RELEASE TUESDAY: April 15, 2014

April 13th, 2014

Later in the week Record Store Day takes over, but Tuesday still sees some other new titles.

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Nas: Illmatic XX (Legacy)
File Under: Hip-Hop

Hard to believe that this album has been out 20 years. For the reissue, a bonus disc includes a smattering of period remixes as well as some vault material including a freestyle and an early track called “I’m A Villain.” Check our Facebook page later this week for more.

Nas: “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”


The Black Keys: Fever (CD Single) (Nonesuch)
File Under: Rock

Quite a different sound for the Ohio band. The single includes the lead track “Fever” as well as “Turn Blue.” The full album releases in May.

The Black Keys: “Fever”


Ikebe Shakedown: Stone By Stone (Ubiquity)
File Under: Soul, Funk

Recorded at Daptone’s “House Of Soul” studio, this band’s sophomore album is lovely instrumental soul with a touch of African inspiration. Wax Poetics is streaming the album in full for a limited time.

Ikebe Shakedown: “The Offering”


Shawn Lee And Tim Love Lee: KPM Presents: New York Trouble/Electric Progression (Tummy Touch)
File Under: Library, Soul, Funk

Shawn Lee and Tim Love Lee were given some tapes of vintage library music by maestro musicians Herbie Flowers and Barry Morgan. After adding their own flavor, this album is the result. Once again, be sure to check out Wax Poetics for an exclusive track and more information.


Ingrid Michaelson: Lights Out (Cabin 24)
File Under: Pop

Ingrid Michaelson’s career continues with her fifth studio album including this catchy new single…

Ingrid Michaelson: “Girls Chase Boys”


Bobby Rush With Blinddog Smokin’ : Decisions (Silver Talon)
File Under: Blues

Bluesman Bobby Rush teams up with Blinddog Smokin’ for this modern day exploration of the genre. The legendary Dr. John contributes his talents in “Another Murder In New Orleans,” seen below.

RELEASE TUESDAY: April 8, 2014

April 6th, 2014

RELEASE TUESDAY: April 8, 2014

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Carlene Carter: Carter Girl (Rounder)
File Under: Country

In the country world, a last name of Carter can mean you’re from a strong lineage of musical roots. With a number of songs on the 12-track album having a writing credit of the A.P. Carter, the songwriting, of course, is superior.

Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and other Carter family members are featured throughout the album. The opening track, “Little Black Train,” is an update of the Carter Family song originally performed nearly 80 years ago.

AS SEEN ON TV

The Dave Clark Five And Beyond – Glad All Over

The Beatles weren’t the only part of the British Invasion. The Dave Clark Five is featured in a documentary on PBS’ Great Performances series called The Dave Clark Five And Beyond – Glad All Over. Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder lend their thoughts and memories of the group. Read more about it on the PBS site.

Catch it on PBS starting this week. It will air Friday, April 11, at 10 AM in many markets, although it’s always advisable to check your local listings.

Trailer:

CLASSIXX REVEALS A STRANGER LOVE

April 2nd, 2014

One of our favorite albums from last year, easily in the top 5, was Hanging Gardens by Los Angeles DJ/production duo Classixx. Earlier today they released their latest music video entitled “A Stranger Love” featuring Sarah Chernoff on vocals.

The song perfectly illustrates the 1980s vibe meets 2010s pop/dance sound that permeates their debut album. Chernoff’s vocals reminds us a bit of Laura Branigan.

Classixx: “A Stranger Love”

If you haven’t gotten a chance to hear anything else from the group, be sure to check out “Holding On” and “All You’re Waiting For”.

COLORFUL ARTISTS ANNOUNCE NEW PROJECTS TODAY

April 1st, 2014

April Fool’s Day ended up being a big day for new album announcements. Both Jack White and David Gray put out press releases noting upcoming albums due in June.

Gray’s album was announced first. Mutineers will hit shelves on June 17 in the USA. Not counting EPs or Lost Songs 95-98, it marks his tenth proper album (ninth if you discount his covers-only A Thousand Miles Behind project).

A video for “Gulls” accompanied the press blast, which you can hear below.

Multiple configurations of the album will be available including a vinyl version with an exclusive bonus track entitled “Nearly Midnight.” All formats are available to pre-order at his official webstore. For even more reason to order from his webstore, the first 1000 pre-orders who preorder the deluxe edition will receive an autographed copy.

Standard CD (11 tracks)
Deluxe 3-CD (including a 2-CD live album)
Vinyl (12 tracks with exclusive song)

A mini-tour has also been posted in his Tours section.

On the rock side of things, Third Man Records sent out a jaw dropper. While it’s been written about that White had been in the studio lately recording tracks for his sophomore solo set, TMR took the opportunity to not only announce the new album, but to announce the latest Vault package that has the album as its centerpiece on an exclusive colored vinyl version, a 7″ of demos, and more goodies.

The album, Lazaretto, will see a release on June 10. While the official first single (which will be the title track) won’t be unleashed until later this month, TMR is never one to miss an opportunity to capitalize on marketing. An instrumental teaser video, “High Ball Stepper,” was also included. Utilizing White’s signature fuzzy feedback alongside wonky pianos, it’s bluesy garage rock meets horror show soundtrack.

These two artists bring different styles to the table, but we’re looking forward to hearing both.

RELEASE TUESDAY: April 1, 2014

March 30th, 2014

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Various Artists: The Complete Fame Singles Volume 1: 1964-67 (2-CD) (Ace)
File Under: R&B, Soul, Compilation

A two-disc compilation that starts to dig even deeper into the Fame label which was so eloquently documented in Muscle Shoals.

Of course, this isn’t Ace/Kent’s first foray into the world of Fame Records. Tony Rounce, who compiles a ton of music for Ace as well as writes liner notes highlights some titles in the series. Additionally, he spoke to us stating that this was the first of at least two, if not more, two disc sets focusing on the singles.


Various Artists: Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne (2-CD) (Music Road Records)
File Under: Pop, Rock, Tribute, Compilation

A long overdue compilation highlighting over 20 songs from the great Jackson Browne’s career as covered by artists like Bonnie Raitt, the Indigo Girls, Lyle Lovett, Ben Harper, Keb Mo, Bruce Springsteen, and Bruce Hornsby.

We’ll have more details on this title in an upcoming review we’re doing for Paste. Keep watching our Facebook page for the link!

RELEASE TUESDAY: March 25, 2014

March 24th, 2014

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D’Angelo: Live At The Jazz Cafe: The Complete Show (Universal/Virgin)
File Under: R&B, Soul, Live

Technically, this isn’t a reissue since it contains material not previously available. However, back in the ’90s, six tracks from this album were released as a Japanese EP. That EP still fetches $25 retail (at least that’s what we paid for it less than a year ago after finding a used copy).

Still, this is the complete show, clocking in just a shade under an hour. Previously unreleased tracks include a brief introduction, a short entrance jam (where D doesn’t sing) by his band and backup singers – including Angie Stone – covering Mandrill’s “Fencewalk,” a sub-two minute cover of the Ohio Players’ “Sweet Sticky Thing,” an Al Green cover of “I’m Glad You’re Mine,” an extended version of “Lady,” an announcement (the MC telling people D will be coming back onstage), and “Jonz In My Bonz,” an original off his debut Brown Sugar album.

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come from D’Angelo this year. He’s been in the studio with Pino Palladino and friends cooking up some more soulful funky goodness.


Johnny Cash: Out Among The Stars (Legacy)
File Under: Country

A batch of previously unreleased material from the man in black.


Miles Davis: Miles At The Fillmore (Box Set) (Legacy)
File Under: Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Live, Box Set

Four discs of Miles’ acclaimed fusion era tracks as performed live at the Fillmore East in June 1970. Heads are still spinning to this day trying to catch up with what Miles and his bandmates were recording.


Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Box Set) (Island/Universal)
File Under: Reissue, Pop, Box Set, Live

Elton’s classic GYBR album sees a super deluxe treatment including a rare documentary of the period, 2 discs of live material at the Hammersmith, and 2 discs of remastered tracks, demos, b-sides, covers, and more.

Multiple formats of the album will be released including black vinyl, yellow vinyl, a single disc remaster, a double disc Deluxe Edition remaster, and digital versions.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page this week for more extensive coverage on the set we are doing for Paste.


Ludacris: Back For The First Time (Def Jam South/Universal)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Reissue, Vinyl

The next in the series of the Respect The Classics campaign, Luda’s major label debut album sees him working with the likes of The Neptunes, Timbaland, Organized Noize, Jermaine Dupri, and more. “Southern Hospitality” received a ton of airplay, instructing us all how to throw them bows.

This vinyl edition will feature a fascinating lenticular cover.


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Free For All (Blue Note/Universal)
Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (Blue Note/Universal)
John Coltrane: Blue Train (Blue Note/Universal)
Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch (Blue Note/Universal)
Larry Young: Unity (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Reissue, Vinyl

The first batch of titles to be reissued as part of a massive 75th anniversary celebration. For round 1, they went with heavy hitter old school jazz. As the series expands, which is set for 5 titles per month, artists classic and contemporary will see their albums reissued with new remastering.

Be sure to check our Facebook page as we’ll be linking to an article with more details as well as an opportunity to win some of these titles.

RELEASE TUESDAY: March 18, 2014

March 17th, 2014

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Unwound: Rat Conspiracy (Numero)
File Under: Rock, Punk

Numero unleashes another vinyl-only se (an MP3 download is available as well), this time focusing on Unwound’s punk sound from the mid-90s. A bonus LP is also available for another $10.


Foster The People: Supermodel (Columbia)
File Under: Pop, Rock

After their breakout hit about a mass-murder spree, Foster The People release their sophomore set. This time they are working with heavy-hitter producer Paul Epworth.


George Michael: Symphonica (Island)
File Under: Pop

George Michael has been making hits since the ’80s. This time around, he’s re-recorded some of his own hits (the underrated “Praying For Time” and “One More Try”) alongside some songs he recorded for the oft-forgotten Songs From The Last Century that closed out the ’90s for him.

RELEASE TUESDAY: March 4 And 11, 2014

March 10th, 2014

Yes, we missed another week. Sorry… REALLY sorry!


Aloe Blacc: Lift Your Spirit (Interscope)
File Under: Pop, R&B

Another former Stones Throw artist that went to a major and still continued to success. Blacc’s surge to the top is surpassing even Mayer Hawthorne’s with chart-topping hit “Wake Me Up” and the airplay that “The Man” is getting.

Additionally, Target is offering a couple of bonus tracks, the title track and “Eyes Of A Child,” the only place to get them on a physical disc at this time. The tracks are also available through ordering the album on iTunes.

One thing of note to those who bought the international version of the album that released late in 2013, the tracklisting here is different as even that version has a couple of tracks not found on this one (“Soldier In The City” and “Wanna Be With You”).


Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell: Live (Rounder)
File Under: Bluegrass, DVD, Concert

After last year’s successful album for Rounder, Martin and Brickell went on the road with The Steep Canyon Rangers. If you missed the tour, you can revisit it through this CD/DVD package.


Pharrell Williams: G I R L (Columbia)
File Under: Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop

Even though “Happy” has been out for several months given its inclusion on the Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack, it’s also gotten a big boost from his recent performance of it on the Oscars and a ton of radio play from stations all over the dial.

If you haven’t checked it out, there is literally a 24-hour video of the song at the video’s official site showing different dancers doing choreography routines in different settings at literally all times of the day and night. Pretty cool concept.


Rufus Wainwright: Live At The Artists Den (Universal)
File Under: Pop, Blu-Ray

Wainwright’s popular set recorded in 2012 sees the light of day in this Blu-Ray release (we can’t find a corresponding DVD release). Additionally, the audio CD is being sold separately.


Dérobé Dance Band: Gogoplata/Kem Dahg 45 (Secret Stash)
File Under: Global Grooves, Vinyl

A new Afrobeat band out of Minneapolis releases its debut 45. Check our Facebook page later this week, and we’ll post a link to a debut of one of the songs we’re doing in conjunction with WaxPoetics. Intense stuff, this 45.


Ledisi: The Truth (Universal/Verve)
File Under: R&B

This chanteuse is releasing a new album after her recent forays with Robert Glasper on his Robert Glasper Experiment project. Both are touring together this spring, so be sure to check out her Events page on her site to find a date/location close to you.

RELEASE TUESDAY: February 25, 2014

February 24th, 2014

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Beck: Morning Phase (Capitol)
File Under: Pop, Rock

Beck’s latest album is getting compared a lot to his heralded Sea Change album due to its acoustic and insightful nature.


Souljazz Orchestra: Inner Fire (Strut)
File Under: Global Grooves

Back in January, we did a premiere of the track “Celestial Blues” for WaxPoetics. Today, the full album releases.


Muscle Shoals (DVD, Blu-Ray) (Magnolia Home Entertainment)
File Under: Documentary, R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock

Another project we did for WaxPoetics, the Muscle Shoals documentary is releasing to retail.

In related news, Ace just announced today a new series in the Fame reissue saga in a 2-CD set featuring the Fame singles, As and Bs, with the first volume covering 1964-1967. It will release on March 31 (at least in the UK). Early indications from those working on them is that there will be at least three 2-CD sets.


The Fray: Helios (Epic)
File Under: Pop, Rock

With “Love Don’t Lie” as a lead single, The Fray are invading your Top 40 station once again. Target is offering a bonus autographed insert.


Michael Kiwanuka: You’ve Got Nothing To Lose/Waitin’ ‘Round To Die 45 (Third Man)
File Under: Pop

While this released last week, we didn’t find out about it until after last week’s post went up. However, we wanted to make sure we found the space to feature it.

We’ve been wondering when Mr. Kiwanuka was going to pop up again. And while we didn’t think that Third Man would be the next place we’d hear him, the two tracks don’t disappoint. The B-side is a Townes Van Zandt cover, while the A-side, featured below, is an original.

RELEASE TUESDAY: February 4, 11, 18, 2014

February 16th, 2014

So it’s been a minute (okay, a few weeks) since we have posted a Release Tuesday guide. Here’s what you’ve missed.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes (ATO)
File Under: Americana, Folk, Country

A really strong set from this group that is garnering magazine covers and tons of press coverage for this album. Although they have a number of albums already under their belts, this one is breaking them wide open. Alynda Lee Segarra’s vocals remind us of Fiona Apple mixed with Natalie Merchant.


Broken Bells: After The Disco (Columbia)
File Under: Pop, Rock

Another collaboration between James Mercer and Danger Mouse. Oddly enough, the first single has drawn comparisions with The Bee Gees!


The Haden Triplets: The Haden Triplets (Third Man)
File Under: Americana, Folk, Country

For the debut album as a trio, these sisters sing a list of covers from country and bluegrass legends. Stay tuned to our Facebook page this week as our full review will be posted over at Paste.


Musi-O-Tunya: Give Love To Your Children (Now-Again)
File Under: Global Grooves

The band has been highlighted by the label before, but this is more of the Zambian band’s output. The label is offering a free track, linked below.

Musi-O-Tunya: When I’m Gone


Aretha Franklin: The Queen Of Soul (4-CD box set) (Rhino)
Otis Redding: The King Of Soul (4-CD box set) (Rhino)
File Under: Soul, R&B, Pop, Box Set

Rhino revisits earlier box sets by these esteemed artists. Tracklistings vary from their old counterparts, but the music is just as great. Our full review is up over at WaxPoetics.


Various Artists: Sweetheart 2014: Our Favorite Artists Play Their Favorite Love Songs (Starbucks Entertainment/Hear Music/Conord Music Group)
File Under: Pop, Compilation

Some wonderful covers included here including the Fiona Apple track and Vampire Weekend. While you’re getting your morning joe at Starbucks, be sure to pick this up as well. We’re also a sucker for a piano cover, and Ben Harper’s take on Mazzy Star fits the bill.

1. Turn Your Lights Down Low – Jim James (Bob Marley cover)
2. Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò) – Vampire Weekend (Andrea Bocelli cover)
3. Love – Beck (John Lennon cover)
4. Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Phosphorescent (Bob Dylan cover)
5. Don’t Forget Me – The Head and the Heart (Harry Nilsson cover)
6. Happy Or Lonesome – Valerie June (Carter Family cover)
7. Always on My Mind – Bahamas (Willie Nelson cover)
8. If You Were Mine – Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (Ray Charles cover)
9. Fade Into You – Ben Harper (Mazzy Star cover)
10. I’m In The Middle Of A Riddle – Fiona Apple featuring Maude Maggart (Anton Karas cover)
11. The Chain – Brandi Carlile (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. I Hope – Blake Mills (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Stevie Wonder cover)


Eric Roberson: B-Sides, Features, & Heartaches (Blue Erro Soul)
File Under: Soul, Compilation

One of the hardest working men in the business, Eric Roberson has been at it since the 1990s. He’s amassed multiple Grammy nominations during that time. This compilation pulls together some work he’s done with others as well as some rarities.


Nostalgia 77: A Journey Too Far (Tru Thoughts)
File Under: Pop, Jazz

Benedic Lamdin and his band team up with Josa Peit for a wonderful batch of songs that are airy and heartfelt, recalling Air and Zero 7. Check out our writeup over at WaxPoetics to hear “What Do You Know” from the album.


Twilight: Luv N Haight Edit Series Vol. 7 (Ubiquity)
File Under: R&B, Boogie

Early ’80s boogie is presented here with a remix and dub by famed producer Kon. Hear clips at the link above.


Jimbo Mathus: Dark Night Of The Soul (Fat Possum)
File Under: Rock

The former Squirrel Nut Zipper is trying some new sounds on his latest effort.


Pyramid Vritra: Indra (Stones Throw)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Alternative

Off-brand hip-hop from Stones Throw that mixes really interesting beats that is all original music.