New Release Round-Up 04-15-16
STURGILL SIMPSON - A Sailor's Guide To Earth - Atlantic
Produced by Simpson, A Sailor's Guide To Earth was written - beginning to end - as a letter to his first child who arrived during the summer of 2014. The album features eight original songs as well as a rendition of Nirvana's "In Bloom." Recorded primarily at Nashville's The Butcher Shoppe, Sturgill Simpson was joined in the studio by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Ferguson (Johnny Cash, John Prine, "Cowboy" Jack Clement) and assistant engineer Sean Sullivan. A Sailor's Guide To Earth is Simpson's third full-length album and follows his breakthrough Grammy-nominated 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.
SANTANA - Santana IV [Indie Exclusive Low Price] - Santana IV Records
This week marks the release of Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that reunites the revered early '70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album signifies the first time in 45 years since 1971's multi-platinum classic Santana III that the quintet has recorded together. Santana IV features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band that bursts with the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.
PJ HARVEY - The Hope Six Demolition Project - Vagrant Records
The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by PJ Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. Harvey says, "When I'm writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with." This is Harvey's first album in five years.
ACAPULCO LIPS - Acapulco Lips - Killroom Records
Acapulco Lips. The name twists the tongue a bit—wait, is it Apocolypse? The band did indeed emerge from a damp Seattle basement, but that's about the darkest visual of their origin story. Rather than a kiss with mortal doom and destruction, Acapulco Lips sound much more like a make-out session on a hot, salty beach, where summer is eternal and there's no notion of the fun stopping any time soon. This trio is bound together by a studied adoration towards the loud, reckless, rebellious sonic traditions of psych, garage, soul, and surf rock. What comes out of these obsessions is the interpretation of the band's favorite Sixties sounds, from transporting guitar jangles, assertively revved up percussion, boogie-friendly bass breakdowns, topped with disarmingly charming coos and aahs.
ACE FREHLEY - Origins Vol.1 - Ent. One Music
Hot on the platform boot heels of his 2014 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ace Frehley releases Origins Vol.1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classic rockers from Ace's formative years featuring some of the biggest names in music. Most notably, KISS frontman Paul Stanley joins Ace on Free's cult hit "Fire and Water." This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS's 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.
GRAHAM NASH - This Path Tonight - Blue Castle Records
This Path Tonight is a new ten-song studio album from Graham Nash. Produced by Shane Fontayne, this is Nash's first solo record of new music in fourteen years. The title track, "This Path Tonight," is the debut single. Like the album, the song is one of reflection and transition of a singer-songwriter whose career (the Hollies, CSN, CSNY) has spanned more than five decades and counting.
JOHNNY WINTER WITH DR. JOHN - Live In Sweden 1987 - MVD Visual
Blues legend Johnny Winter is joined by the equally legendary Dr. John on Swedish TV, recorded in 1987. From the opening notes of "Sound the Bell" to the finale of a positively incendiary "Jumpin' Jack Flash," Winter is in great form. The blues and rock take a side trip to New Orleans when the masterful Dr. John joins the band on piano. Live In Sweden 1987 will be available on CD, LP and DVD
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.