New Release Round-Up 09-11-15
BEN FOLDS - So There - New West Records
Ben Folds takes a turn on his new album, So There. He embraces strings and chamber music yet still maintains a passion for his love of pop. So There consists of eight chamber pop songs with the very talented yMusic Ensemble and a 21-minute piano concerto performed with the Nashville Symphony. Ben Folds meeting and recording with yMusic became the bridge between the classically-themed concerto and the contemporary chamber rock songs that live in harmony on So There. The combination is an inspired body of work on both small and grand scales.
GARY CLARK JR. - The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim - Warner Bros.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter Gary Clark Jr. stressed that he wanted his new studio album The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim to be more than just a guitar-shredding feast [and that] he’s also a “singer-songwriter soul funk dude.”. “I was just kind of waiting for the time to bust that out,” Clark said. “And I really wanted this album to be, like, more musical, more expressive -- not just wait for the guitar solo, you know?"
SLAYER - Repentless [Indie Exclusive Low Price] - Nuclear Blast America
For more than three decades, Slayer's onslaught has proven them to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet. The two-time Grammy-winning band has also accumulated an abundance of Certified Gold Albums along with “Best...” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.
DURAN DURAN - Paper Gods - Warner Bros.
How many bands can you think of that, decades into their career, are still capable of springing surprises, of blazing fresh trails, creating new music that is up there with the imperishable songs that first propelled them to fame, fortune and critical acclaim? In 2015, Duran Duran cement their place in that illustrious grouping with a new studio album - their 14th, no less - that burnishes their role in the story of pop, and puts the many young pretenders whose music they have influenced firmly in their place. As part of a major new recording deal with Warner Bros. Records, Paper Gods starts the next chapter in the history of the band, with a host of A-list collaborators - including Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mr Hudson, Janelle Monáe, John Frusciante, Kiesza and Davide Rossi - joining the party.
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - Hollywood Vampires - UME
In 1969 the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the Vampires. Three years ago, Alice Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, producer Bob Ezrin and an amazing group of guests including Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey, Brian Johnson and Kip Winger. Their debut finds them taking on classics by The Who, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix & more!
DEVIL CITY ANGELS - Devil City Angels - Century Media
Nobody plays rock 'n' roll quite like the pros do. Devil City Angels definitely has no shortage of professionals in its ranks - Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) on guitar, drummer Rikki Rockett (Poison), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) on bass, and singer Brandon Gibbs (The Gibbs Brothers, Cheap Thrill). With upwards of 100 million units sold and countless packed arena and stadium gigs worldwide between them, these cats have certainly seen their fair share of rockstar excess and success, and now they ve bonded together under one banner with a singular goal to make kickass music. They accomplish that mission tenfold with their self-titled full-length debut for Century Media Records!
ROBERT DELONG - In The Cards - Glassnote
Robert DeLong's sophomore album In The Cards features two of the hottest alternative tracks of 2015. "Long Way Down" spent eight weeks in the Top 5 Alternative chart and his new single "Don't Wait Up" is bulleting up the charts as well. This fall, the Bothell, WA native will begin a nationwide headlining tour.
LE BUTCHERETTES - A Raw Youth - Ipecac
Youth doesn’t mean young. It’s the essence of being resilient against so many of life’s struggles. In every decade or era, there’s always a rebel who gives inspiration for the poets to write about. That person holds the light. These songs tell those tales. That’s the mission statement from Le Butcherettes frontwoman Teri Gender Bender in regards to their third, terrifically searing album A Raw Youth.
BOY - We Were Here - Nettwerk
Hamburg’s favorite female duo BOY's highly anticipated sophomore album, We Were Here, is the follow up to their 2013 critically acclaimed debut album Mutual Friends, that featured the infectiously catchy “Little Numbers” and boasts over 14 million YouTube views. This new album finds BOY spreading their wings, exploring new textures and musical approaches while remaining true to their aesthetic. We Were Here is a sharp burst of delightful melodies, perfectly poised craft and mischievous grace.
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.