RELEASE TUESDAY: April 22, 2014

April 22nd, 2014

We made it past Record Store Day, yet another Release Tuesday beckons.


Magic Drum Orchestra: MDO (Tru Thoughts)
File Under: Funk, Hip-Hop, Afrobeat

This percussion supergroup boasts some major skills in numerous genres. Until we were researching this, we didn’t realize that a reworking of “Sunshine Of Your Love” we absolutely love was made by a previous group helmed by Glyn Bush called Rockers Hi Fi. It appeared way back in the early 2000s on the seminal Rewind! compilation on Ubiquity.

You can hear their spin on Snoop’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and Benga’s “Crunked Up.” HOT DAYUM!

Kelis: Food (Ninja Tune)
File Under: R&B, Pop

Way back she was popular for her milkshakes. Now, Kelis is here to entice us with more food. She was featured on NPR last week on-air, which has now made its way online.

Hans Zimmer: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack (Columbia)
File Under: Soundtrack

The score fills out the first disc while the second disc includes a few tracks by the likes of Alicia Keys, Pharrell, and Phosphorescent.

Death: III (Drag City)
File Under: Rock

Last summer we reviewed this band’s incredible documentary. Now, they release more vault material. Sound clips are up at the label’s site. A 45 including “North Street” and “We’re Gonna Make It” preceded it in release.

Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else (Blue Note/Universal)
Dexter Gordon: Our Man In Paris (Blue Note/Universal)
Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (Blue Note/Universal)
The Ornette Coleman Trio: At The “Golden Circle” Stockholm, Vol. 1 (Blue Note/Universal)
Sonny Rollins: A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Vinyl, Reissue

Another amazing collection of jazz titles from the Blue Note canon getting a vinyl reissue.

RECORD STORE DAY: April 19, 2014

April 17th, 2014

The biannual day for music lovers makes its triumphant return. As a note, some of have complained of this year’s event falling before Easter. Rest assured, it has nothing to do with capitalism and taking away from family time. The day always falls on the third Saturday of April.

We’re highlighting a few titles that interest us. For the full list, be sure to visit the RSD site, download the PDF, or install the app from your smartphone’s app store.

Sam Cooke: Ain’t That Good News (ABKCO)
File Under: Soul

The album gets attention for being the LP that houses the iconic “A Change Is Gonna Come.” However, Cooke was in top form throughout the entire record including on the sweet “The Riddle Song,” the great jukebox singalong tune “Another Saturday Night,” and some countrified soul in the title track.

We were fortunate enough to get a promotional copy of the album. The vinyl is thick 180g goodness that sounds absolutely pristine. It’s a dead quiet pressing with each instrument and aural piece occupying its own distinctive place. Carl Rowatti’s lacquer cutting of Bob Ludwig’s master is a thing of beauty. We don’t hide the fact that we are big fans of Cooke’s music, but it makes us ecstatic that project coordinators Jody Klein and Teri Landi treated this release with such respect. It’s our hope that this is the beginning of more reissues, compilations, and vault material from Mr. Soul.

Various Artists: South Side Story (Numero)
File Under: Soul, R&B

Numero is releasing this comp on both CD and vinyl formats. It covers tracks from the label’s home city, Chicago. You can hear :30 clips of the compilation over at the label’s website.

Donny Hathaway: Live At The Bitter End 1971 (Rhino)
File Under: Soul

Most of this concert was released late last year on the Never My Love anthology. However, there is one incentive to buying this release, other than it being its first time on vinyl. A 21-minute version of “Everything Is Everything” takes up a full side and is exclusive to this release.

Record Racks friend Joachim Bertrand, who runs a wonderful Hathaway tribute page, put together this unboxing video of the album.

The Everly Brothers: Songs Our Daddy Taught Us (Varese Sarabande)
The Everly Brothers: Roots (Rhino)
File Under: Pop, Americana

Phil and Don Everly recorded a great amount of memorable songs throughout their long career. Two titles are getting a vinyl reissue on Saturday. The first is the album that inspired Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones to record a tribute album to Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Just this past March, Varese Sarabande gave it a CD reissue with a handful of alternate takes. Its vinyl counterpart sees the album proper on wax.

Rhino is also issuing a catalog title as well. Roots was released a decade after Songs Our Daddy Taught Us and finds the group still using their tight harmonies over cover songs from George Jones and Randy Newman to name a few.

Hank Williams: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 – Extended Play (Omnivore)
File Under: Country, Live

Omnivore has gone to great lengths to recreate an EP jacket that looks of the period. Eight tracks adorn this EP of previously unissued material of the country legend on a 1950 radio show. If you’re unable to find this title on Saturday, be aware that all these tracks plus more will be available on a full 24-track compilation being released in May.

Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 – Extended Play (Real Gone)
File Under: Country, Live

Along the same lines, this Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys release covers material from the 1940s recorded specifically for radio stations. While a number of these tracks are going to be included on the upcoming 2-CD compilation of Transcriptions material, there are a handful of tracks exclusive to this pressing.

The Civil Wars: Live At Eddie’s Attic (Sensibility/Columbia)
File Under: Pop, Country, Live

John Paul White and Joy Williams have gotten in a release on most RSDs over the past few years. This year they release an early show of theirs on vinyl, one that was available for free on their official website for some time starting almost 5 years ago. They even perform a Sade cover (“No Ordinary Love”), a daring task for any group!

Albert Ammons: Boogie Woogie Stomp/Boogie Woogie Blues (Blue Note/Universal)
Maude “Lux” Lewis: Melancholy/Solitude (Blue Note/Universal)
File Under: Jazz, Blues

Some EARLY, and we mean early, jazz from the legendary Blue Note. The Lewis track is the first release from the label, and the Ammons track was released next. Some incredible history is being presented here. The originals go for ridiculous prices.

311: 311 (Legacy)
311: Evolver (Legacy)
File Under: Pop, Rock

Both of these titles have not been previously released on vinyl, a situation that Legacy is rectifying this year. While these aren’t exclusive to RSD, they are RSD First titles. The self-titled album launched the band into the public consciousness with a mix of rock and rap on hits like “All Mixed Up” and “Down” in the mid-90s. Evolver featured the hit “Creatures (For A While).”

Henry Mancini: Soundtrack To Pink Panther (Legacy)
File Under: Jazz, Soundtrack, Lounge

Who doesn’t know this wonderful and cool Mancini song? Along with the Cooke record noted above, this soundtrack is also celebrating a 50th anniversary in 2014. Legacy is reissuing it on beautiful pink vinyl, and it will serve as a precursor to an 11-CD box set highlighting other Mancini scores due later this year.

Outkast: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (Legacy)
File Under: Hip-Hop

Before they were ATLiens, Big Boi and Andre 3000 were creating party anthems like “Player’s Ball” and “Hootie Hoo.” 20 years after its debut, the album is getting a 180g reissue in its original 12-song format, not the more expanded version that found its way to CD later.

Quantic: You Will Return (Tru Thoughts)
File Under: Latin

Featuring Alice Russell, this 7″ is our first taste of Quantic’s new album due May 6. A DJ edit is on the A-side while the instrumental rounds out the release. A lush blend of banjo, strings, and lively percussion make this one something really special.

Various Artists: If 2.0 (Ninja Tune)
File Under: Electronic

The second installment of the series features a Cinematic Orchestra remix of Heidi Vogel’s “Turn Up The Quiet” and the exciting “Land Of The Drum” by The New World Percussion Ensemble. In all, 13 tracks are spread across three 12″s.

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.


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


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.


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.



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”.


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


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


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


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.