Music Releases 11-05-21
The Black Keys
El Camino: 10th Anniversary Edition [Super Deluxe 5LP]
Vinyl: $149.98 Buy
Original remastered album, previously unreleased full live concert and BBC Session Recorded in 2012, 2011 Electro-Vox Session, limited-edition poster and lithograph, “new car scent: air freshener, 100-page photo book.
The Black Keys release a special tenth anniversary edition of their landmark seventh studio album El Camino via Nonesuch Records on November 5, 2021. El Camino (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) will be available in several formats including a Super Deluxe edition of five vinyl LPs or four CDs, featuring a remastered version of the original album, a previously unreleased Live in Portland, ME concert recording, a BBC radio Zane Lowe session from 2012, a 2011 Electro-Vox session, a limited-edition photo book, poster, and lithograph, and a “new car scent” air freshener. A three-LP Deluxe edition, which includes the remastered album and the live recording, also will be available.
The Black Keys won three awards at the 55th annual GRAMMY Awards for El Camino— Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album—among other worldwide accolades. In the UK, the band was nominated for a BRIT Award (Best International Group) and an NME Award (Best International Band).
El Camino was produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys and was recorded in the band’s then-new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. In the UK, the record gave the band their first top 10 hit, and in the US it debuted at # 2 on the Billboard Top 200. The band was also the # 1 most played artist at Alternative and AAA radio formats for 2012 in the US. The album’s first single, “Lonely Boy,” reached # 1 on the Alternative and AAA charts; it also entered the top 10 at Rock radio. The second single, “Gold on the Ceiling,” also reached # 1 on Alternative radio and the third single, “Little Black Submarines,” reached the top 3 at Alternative radio. El Camino has been certified Double Platinum in the US, Australia, and New Zealand; Platinum in the UK, France, Ireland, and Belgium; Quadruple Platinum in Canada; and Gold in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. Of the album’s singles, "Lonely Boy" was certified nine-times platinum in Canada, triple-platinum in Australia, platinum in New Zealand, and gold in Denmark. "Gold on the Ceiling" was certified platinum in Australia and Canada.
Rolling Stone hailed El Camino for bringing “raw, riffed-out power back to pop’s lexicon,” and called it “the Keys’ grandest pop gesture yet, augmenting dark-hearted fuzz blasts with sleekly sexy choruses and Seventies-glam flair.” The Guardian said, “They sound like a band who think they've made the year's best rock'n'roll album, probably because that's exactly what they've done.”
Night Divine [LP]
Night Divine is a series of hymns covered by Brian Fallon. This is a project he's been wanting to create for a long time, inspired by his time singing in the church choir as a child: “These are some of the very first sounds I remember hearing as a child. My mother used to sing these hymns everywhere she went. I felt it was time for me to join in.” He finally got the opportunity to make the intimate record during lockdown, with background vocals by his mother.
The lead singer of beloved heartland-punk band The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon stepped away from that sound and into a more soulful singer/songwriter territory on his third solo album, Local Honey. Produced by Grammy-award winning producer Peter Katis (The National, Frightened Rabbit, Death Cab for Cutie), the album debuted at #1 Americana/Folk Album Sales, #2 Current Rock Albums, #3 Americana/Folk Albums, and #9 LP Vinyl Sales. It was largely praised as one of his best works, with Rolling Stone saying “Local Honey is as warm and comforting as its title, full of hooks and narratives that draw you in” (Best Country & Americana Albums of 2020) and Kerrang saying “No matter what side of the genre he sets his mind to, Brian always delivers the goods” (Best Albums of 2020).
beautifulgarbage: 20th Anniversary [Deluxe 3LP]
Vinyl: $79.98 Buy
Beautiful Garbage is the third studio album from Garbage, initially released on October 1, 2001. The album expanded on the band's musical variety, with stronger melodies, more direct lyrics, and sounds mixing rock with electronica, new wave, hip hop, and girl groups. Featuring newly remastered audio by Billy Bush & Butch Vig, this deluxe edition includes Beautiful Garbage on 2 x 180g Black Vinyl, as well as a 12" 180g of B-Sides and memorabilia.
If Words Were Flowers
CD: $11.98 Buy
Simply calling Curtis Harding a soul man feels reductive. Harding's voice conveys pain, pleasure, longing, tenderness, sadness and strength-a full gamut of emotions. Today his voice takes on an optimistic lilt with his his new album, If Words Were Flowers. If Words Were Flowers is Harding's first new music since 2018, a follow up to his critically acclaimed 'Face Your Fears" album. It features songs like " Hopeful", where Harding croons with devotion over a classic soul groove, textured with infectious horn playing, background singers and modern psychedelic flourishes. Harding fuels his psychedelic sound with the essence of Soul but isn't bound by it. Instead, his songs convey an eclectic blend of genres leaping from the many musical lives he has lived from following his evangelical Gospel-singing mother on tour around the country as a child to rapping in Atlanta, forming a garage band with The Black Lips' Cole Alexander to singing back-up for Cee Lo Green. Through these experiences he fully embraces life's darkest intricacies and conjures dynamic, addictive melodies
Good For You [LP]
Vinyl: $23.98 Buy
Jerry Garcia & John Kahn
GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz [LP]
Vinyl: $25.98 Buy
GarciaLive Volume 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend/bassist John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour. Recorded on January 27, 1986 at The Ritz in New York City, Garcia and Kahn deliver two exquisite sets featuring Grateful Dead favorites ("Ripple," "Friend of the Devil," "Dire Wolf," and "Bird Song," among others) and spirited takes on Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "Simple Twist of Fate." New pressing on standard black vinyl.
Against The World
CD: $15.98 Buy
Green Naugahyde: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [Ghostly Green 2 LP]
Vinyl: $35.98 Buy
10 year anniversary edition of Green Naugahyde.
Released in 2011 after a long hiatus - Naugahyde reunited the group with their early drummer Jay Lane and harkened back to the early days of Primus (think "Frizzle Fry"). The trio were described by Rolling Stone at the time as a "tight knotty rhythm team." Packaged here in an embossed gatefold jacket, with new photos. 2 x LPs pressed Ghostly Green vinyl.
Yuletide Throwdown [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Hot Pink 12in Single]
Vinyl: $29.98 Buy
12” single featuring “Yuletide Throwdown,” co-written and performed with Fab 5 Freddy, recorded around the time of “Rapture,” and using the same samples. The audio has been remastered from the analog tapes and includes an exclusive remix by Cut Chemist. The rare 1981 holiday flexi-disc has been reissued for the first time on 180-gram vinyl and packaged in die-cut bespoke “disco-bag” style sleeve with artwork by New York graffiti artist, Hugo Gyrl. Indie Exclusive on Hot Pink vinyl.
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Ghosts Of West Virginia [Limited Edition Black & Blue Swirl LP]
Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. When asked about what drove him to craft his deeply evocative new album, Steve Earle says, 'I thought that, given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn't vote the way that I did,' he says. 'One of the dangers that we're in is if people like me keep thinking that everybody who voted for Trump is a racist or an asshole, then we're fucked, because it's simply not true. So this is one move toward something that might take a generation to change. I wanted to do something where that dialogue could begin.' In ten deftly drawn, roughly eloquent, powerfully conveyed sonic portraits, Earle and his long-time band the Dukes explore the historical role of coal in rural communities. More than merely a question of jobs and income, mining has provided a sense of unity and meaning, patriotic pride and purpose 'I said I wanted to speak to people that didn't necessarily vote the way that I did,' he says, 'but that doesn't mean we don't have anything in common. We need to learn how to communicate with each other. My involvement in this project is my little contribution to that effort. And the way to do that ' and to do it impeccably ' is simply to honor those guys who died at Upper Big Branch.'
Valentine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP]
Vinyl: $27.98 Buy
Townes: The Basics [Limited Edition Gold LP]
In 2009 Steve Earle released an album of Townes Van Zandt songs. It began as solo guitar and vocal tracks recorded in October 2008 in New York City. Other instruments were added later in subsequent sessions for the album in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. Those original recordings - The Basics - are available on color vinyl for the first time.
Still Over It
Made the Harbor: 10th Anniversary [2LP]
Vinyl: $30.98 Buy
On an early draft of folk trio Mountain Man's Bandcamp page, the project aptly described itself as "a creative growing from the mouths of Molly Erin Sarlé, Alexandra Sasuer-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath." Sparse and homespun, from the onset the voices of Mountain Man crafted an immediate intimacy. A Mountain Man song exists in a strange and wild and naturalistic world, populated with thick summer air and bright moons and chicadees, unfurling like a long night spent sitting on the back porch steps with your closest friends.
Released in the muggy summer of 2010, Mountain Man's debut full-length 'Made the Harbor' catapulted the project into the spotlight on indie music blogs across the Internet, and then into much bigger stages offline, too. From a MySpace buss band to touring as back-up singers for Feist across the world, Mountain Man's 'Made the Harbor' and the sound of their three voices tangling together had a certain magic that resonated so easily.
Now, a decade past its release, 'Made the Harbor' celebrates its tenth anniversary with an addition disc's worth of bonus material. The second LP here features unreleased songs, live sessions recorded at Bennington College's Greenwall Auditorium at the inception of the project, along with covers of the Mills Brothers, Arthur Russell, and then-Vermont contemporary toothache, and more. The deluxe packaging includes a collage culled from the band's personal collection and live photos from that time, as well as a personal essay by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
CD: $15.98 Buy
Nathaniel once again demonstrates that he is a writer and performer of the highest order, who seems to be smack dab in the middle of what we all hope is an extended creative peak. The album showcases Nathaniel's unique observations of our world and people's ongoing struggle in learning how to better understand each other. The Future was produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and R.M.B. The latter being the production team of Nathaniel himself, Patrick Meese, and James Barone (Beach House). The same team that both produced and were the core musicians behind Nathaniel's latest and greatest solo effort, And It's Still Alright. Additional production was added by multifaceted musician, engineer, producer, Elijah Thomson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift). Other notable contributions came from Jenny Lewis and Jess Wolfe (Lucius), whom both added backing vocals to the stunning track, "What IF I". And Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) who sang on "Face Down In The Moment". The album was recorded at Nathaniel's own Broken Creek Studio just outside of Denver, CO
Terraplane [Limited Edition Transparent Gold LP]
Terraplane takes its title from the 1930s Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit model, which also inspired the Robert Johnson song, "Terraplane Blues." It is Earle's 16th studio album since the release of his highly influential 1986 debut Guitar Town. As its title suggests, the album is very much a blues record, some of which was written while Earle toured Europe alone for five weeks with just a guitar, a mandolin and a backpack. Earle, who was raised outside of San Antonio before migrating to Houston, offers about Texas blues, "There was Fort Worth where the model was Freddy King and there was the Houston scene which was dominated by Lightnin' Hopkins. Two very different styles." He saw both of these giants and was also exposed to Johnny Winter, Jimmy and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Billy Gibbons - all of which make their influence heard here within Earle's masterful storytelling. This is the first time this record has been pressed on color vinyl.
Public Storage [Clear & White Marbled LP]
Vinyl: $23.98 Buy
Il Volo Sings Morricone
CD: $11.96 Buy
“IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE”, Il Volo’s new much-awaited album dedicated to the Maestro, will be released worldwide on November 5th. It is an exciting journey through the art and music of one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
As a sign of the high esteem held for him, they decided to devote part of their amazing career to Ennio Morricone, with the endorsement from the Maestro’s family for this exclusive global project.
“IL VOLO SINGS MORRICONE” is an album with 14 songs recalling the Maestro’s legendary melodies, which have remained forever etched in our memory, including an absolute gem: “L’estasi dell’oro” (“The Ecstasy of Gold” from the movie “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” – “Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo”), which, for the first time ever, will be accompanied by lyrics written by Andrea Morricone specifically for Il Volo. It also features “I colori dell’amore” (“The colours of love”), an unreleased track composed by Andrea Morricone for the trio that was unexpectedly performed live for the first time, together with other songs by Ennio Morricone, at a big concert held at the Arena di Verona on June 5, 2021.
The album was recorded in the Forum Studios in Rome, with Maestro Marcello Rota conducting the historic Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, which – since it was established in 1994 – worked extensively with Maestro Ennio Morricone, performing under his musical direction at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
The album also features other key collaborations: violinist David Garrett in “La Califfa” (“The Lady Caliph”), Hauser from 2CELLOS in “Se” (“If”) and trumpet player Chris Botti in “Come Sail Away”.
Il Volo have always felt closely connected to the Maestro, also appearing on stage with him in 2011, at Piazza del Popolo in Rome, to perform “E più ti penso” ("The more I think of you") on a medley of scores by Ennio Morricone from the films “Once Upon a Time in America” (“C'era una volta in America”) and “Malèna”.
A record that is destined to go straight to the heart of millions of people worldwide, as it combines the unforgettable melodies by the celebrated conductor, musician, composer and author of some of the greatest film soundtracks in the history of Italian and international cinema with the trio’s unique voices.
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)
The Low Highway [Limited Edition Butter Cream LP]
The Low Highway was the follow-up to 2011's Grammy Award-nominated album I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and was the first billed as "Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)." The album is also the first to feature "The Dukes" band name since 1987's Exit 0. This is the first color pressing for this record.
Did I Shave My Legs For This?: 25th Anniversary
CD: $13.95 Buy
25th Anniversary Edition of the 5x platinum groundbreaking 1996 debut album Did I Shave My Legs For This? from award-winning country singer/songwriter Deana Carter. All songs have been remastered and includes 2 new tracks. Deana performed and produced new ensemble collaborations of the title track featuring Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Ashley McBryde, and Vince Gill on guitar and the iconic hit single, "Strawberry Wine" featuring Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride, Ashley, Kylie Morgan, and Vince.
The Neverending Show: Live In The Netherlands [2CD/DVD]
CD: $18.98 Buy
Legendary artist and studio maestro Alan Parsons' new live album “The Neverending Show: Live in the Netherlands”. The show was recorded live on May 5, 2019 and showcases the performance that Alan Parsons Live Project held at the Tivoli in Utrecht, Netherlands. The band was, as usual, in fine form and fed extra energy by an enthusiastic audience. An amazing performance by quite possibly the definitive band line-up of exemplary musicians that Alan has toured with. As an added treat, the album includes a brand new studio song, “The NeverEnding Show” which offers a hint of the new studio album that Alan is currently working on for release in 2022.