Music Releases 09-15-23
Killer Mike’s MICHAEL marks the celebrated MC’s first solo project since 2012’s R.A.P. Music. MICHAEL introduces the world to the totality of Michael Render, a lifelong rap fiend whose consciousness is steeped in the sounds of community that raised him – multiple eras of southern rap flows, Sunday church service and barbershop discourse. A 14-track album produced by No ID featuring the likes of Future, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Curren$y, André 3000, 6LACK, EL-P, Blxst, Eryn Allen Kane and more! 2 LP set includes a 24” x 12” pull-out insert.
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The indie exclusive of STONE LP is a ruby red LP housed in a heavyweight printed inner sleeve inside of a spot UV gatefold jacket with black flood and a four-panel lyric booklet. All artwork by John Dyer Baizley. Produced by Baroness, mixed by Joe Barresi, mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Only available at independent record stores.
Grammy-award nominated heavy rock outfit Baroness mark their much-anticipated return with new album, STONE. Their sixth record overall and third released via Abraxan Hymns, STONE finds the Philadelphia-based quartet of John Baizley (guitars/vocals/illustration), Gina Gleason (guitars), Nick Jost (bass), and Sebastian Thomson (drums) streamlining the momentous multi-genre vocabulary of its critically-acclaimed predecessor Gold & Grey (2019). This is still very much Baroness—just refocused for efficiency and rethought as a consequence of stability. STONE’s most prominent tracks, "Last Word,” “Beneath the Rose,” “Shine,” and “Anodyne," reflect thoughtfully, groove deeply, and refract tumult effortlessly. They, of course, rock.
Multi-platinum selling artist Thirty Seconds to Mars makes a triumphant return with their sixth studio album, It’s The End Of The World But It’s A Beautiful Day. The record heralds a new era for the band, one that not only explores the darker sides of the human experience but the hope as well, an arresting reminder that even in the face of seemingly impossible obstacles, there is still beauty to be found in the world.
Vinyl: $179.98 Buy
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Joker. J50: The Evolution of The Joker, curated by Steve Miller, highlights 27 previously unreleased demos, live performances, studio outtakes and rehearsals from Miller’s personal archive, including 8 never-before heard songs. Miller also provides narration guiding the “evolution” of the songs from The Joker.
The box set features a lenticular cover, 60-page book with liner notes from both Steve Miller & Anthony DeCurtis, a reproduction of a vintage Joker iron-on and a new Joker lithograph.
Also Available 2CD, Super Deluxe Edition 3LP + 7in, Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Gold LP
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Black Rainbows is a musical project inspired by the objects and artworks collected by Theaster Gates at the Stoney Island Arts Bank in Chicago. Situated at the Great Grand Crossing neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side, Stoney Island Arts Bank is a cathedral to Black Art, a curated collection of Black archives comprising books, sculpture, records, furniture and problematic objects from America's past. As well as being a site for archive, the Arts bank is also a place for convening. Bailey Rae attended The Black Artists Retreat there in 2017 and performed in the space.
Wide ranging in it's themes, Black Rainbows' subjects are drawn from encounters with objects in the Arts Bank. Taking us from the rock hewn churches of Ethiopia, to the journeys of Black Pioneers Westward, from Miss New York Transit Queen 1957, to how the sunset appears from Harriet Jacobs' loophole. Black Rainbows explores Black femininity, Spell Work, Inner Space/Outer Space, time collapse and ancestors, the erasure Black childhood and music as a vessel for transcendence. The project will be released in various iterations - live performances, books, visuals, lectures, exhibitions, and more. Sonically, the album is a multi-genre mix of the progressive R&B, neo soul sound that will be familiar to fans but it also contains rock, jazz and electronic elements. The album was produced by S.J. Brown and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Bahamas’ sixth full-length album, BOOTCUT, sees Afie Jurvanen lean into his (Alt and Old-Time) Country music influences. Produced by Grammy-nominated Robbie Lackritz (Jack Johnson, Peach Pit) and Dan Knobler (Allison Russell), the album features Country legend (and current Eagle) Vince Gill, pedal-steel maestro Russ Pahl (Kenny Rogers), bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash), harmonica player Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson) and many more.
Reigning from Atlanta, GA, vocal powerhouse Teddy Swims masterfully blends genres from pop, soul, hip-hop, to R&B. Throughout the last four years, Teddy has spent countless hours honing his craft by writing original music and solidifying who he is as an artist. His remarkable debut album I've Tried Everything But Therapy (Part 1) is a transformative record that pushes boundaries, inviting listeners to come along on his personal journey of self-discovery and growth. With his soul-stirring voice and heartfelt lyrics, Teddy delivers an intimate and cathartic experience, delving into themes of love, loss, and the complexities of life. With nearly 1 billion global streams across his catalog, Teddy Swims has become a force to be reckoned with, amassing a social following of over 10 million devoted fans and selling out tours across the globe. His undeniable talent has also attracted collaborations with renowned artists like Meghan Trainor, Thomas Rhett, and ILLENIUM, showcasing his versatility and musical prowess.
Vinyl: $31.99 Buy
Super Deluxe Edition contains 10 CDs (all remastered from original tapes) and a Blu-ray Audio disc with new Atmos & 5.1 surround mixes of the original album and 14 bonus tracks. 155 total tracks with 89 tracks previously unreleased and another 57 tracks with a fresh remix. Included are demos, singles, studio sessions, and 2 complete concerts. Plus, a 100-page hardback book with new liner notes and imagery, a 170-page Life House graphic novel, 2 gig posters, 2 concert programs, 4 buttons and a band photo with printed autographs.
The Remastered albums are available in the following formats: Limited Edition Super Deluxe 10CD/Blu-ray, Deluxe 2CD, CD, LP, Limited Edition Deluxe 4LP, Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Coke Bottle Clear LP, Half Speed LP
For fans of the struts, the hives, greta van fleet, dirty honey. Blowing up on tik tok with huge following and over 2 million likes. Opening for guns n roses' gilby clarke 2023. Hot new single 'do me a favor' out now with video shot in los angeles. The latest recruit to earache's chart smashing rock n roll revolution. Following in the footsteps of rival sons, black star riders, goodbye june, blackberry smoke, the temperance movement, massive wagons & those damn crows. Young, wild & ready to rock! The Bites put the party back in rock n roll.
Welcome to the ‘War of Being’, the new album from the British prog-metal pioneers TesseracT. The band returns with a career-high release that is their most conceptual, dynamic and sonically intricate to date.Throughout its hour-long run time, the band treat listeners to sprawling atmospherics, impassioned vocal performances from Daniel Tompkins and atom bomb level heavy riffs. War Of Being is TesseracT’s defining moment, an album that will be remembered as the beginning of a new era for this forward-thinking, dynamic band.
The sophomore album from 11x Platinum-certified, 43x Gold-certified, and GRAMMY®-winning rock icon COREY TAYLOR .“I have no fear when it comes to music. None,” Corey Taylor declares. “It feels so good to really lean into the things that I've been chomping at the bit to do.” Those “things”? The 13 diverse, unforgettable songs on CMF2, ranging from the punchy, timeless first single “Beyond” to “Someday I’ll Change Your Mind,” a soaring, sentimental stunner with an infectious chorus. The songs move seamlessly from the punk rawness and anthemic rallying cry of “We Are The Rest” to the acoustic lament “Breath Of Fresh Smoke” to “Post Traumatic Blues,” which has a wild sensibility that echoes the lyrical topic of PTSD.
Bluegrass is a brand new studio album that captures a dozen classic Willie Nelson compositions--including "On the Road Again," "Yesterday's Wine," "Still is Still Moving to Me," "Good Hearted Woman" and more--freshly interpreted by Willie and an ensemble of crack players. In a seven decade career that has seen him explore genres from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, this is his first full album dedicated to genre. Willie and longtime producer Buddy Cannon, picked personal and fan favorite compositions from across his career to perform anew for this salute to the Appalachian old-time string band music which profoundly influenced Willie's songwriting sensibilities and the direction of American country music in general. Using his own catalog as source material, Willie chose songs combining the kind of strong melodies, memorable storylines and tight ensemble-interplay found in traditional bluegrass interpretations of the roots of American folk songs. With Bluegrass, Willie uncovers new truths in his own songs.
Celebrate the 5th anniversary of Leon Bridges Grammy-winning album Good Thing. The limited-edition title features a custard color variant, the original track list, and a bonus track “Naomi” originally released on the 2018 Japan Edition. Good Thing was nominated for Best R&B Album, and the track “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” won Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards.