Music Releases 05-13-22
- The Black Keys
Dropout Boogie [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
- Florence + The Machine
Dance Fever [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Grey 2 LP]
- Tank and The Bangas
Red Balloon [LP]
- The Rolling Stones
Live At The El Mocambo [Deluxe 4LP]
- The Chainsmokers
So Far So Good
- Mandy Moore
In Real Life [LP]
- Lyle Lovett
12th of June [LP]
- 49 Winchester
Fortune Favors The Bold [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange LP]
- State Champs
Kings Of The New Age [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow & Oxblood Galaxy LP]
- The Dillinger Escape Plan
Irony Is A Dead Scene EP: 20th Anniversary Edition [Tangerine with Black/White Splatter Vinyl]
- Kevin Morby
This Is A Photograph [Gold Nugget LP]
Zick Zack [Limited Edition Vinyl Single]
- TOMORROW X TOGETHER
minisode 2: Thursday's Child [HATE ver.]
- Bear's Den
Blue Hours [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White LP]
- Amyl and The Sniffers
Comfort To Me: Expanded Edition [Clear Smoke 2LP]
Music Releases 05-20-22
Harry’s House is the third solo studio album from Grammy award-winning global superstar Harry Styles. The 13-track full-length album was recorded in multiple locations across the UK, Los Angeles and Tokyo from 2020 to 2021. It was written by Harry alongside frequent collaborators Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson, and Mitch Rowland.
Van Morrison's 43rd studio album, What's It Gonna Take? (Exile Productions/Virgin) features 14 new compositions that collectively reflect his indefatigable drive to record and perform live in front of audiences. The album was produced by Morrison and is preceded by the single "Pretending," a gorgeous, restless, soul song.
AM Gold is the new album from multi-GRAMMY Award-winning band TRAIN. This will be the group’s first release of all-new original music in five years, and is their 11th studio album.
“Writing songs is hard. Not compared to so many things I suppose, but it’s difficult to create something that you love and then other people love as well. Writing songs for two and a half years in front of video screens instead of being in the presence of other humans has been a long, strange trip. And now here we are,” frontman Pat Monahan shares. “It has to start with love. Love that goes into work comes out of work. We this album and our fans. Thank you for waiting so long for us. I think it was worth it. AM Gold! Here we go!“
Jo Schornikow’s new album ALTAR is the perfect counterweight to 2019’s Secret Weapon. While that album was bare and scrappy bedroom folk, this new album is a joyful announcement of synthy indie-pop.
From Melbourne, Australia, Jo’s first job at 17 was as a church organist, a job she’s picked up again now in Nashville, where she lives with her husband Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent and their two children. She’s played keyboard in that band for over 8 years now, touring heavily all over the world as a full band, and ducking into BBC to record a duo session on their grand piano.
Rolling Stone called her last album “excellent,” Pitchfork calls her piano playing “sensitive” and “impressionistic,” and Gorilla vs. Bear describes her songwriting as “gorgeous and smouldering.” But the songs on ALTAR take all of that a step further. There are still those moments of quiet beauty, but they are exploded through with joy. There are windows-down, anthemic pop moments on “Visions” and “Lose Yr Love.”
Jo Schornikow is a songwriter flexing her craft and sharing songs that have a special charm that allow them to somehow feel honest, open, intimate and funny at the same time.
Floating On A Dream is the full length solo debut from Avi Kaplan. Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium), the album’s steadfast musical foundation showcases Avi’s signature baritone vocals. Includes feature guest Joy Williams on the track “All Is Well,” which Avi co-wrote with Joy.
Frankie and the Witch Fingers simulated reality prototype! The band's live LEVITATION session finally has a proper vinyl release! Isolated in the heart of Joshua Tree, California, The Witch Fingers recorded these sessions during 2020, the great shutdown of Earth. Plug it into your brain and experience a deep-fried, multi-colored, sensory invasion featuring nine jams off their latest LPs MEPEM & ZAM. A psychedelic rock meltdown in the 4th dimension!
When Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin, one of the most vital new voices in rock, began to consider the themes of her new album, three vivid words began to emerge: joy, fear and endlessness. The artwork of the band’s third full-length, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky, is a surreal image that evokes the ducks and dives, slippery slopes and existential angst of life in recent times. “To me, the feelings of joy, fear and endlesses coexist together,” says Dana. “You’re never just happy or unhappy.”
Following Every Bad’s release in 2020, Margolin was quickly becoming regarded as one of the most magnetic band leaders around. But if Every Bad established Dana’s bravery in laying herself bare, her band’s third record takes that to anthemic new heights. While there are moments of guttural release, she also finds soft power on songs. “I used to think I had to be loud to be heard,” she admits, “but now I’m definitely less afraid of being gentle.”
The band’s first new single, ‘Back To The Radio’, sets out their stall, a lurching call to arms that contrasts Dana’s lyrics of panic and closing herself off. This song is just one of example in WDBLTTS that explores something that has long been an important part of Porridge Radio’s process: playfulness. “I think the album needed to have that balance,” Dana explains.
Balance: that’s the word the album seems to be eternally striving for – joy, fear and endlessness in harmony but also self-acceptance. Dana is more aware of how she’s creating a persona as her star continues to rise, and how she’s singing personal songs that now belong to other people which gives her purpose. She says, “I wrote these songs for myself, but I think everyone wants to feel like what they’re doing is useful in some way. I’m ready to embrace it all now, whatever happens.
Face The River is the new album from singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw. The album is an emotional journey that reflects recent personal losses that Gavin has suffered. Face The River was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson) in Nashville, and this collection of songs is easily the most personal work Gavin has ever created.
Vinyl: $34.98 Buy
Pusha T returns with his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, It’s Almost Dry. Picking up where his GRAMMY-nominated, #1 rap album Daytona left off, Pusha stays true to his roots with his signature snarl, razor-sharp lyrics, and menacing beats. Produced entirely by Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, It’s Almost Dry features an all-star cast including Jay-Z, Ye, Pharrell, Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi, and more. The 'Rap Album Of The Year’ has arrived!
Coming fresh off his 3 year residency as lead guitarist in Frank Zappa’s band, Vai spent the majority of 1983 in the studio. These recordings resulted in the 1984 release of Flex-Able which introduced Vai to the world as a solo artist. The standout instrumental track, “The Attitude Song”, was featured in the October 1984 issue of Guitar Player magazine as the first sound sheet Flexi Disc and quickly established Vai as a bonafide and powerful innovator of guitar pyrotechnics. Flex-Able has served as an integral part of Vai’s career that paved the way for him to join Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth’s band, Whitesnake, and his follow up, platinum tour-de-force, second album Passion & Warfare. No expense or process was spared in the refurbishing and re-release packaging for Flex Able. It was remastered in 2020 by Bernie Grundman using the original ¼” analog master tapes.
Vinyl: $26.98 Buy
Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit…Deja-vu is where Suicidal Tendencies put down the Pepsi, got possessed to skate and cranked up the tempo into thrash’s proverbial red. By 1989, guitarist Mike Clark had jumped to ST from fellow Venice wrecking crew, No Mercy (who Suicidal covers on four of this record’s tracks) and upped the ante as Mike Muir’s loved-n-feared mob gave the likes of Anthrax, Slayer or Megadeth a run for their collective monies. This is Suicidal Tendencies at their fastest and deadliest.
Born into a musical family, as a child Charlie Hickey would obsessively watch videos of his parents on tour in their old band Uma, learning all the lyrics that he loved but didn’t understand. This introduction to music sowed a seed, and Hickey was soon writing songs of his own, playing on the guitars that lay around him and singing about the little details of his school days. He continued throughout his teen years, his songs becoming an outlet for the growing anxieties that Hickey now understands to be Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
This journey has led to Nervous At Night, Hickey’s debut album which releases in the early Summer of 2022 via Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records. Where 2021’s Count The Stairs EP was an attempt to capture the rawness of his performance, Nervous At Night comes alive within its production, Hickey and producer Marshall Vore leaning into their perfectionist tendencies to find the best version of each track. “He’s always interested in how you can push things further but also reigns them in when necessary,” Hickey says. “I think that’s the true hallmark of a good producer.”
Hickey calls it a pop record but admits that sonically it moves in many directions, an amalgamation of his love for the folk singers of yesteryear and more contemporary peers, from Taylor Swift and The 1975 to the Californian songwriter and producer Blake Mills. This shifting of styles – from the album’s quiet heavy-hearted ballads to its more gleaming, hook-led tracks - mirrors its overarching theme: life’s graceless passage between teenage years and adulthood.
And so we have ‘Planet With Water’, a plaintive love song that bristles with nostalgia, Hickey singing of phone calls after school, of hearing a neighbor’s TV through the wall. Elsewhere‘Mid Air’ holds a similar weight, Hickey singing of “spinning in mid-air, waiting for some where to land, or some face to show up” as the song flourishes around his voice, delicately accompanied by guest turns from fellow LA musicians Harrison Whitford, Christian LeeHutson and Mason Stoops.
Nervous At Night comes alive in its juxtapositions, chronicling the constant push and pull of life, both its stagnancy and motion. Chiefly though, this is an album about connection, how even through those struggles we rely on the people around us to keep moving forwards.“I’d like to write songs that are for everyone, that let people into my inner world while also hopefully making people feel less alone on their own. I hope that these songs can be therefor somebody the way my favorite songs have been for me.”
Music Releases 05-27-22
- Kendrick Lamar
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
- Def Leppard
Diamond Star Halos [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear 2LP]
- Liam Gallagher
C'mon You Know [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
- Just Mustard
Heart Under [Limited Edition Translucent Blue LP]
Rock Creek Park [Indie Exclusive Autumn Gold Edition LP]
- Taking Back Sunday
Tell All Your Friends: 20th Anniversary Edition [LP + 10in]
Nevermind: 30th Anniversary [Super Deluxe 8 LP/7in Single]
Video Free Stuff
ABBA - Album Box Set [10LP Box Set]
- Jack Harlow
Come Home The Kids Miss You
- Bright Eyes
A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997: A Companion EP [Opaque Gold Vinyl]
- Bright Eyes
Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion EP [Opaque Gold Vinyl]
- Bright Eyes
Fevers and Mirrors: A Companion EP [Opaque Gold Vinyl]
- Caroline Polachek
Billions [Red Vinyl Single]
- Various Artists
Top Gun: Maverick (Music From The Motion Picture)
- Scotty Sire
MOOD SWINGS [Canary Yellow LP]
Blue Skies [Limited Edition Pink Lipstick LP]