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ALLEN STONE - Radius - Capitol
On his third full-length album, singer/songwriter Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Stone's debut for Capitol Records, Radius marks the follow-up to the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old s self-released and self-titled sophomore effort, a 2011 album that climbed to the top 10 on Billboard s Heatseekers chart and gained acclaim from renowned rock critic Ann Powers (whose NPR review hailed Allen Stone as meant for those of us who like our R&B slightly unkempt and exceedingly feelingful). Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Stone s latest batch of songs capture the warm energy of that creative connection and transport the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.
A$AP ROCKY - A.L.L.A. At.Long.Last.A$AP - RCA
Aptly titled, A.L.L.A. At.Long.Last.A$AP is the long-awaited second studio album from A$AP Mob member A$AP Rocky, landing two years after his debut effort and filling the gap as his crew's promised L.O.R.D. album remains unreleased. Previewed by the single "Pretty Flacko 2" plus the Juicy J feature "Multiply," the album is executive produced by Danger Mouse along with Juicy, and features beats from the likes of Nez, Rio, Curtis Heron, A$AP Yams, Clams Casino, and Rocky himself. Guest vocals come from the likes of FKA twigs, Lykke Li, plus Mos Def, who leaves that former stage name behind with one of his first credits as Yasiin Bey.
LIFEHOUSE - Out Of The Wasteland - Ironworks Music
For Lifehouse, Out Of The Wasteland is a culmination of their life’s work, a new chapter that serves as the pay-off for having the patience to reconnect with the musical and personal chemistry that took them to the top. “We were at crossroads, and it definitely could have gone a different way,” says Jason Wade. “Going through changes and restarting a brand new season in your life and your career can be scary. But I think everybody is really happy that right now, our hearts are in the right place creatively.”
THE VACCINES - English Graffiti - Sony
The Vaccines 'English Graffiti,' is their first release in three years. The album was recorded in upstate New York, and the 11-song collection is the UK foursome's most accomplished work to date. 'English Graffiti' was produced David Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT) and Cole MGN (Ariel Pink, Beck).
TURBOWOLF - Two Hands - Spinefarm
Welcome to 2015: the year of the wolf.
Since their formation in 2008, the Bristolian riff-ragers have melted minds with their signature brand of patchouli-drenched punk rock fury. Their live rituals are the stuff of legend: a trapdoor into the cosmic beyond via the uncharted depths of your mind, sound-tracked by the red hot fuzz of crackling speakers and overloaded channels. After wrapping up a hugely successful last year, which included headlining Live Nation’s ‘Download Freezes Over’ tour as well as crushing stages with chart-toppers Royal Blood, the quartet are set to unleash second album ‘Two Hands’ and excitement in the camp is infectious… “We were doing it kinda ghetto before this point,” laughs guitarist Andy Ghosh. “We did the exact same thing in terms of recording and writing, but this time we’re a bit older and wiser. It’s just me and Chris making up weird shit! But this time round, we had the opportunity to produce it with Tom Dalgety [Band Of Skulls, Opeth, Royal Blood], who’s an absolute legend, and just really capture it. We have a hard sound to record: everything’s the same frequency just piled on top of each other. White noise, no… brown noise!”
EILEN JEWELL - Sundown Over Ghost Town - Signature Sounds
Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell's music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers, which includes that well-oiled band at its core. As hard as it is to categorize Jewell's music terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot it's even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter's powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she's singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire. She does so much, so well. Sundown Over Ghost Town's twelve original songs reflect on recent changes in Jewell's life including the birth of her first child and returning to her hometown of Boise, Idaho. The music has a western feel evoking wide open spaces with the generous use of pedal steel and organ.
ANTI-FLAG - American Spring - Spinefarm
Pittsburgh-based punk stalwarts Anti-Flag have always had important, socially conscious messages to convey & musical statements they've been driven to make. That ethos remains intact with American Spring, their Spinefarm Records debut. American Spring packaging includes essays, personal liner notes, & further information behind the driving forces of each song, detailing ways for us all to take action against injustice in the world. The American Spring is now!
KID WAVE - Wonderlust - PIAS America
Hailing from the UK, Sweden and Australia, and based in London, the foursome channel '90s American indie gods, injecting pop panache and slacker-rock fuzz into the fray to sidle alongside the likes of Gengahr and Wolf Alice. Dan Austin (Doves, Cherry Ghost) produced the record with them at the Eve Studio in Stockport.
JEDI MIND TRICKS - The Thief & The Fallen - Enemy Soil
After a six year hiatus, the original Jedi Mind Tricks frontman, Vinnie Paz, and producer, Stoupe, have reunited to record the group's eight studio album, ''The Thief & The Fallen.'' Forged in the indie rap Golden Era of the mid-90s, Jedi Mind Tricks' consistency has been unparalleled. For two decades, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty underground hip hop. From their debut album, ''The Psycho-social,'' in 1996 to their seminal sophomore release, ''Violent By Design,'' to their musical expansion on ''Servants and Heaven, Kings In Hell,'' JMT has made an indelible impression on the independent music scene, while arguably forming its own subgenre of rap.
HOLYCHILD - The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come - Glassnote
Los Angeles brat-pop band, HOLYCHILD debut full-length album, The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come, is out June 2nd via Glassnote Records. Their debut album features single, Running Behind. HOLYCHILD is comprised of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller. They met in college in 2011, have been writing music ever since and call their genre, brat pop. On their debut album The Shape Of Brat Pop to Come, HOLYCHILD takes on nothing less than the idea of power dynamics and inequality be it racial, social status, or gender-motivated. The beats are wild (thanks in no small part to Diller's stint in Cuba studying Afro-Cuban drumming), and the tongues are placed firmly in cheek. Nistico assures that while their message is clear, it's not definitive. After all, we're all humans, right? At the end of the day HOLYCHILD is about posing questions not providing answers. Also, check out the cool GIF Maker they launched on the band’s website which easily lets you create your own GIFs from the music video to share on all your favorite socials: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.
PARADISE LOST - The Plague Within - Century Media
It is rare for a band to have such a long lasting effect on the musical landscape they exist within. Since their formation in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Paradise Lost have thrived in perpetual darkness; a place where rays of light seldom threaten to break the black clouds, where nightmares last an eternity. And while the course of their sonic evolution has spawned countless others sworn to the dark, ALL pale in comparison to the original gothic metal pioneers. Returning with opus number fourteen, Paradise Lost are once again refining the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy, with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. It’s a collection of songs that will surprise even the most seasoned of fans in its ambition: a monochrome miasma of morbidly uplifting anthems and heart-aching melancholia.
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IN THIS MOMENT - Rise Of The Blood Legion: Greatest Hits, Chapter 1 - Century Media
In This Moment have had an almost fairytale ascent to fame – on the surface. The years of hard work, setbacks, heartache and blood aren’t immediately obvious to the casual observer, but then the “Blood Legion” are not your typical fans. They understand and relate to this ethos of a strong work ethic and family above all because they ARE the band’s family. Ten years, five full-length albums and over 700,000 units moved in the U.S. alone since their auspicious beginnings, and they are on top of the world and the charts. The intensity and vulnerability of frontwoman Maria Brink’s emotional vocals complimented by the catchy and powerful hooks give the Blood Legion, one of the most loyal and vocal fanbases in modern hard rock, their soundtrack. This Greatest Hits collection of the band’s most iconic songs and videos is hand-chosen by the band, specifically for them. Rise Of The Blood Legion: Greatest Hits, Chapter 1 is In This Moment’s love letter to their fans, and Century Media’s thank you to both the band and fans for this incredible chapter of their history.
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.
BLUE NOTE ANNIVERSARY RELEASES
As part of their Anniversary celebration, Blue Note will issue a series of vinyl reissues every month, one of which you’ll exclusively find first here at your Blue Note Authorized Dealer.
HANK MOBLEY QUARTET - Hank Mobley Quartet
Hank Mobley Quartet is the debut album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley. Released in 1955 on Blue Note Records, Hank Mobley Quartet (10”) will be reissued on 10” vinyl as part of the Blue Note Authorized Dealer program schedule of releases. Also features Art Blakey.
Also out on May 26:
Art Blakey - A Night At Birdland, Vol 1
Grant Green - I Want To Hold Your Hand
Bobby Hutcherson - Components
Elvin Jones - The Ultimate
Medeski, Martin & Wood - End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
Lee Morgan - Search For The New Land