Music Releases 01-27-23
War Poems, We Rested [Yellow LP]
Vinyl: $29.15 Buy
"Kelley Deal met Mike Montgomery at Candyland, his Dayton, KY Studio, where she was recording a contribution for a Guided by Voices tribute album. It was the beginning of the friendship that would become R. Ring. Shortly after their work together at Candyland, Montgomery was asked to open a show for a band he was recording, and not wanting to play solo, recruited Deal to join him on stage. That show ended up sparking an LP, splits with Protomartyr, Vacation and Quailbones, and many more live shows.
Now Reunited at Candyland for their second LP, titled War Poems, We Rested, R. Ring is expanding on their creative process. For this release many of the songs were written with the support of drummer Laura King (Bat Fangs, Mac McCaughan, Speed Stick), allowing the group to explore fuller arrangements from the start. On their previous release, 2017's Ignite the Rest, Deal and Montgomery had written with the consideration that they would eventually play the songs as a duo. Now, at a time when playing live is no longer a given, the band is freeing themselves up to create without those constraints.
The result is a record that's equal parts driving and haunting, with noisy soundscapes bubbling over across tight and aggressive drumming. The ominous vocals and glockenspiel of opener ""Still Life"" hover above to the rhythm section, bringing the record in with a gothic shuffle."
Nathan Hanson & Chris Bates
CD: $14.06 Buy
Every Acre [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Vinyl: $21.11 Buy
Vinyl: $19.09 Buy
Winspear Volume 01 is a label sampler from Winspear. It's a collection of standout songs from the label's catalog, spanning from their early years to the present day. Featuring tracks by Barrie, Divino Nińo, Slow Pulp, Video Age, and more. The digital version of the label sampler (including the digital download that comes with each physical album purchase), will include never before heard demos, b-sides, and rarities from across the label roster. The release of the sampler will be celebrated at a label showcase at Thalia Hall in Chicago. The event, Winspear Review, is happening for the 4th time in the label's history.
Luv 4 Rent is the third studio album by Smino. The album includes guest appearances from J. Cole, Doechii, Fatman Scoop, Cruza, Lucky Daye, Phoelix, Cory Henry, Ravyn Lenae, Lil Uzi Vert and Reggie.
CD: $16.08 Buy
TOMORROW X TOGETHER
The Name Chapter: TEMPTATION [Daydream]
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - The Name Chapter: TEMPTATION (Daydream)
Stephen Sondheim, Sara Bareilles, Into The Woods 2022 Broadway Cast
Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording)
Curtis / Live! [SYEOR 23 Exclusive 2LP]
Vinyl: $35.19 Buy
Recorded at the famed Greenwich Village institution The Bitter End nightclub in NYC,Live!is Curtis Mayfield’s first ever live album. Released on his own Curtom imprint in the Spring of 1971, the record follows Curtis’ departure from his 60’s soul group--and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees--The Impressions. This new 2LP burgundy colored vinyl release features 16 tracks from across the prolific singer/songwriter’s repertoire, including hits by his music group, early solo works and popular compositions he wrote for others.
Curtis [SYEOR 23 Exclusive Light Blue LP]
Vinyl: $25.13 Buy
Acclaimed self-titled debut by legendary soul man and titan of R&B, Curtis Mayfield. Written and produced by Mayfield for his own label Curtom Records, this chart-topping album releases in a new limited edition light blue LP and features some of his timeless classics like “Move On Up”, "If a There's A Hell Below…" and “The Makings Of You.”
Vinyl: $33.19 Buy
For many months of 2021-22 acclaimed musician Lil Yachty poured himself into a full band experience in the studio day and night with stints ranging from El Paso to Brooklyn. A deep, introspective and expansive Psychedelic Alternative album ‘Let’s Start Here’ came to life. His longtime love of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and multiple psychedelic journeys influenced this ambitious and intimate album. The work will be enjoyed worldwide on January 27, 2023.
The Sounds Of Animals Fighting
CD: $16.09 PREORDER
the mockingbird & THE CROW [Black/white 2LP]
The Yussef Dayes Experience Live at Joshua Tree (Presented by Soulection) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Yussef Dayes releases the live 6-track performance recorded by him and his core of musicians in Joshua Tree, California . Made in collaboration with Soulection, the recording was made in the midst of the desert mountains, capturing a unique moment. The vinyl includes an extra track to the digital. You can hear the sun and the heat beating off the vinyl, and it prompts us to ask, “what is more spiritually uplifting than summer in Joshua Tree?” … The Yussef Dayes Experience is.
Vinyl: $24.12 Buy
MP3 Album: $9.99 Download
LIFECYCLES Volumes 1 & 2 : Now! and Forever More Honoring Bobby Hutcherson [LP]
LIFECYCLES Volumes 1 & 2 : Now! And Forever More Honoring Bobby Hutcherson - Brian Blade - Bobby Hutcherson (January 27, 1941 - August 15, 2016) has been an endless source of inspiration for Brian Blade and the LIFECYCLES band members. In honor of Bobby's memory, LIFECYCLES has chosen to record his NOW! Album in it's entirety, two songs from Bobby's collaborative history with Jackie McLean and Grachan Moncur III and five original compositions by this stunning septet. NOW! AND FOREVERMORE will be available on vinyl and digital formats through the label founded by Brian Blade, Stoner Hill Records and Press. Stoner Hill Records
Love In The Void [Opaque Hellfire LP]
Vinyl: $40.22 Buy
Tropicoso [Limited Edition Pink LP]
Vinyl: $22.11 Buy
Los Angeles based Afro-Latin funk band Jungle Fire's debut full-length album Tropicoso. With influences ranging from James Brown to Fela Kuti, Jungle Fire is a melting pot of Afro-Cuban rhythms, classic break-beats, tropical cumbia, and 70’s inspired West African funk, all layered with a uniquely Los Angeles grit. Jungle Fire has earned a reputation as a vibrant, passionate live band, known across LA for notoriously powerful concerts.