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On Youngblood, Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer (once hailed as the "biggest new rock act in the world" by Rolling Stone) has expanded its musical parameters to thrilling results by abandoning the mall punk cheese of its past and embracing pulsating RnB and blue-eyed soul without sacrificing their knack for big hooks. Pop punk rarely matures this gracefully, as the title cut perfectly demonstrates.
Dirt, the critically acclaimed and 5x Platinum certified, studio album from Alice In Chains is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The album, which features some of the band's biggest hits including "Them Bones," "Would?," and "Rooster," is now available on vinyl for the first time as a 2-LP with remastered audio.
In 2014, Dan Snaith aka Caribou released Our Love to overwhelming critical acclaim. Caribou returns now with his new studio album Suddenly, a warm, untamable, and constantly surprising record about family and the changes we go through as those relationships evolve. Most prominently, Suddenly refers to the moments of dramatic and unexpected change that occur at points in any life and within any family-universal themes that can catch you off guard and change your life in a heartbeat. Those dramatic moments are part of a slower process. These moments rear their heads, for good or bad, during the everyday flow of life. "There's a tension between those sudden things which blindside you and the more glacial, gradual day-to-day changes," he observes. "We are so caught up in the immediate-the details that require our attention every day-that we can be blind to the bigger forces shaping us. That's why so often when something drastic happens suddenly, it catalyzes all sorts of changes in our lives. Our perspective shifts." Suddenly is in the music, too. This is the most surprising and unpredictable Caribou album to date. Though it retains the trademark Caribou warmth and technicolor, this album is littered with swerves and left turns. "I wanted to balance the familiar-the sound that people associate with my music-against these moments of surprise," Snaith says. As his passion and joy in music-making remains as fresh as ever, Suddenly is the purest example of this yet.
Charley Crockett will release his latest album The Man From Waco on September 9th via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. Crockett wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs on the album, and in many ways The Man From Waco is the purest distillation of his artistry to date. What started as a demo session with producer Bruce Robison at Robison’s studio The Bunker outside Austin, TX turned into the first album Crockett has ever made with his band The Blue Drifters backing him from start to finish. Mostly first takes with only a handful of overdubs, The Man From Waco finds Crockett refining his singular “Gulf & Western” sound which continues to captivate an ever-growing legion of fans.
“I just wanted an honest partnership: do it at your place, live to tape, everybody in the room,” Crockett says of the recording experience, and Robison was happy to accommodate. “The magic is in the performances on that tape. That’s what Bruce wanted to do, that’s what I wanted to do. When we were done, I said ‘these are masters, not demos.’”
There’s a loose narrative thread that ties the album together, but at the center of The Man From Waco is Crockett, who continues to trust his instincts and carve out his own singular space. Eschewing the ever-growing siren song of major labels and GRAMMY-winning producers, Crockett is forging ahead as a mostly DIY artist, calling his own shots and giving himself the space to strive for greatness on his own terms.
“Everybody was telling me: ‘go right, go right, go right,’” says Crockett. “I went left. I had to hold on to what has gotten me this far.”
The Man From Waco will be in a record store near you on September 9th on CD, Vinyl, and an indie record store exclusive edition featuring alternate album artwork.
Considered as one of her best projects, and a leader in Pro Black Movement albums in the 70’s. Beginning her most Soulful period, the album includes the title track, Rock Steady and Day Dreaming. On yellow vinyl
INSOMNIAC IS FINALLY OLD ENOUGH TO RENT A CAR (OR WHATEVER ELSE YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU’RE 25, WE’RE NOT LAWYERS), SO WE REMASTERED IT TO CELEBRATE, AND WE’RE THROWING IN SOME BONUS GOODIES TO BOOT! THIS DOUBLE LP INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL LP WITH 8 RARE OR NEVER PREVIOUSLY RELEASED LIVE TRACKS FROM THE PRAGUE STOP OF THE INSOMNIAC WORLD TOUR ON MARCH 26, 1996 AND AN ETCHED B-SIDE.
I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston is being issued on Vinyl for the first time since its original 2012 release. Whitney’s greatest hits are spread across this 2LP collection, including “How Will I Know,” “So Emotional,” “I Will Always Love You” and more! Additionally, Whitney’s “Higher Love” (with Kygo) has been added to this special reissue!