Music Releases 06-11-21
The audio + video release of Mr. Bungle's 2020 livestream event, The Night They Came Home. Includes performances of songs from their album, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo, along with cover songs, official music videos, behind-the-scenes bonus features and celebrity guest cameos. This version of Mr. Bungle is original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, joined by Scott Ian of Anthrax and Dave Lombardo of Slayer/Dead Cross.
The eagerly awaited new album from Maroon 5, Jordi, is the band's first since the critically acclaimed Red Pill Blues. The album will include the recently released hit single "Beautiful Mistakes ft. Megan Thee Stallion" as well as fan favorites "Memories" and "Nobody's Love."
Vinyl: $34.98 Buy
Mammoth WVH is the debut, self-titled album of Mammoth WVH – the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. This collection includes the chart topping new single, "Distance” plus “Don’t Back Down,” “Epiphany,” “Mammoth” and more.
At the beginning of 2015, Wolf broke ground on what would become Mammoth WVH with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Alter Bridge, Slash] behind the board. Wolf began to embrace his voice, inspired by everyone from his father, to bands like AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, and Jimmy Eat World. In addition to writing and singing every song on the self-title debut album, remarkably Wolfgang plays every instrument.
“The name Mammoth is really special to me.” says Wolf. “Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, I’d call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much.”
MARINA will be releasing her fifth studio albumon June 11, a 10-track project titled Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land. In writing this album, the major themes range from the impending climate crisis doom, wealth disparity, gender and racial inequalityto choosing yourself in a relationship. The new album is self-written and also sees MARINA co-producing 6 tracks for the first time alongside James Flannigan (Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa) and Jenn Decilveo.This album was preceded by the release of three singles, “Man’s World”, “Purge The Poison”, and “Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land”. Reacting to the startling statistics that only 2% of producers and 3% of engineers across popular music are women, MARINA returned and launched her new era with “Man’s World”, penned solely by MARINA, produced by Grammy Award nominee Jenn Decilveo and engineered by the first-ever female Grammy Award winner for “Best Engineered Album, Non Classical,” Emily Lazar, with an all-female creative team helming the music video and photography led by Alexandra Gavillet and Coughs.VOGUEacclaimed “Since her idiosyncraticFamily Jewelsdebuted in 2010, the singer-songwriter has attained one of pop’s most devoted followings….” “Man’s World” advances her sound further, while retaining the ethereal hooks that have sustained Diamandis as one of the most consistently innovative acts in alt-pop.”MARINA will be releasing her fifth studio album on June 11, a 10-track project titled Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land. In writing this album, the major themes range from the impending climate crisis doom, wealth disparity, gender and racial inequality to choosing yourself in a relationship. The new album is self-written and also sees MARINA co-producing 6 tracks for the first time alongside James Flannigan (Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa) and Jenn Decilveo. This album was preceded by the release of three singles, “Man’s World”, “Purge The Poison”, and “Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land”. Reacting to the startling statistics that only 2% of producers and 3% of engineers across popular music are women, MARINA returned and launched her new era with “Man’s World”, penned solely by MARINA, produced by Grammy Award nominee Jenn Decilveo and engineered by the first-ever female Grammy Award winner for “Best Engineered Album, Non Classical,” Emily Lazar, with an all-female creative team helming the music video and photography led by Alexandra Gavillet and Coughs. VOGUE acclaimed “Since her idiosyncratic Family Jewels debuted in 2010, the singer-songwriter has attained one of pop’s most devoted followings….” “Man’s World” advances her sound further, while retaining the ethereal hooks that have sustained Diamandis as one of the most consistently innovative acts in alt-pop.”
Vinyl: $28.98 Buy
Sleater-Kinney's 10th studio album was recorded in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2020 ' against a backdrop of social unrest, devastating wildfires, and a raging pandemic. It's music for an imagined togetherness. This marks the first Sleater-Kinney album produced by the band members themselves.
AFI are leaders, not followers. A collective in a perpetual state of creative evolution as fluid as the evocative figures contorting on the cover of Bodies, their newest collection of songs. The record is a snapshot of unrelenting artists in motion, unconcerned with compromise or outside demands.
AFI's unshakeable connection with their audience is a testament to the band's knack for reinvention, renewal, and exploration, anchored by an unblemished authenticity. AFI songs are embedded in the spiritual DNA of a legion of supporters and Bodies is further demonstration of AFI's unwavering commitment to artistic exploration, a dark conjuration of an uncapturable muse.
The band initially summoned a steady subcultural groundswell in the mid-90s, devoid of careerist ambitions. The band first made music as teenaged misfits in an obscure Northern California town, steadily assembling a dense catalog over the years marked by its diversity and authenticity. Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget keep their eyes fixed on the present and future, ensuring their position as a uniquely vibrant artistic force remains steadfast and strong.
Like similarly artistically-minded iconic bands, AFI's ever-evolving identity has kept their sound, themes, and overall image fresh. A place in rock n' roll history assured by magical musical androgyny, both post-modern and timeless, AFI remains guided by the flames of authenticity and determination that defined their first ten albums and are sure to drive the next ten and beyond.
The term “Front Porch Singin’” may actually be a metaphor for many creative and conceptual musical ideas. But, for us, this title has become more of an attitude than anything else. What if the four of us were sitting on a porch together and someone begins to sing a favorite old Gospel song, like “Swing Down Chariot,” or a country and Western standard like “Red River Valley,” and everyone else just joined in? That is what happened at RCA Studio A. But, as usual under producer Dave Cobb’s leadership, this album turned into so much more. The Front Porch Singin’ attitude remained prevalent throughout, as songwriters, musicians, Dave and all four of us kept coming to the table with terrific creative ideas to enhance our Front Porch experience.
This project is quite honestly one of the most heartfelt albums we have ever recorded. Perhaps it is because we recorded these songs in the middle of a raging pandemic that changed the face of America and obviously took a huge toll on those of us in the music business. It was a bit strange to social-distance from each other in the studio, but we believe it drew us all closer and, in doing so, we may have inadvertently recorded the perfect project for this time period. These songs, whether new or old, reflect a certain optimism and a deep-seated faith that God will work all of this out as we move forward. “Life is beautiful,” as one song says. We must embrace it and celebrate it with all of our being.
Join us on The Front Porch and, if it is God’s will… Let’s keep on SINGIN’.
—The Oak Ridge Boys
Vinyl: $31.98 Buy
Faith No More's Greatest Hits presented on 2LP, clear color vinyl.
Dennis DeYoung is back with the second volume of his fond farewell to recorded music, "26 East, Vol. 2.” As with the preceding volume, "26 East, Vol. 2" once again hints strongly at DeYoung's legendary rock roots with Styx. A fitting goodbye and a final signature on an outstanding body of work.
Van Dyke Parks is a living legend: together with Brian Wilson, he is partly responsible for the Beach Boys' "Smile Sessions". He has worked with many other great artists, such as Ry Cooder, Little Feat, The Mothers Of Invention or Gaby Moreno and has also recorded some wonderful solo masterpieces. Now he has discovered the Mexican singer and harpist Veronica Valerio and recorded four tracks with her. Mexican flair with the spirit of Van Dyke Parks. Another legend contributes the cover: Klaus Voormann, who made pop history with the Beatles' "Revolver" cover, among others.
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Indigo De Souza’s I Love My Mom, her debut LP initially released in 2018, is a collection of the best songs she’d written in the few years that preceded it, recorded quickly and breathlessly and thrown out into the world. Consisting of ten songs, the album feels both raw and unabashed. Indigo pulled a band together for the first time, and was quickly encouraged to commit her songs to tape. Recorded at her friend’s house, they played almost everything live in just a few days, and released the record naturally, with little fanfare. That the record quickly took on a life of its own, deeply resonating with those who heard it, is a testament to Indigo’s songwriting. On June 11th, I Love My Mom gets the full release it deserves - pressed to vinyl for the first time, ahead of a brand new LP a little further down the road.
"Milk and Honey is about promise. During a season of desolation, I've been writing songs to remind me that we are headed somewhere beyond this, that God has not left us alone. In between captivity and promise, we need something to sing, or hear, or touch, or see - a signal of what the truth of reality is. If we look, it's all around us. This album is a celebration of the future we are marching towards together and a prayer that each of us can live in this promise in the here and now." - Crowder
Palette Knife’s layered approach to songwriting and storytelling might begin as a shock. It’s a dizzying experience, one that flips channels between impassioned odes to thrifting dates and other cheapskate adventures, lamenting the person yourself or someone like you used to be, and relentless appeals to reason in a world that constantly moves the goalposts. For now, enjoy the kickoff. Ponderosa Snake House & The Chamber Of Bullshit finds Palette Knife—guitarist/vocalist Alec Licata, bassist Chris Mcgrath, and drummer Aaron Queener—navigating the woes and wins of twenty-something Midwest life with acrobatic energy. Much of this comes from Licata’s guitar playbook that dips into everything from tapping solos to thunderous power chords, but this scholarship borrows from the past five years of emo-rock to forge something entirely its own. With tongue-in-cheek versatility and tangible relatability, Ponderosa Snake House And The Chamber Of Bullist will be slithering your way May 28th, promising more acerbic bite with each move.
The recording features the pianist/composer and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, who commissioned this orchestral version of the work, which comprises a theme and eleven variations plus a cadenza and postlude; the album also includes an encore, “Variations ‘X’ and ‘Y.’” (Mehldau originally composed Variations on a Melancholy Theme for pianist Kirill Gerstein.) Mehldau and Orpheus toured Europe, Russia, and the US with the piece, including a 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall. Speaking to the combination of classical form with jazz harmonies in the work’s musical language, Mehldau wrote, “I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues.”Mehldau continues, “The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some sense of finality and ending to it when heard for the first time already. So as I composed, a narrative challenge emerged; namely, how to embark on a story that begins with a conclusion. While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress.”