New Release Round-Up 08-11-17

New Releases - August 11 2017

 
KESHA - Rainbow - RCA
'Rainbow' marks a new beginning for Kesha, one based around inner strength and musical exploration as she achieves her vision for the album by enlisting a roster of collaborators ranging from Eagles of Death Metal to Dolly Parton. Ben Folds produced the title track with Kesha, while Ricky Reed produced and wrote numerous tracks as well. Wrabel co-wrote a collaboration that features the Dap-Kings horn section. Eagles of Death Metal are featured on two tracks, while Parton guests on a version of her 1980 country chart-topper "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You." The track was co-written by Kesha's mother Pebe Sebert, who also has other songwriting credits on 'Rainbow'.
Kesha has had 9 Top 10 hits on The Billboard Hot 100, including four #1 singles at Top 40 Radio - "TiK ToK," "Your Love Is My Drug," "Die Young," and "Timber." Kesha took home the MTV EMA for Best New Act in November 2010 and was nominated for 2 American Music Awards, 3 MTV VMA Awards, and 6 Billboard Awards. She has performed on dozens of television programs all over the world, including MTV Europe Music Awards, Much Music Awards (Canada), Echo Awards (Germany), X Factor (Australia), American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Idol, Saturday Night Live, and The Today Show Summer Concert Series.

DOWNTOWN BOYS - Cost Of Living - Sub Pop
The United States’ myriad inequalities, hatreds and phobias are painfully evident in 2017, offering proof that the age-old dichotomy of “political bands” versus “apolitical bands” simply doesn’t exist. Either you are comfortable and unfazed by the current reigning power structures, or you use your music as a vehicle for the dismantling of oppression and the creation of something better. No matter what your songs are about, you are choosing a side. The position of Providence, RI’s Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history. Downtown Boys began by combining revolutionary ideals with boundless energy and contagious, inclusive fun, and their resolve has only strengthened as their sound and audience have grown. Cost Of Living is their third full-length, following a self-released 2012 debut and 2015’s Full Communism on Don Giovanni Records. They recorded it with Guy Picciotto (Fugazi; producer of Blonde Redhead, The Gossip), one of indie-rock’s most mythological figures, in the producer’s chair. Picciotto fostered the band’s improvisational urges while pulling the root of their music to the forefront: unflinching choruses, fearlessly confrontational vocals, and the sense that each song will incite the room into action, sending bodies into motion that were previously thought to have atrophied. Downtown Boys are keenly aware of the increased visibility and credibility that comes with signing to a corporate-media conglomerate such as Sub Pop. They’re using this platform as a megaphone for their protest music, amplifying and centering Chicana, queer, and Latino voices in the far-too-whitewashed world of rock. In just one example, album-opener “A Wall” rides the feel-good power that drove so many tunes by The Clash and Wire as it calls out the idea that a wall could ever succeed in snuffing the humanity and spirit of those it’s designed to crush. Compared to previous efforts, Downtown Boys have shifted from a once-meaty brass section to the subtler melodic accompaniment of keyboards and a saxophone, coloring their anthems with warm, bright tones while singer/lyricist Victoria Ruiz spits out her frustrations and passions. Some might say it shows a sense of maturity, as Downtown Boys have undoubtedly smoothed down some of their earlier edges, but there is no compromise to their righteous assault and captivating presence. Like socially conscious groups of years past, from Public Enemy to Rage Against the Machine, Downtown Boys harness powerful sloganeering, repetitive grooves, and earworm hooks to create one of the most necessary musical statements of the day. We should all do well to take notice! - Matt Korvette, Pissed Jeans.

VENOM INC. - Ave - Nuclear Blast America
When Venom released “Welcome to Hell” and “Black Metal” in the early 80s they paved the way for thousands of extreme metal bands across the world. Venom Inc. consists of former Venom founders Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn on guitar and Anthony “Abaddon” Bray on drums as well as former Venom bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan. "Ave" is Venom Inc’s debut full length!

GUIDED BY VOICES - How Do You Spell Heaven - Guided By Voices
2017 release from the uber-prolific Robert Pollard and his main day job, Guided By Voices. Guided by Voices is on a roll. One could argue that GBV is never not on a roll, that Robert Pollard's output plows past the word "prolific" like prolific is standing still in a snowbank; and that's true, but this new version of the band (Doug Gillard, Bobby Bare Jr, Mark Shue, Kevin March) has given Pollard new tools to complement his song-hammer. Thus, ergo, quod erat demonstrandum: roll. Hot on the heels of the smothered-in-plaudits double album August By Cake comes this hot and heavy fifteen-tune long player, a melody-dense thwack to the earholes that will both energize and deplete your body of it's remaining music-appreciation enzymes. Recorded by the band in New York, and by Pollard in Ohio, How Do You Spell Heaven capitalizes on the current incarnation's tour-buffed shine without sacrificing eternal verities such as but not limited to: off-kilter rhythmic jolts; krazy chords; purposefully imperfect harmonies; and fragmented structures that start and stop on a coin of small denomination and go somewhere else, and quickly. There's more, much more-the easiest, laziest way to sum up this latest album is the most obvious: How do you spell heaven? Shout it from the rafters: G-B-V!

HINDER - The Reign - The End Records
Multi-platinum rockers, Hinder, have sold over 3.8 million albums, more than 7.5 million singles, garnered north of 130 million video views, racked in 80 million spins on Spotify, and counting. In 2016, they released their first-ever acoustic EP entitled 'Stripped', and are now back in 2017 with a tour and new their new album The Reign.

LIVE - Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary Edition

LIVE - Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary EditionLIVE - Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary Edition - Geffen RecordsLIVE - Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary Edition
Multi-platinum selling Pennsylvania band Live release their debut album ‘Mental Jewelry’ on LP for the first time to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The package includes the remastered studio album which launched the band’s career, produced by Jerry Harrison from Talking Heads, plus liner notes from founding member Ed Kowalczyk. the release is also available in a Deluxe 2CD package which features never-before-heard studio material and an unreleased live performance recorded at The Roxy in 1992. The original line-up begin a US / International festival tour in May.


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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

 CURRENT SINGLES/EPs

The Districts - Popular Manipulations [LP]
Hamell On Trial - Tackle Box [LP]
So Much Light - Oh, Yuck [LP]
Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine [LP]
Frankie Rose - Cage Tropical [Limited Edition White LP]
Trailer Trash Tracys - Althaea [LP]
Will Hoge - Anchors [LP]
David Rawlings - Poor David's Almanack [LP]
Steve Howe - Anthology 2: Groups & Collaborations [3CD]
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags & Codes: Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition [2LP]
Alex Williams - Better Than Myself
The Music Of Nashville, Season 5, Vol. 3 [Soundtrack]
Oceans Ate Alaska - Hikari [LP]
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 [Deluxe 2LP]
Bonobo - One Offs...Remixes & B Sides [2LP]
Buck Owens - Live From Austin, TX [CD/DVD]
Dwight Yoakam - Live From Austin, TX [CD/DVD]
Dead Rock West - More Love
Lucy Rose - Something's Changing [LP]
Woggles - Tally Ho! [LP]


& More .....

Needtobreathe - Hard Cuts: Songs From The H A R D L O V E Sessions EP
Bebe Rexha - All Your Fault: Pt. 2 EP
Miner - Headwaters EP
David Ramirez - Time
Blank Range - Ember In The Ash
Hamell On Trial - Big Mouth Strikes Again (Live)






 

UPCOMING RELEASES

INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]

INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]INTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD] - CapitolINTERPOL - Our Love To Admire: 10 Year Anniversary Edition [2LP/DVD]
Interpol's critically acclaimed third studio album ‘Our Love To Admire’ will be released for the first time on heavyweight 2LP to commemorate its 10 year anniversary. Produced by Rich Costey (Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Biffy Clyro), the remastered album includes the singles “The Heinrich Maneuver” and “Mammoth”. The gatefold packaging includes custom inner sleeves, a custom mini-jacket and a previously unreleased DVD recording of their 2007 performance at London Astoria.

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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.

 

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