Category: Recent picks

New CDs for March

Exciting new CDs feature from the up-and-coming talents such as Savages and Grimes to the rock legend Neil Young. The Roy Orbison’s 13 CDs-set has been added to our extensive box set collection. Fantastic new music keeps coming. Check them out here, and reserve the items you like.

B016Z8K7US_02___SCMZZZZZZZ_Savages – Adore life
“Savages’ second album Adore Life was recorded in RAK Studios, London in April 2015. Johnny Hostile was the producer and Richard Woodcraft the engineer. Anders Trentemoller took care of the mixing in Copenhagen. All songs were written and played by Savages – Ayşe Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar), Jehnny Beth (vocals). Lyrics by Jehnny Beth.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageGrimes – Art angels
“Grimes already defied easy classification on Visions, a collection of dreamy electronic collages that resembled pop just enough to make it one of 2012’s most acclaimed albums. When she returned three years later with Art Angels, her music was even more paradoxical; Claire Boucher’s fourth album is wilder, more ambitious, and — at least on the surface — more accessible than her breakthrough.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

cover imageTindersticks – The waiting room
“Tindersticks release their new album ‘The Waiting Room,’ a milestone not just numerically, but musically and creatively. Their first studio album since 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘The Something Rain’ (9/10 DiS, 8.1 pitchfork, 8/10 the Quietus, 8/10 DIY, 4/5 Guardian, 4/5 Independent on Sunday, 4/5 Uncut, 4/5 Q, 4/5 Observer) is the most ambitious, diverse and elaborate album you’ll have heard from Tindersticks in recent years. 2 decades into their musical voyage Tindersticks, established masters of restraint and poetic human emotion, are a band now confidently making the best songs of their career.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageMegadeth – Dystopia
“Dystopia, the 15th studio album by metal legends Megadeth, is mostly an aggressive return to thrash. Written over nearly two years, the band recorded 14 songs for the set, but included 11 on the standard edition.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Cover imageNeil Young – Bluenote Café
“Neil Young has announced that the latest Performance Series release from the Neil Young Archives is Bluenote Café. The album collects various performances captured during Neil’s 1988 tour. This superb live 2-CD set documents one of Young’s most funky and heartfelt periods and features seven unreleased songs: “Soul of a Woman,” “Bad News Comes to Town,” Ain’t it the Truth,” “I’m Goin’,” “Crime of the Heart,” “Doghouse,” “Fool for Your Love,” and a searing 19+ minute version of the immortal “Tonight’s the Night” from The Pier in New York City.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageMiguel – Wildheart
“•A complete anthology of Miguel’s featured appearances released — or disseminated, as the freaky wordplay lover might call it — between Kaleidoscope Dream and this would be assorted, to say the least. It would include appearances on a crop of major R&B and rap songs, a cover of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets,” and a highlight turn on Hudson Mohawke’s Lantern. A few of the extracurricular moves pointed toward his next solo step, but the clues remained clearest in the darker corners of Kaleidoscope Dream.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

cover imageJeremih – Late nights : the album
“The great magnitude of Jeremih’s extracurricular successes, combined with slips the singer pinned on himself and his label, made the five-year separation between All About You and Late Nights: The Album an odd one. It’s apparently truer to Jeremih’s vision than his first two albums, though only the most attentive listening reveals an artist with more dimensions — or more vocal ability — than the one who sang “Birthday Sex” and “Down on Me.”” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Cover imageSia – This is acting
“This Is Acting, a collection of songs originally written for — and rejected by — clients such as Adele, Rihanna, and Beyonc. But as the album title hints, there’s more going on here than recycling. Sia’s skill at crafting songs full of drama and vulnerability that feel real, no matter how loud they get, is in full force on This Is Acting.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

RecentPicks1Suede – Night Thoughts
“Night Thoughts is a quintessentially Suede title: specific yet vague, a notion that seems either romantic or sad depending on perspective. Twenty years, a decade of which was spent in a split, certainly has shifted Suede’s perspective, particularly that of leader Brett Anderson. With that past behind them, Suede can still dwell on big issues of love and mortality, but now that the past is in perspective, it all means a little bit more and what lies ahead is a little more precious, and that wide view makes Night Thoughts all the more moving.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Cover imageRoy Orbison – The M.G.M. years – 1965-1973
“This MGM Years box set is a summation of that marvelous work 13 full-length albums including the long sought-after The Fastest Guitar Alive soundtrack (Roy starred in the film) and a new collection of B-Sides & singles that have never before appeared on a full-length Roy Orbison album. This collection is the largest compilation of Orbison music to date.” (adapted from amazon.com)

New CDs for January

Fantastic new music keeps coming to our shelves. They include The Chills’ first album in almost two decades which has received rave reviews overseas, and the exciting live album by Drive-By Truckers. Check them out!

cover imageThe Chills – Silver bullets
“Following on from The BBC Sessions on Fire Records, The Chills release their first full length album in nearly two decades. Silver Bullets’ hails the return of one of New Zealand’s most respected exports; Bursting with chiming Dunedin-pop anthems, melodic rock and Phillipps’ playful punk-rock tendencies, the thrilling new album brings them to the next chapter. Recorded at Albany Street Studios in Dunedin, the album instantly reaffirms Phillipps’ aptitude for writing intelligent and timeless pop songs delivered with conviction.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageColdplay – A head full of dreams
“The album, recorded in Malibu, LA and London, was produced by Norwegian duo Stargate together with the band’s long-time collaborator Rik Simpson. It features more guests than any previous Coldplay record, with Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton among those appearing across its 11 tracks. Revitalised, they’ve made an album that’s bursting with energy, colour and big, life-affirming moments such as the deliciously ebullient first single Adventure Of A Lifetime and the rocket-powered Hymn For The Weekend.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageAmy : the original soundtrack
“Introducing the official soundtrack to the highest grossing British documentary of all time. It incorporates Pinto’s moving original score & never previously released versions of Amy’s tracks. A once-in-a-generation talent and a pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most original and adored songs of the modern era, making her a six-time Grammy winner.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageEllie Goulding – Delirium
“Ellie Goulding is catching up with herself. No longer running to stand still (well, not all the time, away), she has arrived at a point in her career, in her life, where the songs she is writing bear witness to the place she is in now, after five tumultuous years of professional and personal transformation. Ellie s bold and brilliant new album, Delirium, represents an almighty step change, shaping a new narrative for the next stage in this remarkable singer s journey.” adapted from amazon.com)

cover imageBob Dylan – The cutting edge 1965-1966 : the bootleg series vol. 12.
“Between 1965 and 1966 Bob Dylan recorded three albums that many believe changed the course of modern music. The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12 takes you inside the studio during the recording of those three albums. With a staggering wealth of unreleased songs, outtakes, rehearsals and alternate versions – The Cutting Edge provides a unique insight into a legendary icon’s creative process. The six-CD deluxe edition features over 100 previously unreleased tracks. Includes alternate versions of songs such as “Desolation Row”, “Visions Of Johanna”, “Highway 61 Revisited” and the complete 16-take session for “Like A Rolling Stone”. 3. It is packaged in a slipcase with a separate 120-page hardcover book with exclusive photography and liner notes.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageEL VY – Return to the moon
“EL VY (pronounced like a plural of Elvis; rhymes with ‘hell pie’) is the musical collaboration between Matt Berninger, vocalist and lyricist of The National, and Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Menomena and his more recent band, Ramona Falls. Their debut album Return To The Moon will be released on October 30th via 4AD. The album is a project Berninger and Knopf have been thinking about for years. Their friendship spans nearly a decade, starting back when the National and Menomena played small half-empty clubs along America’s west coast. Feeling an immediate musical kinship, the pair kept in touch, Brent sending Matt occasional rough sketches of music and Matt responding with melodies and lyrics. Finally, in the winter and spring of 2014-15, they actually got together to make an album.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Cover imageDrive-By Truckers – It’s great to be alive! (Box Set)
“Drive-By Truckers long awaited live album was recorded over three nights at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco CA. The bands long-time Producer, David Barbe, acquired the necessary mobile gear to record and flew out to San Francisco to capture their three-night stand in November of 2014. They hired some horns, sold some tickets and played three special and unique shows. From those shows the group have the groups life’s work into one cohesive whole.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageJanet Jackson – Unbreakable
“Music icon, multiple Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist Janet Jackson returns with her new album Unbreakable. It is her first new music in seven years and leads with her new single “No Sleeep” on Rhythm Nation / BMG, the new label formed under her recent, barrier-breaking deal with BMG. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Prince, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson), commenting on the album said, “It’s wonderful to be creating again with Janet. From songwriting, producing, arranging, singing, dancing, acting, she deftly does it all and truly personifies the word artist. Unbreakable is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageThe Beatles – 1 [bonus DVD]
“The Beatles “1” was originally released in 2000 and quickly became the fastest selling album of all time. Featuring 27 of the band’s most significant singles, all of which reached #1 in the US or UK charts, this brand new CD/DVD edition features all 27 tracks on CD and all 27 promo videos on DVD. All the videos have been beautifully restored up to 4K resolution by a team of film and video technicians and restoration artists who have undertaken painstaking frame-by-frame cleaning, colour-grading, digital enhancement and new edits that took months of dedicated, ‘round-the-clock work to accomplish.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageKurt Cobain – Montage of heck : the home recordings
“Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck is the only fully authorised portrait of the famed music icon. The highly anticipated soundtrack album, comprised from various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, allows a rare, unfiltered glimpse into Cobain’s creative progression from early song snippets and short demos to musical experiments and ultimately, pieces of songs or lyrics that eventually appeared on later Nirvana albums. This 13 track standard soundtrack focuses on the music discovered on Cobain’s personal cassettes.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageSpectre : original motion picture soundtrack
“Like its predecessors, “Spectre” will feature a stunning soundtrack, which is set to be hugely successful. Co-written and performed by multi-platinum selling artist Sam Smith, the theme track to the film is entitled “Writing’s On The Wall”, which also credits GRAMMY Award Winning Jimmy Napes. The soundtrack, composed by Thomas Newman who has previously composed for the Bond films, also features an instrumental version of the track.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

New CDs for December

Exciting new CDs include the hotly anticipated new albums by Adele and one of our most beloved bands Fat Freddy’s Drop. The Doobie Brothers’ 10 CDs-set and Grateful Dead’s 4 discs live document have been added to our extensive box set collection. Fantastic new music keeps coming. Check them out here, and reserve the items you like.

Cover imageLed Zeppelin – Coda [deluxe remaster]
“Coda is the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam “Sugar Mama” was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band’s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now. “Baby Come On Home” from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased “St. Tristan’s Sword,” a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageFat Freddy’s Drop – Bays
“Following the worldwide success of Blackbird in 2013, the New Zealand based seven-piece are back with BAYS, a 9-track LP recorded at the bands BAYS Studio in Kilbirnie, Wellington a former 1950s HMV vinyl pressing plant. The predominantly studio written album draws on the lexicon of genres that have come to epitomize the bands sound. The album exudes a confidence of a band truly comfortable in their skin. It’s been a more creative process writing this album in the studio rather than recording songs which have been well roadtested, Freddy’s vocalist Joe Dukie said.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imagePaul McCartney – Tug of war [deluxe ed.]
“Tug of War, originally released in 1982, is the third solo album by Paul McCartney. The album was produced by George Martin and includes numerous guest musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Carl Perkins, and Ringo Starr. Tug of War reached #1 on both the US and UK charts and received a Grammy nomination for “Album of the Year” in 1983.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageRyan Adams – 1989
“Sometime in August 2015, Ryan Adams let everybody in on a secret: he’d decided to cover Taylor Swift’s 1989 in total. Nevertheless, there’s no disguising how Ryan Adams flips Taylor Swift’s 1989 upside-down, turning a moment of triumph into bedsit introspection, a concept that is undoubtedly theoretically interesting, but the record works because Adams doesn’t play this as a stunt.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Cover imageElvis Costello – Unfaithful music & soundtrack album
“Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album is a compilation underscoring Elvis Costello’s new memoir “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink”, compiled and sequenced by Costello himself. This 38-track, 2-CD set contains a selection of hits and Costello’s favourite songs, including two previously-unreleased titles; “April 5th” – written and recorded with Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson and John Leventhal – and one of Costello’s earliest solo recordings, “I Can’t Turn It Off” from 1975.The collection also features three exclusive, “audio book sketches” – that do not appear in the published memoir – and a 28-page booklet providing the complete lyrics and many unseen photographs, several of them from the MacManus family album.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageJoanna Newsom – Divers
“The music of Divers is a wonder of considered arrangements, immaculately sequenced for telescoped brevity. The music speeds with dissociative dread over montaged cityscapes; it hoofs with delight among the collaged quotations and sepia-toned codices of Popular Song; it ambles its carefree citational course through the public domain and down into the dustier corners of municipal parks, to lionize infamous airmen and anonymous Dutch Masters, to mourn pearl divers and Poorwills, and to elegize the ineluctable tragedy of relativity…” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

RecentPicksCDs4The Doobie Brothers – The Warner Bros. years 1971-1983
“This expansive box set from Rhino features all nine of the Doobie Brothers’ studio albums from their original 1970s Warner Bros. run plus their 1983 Farewell Tour live album. Beginning with their 1971 self-titled debut, when the band was fronted by founding singer/guitarist Tom Johnston, through 1980’s Michael McDonald-led One Step Closer, it covers their two major eras as they slowly shifted from boogie rock bar band into the soulful soft rock giants of their later years.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Cover imageGrateful Dead – 30 trips around the sun : the definitive live story 1965-1995
“Initially released as a limited-edition box set so lavish it was on the verge of being absurd, 30 Trips Around the Sun is a deep exploration of a simple idea: tell the Grateful Dead’s story through unreleased live performances taken from every year of their life. This concept reaches its full fruition in its 80-CD incarnation, containing a full unreleased show for every year between 1966 and 1995, but the four-CD distillation operates in a similar fashion and may seem more attractive to Deadheads unwilling to immerse themselves in a monthlong listening session.” (adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

Cover imageTracey Thorn – Solo: songs and collaborations 1982-2015
“It is hard to find a recent decade where Tracey Thorn s voice and song-writing has not been influential and in celebration. ‘This album deliberately isn t called The Best of Tracey Thorn,’ says Tracey of the collection, ‘You have to have a story to tell, a unifying theme, and here the idea is contained in the single word of the title, Solo.'” (adapted from amazon.com)

Cover imageAdele – 25
““My last record was a break up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.” Adele’s highly anticipated new album, 25 will be available globally on Friday November 20th and is the first new music from her since her Oscar winning single ‘Skyfall’ in 2012.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

New CDs for November

New CDs for November include new music from Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Don Henley, Mercury Rev, Lana Del Rey & David Gilmour; as well as lavish new multi-disc box sets from The Kinks, David Bowie & The Isley Brothers.

Cover imageKurt Vile – B’lieve I’m goin down…
“Kurt Vile does his own myth making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b lieve I m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (valley of ashes) of Woody-honest-strait-forward-talk-Guthrie, and a Cali canyon dead still nite (sic) floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Cover imageThe Libertines – Anthems for doomed youth
“The Libertines return with their highly anticipated third studio album Anthems For Doomed Youth, produced by Jake Gosling and recorded at Karma Sound Studios, Thailand. Their first album in eleven years. Having just made a surprise triumphant return at the Glastonbury Festival, on the Pyramid stage on 26th June, The Libertines previously sold over 100,000 tickets in London alone last year with sold-out appearances at Alexander Palace (3 shows – September) and Hyde Park British Summer Time (July).” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageThe Kinks – The anthology, 1964-1971
The Anthology 1964-1971 features over 100 tracks across 5 CDs, the most comprehensive collection of the Kinks seminal 1960s and early 1970s Pye label recordings ever released. Newly remastered, the box set features rare demos, interviews, alternate mixes, session outtakes, 25 previously unavailable tracks, an exclusive 7” single and extensive liner notes all in a beautiful box set.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageJulia Holter – Have you in my wilderness
Have You In My Wilderness is the fourth full length album by Los Angeles artist Julia Holter and her most intimate album yet. Recorded in her hometown over the last year and once again crafted with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Cole Greif-Neill. Have You in My Wilderness was written from the heart – warm, dark and raw – and explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic, with some of the most sublime and transcendent music she has ever written.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageDon Henley – Cass County (Deluxe Edition)
“Don Henley will release Cass County, his fifth studio album, and first solo album in 15 years. Cass County was produced by Don Henley and Stan Lynch, who also co-wrote 11 of the songs on the album, and represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey. Recorded primarily in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dallas, Texas, the album includes guest appearances from Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Mick Jagger, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Dolly Parton.” (adapted from amazon.com)

Cover imageMercury Rev – The light in you
The Light In You more than lives up to its billing. The record is filled with wondrous and voluminous kaleidoscopic detail, but also intimate moments of calm, and altogether stands up to the very best that this notable band of maverick explorers has ever created. Its ecstatic highs and shivery comedowns also reflect a particularly turbulent era in the lives of Grasshopper and fellow co-founder Jonathan Donahue, of calamities both personal and physical, but also rebirths and real births (Grasshopper became a father for the first time in 2014). There’s a reason for the seven-year gap since the band’s last album, Snowflake Midnight.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageLana Del Rey Honeymoon
“The singer revealed the album title to Billboard in January. It’s very different from the last one and similar to the first two, Born to Die and Paradise, she said. Last year, Del Rey released Ultraviolence and contributed 2 songs Big Eyes and I Can Fly to the Tim Burton film Big Eyes as well as songs to the film, Age of Adeline starring Blake Lively.” (adapted from amazon.com)

cover imageDavid Gilmour Rattle that lock
Rattle That Lock is the new solo album by David Gilmour, the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd. This is David’s fourth solo album, and the first since 2006’s # 1 album On An Island. The primary lyricist for Rattle That Lock is Gilmour s long-term writing partner, Polly Samson, and the album is co-produced by David Gilmour and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera. The album’s striking cover has been art directed by Dave Stansbie.” (adapted from amazon.com)

cover imageDavid Bowie Five years 1969-1973
“Parlophone Records are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE FIVE YEARS 1969 – 1973, the first in a series of box sets spanning his career. The ten album / twelve CD box features all of the material officially released by Bowie during the nascent stage of his career from 1969 to 1973. The CD boxset includes tracks that have never before appeared on CD/digitally as well as new remasters.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageIsley Brothers The RCA Victor & T-Neck album masters (1959-1983)
“A monumental 23-disc box set collection chronicling the sonic evolution and abiding achievements of the unprecedented R&B ensemble, The Isley Brothers. This box set follows The Isley Brothers through their transformation from a 1950’s doo-wop/gospel vocal group into the world’s preeminent R&B rock ‘n’ soul powerhouse party band. The new collection includes 84 rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks including the “Great Lost Isley Brothers Album” Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Sound Studio 1980, a live studio double album now newly restored.” (adapted from amazon.com)

cover imageTami Neilson Don’t be afraid
“The beginnings of this album were birthed in 1972 by a young Ron Neilson, who recorded a demo of the first single, “Lonely” outside a hotel room while on tour across Canada. Decades later, it was completed by his daughter Tami when she discovered that demo a week after he passed away in Feb 2015. Such are the stories and legacy behind the songs on this very special and powerful tribute by Tami Neilson. Reaching out to grasp possibly her best song writing to date, she gives some of her most fully realised performances.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk)

New CDs for October

Newly arrived popular music CDs include highly anticipated new albums by big artists such as Beirut, Foals, Muse and Wilco. Remastered legendary albums by Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are must-listen for all music fans. Finally, check out wonderful new albums by our very own Phoenix Foundation and Eb & Sparrow. More information about Wellington music is here.

cover image Wilco Star wars
“Wilco’s 11th studio album, Star Wars, opens with “EKG,” a 1:16 burst of skronky guitars that sounds like a few capable grad students imitating early Sonic Youth after a few beers, and if it seems like a goofy way to kick off the record, that’s a big part of the album’s charm. Where Wilco (The Album) and The Whole Love were enthusiastic but artful and crafted with care, Star Wars feels like an album full of experiments and happy accidents, 11 songs where the group members gathered in their rehearsal spot, rolled tape, and let their muse do what it will.” (Adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

cover image Led Zeppelin Presence [deluxe]
“Deluxe two-CD package in a tri-fold softpack, with the original artwork, plus the newly created negative artwork for the companion audio. The original album is newly remastered; the second CD of companion audio features five unreleased reference mixes from the sessions, which reveal works in progress. 16-page booklet.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover image Beirut No no no
“Zach Condon and his band Beirut will release their fourth album No No No on September 11th via 4AD. Coming four years after The Rip Tide, and recorded over a two week period during one of the coldest New York winters – with blizzard after blizzard raging outside – No No No is Condon’s most vibrant and spirited record to date. To coincide with the release of No No No, Beirut will tour throughout North America and Europe this year, including a headline appearance at Radio City Music Hall in New York.” (Adapted from amazon.com)

RecentPicks5Pink Floyd Atom heart mother [remaster]
“The fifth studio album from Pink Floyd, recorded in 1970 at the famous Abbey Road Studios. The new Discovery version presents the original studio album, digitally remastered by James Guthrie and reissued with newly designed Digipak and a new 12 page booklet designed by Storm Thorgerson.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageBeach House Depression cherry.
“Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. We have been a band for over a decade, living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is our 5th full-length record. Depression Cherry was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November ’14 through January ’15. This time period crossed the anniversaries of both John Lennon’s and Roy Orbison’s death. In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. Depression Cherry is a color, a place, a feeling, an energy that describes the place you arrive as you move through the endlessly varied trips of existence.” (Adapted from amazon.com)

Cover imageFoals What went down.
“All of the truly transformative and era-defining albums have grappled with questions that are a world away from the bland bleatings of homogenized pop. Permanence and impermanence, life and death, solitude, vulnerability, intimacy, passion, rage, humanity – weighty issues that make demands of the people creating that music, and of all those who listen to it, too. What Went Down confronts these issues head-on.” (Adapted from amazon.com)

B00UHQ73NO_02___SCMZZZZZZZ_Muse Drones
“Seventh studio album by the English alternative rock band. Debuting at #1 in the UK Albums Chart, the album features the singles ‘Dead Inside’ and ‘Mercy’. This deluxe edition includes a DVD of live performances of the tracks ‘Psycho’, ‘Dead Inside’, ‘The Handler’ and ‘Reapers’ as well as bonus studio footage of the recording of ‘The Globalist’ and ‘Defector’.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageYo La Tengo Stuff like that there
“Rare is the band that can cover themselves. Rarer is the band that would even think of it and rarer still is a band that would return to the conception and re-imagine its first breakthrough record. Someone may have read recently that old quote about how “in not knowing history one is doomed to repeat it.” There’s not another band that I know that is less doomed than Yo La Tengo. As stated previously, the album features covers from bands other than themselves: The Cure, Hank Williams, The Lovin’ Spoonful and more. Stuff Like That There, a 14 song collection of covers, originals and reworking(s) happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Yo La Tengo’s landmark 1990 album, Fakebook. This album has be dreamed about by Yo La Tengo fans for decades and the wait is nearly over.” (Adapted from amazon.com)

cover imagePhoenix Foundation Give up your dreams
“New Zealand based The Phoenix Foundation return with their new and sixth studio album Give Up Your Dreams. It’s a shrewd and vibrant reminder that in The Phoenix Foundation’s gloriously absurd world of Technicolour pop, it’s the challenges you set yourself that reap the greatest rewards. “Give Up Your Dreams could sound like a defeat but it represents something quite defiant, joyous and celebratory” exclaims co-frontman Samuel Scott of the record’s infectious rhythmic driven sound and optimistic feel.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageEb & Sparrow Sun/son
“With an edge that harks back to old time jazz and blues singers’, Ebony Lamb of Eb & Sparrow has led her band of talented men on a musical journey that began in 2010. They’ve traversed a pathway that has led them onto stages with an astonishing string of folk-heroes : Rodriguez, Beth Orton, Pokey LaFarge, Wagons, The Warratahs, Tami Neilson and Marlon Williams to name a few. Eb & Sparrow have carved out a niche, creating a soundscape that is at once spacious and lush, nuanced alt-country music that swings out into folk, soul, and rockabilly. They have crafted their new songs into a strong and beautifully articulate album culminating together as Sun/Son.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

cover imageJoss Stone Water for your soul
“Water For Your Soul is about finding your own fulfilment, doing what you really want to do, explains Joss Stone. For me, its music. But water for your soul can be anything. Some people like food, some people like to dance, some like to travel. Music is necessary for me – it feeds my soul, the same way water feeds a flower. It’s also about being brave and letting go. Prepare to be amazed and delighted by Joss Stone. The free spirited English soul singer has been on an incredible journey, metaphorical and literal, artistic and geographic, absorbing influences and making music. Water For Your Soul is the fruits of her travels in sound, demonstrating how the teen soul prodigy has blossomed into an artist of style and substance.” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageThe Weeknd Beauty behind the madness
“All bets regarding Abel Tesfaye’s career arc were off once Trilogy, material previously released at no (financial) cost to the listener, went platinum. For a period after that, it seemed like the singer had peaked just short of pop-star status. His eager congregation pushed Kiss Land, the proper debut, to number two in the U.S., yet none of its singles, not even the one that featured Drake, reached the Hot 100. “Love Me Harder,” a duet with labelmate Ariana Grande released in 2014, proved to be a masterstroke. It put Tesfaye in the Top Ten for the first time and began a streak of similarly effective singles that preceded — and are included on — Beauty Behind the Madness. Beauty Behind the Madness is R&B and pop as drug-den paella: chemical and sexual abasement, self-loathing, and self-absorbed belligerence over narcotized sludge and less expected moves that peak with the wholly sweet.” (Adapted from fishpond.co.nz)

New CDs for August

Some new music for August. New CDs from some established artists, some new artists & some re-issue Box Sets round off our selection.

Cover image Progeny : seven shows from seventy-two
“Over 12 hours of epic progressive rock classics from the legendary 70s Yes lineup of Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White. 7 Previously Unheard, Complete Concerts From 1972…” (Product description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageFrom Live at Carnegie Hall
“10 career-spanning live tracks from two special performances at New York s legendary Carnegie Hall on November 15 & 17 2014. The set list includes fan favorites like New York, New York as well as cuts from his most recent Grammy nominated eponymous album like Gimme Something Good . Tracks include live performances of 2 new previously unreleased songs This Is Where We Meet In My Mind & How Much Light…” (Product description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageThe Holy Bible
“The limited edition 12” x 12” box contains the original album on 180gm heavyweight vinyl (on vinyl for the first time since a limited run in 1994), remastered by James Dean Bradfield, plus 4 CDs and a 40 page book. The CD’s contain the remastered full album, the remastered US version, b-sides, mixes, live versions and a previously unreleased version of ‘Revol’. There is also a live CD of the band’s last performances with guitarist Richey Edwards from the Astoria, December 1994…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageBorn in the echoes [bonus tracks].
“Released to coincide with headline slots at Glastonbury, Sonar and Bestival, The Chemical Brothers’ eighth studio album – Born In The Echoes – is a magnificent eleven-track collection of lean, propulsive machine driven music. Born In The Echoes features a stellar cast of collaborators including previous guests Q-Tip (Go – a track that will be accompanied by a video directed by Michel Gondry) and Ali Love (EML Ritual) as well as first time visitors to the studio – St. Vincent (Under Neon Lights), Cate Le Bon (Born In The Echoes) and Beck. The deluxe CD album comes in a beautiful textured gatefold package along with four additional bonus tracks…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

RecentPicksCDs3We are for the wild places
“Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Avalanche City is the musical moniker of Dave Baxter, whose debut single Love, Love, Love was propelled into radio mainstay back in 2011. While he spent two years travelling the world off the back of the breakout single, Love, Love, Love was awarded Silver Scroll ‘Song of the Year’, and ‘Most Performed Work’ back home in New Zealand. Following his breakout success, Baxter spent unhurried months in his home studio, a leafy backyard room affectionately named The Treehouse. He surrounded himself with a cadre of old instruments and invented the familiar, yet evolved songs that would become WE ARE FOR THE WILD PLACES…” (Product description from Mighty Ape)

Cover imageComing home
“Leon Bridges is the ‘out of almost nowhere’ story that only comes along once in a while. Awareness of Leon Bidges and his unique craft continues to grow authentically and consistently. It was only last summer that Leon was singing open mics in his hometown Fort Worth, TX. One of those open mics was attended by Austin Jenkins and Josh Block of the notable indie band White Denim who were absolutely floored by Leon’s voice, songs, and creative vision. They soon after set-up shop in a makeshift studio and recorded the album’s opener “Coming Home” completely live to tape. This first take is exactly what you hear opening the album. The remaining 9 songs followed in a burst of creativity and inspiration. Leon was the breakout artist of 2015’s SXSW…” (Product description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageLive in Paris
“Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are pleased to announce the release of ‘Live In Paris’. The double album and accompanying DVD was recorded live at Theatre Trianon in Paris on February 24 2014, during the band’s sold out tour of Europe. In addition to the full concert, the DVD also includes the documentary film ’33.3%’ by Yana Amur, which shows fans an intimate side of the band never seen before…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageCurrents
“Global sensation Tame Impala have announced their highly anticipated third studio album. The 13 track album, Currents was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Kevin Parker in Fremantle, West Australia. Lyrically the record finds Parker in a very different place in 2015 to where he was seven years ago. Transitions in life, relationships, perspectives, mindsets – Currents maps Parker’s evolution through these and finds him a brand new person. Musically, Currents sounds like the work of a player on top of his game and having a blast, Parker indulging his whims and unafraid to dive down the rabbit hole after an idea…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageArchive series. Volume no. 1
“With the Archive Series, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) will be gathering otherwise unreleased home recordings, covers, and live sets from his entire career and releasing them on his own label, Black Cricket Recording Co. The songs on Volume No. 1 came to life at the same time as those selected for The Creek Drank the Cradle. The songs on Creek were only 11 of the many performed and recorded by Iron & Wine at home on a 4-track cassette. While some of this material has been widely bootlegged, it has never received a widespread or proper release until now…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageLittle earthquakes [deluxe]
“One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned with today as when she released her first solo album ‘Little Earthquakes’ over 2 decades ago. Eschewing the trends of the time, the prodigious chanteuse touched millions deeply with her arresting melodies, riveting stage presence and personal & honest lyrics. Amos announces 2CD deluxe editions of her debut and sophomore solo albums, ‘Little Earthquakes’ and ‘Under The Pink,’ each newly re-mastered and paired with an entire disc of rare B-sides and bonus tracks…” (Product description from Mighty Ape)

cover imageBetter than home
“Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Beth Hart has already moved guitar legends Jeff Beck, Slash, Joe Bonamassa and Buddy Guy to perform with her on records and live. The UK have firmly taken Beth to their hearts after recent stirring headline performances at the Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and Hampton Court Palace. Now on her 7th solo record, album collaborations with Joe Bonamassa, ‘Seesaw’ and ‘Don’t Explain’, made it to the top #1 and #3 of the Billboard Blues Albums Chart whilst ‘Live in Amsterdam’ entered the UK album chart at #18…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

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“The brand new album from The Fall; the first in over a year. Recorded in Manchester over the last year with mark e smith producing. The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in 1976. The band has existed in some form ever since, and is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. Initially associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, the group’s music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years, characterised by an abrasive guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith’s distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

cover imageMiles Davis at Newport, 1955-1975.
“The newest entry in Columbia/Legacy Recordings’ critically-acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg Series, NEWPORT 1955-1975 clocks in at 296 minutes, nearly four hours of which is previously unreleased. From Miles’ debut performance at NJF in 1955 (a hastily arranged jam session featuring Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan, that immediately led to the trumpeter’s Columbia signing), to the full-length concert performances alone of Miles’ famed “Kind Of Blue” Sextet (with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb), and second great quintet in ’66 and ’67 (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams) also live performances by Miles’ stellar band lineups 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975, in Newport, Rhode Island, New York City, Berlin, and Switzerland….” (Product description from Amazon.com)

Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

Iron & Wine Archive series. Volume no. 1
Kamasi Washington The epic
Tori Amos Little earthquakes [deluxe]
Speedy Ortiz Foil deer
Wes Montgomery In the beginning
Angus & Julia Stone Angus & Julia Stone [deluxe]

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Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

Lead Belly The Smithsonian Folkways collection.
Bob Dylan Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats : a new music city.
Sharon Van Etten I don’t want to let you down EP.
Sun Kil Moon Universal themes.
Frank Blank The complete recordings / Frank Black and the Catholics.
Toro y Moi What for?

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New Music for July – Recent Picks CDs

New music from June….

Cover imageThe race for space.
“Following the critical and commercial success of their debut album last year and 18 months’ extensive touring & festival appearances, Public Service Broadcasting are pleased to confirm the release of their eagerly anticipated second album, The Race For Space. Recorded at The Pool Studios and Abbey Road in London and, once again working with exclusive archive footage from the British Film Institute, the new record will tell the story of the American & Soviet space race from 1957 1972 via the duo’s eccentric mix of guitar-driven electronica, propulsive drumming and spoken word samples culled from this uniquely rich period of modern history. The Race For Space follows Inform Educate Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album which reached #21 in the UK album charts and was nominated for ‘Best Independent Album’ at the AIM Awards 2013, as well as being The Guardian’s Album of the Week and one of BBC 6Music’s Top 10 albums of 2013…” (Adapted from product description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageTo pimp a butterfly.
“Following the success of his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, in 2012, the rapper Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) is about carrying the weight of that clarity: What happens when you speak out, spiritually and politically, and people actually start to listen? And what of the world you left behind?…” (Publishers description from Amazon.com)

Coevr imageCarrie & Lowell.
“Carrie & Lowell is an album named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather and a return to Stevens’ folk roots. Thematically the 11 songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. Carrie & Lowell was recorded by Stevens alongside Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester and Thomas Bartlett and mixed by Stevens, Bartlett and Pat Dillet…” (Product description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageWilder mind.
“Wilder Mind is the third studio album from Mumford & Sons and is the successor to the 2012 album Babel, which earned the band a BRIT Award in the ‘Best British Group’ category (their 2nd BRIT) and Grammy award for best ‘Best Album’. Babel was the fastest selling album in both the UK and US in its first week of release in 2012 and saw the band headline Glastonbury festival. Wilder Mind is released through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records. Produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demo’d at Aaron Dresner’s (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. The band also returned to Eastcote Studios in London, where they recorded Sigh No More, for further writing and demo sessions. The album’s early sessions in New York and London witnessed a change in the band’s approach not just to writing and recording, but to texture and dynamics, too. There is a minimalist yet panoramic feel to the new album, the band describe it as “a development, not a departure.”…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageMulti-love.
“On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together. Multi-Love adds dimensions to the band’s already kaleidoscopic approach, with Nielson exploring a newfound appreciation for synthesizers. The new songs channel with the spirit of psych innovators without ignoring the last 40 years of music, forming a flowing, cohesive whole that reflects restless creativity. Cosmic escapes and disco rhythms speak to developing new vocabulary, while Nielson’s vocals reach powerful new heights. “It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artists is today, a curator,” he says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageHow big, how blue, how beautiful.
“The result is How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, a collection of songs, written and recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill, the third album by Florence + the Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich, unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voice and, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better. Markus has done a few Arcade Fire albums, Florence tells us, and he s done Björk s Homogenic, which is a huge record for me. And I felt he had that balance of organic and electronic capabilities, managing those two worlds. And, you know, he s good with big sounds. And I like big sounds. And he s good with trumpets, and I knew I wanted a brass section on this record, she adds of a group of musicians who were arranged by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp. And with Markus, Florence continues, clarifying, I wanted to make something that was big but that had a gentleness to it. That had a warmth, that was rooted. I think that s why we went back more to the live instruments. Something that was band-led almost…” (Adapted from Publishers description from Amazon.com)

New CDs for May

New music from Leonard Cohen, Alabama Shakes & Laura Marling, plus a couple of nice Box Sets round up this months new CD picks.

Cover imageCan’t forget : a souvenir of the Grand Tour.
“Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour gives listeners an extremely special glimpse into Cohen’s intimate rehearsal process, widely known to be in-depth ‘concerts before the concert!,’ heard by fans for the first time with this new record. The album consists of Cohen rarities recorded on his recent Old Ideas tour and features two new original Cohen songs, ‘Never Gave Nobody Trouble’ and ‘Got a Little Secret’, plus two covers never recorded by Cohen; George Jones’ ‘Choices’ and ‘La Manic’ originally by Georges Dor…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageEdge of the sun.
“Calexico s follow-up to 2012 s acclaimed Algiers, Edge of the Sun began with a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán. Working for the first time with Mexican collaborators, Calexico expanded their horizons as the guest list grew to include musicians from a myriad of backgrounds, origins, and genres, including Sam Beam from Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case…” 9Publishers description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageSound & color.
“Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band’s Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three GRAMMY nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. From the searing single “Don’t Wanna Fight” to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction…” (Publishers description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageThe complete Epic recordings collection / Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
“To celebrate what would have been the 60th birthday of Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990), Epic Records/Legacy Recordings will issue Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection, collecting the trailblazing blues guitarist s most scintillating studio and live works. This collection includes the group’s original four studio albums, five electrifying live releases (including the commercial debut of A Legend In The Making Live At The El Mocambo, a rare Canadian radio promo album) and a double-disc set of killer studio outtakes from throughout Stevie Ray Vaughan s incredible career, including recordings from previous reissues, box sets and posthumous compilations…’ (Publishers description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageShort movie / by Laura Marling.
“Fifth studio album by the British folk singer/songwriter. Debuting at #7 in the UK Albums Chart, the album features band new tracks including ‘Don’t Let Me Bring You Down’, ‘Divine’ and ‘False Hope’. BBC Review: Moving toward a much bigger and electric feel from her previous albums, Short Movie is the fifth album from BRIT Award winning Laura Marling. In the space of only seven years since her debut, Laura has been a constant presence in end of year lists and award nominations and has already been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize three times…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageThe Jimi Hendrix Experience.
“The power and vision of Jimi Hendrix is restored anew with a new edition of the acclaimed box set The Jimi Hendrix Experience. First released in 2000, The Jimi Hendrix Experience presents previously unreleased concert and studio recordings which span the visionary guitarist’s remarkable four year career from 1966-1970. This unique four CD box set concentrates on unreleased or commercially unavailable music.
Alternate versions of classics like “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady” and “Little Wing” mix with stunning, unheard Hendrix music such as “It’s Too Bad” and “Country Blues.” Also included are 4 new songs including a live performance of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.” These 60 recordings – presented in chronological order–trace the meteoric ascent of the greatest guitarist of all time. The box set also includes 80 page color booklet filled with rare photos and detailed track notes…” (Publishers description from Amazon.co.uk)


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