Erykah Badu: Mama’s Gun (Motown, Music On Vinyl)
File Under: R&B, Soul, Vinyl
MOV is putting out the first public issue of Badu’s Mama’s Gun on vinyl. Previously only promo copies were sent out to tastemakers, DJs, etc. The album finds the Soulquarians (who produced albums for The Roots, D’Angelo, Slum Village, and Common) in top form.
Erykah Badu: “Bag Lady”
Puss N Boots: No Fools, No Fun (Blue Note)
File Under: Pop, Country, Singer-Songwriter
After playing together since 2008, the trio of Catherine Popper, Sasha Dobson, and Norah Jones release their debut album that features a handful of originals and the rest are covers of primarily country music. Amazon’s exclusive version features two bonus tracks, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” and the classic “In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town.”
The band performs the Norah Jones original “Don’t Know What It Means” for the Wall Street Journal in the video below.
Jason Mraz: Yes! (Atlantic)
File Under: Pop
An exclamatory album title from Mr. A-Z. He made a short film entitled “We Can Take The Long way,” which can be seen below, to promote its release.
Various Artists: Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label (Numero)
File Under: R&B, Soul, Reissue, Vinyl, Compilation
The boys in Chicago just keep compiling these impressive compilations of labels long lost, or sometimes never even known, outside of their home territory. The Way Out label was headquartered in Cleveland when another all-time sports talent had a grip on the city, Jim Brown.
Various Artists: Wish I Was Here Soundtrack (Columbia)
File Under: Pop, Indie, Soundtrack
Zach Braff (Garden State) is at it again with a new film and curating a soundtrack to go with it including a number of indie darlings such as Cat Power, Bon Iver, The Shins, Hozier, and The Head And The Heart. A vinyl version will follow on August 6th.
The full album can be streamed over at EW’s site. You can also hear the title track sung by Cat Power and written by Coldplay below.
3rd Bass: Cactus Album (Def Jam/Universal)
File Under: Hip-Hop, Vinyl
A vinyl reissue of the album that spawned hits like “Steppin’ To The A.M.” and “The Gas Face,” the latter of which featured a nice Aretha Franklin sample. Oh shit, another gas face victim! The video features a ton of cameos of Gilbert Gottfried, Flavor Flav, Russell Simmons, Erick Sermon, and more.
Want to see MF Doom unmasked? Check out the 2:50 mark when he was still known as Zev Love X.
Word up to MC Serch, DJ Richie Rich, and Pete Nice!
3rd Bass: “The Gas Face”