Pure Pop Records

  • What's New 6-14-24

    Moby
    Mute

    Moby has once again conjured into reality a collection of heartachingly beautiful, tender yet-defiant songs, made in collaboration with uniquely talented, soulfully aware, other-worldly vocalists. All the songs are love letters to the unrestricted and enchanting music scene of late ‘70s, early ‘80s New York that shaped Moby as a musician.

    $uicideboys$
    G59 Records LLC

    Since 2014, the SoundCloud Rap pioneers have prolifically shared their distinctive fusion of rap, punk, and trap with audiences worldwide. On New World Depression, the duo’s raw, unfiltered lyrics serve as a gritty narrative of personal turmoil, substance abuse, and the struggle for authenticity in a world that often feels cold and indifferent.

    The Decemberists
    Yabb Records/Thirty Tigers

    The beloved hyperliterate folk-rockers are back with their first new album in six years. As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again is filled with semaphores of mutual recognition for our fraught times and faint hope-- punchy, pithy gems of reflections on mortality and loneliness, longing and cynicism, expectation and unease.

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  • New Release Round-Up 06-14-24

    Paul McCartney & Wings - One Hand Clapping

    Paul McCartney & Wings - One Hand Clapping

    Paul McCartney & Wings - One Hand Clapping - Capitol/UME

    50 years after their initial recording, the sessions for Wings One Hand Clapping will be released for the very first time.

    The Decemberists - As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again

    The Decemberists - As It Ever was, so it will be again

    The Decemberists - As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again - YABB Records


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    Lindsey Stirling - Duality

    Lindsey Stirling - Duality

    Lindsey Stirling - Duality - Concord Records


     Video Available 

    Hermanos Gutierrez - Sonido Cósmico

    Hermanos Gutierrez - Sonido Cósmico

    Hermanos Gutierrez - Sonido Cósmico - Easy Eye Sound


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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Mike Lindsay - supershapes volume 1 [Cucumber Green LP]

    The Early November - The Early November [Indie Exclusive Swamp Green in Clear w/ Brown Splatter LP]

    Say Anything - …IS COMMITTED [Indie Exclusive BLACK MARBLE 2XLP]

    $UICIDEBOY$ - NEW WORLD DEPRESSION [Indie Exclusive Opaque Grey LP]

    crumb - AMAMA [Olive Green Vinyl LP]

    John Denver - Back Home Again [LP]

    RJD2 - Visions Out of Limelight [Teal LP]

    Stereophonic / O.C.R. - Stereophonic / O.C.R.

    Motley Crue - Dogs Of War [Limited Edition] (Pict) [Indie Exclusive]

    Zsela - Big For You [Indie Exclusive Watersprite Blue LP]

    Napoleon Dynamite / O.S.T. (Aniv) - Napoleon Dynamite 20th Anniversary

    Ramin Djawadi - Fallout Original Amazon Series Soundtrack [Limited Edition]

    Lambrini Girls - You're Welcome [Indie Exclusive]

    Primus - Desaturating Seven (Midnight Rainbow/ 7th Anniversary Edition) [Gold Foil Stamping/Midnight Rainbow Splatter LP]

    Monsters Of Folk - Monsters of Folk (Deluxe Edition) [2xLP Clear]

    Bruce Springsteen - Born In The Usa (40th Anniversary Edition) [Clear Vinyl]

    Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic (Deluxe Version) [Indie Exclusive 2LP Zoetrope Vinyl]

    Moneybagg Yo - Speak Now

    Jill Barber - Encore [Colored Vinyl] (Stic)

    Black Country Communion - V [180 Gram]

    John Cale - Poptical Illusion [Clear Vinyl] (Org) [Indie Exclusive] [Download Included]

    Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs - Vagabonds, Virgins & Misfits

    Cola - Gloss [Clear Vinyl] (Grn) [Indie Exclusive]

    Four Tet - Three

    John Grant - Art Of The Lie [Colored Vinyl]

    Lalah Hathaway - Vantablack

    Kneecap - Fine Art [Colored Vinyl]

    Laurel - Palpitations - Opaque Gray [Colored Vinyl] (Gry)

    Walt Disco - Warping [Clear Vinyl] (Gate)

    & More .....

    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Gracie Abrams - The Secret of Us

    Gracie Abrams  - The Secret of Us - Interscope


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  • What's New 6-7-24

    nxworries
    Stones Throw Records

    Eight years after their breakthrough debut, NxWorries return with Why Lawd? – a winning combination of Knx’s unmistakeable beats and Anderson .Paak’s instantly recognizable vocals. This time, special guests are invited along for the ride. Featured artists include H.E.R., Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Khalil and more.

    Peggy Gou
    XL Recordings

    The South Korean-born, Berlin-based producer and artist has blazed her own trail as she’s ascended from underground sensation to global icon, becoming one of the most in-demand DJs in the world. I Hear You expands her forward-thinking club music, boldly claiming her voice through the kaleidoscopic lens of ‘90s house music.

    Jesse Daniel
    Lightning Rod Records

    Since releasing his 2018 self-titled debut, Daniel’s earned great esteem as a country traditionalist and built a wildly devoted international following—thanks in no small part to his freewheeling live show. Daniel now offers up his fourth studio album: a high-powered body of work born from his ardent belief in preserving country’s legacy.

    charli xcx
    Atlantic

    In Charli's words - "It's confrontational. it's confident. it's conversational. the lyrics are texts I would send to my friends. It's funny. It's fun. It's a club record so play it loud." Featuring tracks co-produced with Gesaffelstein, Hudson Mohawke, A.G. Cook and others, Brat reinforces Charli as the most important British pop star out there.

    Nduduzo Makhathini
    Blue Note

    South African pianist, composer, philosopher, and healer Nduduzo Makhathini travels beyond any existing notion of music-making to offer his most profound vision of creative mysticism yet with his stunning eleventh studio album. The music is both an offering and an invitation to humanity to cultivate ways of being that strive for freedom and balance.

    Man Man
    Sub Pop

    Carrot on Strings nods to the films of Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder as much as Italo-disco, Randy Newman, goth rock, and avant pop. The results represent a newfound sense of self for Ryan Kattner, who finds himself inspired and at peace both personally and artistically in ways that eluded him for most of his first 15 years playing music.

    Tony Trischka
    Down The Road

    Gifted a thumb drive of rare recordings of Earl Scruggs and John Hartford jamming, Trischka set out to transcribe the private gatherings as an overview of Earl’s career. Now putting it on record, he’s joined by today’s leading bluegrass and old-time stars, including Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Del McCoury, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle and more.

    Alisa Amador
    Honest Magic Records/Thirty Tigers

    Amador’s music is a synthesis of the many styles she’s voraciously absorbed: rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin music she grew up with. On Multitudes, the 2022 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner’s soulful singing, poetically incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms will make you cry, laugh, and dance all within one set.

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  • New Release Round-Up 06-07-24

    The Ghost Inside - Searching for Solace

    The Ghost Inside - Searching for Solace - Epitaph

    THE GHOST INSIDE stands as an unstoppable force in the realm of hard rock music. Fueled by unwavering determination and unyielding passion, this band has forged a path marked by resilience and redemption. Their latest endeavor, the 6th studio album titled Search for Solace, delves into the profound theme of grappling with one’s own thoughts – the internal struggle between good, bad, and evil. It explores the journey of finding comfort and making peace amidst the chaos of life’s ebb and flow. The album reflects the band’s commitment to not succumb to negativity, anger, or darkness, aligning with their identity as an uplifting and comforting musical force for fans seeking solace.

    Established in 2004, THE GHOST INSIDE has solidified its position as a trailblazer in melodic hard rock. Their music seamlessly combines raw aggression with profound lyricism, creating a resonant experience for their dedicated fanbase. Despite facing challenges, notably a tragic bus accident in 2015 that left some members with life-altering injuries, the band refused to be broken. Through unwavering perseverance, they made a triumphant return to the stage, defying the odds. Their music embodies a spirit of resilience, unity, and the indomitable power of the human spirit.

    Each thunderous breakdown and soaring melody strikes a deep chord within the hearts of their fans, serving as a testament to the band’s enduring impact. THE GHOST INSIDE’s journey is a testament to their ability to inspire and uplift through music. As they embark on a global tour starting this Spring, venturing into new territories, including South America and beyond, the band continues to share their message of strength and perseverance with audiences around the world.


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    NxWorries - Why Lawd

    NxWorries - Why Lawd - Stones Throw Records

    The long-awaited second album from NxWorries – the iconic duo of superstar vocalist Anderson .Paak and GRAMMY Award-winning beatmaker and producer Knxwledge.
    8 years after their breakthrough debut Yes Lawd!, NxWorries return with Why Lawd? – a winning combination of Knx’s unmistakeable beats and .Paak’s instantly recognizable vocals.
    This time, special guests are invited along for the ride. Featured artists include H.E.R., Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Khalil and more.


     Video Available 


    Inta Somethin' (Pacific Jazz) - Packshot

    Kenny Dorham/Jackie McLean - Inta Somethin' (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) - Blue Note Records

    Kenny Dorham added stellar entries to the catalogs of Blue Note, Riverside, and New Jazz throughout the 1950s as he solidified his reputation as a leading trumpeter and composer on the jazz scene. He began 1961 in the studio for Blue Note recording his excellent album Whistle Stop and later that year cut his first date for Pacific Jazz, Inta Somethin’, a spirited live recording that captured Dorham leading a quintet with alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, pianist Walter Bishop Jr., bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Art Taylor at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. The band is firing on all cylinders throughout this set of four standards bookended by the Dorham originals “Us” and “San Francisco Beat.” A buoyant version of “It Could Happen To You” is performed quartet as a Dorham showcase, while the trumpeter lays out on “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” and “Lover Man” to give the spotlight to McLean.


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    Doug Watkins - Watkins At Large (Blue Note Tone Poet Series) - Blue Note Records

    Recorded in 1956 for producer Tom Wilson’s short-lived Boston-based label Transition Records, Watkins At Large was the first of only two albums that the great bassist Doug Watkins would make as a leader. The Detroit native had moved to New York and begun to garner recognition for his contributions to the Art Blakey-Horace Silver co-led iteration of the Jazz Messengers as well as Bud Powell’s trio when Wilson decided to give him the opportunity to front his own recording date. Along with a first-rate ensemble featuring trumpeter Donald Byrd, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Duke Jordan, and drummer Art Taylor, Watkins swings through a stellar set of blues, ballads, and more including originals written by Jordan, Burrell, and Thad Jones.

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Charli XCX - BRAT [Indie Exclusive Clear Pink Splatter LP]

    Eels - EELS Time! [LP]

    L'Imperatrice - Pulsar [Indie Exclusive Tangerine LP]

    Dawes - Good Luck With Whatever [Limited Edition Champagne LP]

    Luther - This Close To You [LP]

    Loverboy - Live in '82 [LP + DVD]

    Alisa Amador - Multitudes [Translucent Grape LP]

    Alfie Templeman - Radiosoul [Indie Exclusive Eco-Mix]

    Angelica Garcia - Gemelo [Transparent Clear LP]

    Bon Jovi - Forever [LP]

    The Laurie Berkner Band - Victor Vito (25th Anniversary Edition) [CD]

    Meghan Trainor - Timeless [LP]

    Jessie Daniel - Countin' The Miles [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Autographed, Transparent Camo LP]

    Tops - Picture You Staring (10th Anniversary Deluxe LP) [Sky Blue Vinyl LP]

    The Murlocs - Young Blindness [Yellow & Green w/Red Splatter LP]

    The Murlocs - Live at The Teragram Ballroom [2 Green Splatter LP]

    Now Country 17 / Various (Colv) - Now Country 17 / Various [Colored Vinyl]

    Perennial - Art History [Kelly Green LP]

    Twiztid - Dance On My Grave / Fed Up [Limited Edition] (Pict) [Indie Exclusive]

    Evergrey - Theories Of Emptiness

    Amen Corner - Written By The Devil

    Future & Metro Boomin - We Don't Trust You

    & More .....

    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Paul McCartney & Wings - One Hand Clapping

    Paul McCartney & Wings - One Hand Clapping - Capitol/UME


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    The Decemberists - As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again

    The Decemberists - As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again - YABB Records


     Video Available 

    Gracie Abrams - The Secret of Us

    Gracie Abrams  - The Secret of Us - Interscope


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  • Now Hear This! - June 2024

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  • New Release Round-Up 05-31-24

    Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy

    Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy- UMe

    Written and produced by Songwriter’s Hall Of Famer Linda Perry, Crooked Boy features four brand-new tracks from Ringo Starr with his trademark vocals and legendary drumming.

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    Jon Muq - Flying Away

    Jon Muq - Flying Away

    Jon Muq - Flying Away - Concord / Easy Eye Sound

    Ugandan-born, Austin-based Jon Muq's debut, Flying Away, melds African and Western melodies, reflecting his astonishing journey. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the album is infused with themes of resilience, and Muq's spontaneous, reflective songwriting captures the essence of his cross-continental life. From busking for children on the streets of Kampala, to cruise ship clubs, to sharing stages with music's biggest stars, Muq now embarks on the grandest voyage of all: releasing his first album.

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    The Marías - Submarine [Indie Exclusive Iridescent Blue LP]

    Ben Platt - Honeymind [LP]

    Willie Nelson - The Border [LP]

    Maya Hawke - Chaos Angel [LP]

    Becky Hill - Believe Me Now? [Indie Exclusive Black/White Splatter LP]

    Bat For Lashes - The Dream of Delphi [LP]

    Richard Thompson - Ship To Shore [Indie Exclusive Limited marbled Yellow/Orange LP and Signed Postcard]

    Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane - Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane (Original Jazz Classics Series) [LP]

    Swamp Dogg - Blackgrass: From West Virginia to 125th St [LP]

    Chve - KALVARIE [LP]

    Tom Ball - Curtain Call [CD]

    Arooj Aftab - Night Reign [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]

    Hope Conspiracy - Tools Of Oppression / Rule By Deception [Indie Exclusive Orange / Blue Mix LP]

    LUCIUS - Wildewoman - (The New Recordings) [Translucent Forest Green LP]

    Rogers & Hammerstein - My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert [CD]

    Candy - Its Inside You [Indie Exclusive Yellow with Splatter LP]

    John Moreland - Visitor [Indie-Exclusive Opaque Cream LP]

    Jessie Baylin - Strawberry Wind [Limited Deluxe Edition - Tangerine and Strawberry Sherbet LP]

    Norman Blake - Pilgramage to Rising Fawn [LP]

    Stephen Stanley - Divided Frame Of Mind

    & More .....

    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    The Ghost Inside - Searching for Solace

    The Ghost Inside - Searching for Solace - Epitaph


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    NxWorries - Why Lawd

    NxWorries - Why Lawd - Stones Throw Records


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  • What's New 5-31-24

    king hannah
    City Slang

    King Hannah weaves between meditative pop and expansive, sonorous landscapes brimming with darkness, wit, and wry humor. Merrick’s smoky vocals are perfectly complemented by the bluesy canvases Whittle masterfully paints beneath them as they effortlessly transition from post-rock expansiveness to evoking the sensation of Springsteen straying onto a gritty side-street off his highway to freedom.

    richard thompson
    New West Records

    Ship to Shore is classic Thompson, the songster of misery and despair who doesn’t often change that tune while always delivering something tasty, fresh and new. It’s a deep and diverse collection that pulls from various styles: rumbling, Motown-style rhythm, straightforward riff-rock, 1600s-era European music, and glammy, cabaret-like melodies.

    habibi
    Kill Rock Stars

    Dreamachine rises beyond the critically acclaimed five-piece’s garage rock roots, drawing on a mix of post-punk, experimental pop, and vintage disco, all filtered through the band’s love of Middle Eastern psych music. Each song is its own distinct world, hypnotic and driven by lush synthesizers, sinewy guitars, and a muscular rhythm section– equal parts fearless and enthralling.

    ben platt
    Interscope

    Named for the “honeylike” state of being in love (“like all the jagged thoughts and fears and anxieties in my brain are slowly smoothed out, until my mind is coated with warmth and sweetness,”) the album was Executive Produced by Dave Cobb, written with notable songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Natalie Hemby, and Alex Hope, and sees Ben exploring a more understated, folk-leaning sound.

    crowded house
    BMG

    Almost 40 years in, New Zealand rockers Crowded House are still adding rooms to their musical mansion. Gravity Stairs continues the sophisticated Beatlesque pop the band’s lead songwriter, Neil Finn, has always been known for. It’s the kind of album that rewards repeated listening with Finn’s songwriting opening like flower, and the band’s musical choices complementing his genius at every turn.

    becky hill
    Astralwerks/Capitol

    Believe Me Now? sees Hill digging deeper into her life-long passion for underground dance music and club culture. Whether she’s drawing from the worlds of drum ‘n’ bass, anthemic house, techno or atmospheric trance, Hill’s flair for blending the heart of such genres with her powerhouse vocal has produced an album that’s rich with credibility and personal integrity, yet with immense global appeal.

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  • What's New 5-24-24

    diiv
    Fantasy

    After more than two decades as a band, The Avett Brothers have stamped their own name on their 11th album. It's a return in some ways to their original form, too — raucous vocals, with harmonies in just the right places, over simple instrumentation. Here the guitars are electric, and the production is modern, but it’s a classic Avett Brothers theme: the agony and ecstasy of being in love.

    andrew bird
    Loma Vista

    Orton’s (Portishead) most personal work to date, the result of a period of sustained reflection and change — “lots of goodbyes,” in Beth’s words. Farewells to family, to friends, even to her former self. These are songs from the mid-course of life, when looking ahead no longer yields what it used to, and looking back has a sudden, sharper focus.

    wallows
    Atlantic

    The songs here are as sincere as they are surreal, rooted in rich character studies and deep reflection. It’s a gorgeous collection of stripped-down bedroom folk wrapped in lush layers of synthesizers and washed out electric guitars, a poignant, expansive exploration of perception and purpose that manages to look both forwards and backwards all at once.

    lenny kravitz
    BMG

    Following a five year hiatus and navigating through some notably peculiar circumstances, the Kentucky rockers are prepared to pick up where they left off (Social Cues— 2019’s Grammy winner for Best Rock Album) with the highly anticipated sounds of Neon Pill. It’s the perfect return for a band that has been greatly missed.

    rotting christ
    Season of Mist

    30 years later, Collective Soul is still going strong and continues to create infectious Alt-Rock music that is loved around the world. Here To Eternity contains 20 tracks of the catchy melodies, driving guitars, and soaring choruses that have defined the band's sound since their early days. This is a love letter to the fans.

    kerry king
    Reigning Phoenix Music America

    Eilish’s third studio album, her most daring body of work to date, does exactly as the title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. “This whole process has felt like I’m coming back to the girl that I was,” Eilish says. “I’ve been grieving her. I’ve been looking for her in everything.”

    slash
    Gibson Records

    Known for their eclectic Americana/roots fusion of alternative & outlaw country, rock, blues, R&B and Tejano/Tex-Mex influences, The Mavericks appropriately recorded these tracks in Nashville, New Mexico and Louisiana. The result invokes both a timeless feel of a classic Mavericks while again challenging conventions and pushing boundaries.

    twenty one pilots
    Fueled By Ramen

    Known for their eclectic Americana/roots fusion of alternative & outlaw country, rock, blues, R&B and Tejano/Tex-Mex influences, The Mavericks appropriately recorded these tracks in Nashville, New Mexico and Louisiana. The result invokes both a timeless feel of a classic Mavericks while again challenging conventions and pushing boundaries.

    collective soul
    SO Recordings

    30 years later, Collective Soul is still going strong and continues to create infectious Alt-Rock music that is loved around the world. Here To Eternity contains 20 tracks of the catchy melodies, driving guitars, and soaring choruses that have defined the band's sound since their early days. This is a love letter to the fans.

    billie eilish
    Metal Blade Records

    Eilish’s third studio album, her most daring body of work to date, does exactly as the title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. “This whole process has felt like I’m coming back to the girl that I was,” Eilish says. “I’ve been grieving her. I’ve been looking for her in everything.”

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  • New Release Round-Up 05-24-24

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    Blue Note 85 Tone Poets Series

    Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse (Blue Note Tone Poet Vinyl Series) Donald Byrd - Byrd's Eye View

    Donald Byrd - Byrd's Eye View

    Vinyl LP pressing. Recorded in 1955 for producer Tom Wilson's short-lived Boston-based label Transition Records, Byrd's Eye View was trumpeter Donald Byrd's first issued recording as a leader. The date presented Byrd at the helm of what was then the current line-up of The Jazz Messengers with tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Horace Silver, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Blakey. Local Boston area trumpeter Joe Gordon joins the band for some friendly brass sparring with Byrd on several numbers, further adding to the album's jovial air of a blowing session. Everyone is in fine form on this 5-song set with Side A consisting of an extended stroll through Watkins' laid-back original "Doug's Blues" followed by some inspired trading between Byrd and Gordon on "El Sino." A beautiful rendition of the ballad "Everything Happens To Me" and two swinging Mobley pieces comprise Side B, bringing this highly-enjoyable date to a close.

    Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse (Blue Note Tone Poet Vinyl Series)

    Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing housed in gatefold tip-on jacket. Bobby Hutcherson's 1968 album Total Eclipse was the vibraphonist's first recording to feature saxophonist Harold Land who would become a key collaborator for years to come. Rounding out the band were pianist Chick Corea, bassist Reggie Johnson, and drummer Joe Chambers on this impassioned post-bop set. This stereo Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes

    Out this week...

     Twenty One Pilots - Clancy

    Twenty One Pilots - Clancy

    Clancy marks Twenty One Pilots’ first studio album in three years and follows their RIAA Gold certified LP, Scaled And Icy. With details of the release teased to fans earlier this month via cryptic mailings and covert artswaps on streaming services, “Overcompensate” welcomes listeners back to the band’s immersive world of ‘Trench.’ Layers of synths build over a racing breakbeat in the song - a skilled passage of alternative dynamics, flexing in time, and ready to explode. Having amassed over 33 billion streams worldwide and over 3 million tickets sold across global headline tours, the Columbus, OH based duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have established themselves as one of the most successful bands of the 21st century and redefined the sound of a generation.  Co-produced by Joseph and Paul Meany, Clancy marks the final chapter in an ambitious multi-album narrative first introduced in the band's 2015 multi-Platinum breakthrough, Blurryface.  Furthermore, Clancy’s forthcoming release on May 17th coincides with the 9th anniversary of Blurryface, which was released exactly nine years prior to the day. Twenty One Pilots extended the ambitious concept laid out in Blurryface with their 2018 Platinum-certified album TRENCH.  Featuring the multi-Platinum and Platinum singles “Chlorine,” “My Blood” and the GRAMMY® Award-nominated “Jumpsuit,” the album graced spots on “Best of” year-end lists by Billboard, KERRANG!, Alternative Press, and Rock Sound—who placed it at #1.


     DIIV - Frog in Boiling Water

    DIIV - Frog In Boiling Water

    Produced by Chris Coady and written by DIIV (pronounced Dive), Frog in Boiling Water, the band’s fourth full-length LP is a collection of snapshots that explores the brutal realities of end-stage capitalism and overwhelming technological advance. Across 10 dark and dazzling tracks, DIIV documents the collapse from various angles with unusual sensitivity and depth of purpose while expanding their grand, hypnotic shoegaze, to create a transportive, sensual work of hope, beauty and renewal.

     Wallows - Model

    Wallows - Model

    Wallows / MODEL / The trio - comprised of Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters and Cole Preston - recently announced their upcoming album, which is set to drop May 2024 via Atlantic Records. Product info: Indie Exclusive vinyl, Solid Orchid/Translucent Orange Crush

    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Twenty One Pilots - Clancy [Indie Exclusive Clear w/Opaque Red Splatter LP]

    Wallows - Model [Indie Exclusive Horizon Colored LP]

    DIIV - Frog In Boiling Water [Limited Edition Indie Exclusive Green LP]

    Lenny Kravitz - Blue Electric Light [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Pink/Blue 2LP]

    Creed - Greatest Hits [2 LP]

    Andrew Bird Trio - Sunday Morning Put-On [INDIE EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition Translucent Ruby Red LP]

    Rival Sons - Head Down [LP]

    Young Jesus - The Fool [Opaque White LP]

    Paul Weller - 66 [Blue LP]

    Aluminum - Fully Beat [Pale Blue LP]

    Thursday - WAR ALL THE TIME (LIVE) [2 LP]

    Fania All Stars - Latin-Soul-Rock (50th Anniversary) [LP]

    NewJeans - Newjeans 'how Sweet' Standard Ver.

    RM (BTS) - Right Place, Wrong Person (Ver. A, B, C)

    Courettes - Hold On We're Comin' [Colored Vinyl] (Red)

    Travis Denning - Roads That Go Nowhere

    Gyasi - Rock N'roll Swordfight [Limited Edition] (Stic)

    Howlers - What You've Got To Lose To Win It All - Pink Vinyl

    La Luz - News Of The Universe [Colored Vinyl]

    Old Man Luedecke - She Told Me Where To Go [Colored Vinyl] (Grn) (Stic)

    Richey, Kim - Every New Beginning

    Say Anything - Is Committed

    Shenseea - Never Gets Late Here

    Alex Sipiagin - Horizons

    Connie Smith - Love Prison Wisdom & Heartaches

    Spinners  -  Full Circle

    Vegyn - The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

    & More .....

    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy

    Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy- UMe

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  • What's New 5-17-24

    the avett brothers
    Ramseur Records

    After more than two decades as a band, The Avett Brothers have stamped their own name on their 11th album. It's a return in some ways to their original form, too — raucous vocals, with harmonies in just the right places, over simple instrumentation. Here the guitars are electric, and the production is modern, but it’s a classic Avett Brothers theme: the agony and ecstasy of being in love.

    beth gibbons
    Domino Record Co.

    Orton’s (Portishead) most personal work to date, the result of a period of sustained reflection and change — “lots of goodbyes,” in Beth’s words. Farewells to family, to friends, even to her former self. These are songs from the mid-course of life, when looking ahead no longer yields what it used to, and looking back has a sudden, sharper focus.

    blitzen trapper
    Yep Roc Records

    The songs here are as sincere as they are surreal, rooted in rich character studies and deep reflection. It’s a gorgeous collection of stripped-down bedroom folk wrapped in lush layers of synthesizers and washed out electric guitars, a poignant, expansive exploration of perception and purpose that manages to look both forwards and backwards all at once.

    cage the elephant
    RCA Records

    Following a five year hiatus and navigating through some notably peculiar circumstances, the Kentucky rockers are prepared to pick up where they left off (Social Cues— 2019’s Grammy winner for Best Rock Album) with the highly anticipated sounds of Neon Pill. It’s the perfect return for a band that has been greatly missed.

    collective soul
    Fuzze-Flex Records

    30 years later, Collective Soul is still going strong and continues to create infectious Alt-Rock music that is loved around the world. Here To Eternity contains 20 tracks of the catchy melodies, driving guitars, and soaring choruses that have defined the band's sound since their early days. This is a love letter to the fans.

    billie eilish
    Darkroom/Interscope

    Eilish’s third studio album, her most daring body of work to date, does exactly as the title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. “This whole process has felt like I’m coming back to the girl that I was,” Eilish says. “I’ve been grieving her. I’ve been looking for her in everything.”

    amen dunes
    Mono Mundo Recordings

    Known for their eclectic Americana/roots fusion of alternative & outlaw country, rock, blues, R&B and Tejano/Tex-Mex influences, The Mavericks appropriately recorded these tracks in Nashville, New Mexico and Louisiana. The result invokes both a timeless feel of a classic Mavericks while again challenging conventions and pushing boundaries.

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  • New Release Round-Up 05-17-24

    Billie Eilish - Hit Me Hard and Soft

    Billie Eilish - HIT ME HARD AND SOFT - Darkroom/Interscope Records

    Billie Eilish’s third studio album, "HIT ME HARD AND SOFT", released via Darkroom/Interscope Records is her most daring body of work to date, a diverse yet cohesive collection of songs— ideally listened to in its entirety from beginning to end—does exactly as the album title suggests; hits you hard and soft both lyrically and sonically, while bending genres and defying trends along the way. With the help of her brother and sole collaborator, FINNEAS, the pair wrote, recorded, and produced the album together in their hometown of Los Angeles. This album comes on the heels of her two massively successful albums “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?" and "Happier Than Ever" and works to further develop the world of Billie Eilish.

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    Luke Grimes - Luke Grimes

    Luke Grimes - Luke Grimes - Mercury Nashville

    Luke Grimes self-titled debut album on Mercury Nashville features 13 tracks, including “Burn,” “Hold On,” and “Oh Ohio.” Known for his role as Kayce Dutton on the hit television series Yellowstone, Grimes has been making music for years. He closed out 2023 with a sold-out tour after playing fairs and festivals around the country, including
    Stagecoach, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Under The Big Sky Festival, and more. Grimes grew up playing music in church as the son of a Pentecostal pastor. His father also laid the foundation for the music he loves, introducing him to the works of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Indie Exclusive
    Clear LP. Limited Edition.

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    Various Artists - Now K-Pop 2024

    Various Artists - NOW K-Pop 2024 - NOW

    Possibly the most long-awaited NOW album since NOW That’s What I Call Music released it’s first album in 1998, NOW That’s What I Call K-Pop will be available May 17th.

    NOW That’s What I Call K-Pop, a first of its kind curation for K-Pop, featuring 20 top hits from major current K-Pop favorites – the full tracklist is below.

    NOW That’s What I Call K-Pop is available in CD digipack, black vinyl

    CD and vinyl editions each include photo cards for all 20 featured artists, a photocard envelope to hold them, and a photo spread of many carefully curated images of the artist

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Zayn - ROOM UNDER THE STAIRS [Forest Green/Neon Splatter 2 LP]

    Cage The Elephant - Neon Pill [Indie Exclusive Milky Clear LP]

    The Avett Brothers - The Avett Brothers [Indie Exclusive Light Blue LP]

    Modest Mouse - Good news For People Who Love Bad News (Deluxe Edition)

    Pink Floyd - Animals (2018 Remix) [Audio Blu-ray w/Dolby Atmos Mix]

    Hampton Hawes - For Real! [Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series LP]

    Cold Hart - Pretty In The Dark [LP]

    Bright Light Bright Light - Enjoy Youth [Pink LP]

    Joe Bonamassa - Live At The Hollywood Bowl With Orchestra [2 LP]

    ISOBEL CAMPBELL - Bow to Love [Solid Yellow LP]

    Guster - Ooh La La [Mint Green LP]

    Ghostly Kisses - Darkroom [LP]

    Sasha Alex Sloan - Me Again [LP]

    Better Than Ezra - Super Magick [LP]

    Night Sins - A Silver Blade in the Shadow [Green and Black Marble LP]

    Hollywood Vampires - Rise [CD]

    Porcupine Tree - Closure / Continuation: Live Amsterdam 07/11/22

    Stephen Sondheim / Cast Recording - Here We Are (Original Cast Recording) [LP]

    Kirk Whalum - Epic Cool

    Oppressor - Solstice Of Oppression

    Blitzen Trapper - 100's Of 1000's, Millions Of Billions (Blue)

    Jeremy Camp - Deeper Waters

    Collective Soul - Here To Eternity

    Ana Egge - Sharing In The Spirit [Limited Edition]

    China Forbes - Road

    & More .....

    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy

    Ringo Starr - Crooked Boy- UMe

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  • What's New 5-10-24

    judah and the lion
    Cletus the Van Records

    This record is a song cycle about the process of grief, moving thru the traditional five stages of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance and welcoming the pain that accompanies each stage. Rather than deflecting or bottling it up, facing the pain head-on allows us to be more human with ourselves and each other. There's also mandolin, handclaps and whoops.

    shannon and the clams
    Easy Eye Sound

    Woven from the threads of devastating loss – the sudden passing of Shannon's fianceé – this record unfolds as the Clams' most introspective to date. With Dan Auerbach's production, the album delves deep into themes of heartache and healing, and showcases the band's trademark wry psychedelia, energetic nostalgia, and flourishes of retro beauty.

    knocked loose
    Pure Noise Records

    There’s no ceiling for hardcore in 2024, but there’s a center to what Knocked Loose do that will never change: uncompromising heaviness, both sonically and thematically. What is evolving is their drive to find new ways to convey that heaviness, and add tasteful variety that only highlights their undiminished ferocity.

    pokey lafarge
    New West Records

    While working 12-hour days farming, LaFarge began dreaming up a kaleidoscopic sound informed by his love of mambo, tropicália, rocksteady, and mid-century American rock-and-roll. “The songs that naturally come to me are upbeat and make you wanna dance,” says LaFarge. “I used to think of my music in dark blue, but now I see it in technicolor.”

    sebastian bach
    Reigning Phoenix Music

    The former Skid Row frontman powers back with pummelling, Bach-to-basics heap of heavy rock fun. Given that Judas Priest just released one of the best albums in their 50-year career, Sebastian Bach will be hoping that seniority is the new youth (gone wild). There isn’t anything particularly new here, but what he does he still does mighty well.

    queen
    Hollywood Records

    This 28-track setlist shows the breadth and brilliance of Queen’s songwriting. It mixes ‘70s classics with fan-favorite deep cuts and album tracks (“Keep Yourself Alive,” “Dragon Attack,” “I’m In Love With My Car,” “Sheer Heart Attack”), as well as two songs (“Flash,” “The Hero”) which are exclusive to the audio-only formats. Limited Edition

    amen dunes
    Sub Pop

    For the first time the reflections and meditations of Amen Dunes are turned from himself and sharply towards the world. A drastic turn musically and thematically, rooted in the electronic music of raves and of rap music he grew up with, Death Jokes plays like a scathing electronic essay on America's culture of violence, dominance, and destructive individualism.

    chick corea and bela fleck
    Bela Fleck Productions

    Remembrance serves as a moving final document of the profound creative and personal rapport of banjoist Béla Fleck and pianist Chick Corea. It’s also a crucial addendum to Corea’s legacy, featuring three previously unreleased Corea compositions as well as five short free improvisations, or impromptus, that Fleck has infused with written music.

    dehd
    Fat Possum

    The indie-rock trio went off the grid in New Mexico, got stranded in Montana, and returned home to Chicago to make Poetry, an LP filled with pain and joy and everything in between. It's not a stretch to preemptively label it 2024's record of the summer for the alternative crowd. It's fun, it’s fresh, it’s vibes for days.

    kings of leon
    Capitol

    As the title suggests, it’s a document of one of this era’s great rock n’ roll bands cutting loose, trying new things, and, yes, having some fun. The band harkens back to their gritty origins while simultaneously finding new gears. It’s the sound of a band freed from any expectations, and the album the band says they’ve always wanted to make.

    sturgill simpson
    High Top Mountain Records

    10th anniversary of the seismic shifting album. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Country Albums of All Time” in 2022. The New York Times called it, “one of the most jolting country albums in recent memory.” The new special edition features a fully reimagined album cover, pressed on 180g vinyl with an “old style” tip-on jacket.

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