New Release Round-Up 10-29-15
RYAN ADAMS - 1989 - Blue Note Records
Produced by Ryan Adams, the first news of this reinterpretation of 1989 was revealed last month on the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter's Instagram (misterryanadams) with the post ''Taylor Swift 1989 full album cover night 1. As played by the Smiths.'' Several subsequent posts of song snippets revealed much more range than that including a take on ''Bad Blood'' that Vanity Fair called ''a lovely Heartbreaker-era style version'' referencing Adams' classic debut, a string quartet-enhanced version of ''Blank Space,'' what Adams promised to be the ''guaranteed saddest version of 'Welcome to New York' ever - or your tears back,'' and more.
BEACH HOUSE - Thank Your Lucky Stars - Sub Pop
Thank Your Lucky Stars is the sixth album from Beach House and the second new full length of 2015! The band have the following to say about it: “Thank Your Lucky Stars is our sixth full length record. It was written after Depression Cherry from July 2014 - November 2014 and recorded during the same session. The songs came together very quickly and were driven by the lyrics and the narrative. In this way, the record feels very new for us, and a great departure from our last few records. Thematically, this record often feels political. It’s hard to put it into words, but something about the record made us want to release it without the normal “campaign.” We wanted it to simply enter the world and exist. Thank you very much, Beach House”
ALBERTA CROSS - Alberta Cross - Dine Alone
Alberta Cross - led by lead singer and guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee - release their third, self-titled album via Dine Alone Records. Co-produced by Stakee and Claudius Mittendorfer (Johnny Marr, Kaiser Chiefs, Temples), the LP showcases new musical territories with vibrant horn sections weaved throughout the 12-track collection, while in addition Stakee re-explored the band's roots.
VIDEO - The Entertainers - Third Man Records
There’s no band that can lay claim to being the true best in the business, except Video. Crawling from the musical wasteland that is Texas, their intentions are simple: they want to own the world. While the band features members of Bad Sports, Wiccans, Radioactivity, and the Wax Museums (just to name a few), Video stands on its own as one of the most powerful and visceral bands active today. Combining equal parts snotty punk, hard rock, and melodic dissonance, Video are pioneers of their own subgenre, Hate Wave. Going well beyond the confines of paint by numbers punk, and generic, flaccid garage rock, Video forges a new cult-like movement. So pay attention, consumers, and don’t miss out on the best thing going today. Long Live The New Faith, Long Live VIDEO.
WOLF EYES - I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces - Third Man Records
Having eschewed the “noise” moniker to describe their sound in favor of the self-proclaimed “Trip Metal,” Wolf Eyes are at the forefront of a wide-ranging, experimental, impossible-to-categorize world. With over 500 releases since their inception in 1997, the group has been lauded by Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins and countless other stoned basement malcontents. With previous full-lengths on labels like Sub Pop and Troubleman, I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces is their debut release for Third Man Records and signals an ever-so-slight shift with the appearance of guitar and even drums. I Am a Problem is as much a classic Wolf Eyes record as no one would’ve ever predicted such a pulverizing left-turn at this juncture of their career. This is social audio dissent.
TIMMY'S ORGANISM - Heartless Heathen - Third Man Records
Fronting some of the most original, compelling and unpredictable bands (not only in Detroit, but the world) for over two decades, Tim Lampinen’s work with the Epileptix, Clone Defects, and Human Eye has always held a rapturous cult following. Yet his work with his current trio, Timmy's Organism, presents Lampinen (aka Timmy Vulgar) along with bassist Jeff Giant and drummer Blake Hill, ready for their close-up. With Heartless Heathen the group touches on their artistic and spiritual forbears of Captain Beefheart and Destroy All Monsters, while amply ramping up the slop culture rapture of classic punk ‘n’ roll like Chrome, Crime, and the Damned as well as contemporaries like Thee Oh Sees. There’s a reason why Lampinen won a $25,000 Kresge Grant for his work with his bands...he creates music that borders on art, live shows that border on theater. It’s high time the rest of the world takes notice. Are you ready?
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS - It's A Holiday Soul Party - Daptone
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are here to help music fans get into the holiday spirit. The band offers up a succinct soulful soundtrack to this holiday season with their new album It's A Holiday Soul Party. Kicking off with "8 Days (Of Hanukkah)" --the bands ode to The Festival of Lights-- the 11-song set of original and classic holiday songs is the group's first holiday record and follows their Grammy-nominated 2014 album, Give The People What They Want.
TWITCHING TONGUES - Disharmony - Metal Blade
Twitching Tongues are the best kind of sore thumb. While channeling a variety of hardcore and metal influences their unique sound is esoteric and resists lazy classification, yet it is equally dynamic, powerful, and instantly gripping. Having dropped two full-lengths, toured extensively and garnered a cult following, the band's third album - and Metal Blade debut - Disharmony sees them truly come into their own. "