Music Releases 08-10-18
Ever the outlaw, Jennings has now crafted what might well be his most truly idiosyncratic work thus far, SHOOTER. Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, Low Country Sound founder Dave Cobb, at the renowned RCA Studio A on Nashville's Music Row, the album sees Jennings staking out a fairly straightforward goal: to simply make a great country record. It should be noted, Jennings' last studio album was a genuinely visionary tribute to Giorgio Moroder so in some ways, making a straight up country record is as much of a left turn as anything else in his brilliantly mercurial career thus far. But with songs like "Fast Horses & Good Hideouts" or the raucous "I'm Wild & My Woman Is Crazy," Jennings more than affirms his mission by returning to country's original, if oft misplaced, mandate: singing songs about growing up and getting older, about going out and getting trashed. In short, making music for real people with real lives. With SHOOTER, Jennings truly puts his own mark on country music, living up to his extraordinary birthright with unparalleled passion, experience, and heart.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Showcasing the essence of what Jake Shears does best, the eponymously titled solo debut from the Scissor Sisters frontman is an album brimming with anthemic choruses and lyrics about the joys and vagaries of love and sex - all of it underpinned by a swampy soul influence imparted from his newly adopted hometown New Orleans. Shears' artistic vision blossomed in the epicenter of Southern decadence, where he had headed following the Scissors hiatus in 2012. Initial ideas for the album were mapped out at the city's famed Marigny Studios before he decamped to Louisville, KY to work with producer Kevin Ratterman (Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket) who recruited members of My Morning Jacket, VHS or Beta, Jim James' solo band, and Floating Action to lay down the album's foundation. With string and brass arrangements by Christian Hebel (Barbra Streisand) and Lance Horne (Alan Cumming), they returned to NOLA to capture the city's signature sound with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Sturgill Simpson's brass section. The result is a thrilling work that plays inside some of the hallmarks of classic American rock music and marries them with Jake's inimitable point of view, humor, and gift for unforgettable hooks.
Enuff Z nuff are the living, breathing example of what a rock n roll group should be. Now centered around bass player and vocalist Chip Z nuff, Enuff Z nuff are still alive and kicking with a legion of loyal fans, who can t get enough of the band s power pop melded with hard rock stylings. In addition to Chip Z nuff, the band features longtime guitarist Tory Stoffregen, ex-Ultravox singer/guitarist Tony Fennell, and Chicago native Daniel Benjamin Hill on drums. Enuff Z nuff continues to tour and record relentlessly and this new record shows once again what a truly gifted hard / power pop act they are. With no shortage of hooks and awesome songs, Diamond Boy is another gem in Enuff Z Nuff s crown! FOR FANS OF: Cheap Trick, The Beatles, Queen, Warrant, Cinderella, Van Halen
British rock band Marillion, founded in 1979, have become one of the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock bands of the 1980s and are still one of the most outstanding representatives of their genre. Throughout a celebrated career that has spanned almost four decades they have released 18 studio albums and sold over 15 million copies worldwide. On October 13, 2017, Marillion played at the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time. The concert was sold out in a split second and the audience, travelling from all over the world, was rewarded with an incredible Marillion show. In two parts, "All One Tonight" firstly showcases the band's acclaimed 2016 studio album 'F E A R' in full. Accompanied by an awe-inspiring light show and films, Marillion perform their incisive and era-defining zeitgeist with unparalleled passion and power. The second half introduces 'In Praise Of Folly' and guests, a string quartet with flute and French horn that throughout the rest of the show inject an extra depth and emotion to some of Marillion s best-loved live material. The concert film was directed and edited by Tim Sidwell and recorded and mixed by Michael Hunter. Available on 2CD, 2DVD, 2 Blu-ray, 4LP (180 gram) vinyl and Digital
There is a collective energy in Nashville, one that Liz Cooper has poured herself into for the past six years. Liz remarks that the energy in Nashville today is akin to that of Greenwich Village in 1960s New York or the Laurel Canyon days in the 1960s and 1970s and is a product of a collaborative approach to music and art. This community has allowed Liz to be part of many magically haphazard nights, where the movers and shakers of the Nashville music world, such as Okey Dokey, Becca Mancari, Rayland Baxter, Desert Noises, Morning Teleportation, Erin Rae, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant, Michael Nau and many more converge to make music and art and lose track of time. Her latest album is a product of that pulsating energy in Nashville that has had some of the greatest influence in her work.
The Beths occupy a warm, energetic sonic space between joyful hooks, sun-soaked harmonies, and acerbic lyrics. Their debut album Future Me Hates Me, produced by guitarist Jonathan Pearce and forthcoming on Carpark Records, delivers an astonishment of roadtrip-ready pleasures, each song hitting your ears with an exhilarating endorphin rush. 2018 promises to be a breakout year for The Beths, a beloved live act across Australia and New Zealand, who are embarking on North American and European tours this summer. Fans of artists like Sleater-Kinney and Best Coast should remain on high alert for the first full-length from their new favorite band.
Singer/songwriter Billy Raffoul releases the limited edition white 10” vinyl of his debut EP, 1975, including the single “Forever”.
The EP was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, The 1975, Kaleo) at The Ranch Studios in Woodland Hills, CA and Rundown Studios in Santa Monica. In additional to Crossey, 1975 features contributions from Julia Michaels, Matt Thiessen and David Campbell.
Jordan Smith to release new album, 'Only Love,' via Republic Records on 8/10. 'Only Love' is produced by GRAMMY Award-winning RedOne [Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj] and includes current radio single & title single, 'Only Love.' His full-length debut, 'Something Beautiful,' entered the Billboard Top 200 at number 2 and made history as the highest debut ever and biggest first-week seller from a winner of 'The Voice.' He continued to wow audiences with his first Holiday album and public television special of the same name, 'Tis The Season. The record scored yet another Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200!
Former Gamma Ray vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner, two of the most respected German metal musicians, founded Primal Fear in 1997 and 21 years later, show no signs of slowing down. With 11 studio albums released, Primal Fear have become one of the most beloved and respected heavy metal bands around the globe, a true metal institution. Their last two studio albums Delivering The Black and Rulebreaker saw them climbing the charts and receiving even more critical praise than before. Truly, especially in recent years, the band has continued to raise the bar in terms of quality and musicianship with their release, constantly pushing themselves to find new ways to best themselves. And with the release of their new album, Apocalypse , Primal Fear has once again raised the bar in heavy metal to towering heights.
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2018 release. The collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and rock 'n' roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, Wild! Wild! Wild, gleefully lives up to it's title. Subversive as it is reverential, the album confidently jumps the genre tracks of nitty-gritty rock 'n' roll, Americana, country & western, rockabilly, and all of their offshoots. Recorded at Chicago's Reliable Recorders by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, The Cactus Blossoms) and produced by Robbie Fulks, the album features a band of American roots music legends, stalwarts, and peers. Linda Gail Lewis says, "I love singing with Robbie. It reminds of singing with my brother, Jerry Lee. The duets we did were so much fun. And the songs Robbie wrote are out of this world. My husband was a promotion man for Stax and Chess, and he felt like he was back at Stax when he heard 'Foolmaker.' Robbie is a soul singer. That was a surprise."
It's been two decades since FUEL first dropped their debut full length Sunburn. The album saw huge commercial success for the band, led by the single Shimmer. Sunburn was certified Platinum but being released in 1998 meant it never received vinyl treatment. In celebration of its 20th anniversary Wargod is proud to present the first ever vinyl version of Sunburn officially licensed from Sony/Epic, including liner notes from founding member and primary writer of Sunburn, Carl Bell.
After eight years of scintillating live shows and two acclaimed studio albums, Lancashire feel-good rockers Massive Wagons are finally getting the widespread plaudits and exposure they truly deserve. A record deal with Earache Records and the full throttle new album ‘Full Nelson’ has the potential to push them over to the big time. 12 tracks of quintessentially British Hard Rock N Roll and a live energy that is impossible not to get swept up in; mainly thanks to singer Baz Mills’ mesmerising, animated and infectious showmanship and the bands’ musical muscle. Features hits such as ‘Under No Illusion’, ‘Back To The Stack’ and ‘Robot’ (Trust In Me)’ and fan favourites ‘Ratio’ and ‘Tokyo’. SALES POINTS •Limited edition CD & LP version including photograph signed by the band. •Massive Wagons have forged a formidable live reputation after relentlessly touring the UK with hundreds of gigs a year. •Sold out The Borderline (London) months in advance. •Confirmed for Hard Rock Hell Ibiza (May), Camden Rocks Festival (June) and Boomtown Fair (August). •Last release ‘The Good The Bad and The Ugly” (live/rarities album) charted in the Itunes top 100 in multiple territories across Europe. •Black Sabbath engineer Mike Exeter working with the band on the single “Under No Illusion” •Winners of the “Rising Stars Award” at the Hard Rock Hell Awards 2017.
New release from multi-instrumentalist/producer John Brodeur. • Produced by Jason Falkner (Jellyfish, Beck, R. Stevie Moore). • Features guest appearances by Miranda Lee Ricards and Luther Russell. • Bird Streets will be touring through 2018. There is a grand tradition of “one-man bands” in the world of power pop. From Todd Rundgren, to Emitt Rhodes, to Jon Brion—the genre has produced many of the best. There’s another name to add to that list: John Brodeur. Releasing his own recordings at the beginning of the 21st century, multi-instrumentalist Brodeur has shared the stage with acts like Fountains Of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, and Gavin DeGraw. In between playing on and/or producing a bevy of other acclaimed artists like Freedy Johnston and White Hills, he’s also produced music that has been used on television networks like NBC, A&E, VH1, and Discovery Channel. So it’s likely you’ve heard John Brodeur already, even though his name might be new to you. Bird Streets is a collaboration between Brodeur and Jason Falkner (Jellyfish, Beck, and another member of the “one-man band” club.) Bird Streets contains 11 tracks written and performed by Brodeur (in conjunction with Falkner), with guest appearances by Miranda Lee Richards and Luther Russell (The Freewheelers, Those Pretty Wrongs). It’s a walk down a boulevard filled with harmonies and hooks that is completely new, but invokes everything you love about your journeys—past, present, and future.
Gilbert’s 19th studio album since his 1971 debut Himself feels in some ways a kindred spirit to that record, which yielded his first hit, the poetic and powerful breakthrough Nothing Rhymed. It’s organic, almost live feel is encouraged by new, acclaimed producer Ethan Johns and the songs sail on the perennial O’Sullivan strengths of evocative tunes and wry insight. The album was recorded on analogue equipment at O’Sullivan’s Forbisher Drive Studios, Jersey, in easy-going sessions with players hand-picked by Ethan Johns and also features guest appearances from several incredible musicians: Andy Fairweather Low (guitar), Chas Hodges (piano) and Geraint Watkins (piano – Van Morrison, Nick Lowe). The resulting album is a collection of some of the finest songs Gilbert has ever written and recorded. Ranging from the melancholy charm of At The End Of The Day or I’ll Never Love Again to the brisk, buoyant Penny Drops, What Is It About My Girl and Ethan’s favourite, the rollicking This Riff. There are musings on ageing and mortality, and also, of course, crisp comic touches, something Gilbert attributes to his love of Spike Milligan.
2018 release. The dynamic, virtuosic and ever-evolving acoustic outfit Mountain Heart has never sounded better than on their Compass Records release Soul Searching. By focusing on the core four- piece lineup that includes Josh Shilling (piano, guitar), Seth Taylor (guitar), Aaron Ramsey (mandolin, bass) and Jeff Partin (dobro, bass), they have created a unique niche for themselves in roots music and a sound that is unlike any other band in the acoustic roots genre. Incorporating bluegrass, Americana and pop influences, Mountain Heart's sound is a true hybrid-a surprising achievement for a band previously thought of as a traditional bluegrass band. Soul Searching's 11 tracks are centered around the theme of pursuit and the various forms it can take: the search for self-awareness, for an understanding of one's place in the greater order of things and for the common bonds that unite us all. The quartet shines on the album's first single "More Than I Am," with a pulsing piano groove and driving mandolin rhythm providing the framework for Shilling's soulful vocal. By contrast, "No Complaints" cops the spirit of a New Orleans second line, achieving a cross between New Grass Revival and Little Feat, and the lush "Restless Wind" highlights the remarkable combination of piano, string band instrumentation, and three-part harmony. Special guests on the album include Ronnie Bowman, Kenny Malone, Stuart Duncan and Scott Vestal.
Rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock with That Santa Fe Channel, out August 10th on ATO Records. That Santa Fe Channel was produced by the Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale in East Nashville, not far from the home that doubles as the band's rehearsal space, headquarters, and shared living quarters. The album is timely — and timeless — blurring the lines between rock, country, and amplified folk music. It’s highlighted by unbelievable harmonies, loose-yet-masterful musicianship and undeniable songwriting chops.
Let s just get straight to the point: Echoes Of The Tortured , Sinsaenum s first album, has been nominated as Best Debut by Metal Hammer Germany and has been praised worldwide as one of the freshest and finest approaches to death metal. The follow up EP Ashes (November 2017) was declared as a rad sign of life with Metal Hammer Germany declaring it to be a and Metal Hammer UK taking it one step further: Take that form into the studio for the second full-length and we could have a classic on our hands. Now is the time - Sinsaenum s sophomore album Repulsion For Humanity is about to see the light of day. With these impressive credentials, it is hard not to label Sinsaenum a super group, since it embodies the joint venture of Fred Leclercq of Dragonforce and Joey Jordison (VIMIC, former Slipknot drummer). The rest of the band is of no less importance and credibility: Sean Zatorsky (Dååth, vocals), Stephane Buriez (Loudblast, guitar), Heimoth (Seth, bass) and Attila Csihar (Mayhem, vocals) all of which are well respected in their fields complete the ensemble, making Sinsaenum the epitome of premium-level heavy metal. Available on CD, Vinyl (180 Gram) and Digital