Music Releases 02-14-20

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Changes

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Justin Bieber is ready to give the world insight into events that have taken place in his life over the past four years. From marriage to faith and his new outlook on life, Justin is reflecting on changes he's experienced and the impact they've had on him. "Changes" marks a new chapter in his career. The album hinges on themes of personal growth through life experiences, love and commitment, creatively expressed through music, giving a candid look into his evolution as an artist and human being.

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The Ballroom Thieves
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Unlovely [LP]

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Americana-leaning indie folk band The Ballroom Thieves take on topics as heavy as politics and as joyful as lifelong companionship on their latest studio album Unlovely.

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Tennis

Tennis

Swimmer [LP]

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Tennis are an indie pop duo comprising husband and wife Patrick Riley (guitar, keyboards, production) and Alaina Moore (vocals, keyboards). The band wrote their upcoming album on land and sea; on their sailboat traveling around Baja California, Mexico & in their recording studio they built in Denver. Alaina and Patrick were driven to elevate their songwriting & experimented with different instrumentation, time changes, & a focus on lyrical storytelling. The band experienced many life-changing occurrences over the last two years that influenced their writing - from loss to illness and renewed bonds. Swimmer is a single they are releasing in Fall 2019, coming out as the band announces touring dates for spring 2020.

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David Gray
White Ladder (20th Anniversary Edition) celebrates the multi-platinum-selling album from singer-songwriter David Gray. This expanded, deluxe release features the iconic album newly mastered on 2 pieces of white vinyl plus previously unreleased and rare White Ladder-era B-sides and demos on 2 pieces of black vinyl. David Gray has also personally crafted a series of writings about his White Ladder experience, chronicling the people involved, and the stories behind some of the songs and most memorable shows. These writings are featured in a commemorative book alongside rare photography and housed in beautiful packaging that also features the lyrics to timeless hits such as "This Year's Love," "Babylon," and "Sail Away." "What happened with White Ladder involved more than music. It was a sort of heart and soul moment of total surrender for everybody involved, for me and the audience. That was it. It doesn't get any better than that." - David Gray
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Monsta X

Limited colored vinyl LP pressing includes poster and booklet. 2020 release from the K-Pop superstars.

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Eden

Eden

No Future

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Vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist EDEN announces the forthcoming release of his new album, no future. Due out via Astralwerks on February 14, no future marks the follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 full-length debut, vertigo.

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Huey Lewis & The News

Weather is the new album from Huey Lewis & The News

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Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead

New Empire, Vol. 1 [LP]

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The new album from Hollywood Undead on colored vinyl

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Tami Neilson

No one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson. She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver. She's an artist with real range, whose powerful voice can take on big ballads, golden-age country, heartfelt Gospel, soul-infused R&B, Western swing, even old-style rock 'n' roll. Tami encompasses them all and is a personality-powered cyclonic force of nature in stylishly retro attire, long lashes and a stacked-high beehive. Of her new album's title, CHICKABOOM!, Tami explains, 'I wanted to write an album of punchy little songs, popping firecrackers that, when stripped back to nothing but a guitar, percussion and two voices, would still go boom!' The new collection brings much personal and family history to the table. Tami grew up performing across North America with the Neilson Family Band, working alongside greats such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and Kitty Wells. Subsequently, Tami fell in love with a New Zealander, moved to the bottom of the world and began her solo career without the support of the family. Her early records saw her in a self-created territory between mainstream country and alternative country, with awards in New Zealand for albums that added breadth to her 'country singer' label: Best Female Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song, an APRA Silver Scroll (songwriting) award and Album of the Year nominations. Her Dynamite! album of 2014 received rave reviews in Britain's MOJO and the Guardian named it a Top 10 Best Country Music Album. Tami's songs appeared on the Netflix series Wanted and the terrestrial TV series Nashville. Tami Neilson's singing and writing is too big to contain, as HMV Canada noted: 'There are singers and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn't big enough.' The road has now led to CHICKABOOM!, which is something different again, and even more personal. 'In the past year, I started to notice something,' she says. 'The artists I would spend time with backstage at festivals, the ones I gravitated to the most and followed on social media ... artists like the Secret Sisters, Shovels & Rope, Kasey Chambers, Brandi Carlile ... they all had family performing with them. When you tour away from loved ones, it makes a world of difference to have part of your village with you on the road. Not to mention, nothing can come close to that special blend of blood harmonies and silent communication that only comes from being onstage with a person for over 30 years. Family has always been a huge part my music-writing, recording and creating with me, but I wanted family on this project and on the road with me again.' Brother Jay flew to Auckland, New Zealand from Toronto to record a selection of new songs that have unmistakable sibling magic and harmonies. 'I don't think he quite understands what he's gotten himself into but now the album's coming out it's a bit too late. Sucker,' she laughs. And if you've missed Tami before ' on record or in concert ' then you are in for a treat ... and you might not quite understand what you've gotten yourself into either. As we say: you'll never forget the first time you saw Tami.

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Post Animal

The sophomore full-length from Post Animal, Forward Motion Godyssey unfolds with a frenetic momentum, mercurial and unhinged and gloriously volatile. In a bold leap forward both artistically and sonically, the Chicago-based alt-prog band sets their existential questioning to a wildly kinetic sound, mining inspiration from genres as divergent as electronic and psych-rock and—at one particularly sublime point—achieving both stoner-metal brutishness and dreamy R&B elegance in the very same instant. At turns rhapsodic and unsettling, meditative and chaotic, the result is anything but subtle: a body of work that beckons deep involvement from the listener, a richly layered experience primed to leave its audience indelibly transported.

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David Bowie

Originally released in the UK on 15th February, 1980 ‘ALABAMA SONG’ was initially written as a poem by Bertolt Brecht in 1925 and was put to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 play Little Mahogany. David Bowie was a longstanding Brecht fan and included the song in the setlist for his 1978 Isolar II tour. 

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The studio version of ‘ALABAMA SONG’ on the A-side of this release was recorded on July 2nd 1978, the day after the final show of the European leg of the tour, at Tony Visconti’s Good Earth Studios in Soho, London. 
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The AA-Side features two previously unreleased tracks;A rendition of “Heroes” track ‘JOE THE LION’ recorded at the soundcheck of the tour’s final Earls Court show on the 1st July 1978. Though rehearsed for the Isolar II tour ‘JOE THE LION’ would not make its live debut until the Serious Moonlight tour of 1983.  
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The second track on the AA-side is a live version of ‘ALABAMA SONG’ also recorded July 1st 1978—a different performance than the one featured on the live album Welcome To The Blackout.
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The Men

The Men

Mercy [LP]

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New York band The Men have always been genre-morphic and unpredictable, but on their eighth album Mercy they have truly done something new as a band. For the first time since forming, they have now created three straight records with the same lineup, and the result is a sound that feels developed and continuous despite running the gamut of mood, in true Men fashion. Having this lineup stability has allowed the band to deepen and finesse the sounds they were exploring on 2017's Drift and produce tracks that have a unique and distinct voice. Mercy was recorded live at Serious Business studio to 2" tape with Travis Harrison. The band did minimal overdubs, contributing to the urgent feel of the recording. The album is simply the sound of a band that has a deep and unjaded passion for songwriting and creation, working at the peak of their collaborative connection. Founding guitarist and vocalist Nick Chiericozzi described the band's process by way of an anecdote borrowed from Jeff Daniels about his time working with Robert Altman: "Daniels said, 'Altman will tell you, 'Now walk through that doorway,' but what he doesn't tell you is that he's got three people walking through the door from the other direction.' Doesn't that sound like a Men record? We've got 'Children All Over the World' saying hello to something like 'Fallin' Thru'. Mercy has a place next to Drift and it's now a distant neighbor to New Moon, Devil Music and the others. It's a wholly contained universe that shares the ash, the birth and the memory; the things motion takes with you after bumping into someone. We hope you enjoy the record and what it brings." Mercy takes the listener on a cinematic journey throughout it's seven tracks, beginning with the soothing but lonesome country rock opener "Cool Water." This track, like many on the record, feels timeless, illustrating the band's ability to write songs you are convinced you've heard before on the B-side of your favorite record from the '70s. You are then pulled into it's longest song, the 10-and-a-half minute psychedelic blues rock opus of "Wading in Dirty Water." The band explore some new territory on Mercy, and they also revisit the Suicide-style sound they have been working on for a while through Drift and also with one of their side projects Dream Police, resulting in the highlight "Children All Over the World," a song that could stand next to any classic rock hit but with The Men's unique artistic savvy. It wouldn't be a contemporary Men record without a total fuzzed-out stomper a la their Open Your Heart-era sound, and this record's offering, "In the Breeze," shows the band's complete command of this urgent and pulverizing style.

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Highly Suspect

Highly Suspect

MCID [LP]

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The 3X Grammy nominated trio, Highly Suspect, returns with their third studio album,MCID. The genre-transcending body of work features Young Thug, Tee Grizzley, Gojira and Conor Mason from Nothing But Thieves. MCIDis a manifesto narrated byfrontman, JohnnyStevens. The album centers around themes of self-loathing, body image issues, a sprinkle of anti-Trump, false social media worship, heartbreak, and hope.

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Robert Vincent

Produced by Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Counting Crows, etc.) 2018 Americana UK Album of the Year Winner 2016 Americana UK Bob Harris Emerging Talent of the Year Winner

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Boris

Boris

Feedbacker

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Boris

Boris

Akuma No Uta

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Boris

Boris

Love & Evol

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BRKN LOVE

BRKN LOVE

BRKN LOVE [LP]

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BRKN LOVE envisions a fresh future for the genre on the band’s 2019 full-length debut for Spinefarm Records produced by Joel Hamilton [Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights]. BRKN LOVE represent a new era for rock music that’s as powerful as it is emotional. The band has already achieved a Top 20 single with “Shot Down” and have toured with Dinosaur Pile-Up, Pop Evil, cleopatrick this year

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Michael Doucet
Michael Doucet the GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, artist, founder of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and Cajun legend crafts the quintessential Louisiana soundtrack to a good time on his new solo album, LÂCHER PRISE. Joined by Sarah Quintana [vocals, guitar], Chad Viator [guitar], Chris French [bass], and Jim Kolacek [drums], he stirs up a sweet and simmering brew of Acadian tradition, swamp soul, and infectious grooves.

In many ways, the moniker embodies the spirit of these five musicians.
“In French, Lâcher Prise means ‘let go’,” Doucet explains. “It’s also a Buddhist term. When it came to making this music, it was just total freedom. The new songs were different from what I typically do, so we formed a group of great people and musicians. I’ve reached a point in my life and career where I can do whatever the hell I want to do. There’s freedom for everybody because of the mutual respect though.” Doucet describes the album’s music as “Les îles Français Zarico”, a description that takes into account an eclectic mix of styles including New Orleans rhythm & blues and Southwest Louisiana rock ‘n roll, as well as his own interpretations of zydeco and Cajun, infused with the intoxicating rhythms of the French Caribbean.

The new band, now known as Michael Doucet avec Lâcher Prise, recorded the ten songs comprising the debut in just three days at Dockside in Maurice, Louisiana, a hallowed studio that has hosted everyone from Dr. John to Allen Toussaint, and Rod Stewart to Arcade Fire. The triumvirate of Doucet, Viator, and Compass Records co-founder Garry West produced, and friends including Sarah Dugas (The Duhks), Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa), and Jim Hoke (NRBQ) lent their respective talents to the end result.
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Drama

Drama

Dance Without Me [LP]

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The simple power of Drama's musical expression is matched only by their work ethic. Since 2014, the Chicago-based duo have bootstrapped a subtle rise on their own terms, self-releasing several EPs and mapping multiple tours with Midwestern grit. A multicultural collaboration between producer Na'el Shehade and vocalist Via Rosa, the project plays to the complementary dynamics of their pairing, blurring the lines between R&B and dance-pop, heartbreak and bliss. Following their signing to Ghostly International in 2019, they realize their years-in-the-making full-length debut, aptly titled Dance Without Me, a refined collection that recasts romantic tragedy as moonlit self-acceptance.

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Albert Cummings

It’s been said that you don’t see out the blues – it seeks out you. For guitar virtuoso Albert Cummings, no words could ring more true. Cummings' masterful guitar wizardry has drawn comparisons to iconic axe legends Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix, and even his own musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has graced the stage with such esteemed luminaries as Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, and B.B. King, who called Cummings “a great guitarist”. Freshly signed to Provogue Records, Cummings joins the elite ranks of such guitar legends as Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, and Eric Gales. Albert Cummings’ new album 'Believe' is available February 14th, 2020 via Provogue Records.

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The Third Mind

Dave Alvin, Victor Krummenacher (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), Michael Jerome (Toadies, Better Than Ezra) and David Immerglück (Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven) form the core of this group of seasoned musicians, who have joined forces to take a trip back to the psychedelic folk/rock sound of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They put their own spin on songs made famous by Alice Coltrane, 13th Floor Elevators, Fred Neil and others, plus an original song, Claudia Cardinale,. Turn on, Tune in, rock out!

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Steven Price

The Aeronauts features Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as a scientist and a pilot in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make new discoveries aboard hot air balloon. Composed by the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Steven Price, The Aeronauts soundtrack is Decca's first with Amazon and features "Home To You" by Sigrid. Now available on vinyl.

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Mackenzie Nicole

Mackenzie Nicole

Mystic

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Exploring an entirely new and original sound, Mackenzie Nicole partners with producer Michael "Seven" Summers to chronicle an odyssey of mental breakdown and recovery in her sophomore album Mystic. From deep cuts like "A Cut Rose in Tap Water" to the more ethereal "The House above the World", Mystic is the premiere of Mackenzie's full artistic freedom and creative control as a lyricist and vocal performer. Accompanied by 12 music videos, Mystic will also build to a high-end production short-film

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Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Heaven To Betsy

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2020 release. Some artists need smoke and mirrors. All Jeremiah Johnson needs are songs. In the age of manufactured pop, the acclaimed St. Louis bandleader is a beacon of time-honored songcraft, writing on acoustic guitar, digging deep for raw lyrics and insisting on studio production that bottles the sweat of his shows. The approach might sound old-school, but on Heavens To Betsy, the result is some of the most vital music of the new decade. Heavens To Betsy is another bold creative leap for an artist on fire. It's been just two years since Straitjacket hit #6 on the Billboard Blues Album chart and scored rave reviews across the board (Blues Blast: "This is grade-A primo stuff"). It was the cherry on top of Johnson's triumphant early career, following up 2014's Grind, 2016's varied Blues Heart Attack, and the confessional Ride The Blues documentary. But while Johnson is rightly proud of that early catalogue - and still serves up house-rocking takes on the Straitjacket material each night - he's always kept one eye on the horizon.

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Suicide Silence

The impact of southern CA's Suicide Silence on extreme metal is undeniable. Since the band's inception in 2004 and the subsequent release of genre defining tracks like "You Only Live Once", "Unanswered" and "You Can't Stop Me" Suicide Silence took deathcore to enormous crowds selling hundreds of thousands of records and playing enormous stages around the world. (bone/black splatter)

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Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire [LP]

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“Our thing is incorporating rhythms from a wide variety of African Diaspora sources. This album in particular is darker than the previous two.”

“TropiFunk from Los Angeles” TropiFunk is an actual sub-genre we have been building and practically trademarking over the past 9 years and we feel it rings true to what our music and vibe is.”

“The album opens with “Quémalo”, a fuzzed out and psychedelic Pilón (the Cuban musical genre, not the coffee brand) inspired ode to the great Cuban Funk master himself, Juan Pablo Torres. As the name implies, it is a burner meant to clear the way for new and funky forms of musical expression.”

“The second track, “Pico Union” is inspired by the neighborhood where Jungle Fire rehearses and creates their music. With its swirling guitar lines straddling the lines between Peruvian Chicha and experimental video games, heavy drum feel and floating bass lines, the tune pays homage to several of the cultures which share space just a mile south of where Fela Kuti and Sandra Izsadore met in 1969.”

“‘Biri Biri’, which in part takes its meaning from the Yorubá phrase meaning “that which spreads”, is a happy union between a bouncy Afrobeat-esque rhythm with synth and dub flavoring that has proven to be a stimulating force in the dance floor for the band’s most recent performances in California.”

“‘Masa’ takes its name partly from the band’s love of Southern Mexican tamales, a staple of many establishments in Pico Union, and is dedicated to a Japanese masa loving audio engineer friend of the band, Masa Tsuzuki. Much like the nature of the food that inspired its creation, “Masa” is a tasty offering of Pilón, Cumbia and Funk dough wrapped in psychedelia, polyrhythms and strong horn melodies.”

“‘Slipshot’” follows with a palate-cleaning dose of Angeleno TropiFunk and space-loving spring reverb laced musical turns.

“For listeners who purchase the vinyl version of the Album, expertly mastered by JJ Golden of Golden Mastering, Side B begins with the moody call to action titled “Emboscada” (Spanish for “Ambush”). Like its name implies, it is sure to surprise the listener with cinematic rhythmic twists and turns, as if Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward and Latin Funk legend Ray Barretto were sharing a groove comfortable to both.”

“‘Smash & Grab’ is a blistering mash up of sped-up Boogaloo, West African inspired rhythm guitar lines, slowed down Drum ‘n Bass and jaw shattering horn lines, setting up the tension/release with “OscilLAdope”, which marks the only time Jungle Fire has incorporated a non-live instrument (a filtered synth sequence) into its music. This tune spawned a whole EP of synth inspired explorations to be released at a later date.”

“The Afro Disco and Psych Rock sounds of “Atómico” are a nod to the dance floor burners of Jungle Fire’s debut LP and have proven to be a great set closer and/or encore during the band’s most recent club performances.”

“The album’s closing track “Consider This” pays homage to Rod Serling and came about during a musical exploration inspired by the copious amounts of DVDs labeled “Consider This” circulating the City of Angels at the end of 2018 while the band was immersed in its first group venture into film scoring. It is a likely approximation to what would happen if they would ever score an episode of the legendary TV show, Twilight Zone.”
 

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