Now Hear This! – June 2023
What's New 6-2-23
New Release Round-Up 06-02-23
Jack Johnson - In Between Dub - Republic Records
In March 2020, Jack Johnson reached out to Lee “Scratch" Perry to produce a dub remix album based on Jack’s most loved recordings. On August 29, 2021, the project was brought to a halt as Scratch departed this physical world. In 2022, Jack and Subatomic Sound System, Perry’s band of the last decade, connected directly and discovered they had all the pieces to bring Lee “Scratch” Perry’s three creations to completion. The LP also features dubs from Dennis Bovell, Scientist, Mad Professor, Nightmares on Wax, and more.
Tom Waits - Closing Time: 50th Anniversary - ANTI
Closing Time foreshadows the distinctly lyrical storytelling and original blending of jazz, blues, and folk styles that would come to be associated with Tom Waits. It is on this debut album that Waits performs enduring classics of his career “Ol’ 55” (famously covered by the Eagles), the heartbreaking “Martha” and the gentle acoustic folk of “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You”. Reissued for the first time as a double LP to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark debut with newly half speed mastering at Abbey Road Studios.
Avenged Sevenfold - Life Is But A Dream - Warner Records
Avenged Sevenfold’s new album, Life Is But A Dream is a timeless work of art that blurs genres. Best served as a whole and consumed en masse to truly appreciate its musical breadth and sonic depth, it marks their boldest statement and most revolutionary work to date. Written and recorded over the span of 4 years, it was produced by Joe Barresi and Avenged Sevenfold in Los Angeles and mixed by Andy Wallace in the Poconos, PA. Inspired by Albert Camus’ The Stranger, the album is a journey through an existential crisis; a very personal exploration into the meaning, purpose and value of human existence with the anxiety of death always looming. Immerse into this experience…
Rancid - Tomorrow Never Comes - Epitaph
Rancid - the legendary Bay Area punk rockers are back with their 10th studio album, Tomorrow Never Comes on Epitaph Records. Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkeley, California, Rancid has now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century.
Neil Frances - There Is No Neil Frances - Nettwerk Records
There is no Neil Frances. OK, sort of. Neil Frances is not a solo artist, it's the name of a duo comprised of Sydney-born Jordan Feller and Southern California native Marc Gilfry. To help you remember that Neil Frances is not a person, the duo has named it's debut LP There Is No Neil Frances. Neil Frances' signature sound is beat-driven pop infused with a more organic warmth than most modern music. Putting special emphasis on their enthralling live sets-the group quickly developed a reputation as a must-see stage artist opening for SG Lewis, Jungle, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The band explains, "Our new album is about self-realization and becoming the person that you dream of. The concept is that we are insects on earth who ascend into outer space to become divas at a galactic ball." The album features both GRAE and Benny Sings..
Kenny Rogers - Life Is Like A Song - UMe
A collection of unreleased songs from Kenny Rogers' archives that tells the story of the love, life, loss and faith between Kenny and his wife, Wanda, and their two children. The album features the long sought after "Goodbye" written by Lionel Richie, interpretations of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" and "I Wish It Would Rain" originally recorded by The Temptations, and "Tell Me That You Love Me" a lost duet between Kenny and Dolly Parton.
Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts: Reissue - Blue Note Records
Norah Jones defied expectations with her 5th studio album Little Broken Hearts, a striking collaboration with Danger Mouse that arrived a decade after her debut Come Away With Me, prompting SPIN to call it "the 2nd essential record of Norah Jones' career." Deluxe Edition features an expanded 31-track set curated by Jones with rare bonus tracks, alternate versions, remixes, and a previously unreleased live version of the album recorded for Austin City Limits in 2012.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Purr - Who Is Afraid Of Blue?
Foo Fighters - But Here We Are
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Council Skies
Ben Folds - What Matters Most [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed Color LP]
Beach Fossils - Bunny
Bully - Lucky For You
Bob Dylan - Shadow Kingdom
Ghost - Prequelle [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tangerine LP]
Half Moon Run - Salt
Ruen Brothers - Ten Paces
Hollywood Vampires - Live in Rio
Rival Sons - DARKFIGHTER
Jake Shears - Last Man Dancing [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Marble LP]
Ben Harper - Wide Open Light
The Revivalists - Pour It Out Into The Night [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sun Marble LP]
Rufus Wainwright - Folkocracy
Protomartyr - Formal Growth In The Desert [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue LP]
De La Soul - Stakes Is High
Tanya Tucker - Sweet Western Sound
Matt & Kim - Sidewalks [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Blue LP]
Matt & Kim - Grand [RSD Essential Yellow w/Orange & Black Splatter LP+7in]
Christina Aguilera - Aguilera
Roger Waters - The Lockdown Sessions
ENHYPEN - DARK BLOOD
Stray Kids - 5-STAR
Buckcherry - Vol. 10
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Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Weathervanes - Southeastern Records
A Jason Isbell record always lands like a decoder ring in the ears and hearts of his audience, a soundtrack to his world and magically to theirs, too. Weathervanes carries the same revelatory power. This is a storyteller at the peak of his craft, observing his fellow wanderers, looking inside and trying to understand, reducing a universe to four minutes. He shrinks life small enough to name the fear and then strip it away, helping his listeners make sense of how two plus two stops equaling four once you reach a certain age -- and carry a certain amount of scars. “There is something about boundaries on this record,” Isbell says. “As you mature, you still attempt to keep the ability to love somebody fully and completely while you’re growing into an adult and learning how to love yourself.” Weathervanes is a collection of grown-up songs: Songs about adult love, about change, about the danger of nostalgia and the interrogation of myths, about cruelty and regret and redemption. Life and death songs played for and by grown ass people. Some will make you cry alone in your car and others will make you sing along with thousands of strangers in a big summer pavilion, united in the great miracle of being alive. The record features the rolling thunder of Isbell’s fearsome 400 Unit, who’ve earned a place in the rock ‘n’ roll cosmos alongside the greatest backing ensembles, as powerful and essential to the storytelling as The E Street Band or the Wailers. They make a big noise, as Isbell puts it, and he feels so comfortable letting them be a main prism through which much of the world hears his art. He can be private but with them behind him he transforms, and there is a version of himself that can only exist in their presence. When he plays a solo show, he is in charge of the entire complicated juggle. On stage with the 400 Unit, he can be a guitar hero when he wants, and a conductor when he wants, and a smiling fan of the majesty of his bandmates when he wants to hang back and listen to the sound.
Niall Horan - The Show - Capitol
Niall Horan's `The Show' - his third solo album and first since 2020's chart-topping `Heartbreak Weather' - will be released on June 9, 2023. Preceded by its lead single "Heaven," the album matches the pure emotion of his globally beloved past work with a powerful new element of soul-searching reflection. Each vinyl copy of `The Show' includes a randomly selected print of a letter handwritten by Niall about a song from the album.
Jenny Lewis - Joy'All - Blue Note Records
Jenny Lewis’ fifth solo album, Joy'All arrives June 9th. Joy’All finds the singer-songwriter embarking on a new era, in a new town – and on a new label, as she joins the iconic roster of Blue Note/Capitol Records. While Joy’All pulls from a bounty of sonic inspiration – from classic soul to ‘90s R&B, as well as country and classic singer-songwriter records – the album’s rich, intimate and warm live sound is the hallmark of eight-time GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb. Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, Joy’All includes new single “Psychos” and the previously released single “Puppy and a Truck.”
What's New 5-26-23
New Release Round-Up 05-26-23
AJJ - Disposable Everything - Hopeless Records
Phoenix-based indie punk band, AJJ, is back with their 10th studio album, Disposable Everything. After years of cult-like indie success and underground critical acclaim, AJJ has continued to evolve with each album, adding more layers and texture musically, while still maintaining their trademark wit and irreverent lyricism. Not every band can juxtapose apocalyptic despair with the warm comfort of an electric blanket, while hitting fans with rousing punk anthems one minute, and beautiful acoustic balladry the next. With Disposable Everything, AJJ has created an album that is both important and beautiful, that will make you feel better about everything while telling you just how terrible everything is, and will be sung loudly at shows for years to come.
Bayonne - Temporary Time - Nettwerk Records
Deeply informed by a deliberate transformation of his musical process, Bayonne's third full-length Temporary Time ultimately makes for his most expansive work to date-an album of both painfully raw introspection and otherworldly beauty. On Temporary Time, Bayonne channels vast imagination into an elegant, yet wildly experimental form of electronic pop, equal parts meditative and mesmerizing. In the making of his latest body of work, the Austin-based artist/producer/multi-instrumentalist otherwise known as Roger Sellers found himself in even greater need of an outlet for his kinetic creative impulses, thanks to an intense convergence of events in his personal life: his father's diagnosis with and eventual death from cancer, the end of a significant relationship, and an overwhelming struggle with depression and anxiety. "Right Thing" and "Perfect" are focus tracks.
Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy - Geffen Records
At long last, the classic Steely Dan catalog is back on vinyl. Led by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released 7 albums from 1972-1980. The vinyl series continues with Countdown To Ecstasy, the band's sprawling 1973 sophomore LP with standouts such as "Bodhisattva," "Show Biz Kids" and "My Old School."
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Arlo Parks - My Soft Machine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Transparent Green LP]
The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic: Expanded & Remastered [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink/Yellow Wisp Clear LP]
Kings Never Die - All The Rats [Limited Edition Glow In The Dark LP]
Jack Harlow - Jackman.
Matchbox Twenty - Where The Light Goes
Black Country, New Road - Live at Bush Hall
Calexico - Feast of Wire: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Baby Rose - Through And Through
Billy Woods - Maps
Weezer - SZNZ: Summer EP
Sparks - The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
Charli XCX - True Romance Original Angels Repress [Silver LP]
Tame Impala - Lonerism: 10th Anniversary [Super Deluxe 3 LP Boxset]
Water From Your Eyes - Everyone's Crushed
Big Star - #1 Record [RSD Essential Metallic Gold LP]
Alan Menken / Howard Ashman / Lin-Manuel Miranda - The Little Mermaid (Live Action) [LP]
Incendiary - Change The Way You Think About Pain [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Violet/Grey/Neon Violet Mix LP]
Sirenia - 1977
Simple Plan - No Pads, No Helmets...Just Balls [Limited Edition Crystal Clear LP]
Rico Nasty - Ruinas [Indie Exclusive Coke Bottle Clear LP]
Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto Mkii [Limited Edition Opaque Purple LP]
Immortal - War Against All
Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane - Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane
Al Green - Call Me: 50th Anniversary [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tigers Eye LP]
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