Music Releases 02-24-23
Cracker Island [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Purple LP]
‘Cracker Island’ is the eighth studio album from Gorillaz, an energetic, upbeat, genre-expansive collection of 10 tracks featuring yet another stellar line-up of artist collaborators: Thundercat, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny, Stevie Nicks, Adeleye Omotayo, Bootie Brown and Beck. Recorded in London and LA earlier this year, it is produced by Gorillaz, Remi Kabaka jr. and eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer / multi-instrumentalist / songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin. Title track ‘Cracker Island’ kickstarted the new campaign this Summer hitting the charts across the globe with a top 10 video racking up 10M views in 10 days. The virtual band exploded onto TikTok gaining over 2.1 m followers in the space of a few months where they continue to innovate, taking virtual characters where no character has been before…
Should've Learned By Now [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]
It would be difficult to find a band that is more self-aware than longtime touring band Lucero. Since forming in Memphis in the late 90’s, Lucero’s base musical hallmarks have remained similar to the band’s initial sound established with their first record The Attic Tapes. In the history of their expansive discography, Lucero has evolved and embraced everything from southern rock to Stax-inspired Memphis soul, whilst simultaneously maintaining their distinctive sonic foundations. Years later, dedicated fans of the group still flock to hear the band’s punchy driving rhythms, punk-rooted guitar licks, and lyrics that evoke the whiskey drenched sentimentality of Americana singer-songwriters.
For their twelfth record, Should’ve Learned by Now, Lucero drew on a lot of work from their past. Literally. By adapting songs and guitar parts that had been left over from the group’s previous two albums, Lucero was able to construct one of its most comprehensive works to date.
“I had a particular sound I was looking for on each record and there was no room for any goofy rock & roll or cute witticisms or even simply upbeat songs.” Said primary lyricist and frontman, Ben Nichols. “But now finally, it was time to revisit all of that stuff and get it out in the world. That’s how we got to the appropriately-for-us-titled album Should’ve Learned by Now. The album is basically about how we know we are fuckups and I guess we are ok with that.”
Produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Matt Ross-Spang, the album is a punchy, rock and roll record that utilizes the more mature production stylings the group developed over time, and combines it with the first-person introspectiveness that the band is known and loved for.
From its original Ben Nichols-designed cover art to its credits, the album is a reflection of a band that knows itself. Should’ve Learned by Now bridges the gap musically between “old Lucero” and “new Lucero” in a manner which affixes the band’s position as the perfect intersection of punk initiative with hard-earned artistry. It’s an album that recognizes the past in its sound and content, but leaves the door wide open to the future and for the lessons still in store.
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Renowned for re-imagining songs from American Idol to his stirring viral hit with Cher's "Believe", Adam Lambert - the Grammy-nominated pop icon, LGBTQ trailblazer and Queen frontman - brings you High Drama, a wonderfully diverse collection of covers with a twist, held together by Adam’s once-in-a-generation voice and trademark flair.
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Dierks Bentley will release his 10th studio album on Capitol Records Nashville on February 24, 2022. The brand-new album will include 14 songs and features duets with Ashley McBryde and Billy Strings. His latest hit single, “Gold,” is currently rising on the Country charts. Dierks has sold over 10M albums worldwide and garnered over 4.2B streams. He has 21 #1 songs, 3 CMA Awards, 14 GRAMMY nominations and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
I Play My Bass Loud [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
On her transcendent new record, Workin' On A World, Iris DeMent faces the modern world — as it is right now — with its climate catastrophe, pandemic illness, and epidemic of violence and social injustice — and not only asks us how we can keep working towards a better world, but implores us to love each other, despite our very different ways of seeing.
"Gracie Abrams's debut album Good Riddance, produced and co-written by her frequent collaborator Aaron Dessner of The National, finds Abrams documenting her emotional experience with more precision and impact than ever before. As she narrates the end of a fractured relationship and all the confusion, frustration, and longing that come with it, the 23-year-old artist achieves a new level of lyrical honesty and self-possession — an element fully reflected in her quietly captivating vocal work."
Vinyl: $33.98 Buy
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A little over a decade ago Logic was sleeping on Big Lenbo’s basement couch in College Park, Maryland. Months later he would sign his first record deal and his life then changed forever. With his career taking off, Logic gave everything to his work. For years he did album after album, tour after tour, interview after interview. And it paid off - but at a severe cost to his mental health. Logic knew if he was going to continue his relationship with music, it would have to be on his own terms. Introducing College Park, Logic’s debut independent album. In College Park, Logic tells the story about a kid from Maryland who was tired of sleeping on couches… and changed that the only way he knew how.
Imperial [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black, White + Yellow Smoke LP]
Stampede [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow & Deep Purple Splatter LP]
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The Shootouts didn’t expect to be back in the studio so soon after the release of their Top 10 Americana album 'Bullseye'. But when one of country music’s most legendary artists agrees to produce your next record, you don’t say no. That’s what happened when a mutual friend introduced the band to Ray Benson – longtime frontman and 10-time Grammy-winning founder of Asleep at the Wheel. Just months after the April 2021 release of Bullseye, the Shootouts found themselves hard at work with Benson and co-producer Sam Seifert on the album that would become 'Stampede'. The new album 'Stampede' continues to follow the Shootouts mission statement of embracing the various roots of country music while filtering it through the lense of a band from Northeast Ohio. It features special guests Asleep at the Wheel, Raul Malo, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, and Marty Stuart.
Rotten Bun For An Eggless Century [Lemon LP]
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As mui zyu, Hong Kong British artist Eva Liu navigates the tricky territory of ever-changing identity, merging fantasy and folklore to create a stage for self-acceptance and deliverance. On her debut full-length Rotten Bun for an Eggless Century, Liu utilizes chopped-up sound-scapes, delicate industrial ambience and sweet pop melodies to introduce a character––a guide––who can be stretched across worlds to offer the catharsis of patience, perseverance and understanding. This isn’t a character formed from a desire to escape or flee the real world, but rather a way to submerge even deeper into ourselves. Rotten Bun for an Eggless Century is a reflection of everyone, and everything, that made us who we are.
On her 2021 a wonderful thing vomits, Liu was praised for her seamless integration of darkened, often ominous instrumentation and pillowy-soft vocals. As the front person of UK indie-rock trio Dama Scout, Liu effortlessly navigates a disorientating genre-bending sonic landscape with a playful, gentle dexterity. Now, with the help of Dama Scout bandmate Luciano Rossi as co-producer, Liu’s first solo full-length builds upon these previous worlds to form a blossoming, more upbeat patchwork of lo-fi percussion, poignant lyricism and oddly alluring arrangements.
The writing process of Rotten Bun for an Eggless Century prompted Liu to explore more of her Hong Kong heritage, allowing a space for acceptance and celebration. “I am Chinese and I am owning it,” she explains. “Before, I would resent it. I tried doing things that would make me like less Chinese somehow.” As the album began to take shape, Liu read the traditional Chinese folklore writings of Pu Songling and joined local East and Southeast Asian groups. It opened a portal into a new self, where Liu could blend her love of video games and film scores with traditional Chinese instruments.
The Singles - Volume 01 [Vinyl Box Set]
The Strokes The Singles - Volume 01 is a 7” vinyl boxset comprised of the 10 original vinyl singles released from the band’s first three studio albums. Utilizing the original singles artwork, the boxset will include standard black 7” vinyl of "The Modern Age," "Hard To Explain," "Last Nite," and "Someday," off of Is This It (2001), "12:51," "Reptilia," and "The End Has No End" off of Room on Fire (2003), and "Juicebox," "Heart In A Cage," and "You Only Live Once" off of First Impressions of Earth (2006) with their accompanying b-sides.
Vinyl: $23.98 Buy
John Lee Hooker
Burnin': 60th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Red LP]
Vinyl: $29.99 Buy
Around The World (Restored & Expanded) [Limited Edition Blue LP/DVD]
Around the World, available on DVD, is presented with restored picture and remastered audio, following The Police on their first world tour in 1979-80. The film offers a jovial glimpse of the band as they travel around the world visiting local sights between performances. It includes complete performances of 4 songs as bonus videos. Live tracks featured on this Blue LP were recorded in Japan, Hong Kong and the U.K. on this world tour. Limited Edition.
Multi-platinum Grammy-nominated hard rock band Godsmack is set to release their eighth studio album, Lighting Up The Sky, on February 24th 2023 via BMG. With over 20 years of chart-topping success, the Boston rock band has cemented themselves as 21-century hard rock titans. To date, they’ve accomplished a staggering 11 #1 singles at rock radio, enjoyed 20 top 10 hits, have received four Grammy nominations and countless accolades throughout their tenure. Lighting Up The Sky (produced by Godsmack’s own Sully Erna and co-produced by Mudrock) features the driving hard rock single, “Surrender”.
Vinyl: $19.98 Buy
En Cavale [Metallic Silver 2LP]
Vinyl: $36.98 Buy
After Belgian electro-samba wunderkinds Antena split at the end of 1985, singer Isabelle Antena immediately shed her cold wave crown for a sophisticated pop princess tiara. On 1986’s Martin Hayles-produced En Cavale, echos of Madonna and city pop abound, with a lipstick stain of L80s Euro dance and spilled cosmopolitan’s worth of bossa nova stirred in for good measure. This elegant second chapter of a French pop diva has been expanded to include Antena’s shelved Island Records demo, adjacent B-sides and rarities, plus an expansive essay and previously unpublished photographs.