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Releases for 20 July 2018
We kick off our recommendations for 20 & 27 July with the news that Ty Segall & White Fence are become one again, regrooving what we once called Hair into what is now Joy. Rock is dead, according to them, so experience the commencement of on-beyond rock: music made with old tools but emitted from a fresh new single-celled organism. Trojan Records, launched in 1968, was instrumental in introducing reggae to the world at large, with illustrious performers as Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, Bob & Marcia, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers, and many, many more. To celebrate 50 years since the label’s founding, they have put together a super-deluxe multi-format box set, which reflects the amazing diversity of the label’s output. While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld’s Rick Smith arranged to meet Iggy Pop, whose music had also been central to the first Trainspotting film two decades earlier, in a room at the Savoy Hotel to discuss working on collaborative music for the film. On arrival, Iggy found a full studio set-up, and from that cheeky moment Teatime Dub Encounters was born. Punch Brothers deliver a concept album, All Ashore, that blends many of Americana’s best sounds into a sonic stew worth every delicious bite while being a meditation on committed relationships in the present day. This week’s touch of the heavy comes from Halestorm in the form of their fourth album, Vicious, which builds and improves on the previous three, being at the same time heavy-as-you-like and, crucially, full of honest-to-goodness tunes.
Our album of the week comes from Israel Nash, whose latest, Lifted, is as close to heaven as music can take you. Suffused with summer sunshine and bursting with optimism in the face of global fear and loathing, Lifted is – as its title implies – a much-needed antidote to all that Trumpery and Mayhem from a man whose long hair and beard, location in a remote part of Texas and penchant for dressing all in white give him the air of a cult leader.
Israel Nash’s latest, Lifted, is like listening to cosmic Americana while being baked in a heatwave, and gets as close to heaven as music can take you. Suffused with summer sunshine and bursting with optimism in the face of global fear and loathing, Lifted is – as its title implies – a much-needed antidote to all that Trumpery and Mayhem from a man whose long hair and beard, location in a remote part of Texas and penchant for dressing all in white give him the air of a cult leader.
Note: this album will be released on 27 July.
- Israel Nash Lifted CD £11.99 / LP £18.99
For the first time in seven years Ty Segall & White Fence are become one again, regrooving what we once called Hair into what is now Joy. Hair grew out of a simpler time, man! If, as the dyphrenic duo indeed affirm on Joy, rock in 2018 is dead, don’t come around here looking for no burial. Instead, find Joy caught up in the commencement of on-beyond rock: music made with old tools but emitted from a fresh new single-celled organism.
- Ty Segall & White Fence Joy CD £13.99 / LP £21.99
It’s 50 years since Trojan Records launched in the summer of 1968. The label was instrumental in introducing reggae to the world at large. By the mid-Seventies, the label had enjoyed over 30 significant mainstream chart hits by such illustrious performers as Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, Bob & Marcia, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Dave & Ansel Collins, The Pioneers, and many, many more. Alongside these major successes, Trojan showcased the work of literally hundreds of Jamaican musicians, from artists whose careers remain shrouded in mystery to future international recording stars.
The Trojan Records Boxset presents, on an array of vinyl and CDs, all the major UK hits, numerous Jamaican best-sellers, hundreds of rarities that see issue for the first time in decades, and two brand-new recordings from the new record label, Trojan Reloaded. In addition, the set includes an array of essential items, including a stunning book on Trojan album sleeve artwork and a variety of stylish accessories. The handsomely designed set comprises:
Two 3-CD collections, featuring over 130 tracks with 69 making their digital debut
4 vinyl LPs, showcasing the hits, rarities and rare ‘commercial reggae’ tracks
Two 7" singles, highlighting previously unreleased and brand new recordings
A book featuring essays and full-scale reproductions of 50 of the most iconic Trojan album sleeves from the past 50 years
High-quality Trojan slipmat
Stunning A2 poster
Stylish Trojan patch
Wooden Trojan 7" single adapter
- Various Artists The Trojan Records Boxset 6-CD + 4-LP box set £94.99
While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld’s Rick Smith arranged a meeting with Iggy Pop in a room at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand to discuss working on collaborative music for the film. Their respective tracks ‘Lust For Life’ and ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ had perfectly bookended the first Trainspotting film two decades before.
On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking. According to Rick Smith: “Iggy was staying at The Savoy and graciously said ‘yeah you know we we can meet and talk about something’ because we both felt a strong connection to Trainspotting and to Danny. I turned up thinking I’ve got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together. So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.” As Iggy says: “When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently and a microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don’t want to be the wimp that goes ‘uh uhhh’, so my mind was racing.”
Teatime Dub Encounters is the result of those clandestine hotel room recording sessions.
Note: this album will be released on 27 July.
- Underworld & Iggy Pop Teatime Dub Encounters CD £11.99 / LP £19.99
Punch Brothers deliver a concept album that blends many of Americana’s best sounds into a sonic stew worth every delicious bite. Chris Thile, the band’s mandolinist and lead singer, has called All Ashore “a meditation on committed relationships in the present day.” It’s a generally soft, thoughtful nine-song set, and the album’s wide variety suggests Thile’s stylistic skills know no boundaries.
Note: the LP will be released on 7 September.
- Punch Brothers All Ashore CD £13.99 / LP £19.99
Halestorm’s fourth album, Vicious, builds and improves on their previous three releases, being at the same time heavy-as-you-like and, crucially, full of honest-to-goodness tunes.
Note: this album will be released on 27 July.
- Halestorm Vicious CD £11.99 / LP £17.99
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Releases for 13 July 2018
We lead off 13 July’s new releases with
Back Roads And Abandoned Motels, on which The Jayhawks play their own versions of songs written by front man Gary Louris with and for other artists, including Dixie Chicks, Scott Thomas, Carrie Rodriguez and more. PBS’s Sessions At West 54th brought the hottest and hippest acts to New York to perform live in front of a studio audience. One of the first was Ben Folds Five, and the recording of that 1997 session is the first live release from the ‘vintage’ years of the trio. From The Vault – San Jose ’99 is the latest in a long line of classic live Rollings Stones shows, and captures a stand-out show in a smaller venue, with the band on searing form on songs from the mid-sixties right up to Bridges To Babylon. Over the span of not much more than a year, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth has taken his listeners from a decidedly funereal self-titled break-up album to the celebratory Lamp Lit Prose, which focuses on new beginnings. By any measure, Bury Tomorrow are among modern British metal’s upper echelon. They have achieved this not by following trends or jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon but by sharpening their own brand of punishing yet melodic heaviness and by sheer force of character.
Our release of the week comes from the fabulous Cowboy Junkies, who once again gently shake the listener awake with All That Reckoning, the band’s most powerful album yet. While the music is characteristically easy to listen to, the songs are visceral, a juxtaposition of gentleness with rock that can be jarring.
Cowboy Junkies once again gently shake the listener awake. Whether commenting on the fragile state of the world or on personal relationships, their new album, All That Reckoning, encourages the listener to take notice. It might also be the most powerful album Cowboy Junkies have yet recorded. While the music is characteristically easy to listen to, the songs on All That Reckoning are visceral. In true Junkies fashion, the gentleness is juxtaposed with rock that can be jarring.
- Cowboy Junkies All That Reckoning CD £11.99 / LP £19.99
Back Roads And Abandoned Motels contains The Jayhawks’ own versions of songs originally written by front man Gary Louris with and for other artists, including ‘Come Cryin’ to Me’ (originally released on Natalie Maines’ Mother in 2013); ‘Everybody Knows’ and ‘Bitter End’ (released on Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way in 2006); ‘Gonna Be a Darkness’ (written and performed by Louris and Jakob Dylan for the soundtrack of the HBO series True Blood in 2011); ‘Need You Tonight’ (originally released on Scott Thomas’ Matson Tweed in 2015); ‘El Dorado’ (originally released on Carrie Rodriguez’ She Ain’t Me in 2008); ‘Bird Never Flies’ (originally released on Ari Hest’s The Break-In in 2007); ‘Backwards Women’ (written with Wild Feathers but never recorded) and ‘Long Time Ago’ (written with Emerson Hart of Tonic but never recorded). In addition the album premieres two brand-new songs.
- The Jayhawks Back Roads And Abandoned Motels CD £11.99 / LP £19.99
In 1997, American broadcaster PBS began airing Sessions at West 54th, a programme that brought the hottest and hippest acts to New York to perform live in front of a studio audience. And one of the first acts asked to appear was Ben Folds Five. This was a very big deal to the leader of the band. “I viewed it as an equal to a classic BBC live music television show,” says Ben Folds. “I walked into it thinking, ‘This is the one I leave behind,’ because it felt like some kind of a time capsule gig.” This release represents the first live album to be released in either format from the ‘vintage’ years of the trio (Folds, drummer Darren Jessee and bassist Robert Sledge).
Note: The vinyl version is available in a gatefold blue-vinyl double LP limited to 1000 copies!
- Ben Folds Five The Complete Sessions At West 54th CD £15.99 / Limited 2-LP £34.99
From The Vault – No Security, San Jose ’99 is the latest in a long line of classic live Rollings Stones shows. This release captures a stand-out show, with the band on searing form during the closing leg of their ‘No Security’ tour, so-called because it featured he Stones in smaller venues than normal.
The band treated the crowd to an up-close and personal experience, with a set list spanning from the mid-sixties hit singles to the Bridges To Babylon album, including a bluesy, dramatic version of ‘Midnight Rambler’, a dark and swaggering ‘Out of Control’, and ‘Some Girls’ and ‘Saint of Me’, both rarely performed live. The show was an electrifying, anthem-packed, cross-generational hot ticket, concluding yet another chapter from the band that wrote the book on rock’n’roll.
- The Rolling Stones From The Vault – No Security, San Jose ’99 2-CD + DVD £19.99 / 3-LP box set £29.99
Over the span of two albums in not much more than a year, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth has taken his listeners to the musical equivalent of church. Last year’s self-titled break-up LP was decidedly funereal, while the new Lamp Lit Prose takes on the celebratory tone of a resurrection (if not of life, at least of love and a chance for new beginnings).
- Dirty Projectors Lamp Lit Prose CD £10.99 / LP £21.99
By whatever measure you care to use, Bury Tomorrow are among modern British metal’s upper echelon. Long since established as one of the UK’s most successful heavy exports, the Hampshire quintet have already scored two top 40 UK albums. That they have achieved all of this, and much more besides, not by following trends or jumping from bandwagon to bandwagon but by sharpening to a diamond-cut point their brand of punishing yet effortlessly melodic heaviness speaks of a character that few bands of any genre could hope to match.
- Bury Tomorrow Black Flame CD £11.99 / LP £18.99
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