Music Releases 12-03-21
Servant Of The Mind [2 LP]
180-gram heavy vinyl w/ gatefold jacket and printed inner sleeve.
The wait is over… Volbeat’s 8th studio album, Servant of the Mind, is out December 3. On it, the band took their signature heavy metal, psychobilly, and “punk n’ roll” sound up a notch while showcasing their keen songwriting and storytelling. The album includes “Wait a Minute My Girl,” which became their 9th #1 single on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and the new single, “Shotgun Blues.” Their U.S. co-headlining tour with Ghost kicks off on January 25!
Ice Nine Kills
Welcome To Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ultra Clear 2LP]
True to horror franchise tradition, there is always a sequel... Welcome To Horrorwood: The Silver Scream 2 follows in the bloody footsteps of its predecessor, paying tribute to 13 more of the most gruesome tales to ever grace the silver screen. In this latest INK offering, the last album and video series are portrayed as a work of fiction. The new storyline thrusts the band into a brutal “real world” slaying. The only traces of the crime are 13 songs left behind by the suspected killer. 2 LP.
TOMORROW X TOGETHER
Chaotic Wonderland [Limited Edition A]
Still Rising [2CD]
CD: $24.98 Buy
Gregory Porter's new release Still Rising, is an exquisite collection of musical delights. The first disc includes five brand-new tracks, two new arrangements, and nine of Porter's most loved global tracks. The second disc features breath-taking covers and duets, boasting songs with Moby, Jamie Cullum, Jeff Goldblum, Renee Fleming, Dianne Reeves, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright, and others. The new song and first single from the album "Dry Bones," written and produced by Troy Miller.
CD: $15.98 Buy
Vinyl: $22.98 Buy
Low Era / Smoke In Japan [Vinyl Single]
Vinyl: $12.98 Buy
Low Era' is the first single from the band's debut album, Projector, and 'Smoke In Japan' is the exclusive non-LP b-side. A true treasure from this incredible new band. Limited edition of 1500 worldwide. A1) Low Era B1) Smoke In Japan
LEVITATION Sessions Vol. II [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Double 12in Vinyl]
OSEES return for another blistering LEVITATION Session, this time from the depths of a cavernous Los Angeles factory. The performance features a fresh batch of tracks spanning over a decade of the band's expansive discography with a handful of never-before-played-live tunes & some new surprises and is presented in its entirety here, pressed on a glorious Double 12" vinyl LP!
“OSEES pine for our fans and friends out there in the world, so we have come together for another stream with the mighty Levitation. I personally got stoned and stuck my face into the muck of our past catalog to bob for some dusty tumescent gems. There will be some oldies, and some moldies and some surprises along the way. I’m quite happy with how this one turned out. Shot in an insane old factory warehouse in Los Angeles (it looks like a fight scene set from Point Blank or the John Wick trilogy :) If you had told me a year ago we'd be doing these streams now i would have thought you were crazy, but, egg on my face, and here we are. I’m so glad to have this little thing to share a moment with y’all until we can meet face to face on the field of battle again. Mastered by the Guru JJ Golden, it will hopefully turn some frowns inside out and upside down....grossssss” - John Dwyer
Tell Me What You Miss The Most [Opaque Bone LP]
Vinyl: $19.98 Buy
Tasha’s second album, Tell Me What You Miss The Most mingles pockets of introspection with wide, expansive, marveling at what’s yet to come. Born and raised in Chicago, Tasha is a musician who writes songs that take loving and longing seriously. Whether dwelling in the sad thrum of an impending break up or the dizzying, heart thumping waltz of new infatuation, here is an album that traces one artist’s relationship to herself in love. Full of deep, invigorating inhales and relieved, joyful exhales, Tell Me What You Miss The Most is an exquisitely crafted breath of much needed air.
Tell Me What You Miss the Most isn’t just a catalogue of tenderness----it’s also a showcase of Tasha’s growing and formidable musicianship. “When I made ‘Alone at Last’, I had only been writing songs for two years. I hardly even knew what kind of song writer I was. But this record feels much stronger as far as a representation of my songwriter and musicianship,” says Tasha, adding “I did feel like I was piloting it in a way that I haven’t really felt before.”
“I was inspired by a distance I felt from myself,” says Tasha of the album, “the writing was kind of born from this desire to get back to an intimacy, or honesty, with myself.” Other inspirations include kissing, long drives in nature, her mother, and “winter and all that it allows (being alone inside, wrapped up in something warm, feeling things deeply.)” Her list of inspirations is a collection of types of touch; fleeting affectionate touch, the brush of a knit blanket, the bracing grip of feeling one’s own skin twinned in a palm. So too does the album veer in and out of touch with Tasha herself, tracing tenderness and loneliness, the paradox of feeling held and utterly abandoned at once.
As the album winds down, the feeling of a sun setting or a year ending begins to glow, as if ‘Tell Me What You Miss The Most’ charts a path through the desolate starkness of a personal winter, the blossoming of an internal spring, the blaze of a heart’s summer and then the golden dénouement of autumn. “I wanted very much for this to feel like an album with a start and finish, where there’s an arc that’s brought back around.” An organic feeling of rise and fall lifts the album from beginning to end, especially given the bookend of “Bed Song 1” and “Bed Song 2.” Between these Bed Songs lies a journey of emotional burnishing, of loss, realization, re-imagination, with dreams bounding toward the future. Still, we begin and end in a place of intimacy and rest, reflecting Tasha’s long held belief in the necessity and power of respite. Listeners might recognize the bed as not just an album through line but a career one. Even while ‘Tell Me What You Miss The Most’ represents growth and change, Tasha notes that “there are parts of me as a songwriter and emoting poet-person that carry over. Bed might be the obvious connection.”
Listen to ‘Tell Me What You Miss The Most’ as the sun peeks its downy head over the rooftops. Listen as you sit down to your cup of coffee, listen as you remember someone you once loved and wonder what might have been. Listen as you imagine different pasts, their many colors laid out before you, dizzying in their potential. Listen as the sun sets again and the moon rises, her cool face perfectly hung in the night sky. Listen as you imagine all the people you might some day be, all the mornings you’ll grow to greet. Listen as you pull someone close. Listen, and let the album pull you close.
Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Green LP]
Vinyl: $35.98 Buy
With a list of credits from Kesha, Dolly Parton and Deer Tick, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, pedal steel savant Spencer Cullum is one of Nashville’s most in-demand session cats. That’s in addition to making up half of the space-country duo Steelism. Clearly he’s had little trouble fitting in since moving from his native London to Music City. Now, with a debut solo album that pays homage to the ’60s and ‘70s psych-pop, folk and proto prog heroes of his homeland, this Nashville sideman’s stepping out from the shadows into the spotlight. Along with a supporting cast of guitarist Sean Thompson and multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds, as well as singing and writing partners like Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs and Erin Rae — he’s bringing a bit of Britain to TN.
The Tragically Hip
Road Apples: 30th Anniversary [5 LP/Blu-ray]
Vinyl: $179.98 Buy
30th anniversary edition of one of the most iconic albums from The Tragically Hip. Contains 5LPs including the remastered Road Apples album, Saskadelphia, Live at the Roxy Los Angeles, May 3, 1991 and unreleased demos, outtakes & alternate versions. Blu-ray contains Dolby Atmos, 7.1, 5.1, and binaural mixes by Richard Chycki of Road Apples, and 5 cuts from Saskadelphia. Also includes a 36-page booklet, a 1991 24'x 37' promo poster, never-before-seen photos, original lyrics, essays, and more.
CD: $13.98 Buy
The Invisible Band: 20th Anniversary [Deluxe 2 CD/Clear 2 LP Box Set]
Vinyl: $64.98 Buy
Deluxe 2 CD/Clear 2 LP Packaging: Limited Edition Box Set includes the original album remastered by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Emily Lazar, B-sides, and a selection of unreleased demos, live sessions, and alternate takes across 2 CDs & 2 180-gram heavyweight clear vinyl LPs, cut at London’s Air Studios. A photo book including unseen session photos, notes from the band, and producer Nigel Godrich is all housed together in a lift-off lid box.
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the multi-platinum album The Invisible Band, the original album has been remastered by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Emily Lazar and features the hit singles, “Sing,” “Flowers in the Window,” and “Side.”
Illumination [Limited Edition LP]
Vinyl: $34.98 Buy
Gotta Have The Rumble [LP]
Vinyl: $27.98 Buy
Nina Simone & Her Friends
An Intimate Variety Of Vocal Charm [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Transparent Emerald Green LP]
Vinyl: $34.99 Buy
The Classic 1959 collection featuring Nina Simone, Carmen McRae and Chris Connors. Features a brand new stereo mastering by Kevin Gray and a new essay by author of Liner Notes For the Revolution, Daphne A. Brooks.
CD: $11.99 Buy
Esteemed hip-hop artist Vince Staples has released his self-titled album, produced by Kenny Beats. His first full-length release since 2018's critically acclaimed FM!, the 10-track CD delves not only into Staples' upbringing in Long Beach but his psyche as he learns to cope with his yesterdays and strides toward new tomorrows, picking others up along the way. Includes a 12-page booklet.
Razorblade Suitcase: In Addition [Limited Edition Pink LP]
Mirke vs The Dreamy LLC
CD: $14.98 Buy
The kind of light psychedelic pop created by Fruit Juice is eminently invigorating in its giddy goofiness. With their glammy energy and commitment to sunny, falsetto harmonies it's a swirling fishbowl of paint illuminating against a wall in an endless configuration of shapes and colors -- all with pleasantly glassy-eyed sheen.
Big D & The Kids Table
Do Your Art [2LP]
Vinyl: $25.98 Buy
Diablo Swing Orchestra
Swagger & Stroll Down The Rabbit Hole
The fearlessly progressive, eight-piece Swedish ensemble are poised to return with their fifth album, Swagger & Stroll Down The Rabbit Hole, pairing elements of jazz, swing, classical, and progressive rock with just about everything in between. The band push musical boundaries to the extreme with humor, creativity, and a healthy dose of positive aggression. Recorded with producer Roberto Laghi (In Flames).
CD: $13.95 Buy
TRNA are the pioneers of celestial blackgaze; an incredible blackened post-rock 3-piece from St. Petersburg, Russia. Istok is the band's debut album for Candlelight. It translates from Russian as the origin, beginning, headspring. The original idea was about "the fountain." For the band, personally, it symbolizes a new beginning and going back to where they started in some sense at the same time. It's the beginning of a new path that we are yet to follow.
Storm Shelter [LP]
Vinyl: $21.98 Buy
Ben Watt releases his 6-track mini album, Storm Shelter, a stripped back piano-vocal companion piece to his acclaimed 2020 album, Storm Damage. A proportion of royalty proceeds will go to the UK homelessness charity, Shelter. The mini-album was recorded during rehearsals for the Storm Damage Tour in January 2020, a world tour with his new trio that was cancelled due to the pandemic. All the songs were recorded in one day at RAK Studios in London and were engineered/mixed by Bruno Ellingham.