11/03/22 New Releases at Mills Record Company
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New solo album from Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers (his first in 5 years), featuring songs written by lauded folk singer Greg Brown, whose songs have also been performed and recorded by Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more.
For those who may need reminding, Greg Brown is the ultimate songwriter's songwriter. Over a forty-plus-year career, he's occupied the same rarefied air as Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine - a keen-eyed poet and diarist of the human condition. And he's done it mostly on his own. “This is a man who put forty records out because he had to,” Avett says. “He made his own record label. He played the coffee shops, the bars, the little theaters. He built it. He's a world-class artist who did it all under the radar, which is just mind-blowing to me.”
As Avett's new solo record makes clear, this collection is an expression of admiration and gratitude for one of his heroes. But it's also a reflection of his own artistry and ability as an interpreter. Though Brown's songs have been a part of his listening diet for decades, Avett gained a more profound appreciation once he put his own voice behind them.
“I see him as a master songwriter,” he continues. “I don't think all of this work is indicative of his narrative. There is an autobiography through his forty records, but he is speaking for us. Like all the great authors and poets speak for us. He is in those records fully, but there's a lot more in them than just him.”
And with Seth Avett Sings Greg Brown, he hopes that universal chord will resonate with listeners who are unfamiliar with Brown. “With this record, I just hope they get an introduction,” Avett says. “And for anyone who can enjoy it, I hope it's a bridge into a place that otherwise perhaps they wouldn't have walked into.”
For Avett, that bridge is one that he's certain he'll be crossing for years to come. “I was listening to his One Night live record recently, and I was making discoveries left and right. It's never-ending. I haven't discovered Greg Brown. I am in the process of discovering him. And this record is just a single point in something that is ongoing. It's not an event that happened. It is happening.”
Prince’s first compilation ever, The Hits 1 was released as a stand-alone album and as part of a three-CD set, The Hits/The B-Sides on September 10, 1993. Back on vinyl on 2 black vinyl LPs for the first time in decades, The Hits 1 contains 16 of Prince’s best-known singles released between 1978 and 1993 including “When Doves Cry,” “1999,” “Diamonds And Pearls,” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” along with two then-previously unreleased tracks: “Pink Cashmere” and Prince’s own rendition of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which he had originally written for his protégé act The Family and had recently become a global hit as performed by Sinead O’Connor.
Back on vinyl for the first time in decades! Originally released in conjunction with The Hits 1 in 1993, and made available as both a stand-alone release and as part of the three-disc box set, The Hits/The B-Sides, The Hits 2 contains 18 tracks across two black vinyl LPs, including some of Prince’s most provocative singles from the first half of his career, including “Head,” “Dirty Mind,” and “Gett Off” along with huge hits like “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “Raspberry Beret,” and “Little Red Corvette.” In addition to the 16 popular singles from his first 15 years as a recording artist, The Hits 2 also included the then-previously unreleased tracks “Peach” and “Pope.”
Palomino is the highly anticipated new album from First Aid Kit, the critically acclaimed Swedish folk duo consisting of singer-songwriters, and sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. The first track from the album, “Angel,” was released prior to the album being announced. The announcement of Palomino and the album’s street date, also included news of the new single, “Out Of My Head.”
Palomino is the groups 5th studio album.
Stranger Things: Soundtrack from the Netflix Series, Season 4 includes essential music tracks evoking various classic eras and styles as featured in "Stranger Things 4." The trailer notably features the explosive Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix of Journey's "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" which opens the soundtrack while a new Steve Perry & Bryce Miller Extended Remix of "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" closes the album with hit after hit rounding out the tracklist. From KISS’ “Detroit Rock City” soundtracking an intense game of D&D to Argyle’s arrival music, “Pass The Dutchie” by Musical Youth, to Kate Bush’s defining track of the season “Running Up The Hill (A Deal With God)” the music featured on Season 4’s soundtrack is perfectly woven into show moments to remember. The soundtrack album is conceptualized and produced by The Duffer Brothers and Nora Felder. 2-LP version comes in a gatefold package with a 12” x 12” insert.
Following the worldwide success of Steve Lacy’s critically acclaimed album Gemini Rights, this collection is now available on vinyl beginning 11/4/2022. The album features Steve’s chart topping global hit, Bad Habit.
Steve Lacy is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and musician who was born and raised in Compton, California. Steve was introduced to the music industry initially in 2015 as a member (guitarist) of R&B group, The Internet. His previous solo work includes his debut EP, Steve Lacy’s Demo (Feb 2017), his debut album, Apollo XXI (May 2019), and The Lo-Fis (December 2020). Steve has production, writing and feature credits with artists like Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Tyler, Mac Miller, The Internet, Thundercat, GoldLink, Solange, YG, Vampire Weekend, and Kali Uchis to name a few.
At long last, the classic Steely Dan catalog is back on vinyl. Led by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released 7 albums from 1972-1980. The vinyl series kicks off with Can’t Buy a Thrill (celebrating its 50th-anniversary) which features the band’s breakthrough hits, “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” and the recently viral, “Dirty Work.” 180-gram LP.
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The Menzingers created a rousing sound featuring crashing power chords, rock steady drumming and anthemic sing-along choruses alongside powerfully poetic everyman lyrics. On The Impossible Past was recorded at Atlas Studios in Chicago with longtime collaborators Matt Allison (Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms) and Justin Yates. While the record retains all the raucous spirit of the band’s earlier efforts sonically, it’s a monumental step forward. “I think that ‘Gates’ is one of the most mature songs on the album,” guitarist/vocalist Tom May explains, referencing the tender rock song sung by Barnett that truly transcends genres. “I hope it surprises people because it’s not a straight-forward punk song with gang vocals or anything like that but it still definitely sounds like us.”
The band will embark on a 28 date US headlining tour where they will play their breakout album On the Impossible Past from front to back. The 10 year anniversary includes reworked artwork in a gatefold jacket, an 8 page booklet, and their acoustic album tracks previously only released as On the Possible Past.
Today, rap legend Eminem announces his second greatest hits collection, Curtain Call 2, set to be released in 2022 via Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records. The news comes on the heels of the just released "From the D 2 the LBC," an epic new single featuring fellow icon Snoop Dogg. The song - and it's accompanying James Larese-directed video -- made its global premiere on June 2022 at Ape Fest, the Bored Ape NFT event at NFT.NYC.
The song is the lead single from Curtain Call 2, a hits collection comprised of the inimitable Detroit MC's creative output since the 2005 release of Curtain Call: The Hits. Curtain Call 2 will include music from all Eminem projects from Relapse forward, including side-projects, guest appearances, film soundtrack songs, and of course selections from his solo albums.
Eminem - Curtain Call 2
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Esteemed hip-hop artist Vince Staples follows up his intimate self-titled album with RAMONA PARK BROKE MY HEART. “There’s a direct correlation,” Staples says of the two records. “They were kind of created at the same time. I was in a similar state of mind. This album will make even more sense if you heard the previous one, but this one has more answers.” Long Beach’s Ramona Park neighborhood is dear to Vince’s heart. “It’s symbolic of home,” he says of why he dedicated the album to it.
‘Blemish’ was David Sylvian’s first solo album to be released on his own Samadhisound label following his departure from Virgin Records in 2003. This is the first official release on 180-gram vinyl. The LP contains the bonus track “Trauma,” which was not featured on the CD release.
The announcement of Irish singer/songwriter Dermot Kennedy's sophomore album ‘Sonder’ has been anticipated by fans and critics alike since the global success of his million-selling #1 debut album ‘Without Fear.’ The title ‘Sonder’ defined as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own," is reflected in a body of work that will have fans enthralled from start to finish. Indie Exclusive Black LP with alternate cover art.
070 Shake’s second studio album, You Can’t Kill Me, is her most coherent and comprehensive body of work to date. An all-encompassing aural experience, the album reads like an ethereal and haunting soundtrack to a film. At its core, the project grapples with immateriality of self, formlessness, internal tension, the multiplicity of the ego, and one’s ability to transform themselves and continually remold their core, among other things.