Music Releases for Friday 6/11

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"epic represents a crossroads for me as an artist. Going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up. I am in awe of the artists who wanted to participate in celebrating my anniversary and reissue, from young inspiring musicians, to artists who took me under their wing, who I met on tour, and to artists I've looked up to since I was a teenager. Each one of these artists continue to influence my writing and provide a sense of camaraderie during this new era of sharing music." -Sharon Van Etten. Sharon Van Etten's career since the release of her second album, 2010's epic, is well-known; critically lauded albums, films, and television shows have continually displayed her expanding artistry. Upon it's release, epic laid a romantic melancholy over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak without one honest thought or feeling spared. Her songs covered betrayal, obsession, egotism, and all the other emotions disliked in others and recognize in oneself. Van Etten's grounded and clenched vocals conveyed a sense of hope-the notion that beauty can arise from the worst of circumstances. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this special album's release, and to acknowledge the convergence of Van Etten's present and past work, she asked fellow artists she admired to participate in an expanded reissue, where each artist would cover one different song from epic in their own style. Some are musicians Van Etten herself admired in her early days (Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, and Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon of Big Red Machine), some are peers (Courtney Barnett, IDLES), and others are part of a younger generation of innovators (Shamir, St. Panther). What they all share is embodied by epic-a musician frankly communicating the power of music. The resulting epic Ten is a double album featuring the original plus the new album of epic covers and reimagined artwork.
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Portugal. The Man had been a band for just over 2 years and in that period, they had released 3 full-lengths, 1 EP, and a couple standalone singles. In that same period, they had also performed just shy of 500 shows. This young band from Alaska was riding a creative wave that is rarely scene coupled with the most hardcore work ethic. Alaskans are tough and this band was tougher.They ended tour in December of 2008 and instead of taking a much- needed break made the decision that they needed to record the culmination of what their live performance had become. Finding a rare gem of a studio in the suburbs of Portland. They piled in to the studio with all their live gear and a handful of friends with handheld cameras. Longtime collaborator and filmmaker Graham (Baclagon) Agcaolli and engineer/mixer Jacob Portrait (who would later join Unknown Mortal Orchestra) would help to document.2021. The band has been off the road for well over a year, by far the longest break from the road since they started and the time just seems right. Here is "Oregon City Sessions" dug out of the archives. Untouched, unchanged from the day it was finished. It is a time capsule of a band finding it's way. A snapshot of young raw talent before they won awards, before they sold millions of records, before they headlined festivals. Just a couple kids from Alaska wanting to travel the world and play music
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Sleater-Kinney's 10th studio album was recorded in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2020 ' against a backdrop of social unrest, devastating wildfires, and a raging pandemic. It's music for an imagined togetherness. This marks the first Sleater-Kinney album produced by the band members themselves.

Sleater-Kinney - Path Of Wellness [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque LP]
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Deluxe/Limited/Special Edition Details: - The creator of "Hamilton" and the director of "Crazy Rich Asians" invite you to a cinematic event, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big... "In the Heights." Lights up on Washington Heights... The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. "In the Heights" fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda's kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu's lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of it's place, but universal in it's experience.
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Mammoth WVH is the debut, self-titled album of Mammoth WVH – the band created by Wolfgang Van Halen. This collection includes the chart topping new single, "Distance” plus “Don’t Back Down,” “Epiphany,” “Mammoth” and more.

At the beginning of 2015, Wolf broke ground on what would become Mammoth WVH with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Alter Bridge, Slash] behind the board. Wolf began to embrace his voice, inspired by everyone from his father, to bands like AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, TOOL, and Jimmy Eat World. In addition to writing and singing every song on the self-title debut album, remarkably Wolfgang plays every instrument.

“The name Mammoth is really special to me.” says Wolf. “Not only was it the name of Van Halen before it became Van Halen, but my father was also the lead singer. Ever since my dad told me this, I always thought that when I grew up, I’d call my own band Mammoth, because I loved the name so much.”

Mammoth WVH - Mammoth WVH [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black Ice Translucent 2LP]
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Maroon 5

JORDI

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The eagerly awaited new album from Maroon 5, Jordi, is the band's first since the critically acclaimed Red Pill Blues. The album will include the recently released hit single "Beautiful Mistakes ft. Megan Thee Stallion" as well as fan favorites "Memories" and "Nobody's Love."

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AFI

Bodies

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AFI are leaders, not followers. A collective in a perpetual state of creative evolution as fluid as the evocative figures contorting on the cover of Bodies, their newest collection of songs. The record is a snapshot of unrelenting artists in motion, unconcerned with compromise or outside demands.

AFI's unshakeable connection with their audience is a testament to the band's knack for reinvention, renewal, and exploration, anchored by an unblemished authenticity. AFI songs are embedded in the spiritual DNA of a legion of supporters and Bodies is further demonstration of AFI's unwavering commitment to artistic exploration, a dark conjuration of an uncapturable muse.

The band initially summoned a steady subcultural groundswell in the mid-90s, devoid of careerist ambitions. The band first made music as teenaged misfits in an obscure Northern California town, steadily assembling a dense catalog over the years marked by its diversity and authenticity. Davey Havok, Adam Carson, Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget keep their eyes fixed on the present and future, ensuring their position as a uniquely vibrant artistic force remains steadfast and strong.

Like similarly artistically-minded iconic bands, AFI's ever-evolving identity has kept their sound, themes, and overall image fresh. A place in rock n' roll history assured by magical musical androgyny, both post-modern and timeless, AFI remains guided by the flames of authenticity and determination that defined their first ten albums and are sure to drive the next ten and beyond.

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The audio + video release of Mr. Bungle's 2020 livestream event, The Night They Came Home. Includes performances of songs from their album, The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo, along with cover songs, official music videos, behind-the-scenes bonus features and celebrity guest cameos. This version of Mr. Bungle is original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, joined by Scott Ian of Anthrax and Dave Lombardo of Slayer/Dead Cross.

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Considered to be one of the best live albums of all time, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band’s ‘Live’ Bullet was captured at Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI, in September 1975. The album was released April 12, 1976, and helped to supercharge Bob Seger’s career. To mark the 45th anniversary, the album has been remastered and will be released in its original 2LP format in both black and color vinyl.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Live Bullet [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange Swirl 2LP]
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2021 live release. Blues-rock superstar Joe Bonamassa set out to perform his music for fans amidst a global entertainment shutdown. This led to an incredible live concert at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. This special show includes songs from his studio album, Royal Tea, which was inspired by his British guitar heroes Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, and Cream. Joe also performs a few songs from his debut album, A New Day Yesterday, which helped launch his illustrious career.
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MARINA will be releasing her fifth studio albumon June 11, a 10-track project titled Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land. In writing this album, the major themes range from the impending climate crisis doom, wealth disparity, gender and racial inequalityto choosing yourself in a relationship. The new album is self-written and also sees MARINA co-producing 6 tracks for the first time alongside James Flannigan (Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa) and Jenn Decilveo.This album was preceded by the release of three singles, “Man’s World”, “Purge The Poison”, and “Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land”. Reacting to the startling statistics that only 2% of producers and 3% of engineers across popular music are women, MARINA returned and launched her new era with “Man’s World”, penned solely by MARINA, produced by Grammy Award nominee Jenn Decilveo and engineered by the first-ever female Grammy Award winner for “Best Engineered Album, Non Classical,” Emily Lazar, with an all-female creative team helming the music video and photography led by Alexandra Gavillet and Coughs.VOGUEacclaimed “Since her idiosyncraticFamily Jewelsdebuted in 2010, the singer-songwriter has attained one of pop’s most devoted followings….” “Man’s World” advances her sound further, while retaining the ethereal hooks that have sustained Diamandis as one of the most consistently innovative acts in alt-pop.”MARINA will be releasing her fifth studio album on June 11, a 10-track project titled Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land. In writing this album, the major themes range from the impending climate crisis doom, wealth disparity, gender and racial inequality to choosing yourself in a relationship. The new album is self-written and also sees MARINA co-producing 6 tracks for the first time alongside James Flannigan (Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa) and Jenn Decilveo. This album was preceded by the release of three singles, “Man’s World”, “Purge The Poison”, and “Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land”. Reacting to the startling statistics that only 2% of producers and 3% of engineers across popular music are women, MARINA returned and launched her new era with “Man’s World”, penned solely by MARINA, produced by Grammy Award nominee Jenn Decilveo and engineered by the first-ever female Grammy Award winner for “Best Engineered Album, Non Classical,” Emily Lazar, with an all-female creative team helming the music video and photography led by Alexandra Gavillet and Coughs. VOGUE acclaimed “Since her idiosyncratic Family Jewels debuted in 2010, the singer-songwriter has attained one of pop’s most devoted followings….” “Man’s World” advances her sound further, while retaining the ethereal hooks that have sustained Diamandis as one of the most consistently innovative acts in alt-pop.”

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Dennis DeYoung is back with the second volume of his fond farewell to recorded music, "26 East, Vol. 2.” As with the preceding volume, "26 East, Vol. 2" once again hints strongly at DeYoung's legendary rock roots with Styx. A fitting goodbye and a final signature on an outstanding body of work.

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Van Dyke Parks is a living legend: together with Brian Wilson, he is partly responsible for the Beach Boys' "Smile Sessions". He has worked with many other great artists, such as Ry Cooder, Little Feat, The Mothers Of Invention or Gaby Moreno and has also recorded some wonderful solo masterpieces. Now he has discovered the Mexican singer and harpist Veronica Valerio and recorded four tracks with her. Mexican flair with the spirit of Van Dyke Parks. Another legend contributes the cover: Klaus Voormann, who made pop history with the Beatles' "Revolver" cover, among others.

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Indigo De Souza’s I Love My Mom, her debut LP initially released in 2018, is a collection of the best songs she’d written in the few years that preceded it, recorded quickly and breathlessly and thrown out into the world. Consisting of ten songs, the album feels both raw and unabashed. Indigo pulled a band together for the first time, and was quickly encouraged to commit her songs to tape. Recorded at her friend’s house, they played almost everything live in just a few days, and released the record naturally, with little fanfare. That the record quickly took on a life of its own, deeply resonating with those who heard it, is a testament to Indigo’s songwriting. On June 11th, I Love My Mom gets the full release it deserves - pressed to vinyl for the first time, ahead of a brand new LP a little further down the road.

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2 Chainz

So Help Me God! [LP]

Vinyl: $24.98 Buy

MP3 Album: $11.49 Download

So Help Me God is the personal, soulful 6th studio album from Atlanta rapper, 2 Chainz. Boasting a wide range of star-studded features ranging from Lil Uzi, NBA Youngboy, Mulatto, Brent Faiyaz, plus key collaborators Lil Wayne, Kanye West & Rick Ross. 2 Chainz delivers his classic quotable bars across the 15 tracks. Captures an array of themes from 2020 anthem “Quarantine Thick” w/ Mulatto, the Hall & Oates sampled “Can’t Go For That” and the melodic “Feel a Way” w/ Kanye West & Brent Faiyaz.

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'It's about hopelessness and darkness,' says Aidan Moffat. 'But in a fun way.' The Arab Strap frontman is speaking about the band's 7th studio album and their first since 2005's The Last Romance . The band who bought you the classic and legendary "The First Big Weekend" return with new music for the first time in 15 years. 'It's definitely Arab Strap, but an older and wiser one, and quite probably a better one.' The first track lifted from the new album 'The Turning of Our Bones' saw a much welcome return to form and proved very much that Arab Strap are back from the grave and ready to rave! As the bands Malcolm Middleton told the Guardian newspaper when they profiled the band upon news of their return, 'There's no point getting back together to release mediocrity.'

Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear & Black LP]
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"Milk and Honey is about promise. During a season of desolation, I've been writing songs to remind me that we are headed somewhere beyond this, that God has not left us alone. In between captivity and promise, we need something to sing, or hear, or touch, or see - a signal of what the truth of reality is. If we look, it's all around us. This album is a celebration of the future we are marching towards together and a prayer that each of us can live in this promise in the here and now." - Crowder

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Palette Knife’s layered approach to songwriting and storytelling might begin as a shock. It’s a dizzying experience, one that flips channels between impassioned odes to thrifting dates and other cheapskate adventures, lamenting the person yourself or someone like you used to be, and relentless appeals to reason in a world that constantly moves the goalposts. For now, enjoy the kickoff. Ponderosa Snake House & The Chamber Of Bullshit finds Palette Knife—guitarist/vocalist Alec Licata, bassist Chris Mcgrath, and drummer Aaron Queener—navigating the woes and wins of twenty-something Midwest life with acrobatic energy. Much of this comes from Licata’s guitar playbook that dips into everything from tapping solos to thunderous power chords, but this scholarship borrows from the past five years of emo-rock to forge something entirely its own. With tongue-in-cheek versatility and tangible relatability, Ponderosa Snake House And The Chamber Of Bullist will be slithering your way May 28th, promising more acerbic bite with each move.

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Includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with a complete live show recorded during the band’s 1975 tour. - SABOTAGE: SUPER DELUXE EDITION introduces 16 live tracks (13 of which are previously unreleased) that were recorded in 1975 during the quartet’s U.S. tour for the album. The performances include songs that span the group’s career, from the title track to its 1970 debut Black Sabbath to “Spiral Architect” and “Sabbra Cadabra” from its previous album, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973). Sabotage is represented as well with live takes of “Hole In The Sky” and “Megalomania.” - The music is accompanied by in-depth liner notes that tell the story of the album through quotes from band members and the music media along with rare photos and press clippings from the era. Also included is a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica concert book and Sabotage 1975 tour color poster.
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The recording features the pianist/composer and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, who commissioned this orchestral version of the work, which comprises a theme and eleven variations plus a cadenza and postlude; the album also includes an encore, “Variations ‘X’ and ‘Y.’” (Mehldau originally composed Variations on a Melancholy Theme for pianist Kirill Gerstein.) Mehldau and Orpheus toured Europe, Russia, and the US with the piece, including a 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall. Speaking to the combination of classical form with jazz harmonies in the work’s musical language, Mehldau wrote, “I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues.”Mehldau continues, “The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some sense of finality and ending to it when heard for the first time already. So as I composed, a narrative challenge emerged; namely, how to embark on a story that begins with a conclusion. While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress.”

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Italy’s fascinating dichotomy of tradition and modernity come together in the music of CGS: the seven piece band and dancer are the leading exponents in a new wave of young performers re-inventing Southern Italy’s Pizzica musical and dance traditions for today’s global audience. Special guest Red Baraat.

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Limited clear colored vinyl LP pressing. Scuro Chiaro comes from a place that delights in the affirmation of life's constant variations, simultaneously presenting both bewilderment and vulnerability with it's somber hues and pulsing, synthetic surfaces. For Alessandro Cortini, this is best captured in "Chiaroscuro," a track whose waning hook draws us in to a sublime eruption of near-dissonant guitar. "It represents the record, where I was and where I am emotionally," he reveals. "It's to do with the conscious decision about trying to be positive, of striving for happiness while accepting the fact that happiness is not all positive." The album's title plays on the term for heavily contrasting light and shadow in painting and other visual arts. Cortini explains, "Scuro Chiaro is the opposite of chiaroscuro (the use of light and shadow to give strong contrast), and in a way it shows that no matter how you order things there's always going to be two elements that tend to be the opposite of each other that make up the truth - or make up everything."
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Jesse Royal broke out in 2014 with the runaway success of the single "Modern Day Judas," and solidified his position at the forefront of the genre in 2017 with his debut full-length Lily of da Valley (Easy Star Records). That album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart and impressively hit #131 on the Billboard "New Album Top 200" chart and #36 on the "independent albums chart." Royal's latest single "Natty Pablo" is inspired by the many layers of Rastafarianism and the criticism it faced from the general public over the years, only to have come full circle with many of those same critics now following many of the lifestyle choices that Rastas have been advocating for years. "Natty Pablo" reintroduces his unique take on modern reggae featuring the socially-conscious lyricism and classic style he is known for ahead of the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album release.
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Double vinyl LP pressing. Includes poster. Deluxe Edition includes the 13 previously released tracks from Kip Moore's Wild World album in addition to four new tracks: "Don't Go Changing," "Midnight Slow Dance," "How High," and "Man's Gotta Do."
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‘Singles - The U.A. Years’ is an encyclopedia of Dr Feelgood’s greatest moments that saw the band’s biggest commercial successes but also some of their most influential moments.
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2021 EP release. The title track features Country megastar Luke Bryan. His debut album, Home State, has been certified Gold with three #1 Country radio hits.
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Rhiannon Giddens’ new album They’re Calling Me Home, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, will be released April 9 on Nonesuch Records. Giddens and Turrisi, who both live in Ireland when they aren’t on tour, have been there since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The two expats found themselves drawn to the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland during lockdown. Exploring the emotions brought up by the moment, Giddens and Turrisi decamped to Hellfire, a small studio on a working farm outside of Dublin, to record these songs over six days. The result is They’re Calling Me Home, a twelve-track album that speaks of the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical “call home” of death, which has been a tragic reality for so many during the COVID-19 crisis.They’re Calling Me Home features several traditional songs that Giddens hasn't played for years, including some of the first old-time pieces she ever learned: "I Shall Not Be Moved," "Black As Crow (Dearest Dear)" and "Waterbound." The album also includes a new song Giddens wrote, “Avalon,” as well as an Italian lullaby, “Nenna Nenna,” that Turrisi used to sing to his infant daughter that took on new resonance during the lockdown.Giddens says of Alice Gerrard, the folk music pioneer, who wrote “Calling Me Home”: “Some people just know how to tap into a tradition and an emotion so deep that it sounds like a song that has always been around — Alice Gerrard is one of those rarities; ‘Calling Me Home’ struck me forcefully and deeply the first time I heard it, and every time since. This song just wanted to be sung and so I listened.”They’re Calling Me Home also includes two well known songs about death: “Amazing Grace” and “O Death.”The minstrel banjo, accordion and frame drums that have become characteristic of the pair’s sound are well represented on the album, but it’s the viola and cello banjo combination that captures unexpected emotion and intensity. Joining them at key moments are Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and Irish traditional musician Emer Mayock on flute, whistle, and pipes. Engineer Ben Rawlins was key to the shape and sound of the record while Giddens and Turrisi produced and Kim Rosen mastered.

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The term “Front Porch Singin’” may actually be a metaphor for many creative and conceptual musical ideas. But, for us, this title has become more of an attitude than anything else. What if the four of us were sitting on a porch together and someone begins to sing a favorite old Gospel song, like “Swing Down Chariot,” or a country and Western standard like “Red River Valley,” and everyone else just joined in? That is what happened at RCA Studio A. But, as usual under producer Dave Cobb’s leadership, this album turned into so much more. The Front Porch Singin’ attitude remained prevalent throughout, as songwriters, musicians, Dave and all four of us kept coming to the table with terrific creative ideas to enhance our Front Porch experience.

This project is quite honestly one of the most heartfelt albums we have ever recorded. Perhaps it is because we recorded these songs in the middle of a raging pandemic that changed the face of America and obviously took a huge toll on those of us in the music business. It was a bit strange to social-distance from each other in the studio, but we believe it drew us all closer and, in doing so, we may have inadvertently recorded the perfect project for this time period. These songs, whether new or old, reflect a certain optimism and a deep-seated faith that God will work all of this out as we move forward. “Life is beautiful,” as one song says. We must embrace it and celebrate it with all of our being.

Join us on The Front Porch and, if it is God’s will… Let’s keep on SINGIN’.

—The Oak Ridge Boys