, ''Destroying the mythos of what it means to live and function in society.'' With its bold steps forward, Myth Of A Man serves as both a takedown and reintroduction of the band as we know it-the strongest evidence that you'll never be able to pin Night Beats down.


Night Beats $19.98
RYD - RYD RYD

RYD, aka North London producer and songwriter Ryan Downie is inspired by the frankness of Bon Iver's work, the more experimental wing of 90s R&B - think Timbaland, The Neptunes, Missy Elliot - his classical upbringing and a fondness for jazz composition that all come to the fore on his intoxicating self-titled debut album. Opaque electronics matched to heart-rending songwriting, bleached out digital production underpinning the most poignant of vocals, the album is a work of solitary creativity that is constantly in flux.


RYD $14.98
Ronnie Milsap - The Duets The Duets

Ronnie Milsap $13.98 Digital: $
The Delines - The Imperial [LP] The Imperial [LP]

In 2014, the Delines released their debut LP, toured Europe, UK and Australia and were heading towards album #2. Singer Amy Boone was hit by a car and endured nine surgeries over three years before becoming strong enough to record again. Former Richmond Fontaine leader, Willy Vlautin had songs waiting---less Americana and more Country Soul. As Q wrote, ''Vlautin is in majestic storytelling formconjuring more depth in a couple of verses than most writers in 300 pages.'' The Imperial melds his songs with Boone's voice and a crack band with horns for a result that is a grand step forward from the first album replete with emotional songs of worlds both romantic and lonely, desperate and hopeful. The effort is stunning.


The Delines $20.99 Digital: $
Mdou Moctar - Blue Stage Session [LP] Blue Stage Session [LP]

The Third Man Records Cass Corridor space in Detroit had the distinct pleasure of hosting and recording one of the most compelling new guitarists of the 21st century, Mdou Moctar. Mdou is a member of the Tuareg music community gestating in the remote desert city of Agadez, Niger, 'where guitars are king.' His music fi rst came to the attention of Western music-lovers through the essential fi eld recording work being done by the good folks at Sahel Sounds, first on their 2010 compilation Music From Saharan Cellphones. While much of Tuareg music has become more distorted, faster and bombastic as of late, Mdou's soundscapes are more traditionally sparse, polyrhythmic and deeply psychedelic, with lyrics sung in the style of Tuareg nomadic poets. His show on the Blue Stage at Third Man Records Cass Corridor was proof of how special all of this feels, especially in front of a Western audience, most of whom were seeing Mdou live for the fi rst time. When Mdou took the stage with guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane and drummer Mahmoud Ahmed Jabra - only their faces exposed in their tunics and turbans - and began to play, there was a meditative intrigue that loomed heavy and thick in the room. Though hard to see clearly Mdou's precise and rapid-fi re fi ngerwork on his Fender, the audience was quickly and thoroughly transfi xed by his left-handed virtuosity. By the end of the psychedelic-guitar-rock-groove-explosion that was their set, it was clear that this was a show that would be talked about for a very long time. LP packaging: Direct-to-board LP jacket, standard weight vinyl Recorded live to tape on 9.15.17 at Third Man Records in Detroit. TRACK LISTING A1. Tarha A2. Kamane Tarhanine A3. Ibitilan A4. Taliat B1. Adounia B2. Tarhatazed B3. Chet Boghassa


Mdou Moctar $14.98