Music Releases 10-23-20
In the horror genre, sequels are perfunctory. As the insufferable film bro Randy explains in Scream 2, “There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to create a successful sequel. Number one: the body count is always bigger. Number two: the death scenes are always much more elaborate—more blood, more gore. Carnage candy. And number three: never, ever, under any circumstances, assume the killer is dead.” Last Halloween, Los Angeles experimental rap mainstays Clipping ended their three-year silence with the horrorcore-inspired album There Existed an Addiction to Blood. This October, rapper Daveed Diggs, and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson return with an even higher body count, more elaborate kills, and monsters that just won’t stay dead.
Visions of Bodies Being Burned is less a sequel than it is the second half of a planned diptych. It turns out, Clipping took to the thematic material of horrorcore like vampires to grave soil. Before the release of There Existed an Addiction to Blood, Clipping and Sub Pop Records divided the material up into two albums, designed to be released only months apart. However, a global pandemic and multiple canceled tours pushed the release of the project’s “part two” until the following Halloween season.
Visions of Bodies Being Burned contains sixteen more scary stories disguised as rap songs, incorporating as much influence from Ernest Dickerson, Clive Barker, and Shirley Jackson as it does from Three 6 Mafia, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Brotha Lynch Hung. Clipping’s angular, shattered interpretations of existing musical styles are always deferential, driven by fandom for the object of study rather than disdain for it. Clipping reimagine horrorcore—the purposely absurdist hip-hop subgenre that flourished in the 1990s—the way Jordan Peele does horror cinema: by twisting beloved tropes to make explicit their own radical politics of monstrosity, fear, and the uncanny.
The album features a host of collaborators: Inglewood’s Cam & China, fellow noise-rap pioneers Ho99o9, Tortoise guitar genius Jeff Parker, and experimental LA drummer Ted Byrnes. The final track, “Secret Piece,” is a performance of a Yoko Ono text score from 1953 that instructs the players to “Decide on one note that you want to play/Play it with the following accompaniment: the woods from 5am to 8am in summer,” and features nearly all of the musicians who appeared on both albums.
Since their last album, Daveed Diggs—the group’s Tony and Grammy Award-winning rapper—has starred in the TNT science fiction series, Snowpiercer, voiced a character in Pixar’s Soul, and portrayed Frederick Douglass in Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird. Writer Rivers Solomon’s novella based on Clipping’s Hugo-nominated song “The Deep” has been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards, and won the Lambda Literary Award for best LGBTQ SF/Fantasy/Horror novel. Clipping’s song “Chapter 319”—a tribute to George Floyd (AKA Big Floyd) the former DJ-Screw affiliated rapper who was murdered by police officers in May of 2020—was released on Bandcamp on June 19th and raised over $20,000 for racial justice charities. A clip of the song also became a popular meme on TikTok, generating over 50,000 videos in which teenagers rapped the song’s lyrics (“Donald Trump is a white supremacist, full stop...”) directly into the frowning faces of their conservative parents. The band also contributed a Skinny Puppy-esque rework of J-Kwon’s “Tipsy” to Save Stereogum: An ‘00s Covers Comp.
Song Machine, Season One is Gorillaz’ newest concept which started in January 2020, releasing brand new material episodically - as and when it happens – and has continued throughout the year. The ongoing and ever-evolving process has seen our favourite characters joined by an expanding roster of collaborators captured live in Kong Studios and beyond. The result is an expansive collection of 17 tracks embracing a myriad of sounds, styles, genres and attitudes from a breath-taking line-up of guest artists including Beck, Elton John, Fatoumata Diawara, Georgia, Kano, Leee John, Octavian, Peter Hook, Robert Smith, Roxani Arias, ScHoolboy Q, Slaves, Slowthai, St Vincent and 6LACK, as well as CHAI, EARTHGANG, Goldlink, Joan As Police Woman, JPEGMAFIA, Moonchild Sanelly, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Skepta and Tony Allen.
Two 140 Gram LPs, Transparent Inner Sleeves, 16 Page 12”x 12” booklet, Gatefold Jacket, Side 4 Etching
Letter To You is Bruce Springsteen’s new studio album with the E Street Band, and is a rock album fueled by the band's heart-stopping, house-rocking signature sound. Recorded at his home studio in New Jersey, Letter To You is Springsteen’s 20th studio album, and is his first album including the E Street Band since 2012’s High Hopes and their first performances together since 2016’s The River Tour.
“I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”
Letter to You includes nine recently written Springsteen songs, as well as new recordings of three of his legendary, but previously unreleased, compositions from the 1970s, “Janey Needs A Shooter,” “If I Was The Priest,” and “Song For Orphans.” Springsteen is joined on Letter To You by Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Garry Tallent, Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, Charlie Giordano and Jake Clemons. The album was produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen, mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig.
Winter Is For Lovers was a lifetime in the making... a solo lap-steel guitar piece incorporating elements of delta blues, flamenco, and even Satie-like minimalism, this work resonates with lyrical virtuosity, originality and soul. In some ways Winter Is For Lovers is a love letter to Ben Harper’s longtime fans who have always revered his guitar virtuosity; it’s the record they always wanted himto make. For many other music lovers, this record is a revelation, an unknown side to a a celebrated artist showing a sense of meticulousness, depth and music history that will add new dimensions to an already renowned career.
As a child, before Ben Harper was even playing music, he sat at the feet of folk luminaries like Rev Gary Davis, John Fahey, Ry Cooder and others in his grandparents Folk Music Center in Claremont, CA, soaking up their influence and passion for pure guitar music. As a teenager, while discovering his own musical gifts, he was repairing guitars and being mentored by many of these artists, most notably, Taj Mahal. While his musical path has taken himto worldwide fame playing rock and roll, and many other idioms, that pure guitar music has always been central to his musical heart.
Ultimately, Winter Is For Lovers is a very personal statement from Ben Harper, drawing fromthe bountiful garden of his earliest musical impressions and propelling himinto the future with an elegiac masterpiece.
LP: Double LP on black vinyl in gatefold jacket w/ black paper inner sleeves. Includes coupon for full download
There is always water.
In flowing rivers, in falling raindrops, in waves that will tear us to pieces, in ice cold glasses toasting the living and the dead. Water can carve away at mountainsides over eons, or come crashing over the city in an instant. Animals, fugitives, loners, and crumbling signs of life swim through the depths of the Mountain Goats’ Getting Into Knives, due October 23 via Merge. Like an eight-foot swell of blades, John Darnielle, Matt Douglas, Peter Hughes, and Jon Wurster ground the songs in the impermanence of permanence and the certainty of uncertainty, the casual and subtle threat that everything will come to an end.
Beastie Boys Music is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed documentary Beastie Boys Story and the group's best seller Beastie Boys Book. The album features 20 Beastie Boys classics spanning the band's 30+ year career. Pressed on 2LP Black Vinyl.
The Drive-By Truckers Austin City Limits performance was recorded on September 23, 2008 during their Brighter Than Creation’s Dark tour. The band lineup featured Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Shonna Tucker, John Neff, Brad Morgan and Jay Gonzalez. Lauded by fans as an instant classic and hailed by Patterson Hood as the band’s best filmed performance to date, this acclaimed recording is now on vinyl for the first time ever. Pressed on 180g vinyl, this 2xLP package features a new alternate cover printed on a high quality gatefold jacket.
Vinyl: $16.98 PRE ORDER
The Rolling Stones 1965 single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" was their first #1 hit in the U.S. 55th Anniversary limited edition, numbered 12-inch version of the single on 180-gram emerald-colored vinyl. The B-side consists of both original U.S. and UK “Satisfaction” flip sides: “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” and “The Spider and the Fly,” respectively. The sleeve is a recreation of the original 7-inch single artwork.
"Shadow of Life" is the ten song debut album from Umbra Vitae, recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios. Guitars and bass were recorded by Mike McKenzie at The Black Coast. The album was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
Intro “Decadence Dissolves” is a Schuldiner-esque calm before the storm. “Ethereal Emptiness” and “Atheist Aesthetic” soon rip everything apart, methodically downshifting from blackened to brutal in tone. “Mantra of Madness” then emerges as a monster of a song, driven by inhuman drumming and traditional death metal riffing. This pattern of intensity continues in “Fear is a Fossil”, “Polluted Paradise”, and “Intimate Inferno”. All are motion sickness inducing numbers that violently lurch in aural agony. It’s here one realizes that this album never lets up. “Return to Zero” takes it to another level, viciously grinding as the lines “Return to zero, bite down on the chain, bow down to no one” repeat as mantra. This leads to “Blood Blossom” an amalgamation of metal ferocity and hardcore spirit that could very well be the heaviest track of them all. Infectious closer “Shadow of Life” then screams in terror as it tells the tale of the internal battle of the dark and light within us all.
Three days after completing their first American tour, Pearl Jam headed to New York to strip back songs from their debut album ‘Ten’, well on its way to becoming one of 1992’s top rock albums. The album features all seven songs in the MTV Unplugged broadcast.
Dan Penn, writer of such classic hits as 'Do Right Woman,' 'Dark End of The Street,' and 'I'm Your Puppet,' among them, shines in his first release of new original material since 'Nobody's Fool' in 1973 and his first full production studio album since 1995's 'Do Right Man.' Recorded in Nashville and Muscle Shoals alongside their finest musicians, Penn, the pioneer of Country Soul, turns in a performance as timeless as the genre itself.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this very special release in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present the deluxe 25th Anniversary edition of Rancid’s ...and Out Come The Wolves.
Released at the height of the 90’s wave of punk resurgence, ...and Out Come The Wolves is arguably on the most important albums of that decade and features tracks that became punk standards.
"Cost of Sacrifice" is Chamber's debut full-length after the 2019 EP "Ripping / Pulling / Tearing" in which Revolver says "They keep at a rapid-fire pace throughout, leading a bunch of disparate parts to one unified, perfectly crushing, breakdown." Revolver has also said of the band that they are "one of the most technically pugnacious hardcore bands around."
“These songs should make you want to fall in love with somebody, or miss somebody, or want to do something outrageous with your life,” says Justin Furstenfeld, vocalist and lyricist for the unstoppable alt-rock band Blue October. He’s talking about the tracks on the quintet’s tenth studio album, This Is What I Live For, releasing in September 2020. The first single, ‘Oh My My,’ is sure to make a lasting impression.
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. After completing their 2019 Speck tour in the fall, The Boxmasters' Bud and J.D. did as they ordinarily do and went back to the studio with a few songs and started recording. Another album titled Boxmasters '66 was already finished before the tour, so with only the idea that the new songs would be a follow-up to that the recording process began. Drawing upon the sounds of the Vox Jaguar, Mellotron and Farfisa keyboards The Boxmasters formed their ninth release Light Rays.
Writer/ director Haroula Rose, who co-wrote on the film’s soundtrack, made sure the music was not lost in the film revealing, “It was a deeply embedded process, and I had the tools to share with the actors and crew along the way which felt organic and special. As we filmed our first shot, I played Will Oldham's track ‘Always Bound’ by a campfire at dusk. We were all able to connect and to be in the same emotional space with the music as a guiding creative light. Being able to weave the fibers of the songs and music together as its own character essentially, was truly a gift, along with the period appropriate 70's music. I am deeply grateful to these songwriters and to Thirty Tigers for being such incredible collaborators on this unique journey.”
Thirty Tigers President David Macias praises the hard work Rose and her team put into the soundtrack saying “I am incredibly proud of this film, and that definitely goes for the music that was produced for it. From the score that Zac Rae produced to the original songs from amazing artists like Rodney Crowell, J.D. Souther, Will Oldham and Haroula, the soundtrack is an incredible body of work on its own. But the way it reinforces the film is a testament to the great job Haroula and music supervisor Michael Turner did.”
Following the success of their debut album, Nothing Happens, and summer smash “Are You Bored Yet (feat. Clairo)”, Wallows announce their new quarantine-made EP titled Remote as well as release the first EP single “Nobody Gets Me (Like You)” with an accompanying music video. All songs on Remote were produced by Sachi DiSerafino, John DeBold, and Wallows except for “Nobody Gets Me (Like You)” which was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Adele).
Mercury Nashville's own Maddie & Tae will be releasing their first Christmas EP on October 23rd. The EP will include 6 six newly recorded Christmas songs including 2 original tracks and 4 holiday standards. Maddie & Tae co-wrote the title track- "We Need Christmas" and "Merry Married Christmas". The ACM and CMA nominated duo of the year are coming off their #1 Country Hit- "Die Of A Broken Heart" which has been certified Platinum from their sophomore album- The Way It Feels.
Palace - "Someday, Somewhere EP" - The 'Someday Somewhere' EP is primarily a collection of songs of that came out of the recording sessions for last year's hugely successful sophomore album 'Life After' which was No.1 on the Indie Store Record Chart. The Someday, Somewhere EP will be released on October 23rd with a limited 12" vinyl that includes the song 'Trouble On The Water" 180 gram Heavy Vinyl
'Sunset in the Blue' is an orchestral celebration of Melody Gardot's jazz roots, reuniting with the multi-Grammy winning team from her platinum-selling album 'My One and Only Thrill': Producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), arranger/composer Vince Mendoza ((Björk, Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello), legendary engineer Al Schmitt (Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney). An underlying theme of determination to evolve her craft, present in all her work, continues on the new project.
An album of brand new, lush recordings of the world's favorite songs from beloved Disney films such as The Lion King, Frozen, and Toy Story, Disney Goes Classical was recorded by the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and features special guest artists Matteo Bocelli, Renée Fleming, and more.