30 Aug Newsletter 30/08/19 ft: Lana Del Rey | Bon Iver | Ezra Furman | Oasis
New releases & pre-orders available online now!
Things are hotting up in new release land; this week we have almost twice as many for you as the last few so this certainly isn’t a comprehensive list. Click the covers above to see everything!
Lana Del Rey’s back with her 6th album, “Norman Fucking Rockwell!“, including the preceding singles “Mariners Apartment Complex”, “Venice Bitch”, “Hope Is A Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have – But I Have It” and a cover of Sublime’s “Doin’ Time”. Since her debut, Del Rey has been credited as popularizing the sadcore genre for mainstream audiences and has been credited as an influence by a number of artists including Billie Eilish.
Interestingly, in 2015, James Franco announced he would be releasing a book about Del Rey titled Flip-Side. Composed of “real and fictional conversations”, the book was slated for February 2016 but never saw the light of day. For the cover of Franco’s book Straight James (2016), he is seen with a Del Rey’s face tattooed on his neck while he is imitating a pose from one of her earlier magazine spreads – clearly a bit of a fan.
On limited edition double translucent blue vinyl, standard double black vinyl, CD and cassette.
Bon Iver return with their 4th album “i, i“, including guest performances from Buddy Ross, Francis Starlite, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus with Bryce Dessner, James Blake, Aaron Dessner, Bruce Hornsby, and Velvet Negroni.
The album was recorded “over a long time at April Base in Wisconsin” and finished at Sonic Ranch in Texas. The title, lead singer Justin Vernon adds, “can mean whatever it means to you or me. It can mean deciphering and bolstering one’s identity. It can be how important the self is and how unimportant the self is, how we’re all connected.”
“Wallop” is the 8th album from New York City’s !!! (apparently pronounced Chk Chk Chk) recorded over the past year in lead singer Nic Offer’s Brooklyn apartment. The band picks up where 2017’s “Shake The Shudder” left off, further exploring the fringes of dance music with a focused edge, a care-free spirit, and their signature knack for big hooks, leading to new creative highs in a career filled with them. “Our process was to get loose and get into uncharted territory,” says Offer. Available on limited indies-only edition green and pink vinyl as well as standard black vinyl and CD.
“This is our punk record,” says Ezra Furman describing “Twelve Nudes“, the follow-up to 2018’s “Transangelic Exodus”. “We made it in Oakland, quickly. We drank and smoked. Then we made the loud parts louder. I hurt my voice screaming. This was back in 2018, when things were bad in the world. The songs are naked with nothing to hide.” Between “Transangelic Exodus” and “Twelve Nudes”, Ezra had a book published on Lou Reed’s legendary 1972 album “Transformer” and Furman scored the soundtrack to Netflix’s acclaimed comedy Sex Education (it aired in January 2019), which showcased the tender side of his songwriting. Released through Bella Union, on yellow vinyl.
It’s finally here! That 13 year hiatus was certainly worth the wait as Tool deliver what might be their best work yet in “Fear Inoculum“. Limited edition tri-fold soft pack video brochure featuring: CD, 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, 30+ page booklet & MP3 download card. Vinyl and other standard formats will follow soon apparently.
“Hotel Last Resort” is the 10th album from Milwaukee’s Violent Femmes and a contender for worst cover art of 2019, avert your eyes!
The Futureheads return with “Powers“, their 6th album and first for 7 years. The Sunderland post-punk band returned to their roots on recent single “Jekyll”, a biting, angular slice of guitar pop. Limited indies-only edition on magenta vinyl as well as standard vinyl and CD.
Further new releases:
The classic first Oasis album “Definitely Maybe” is reissued for its 25th anniversary on limited edition double silver vinyl.
“Riceboy Sleeps“, the debut studio album by Jónsi (Sigur Rós vocalist) & his partner Alex Somers, it was originally released in 2009. To mark the 10th anniversary this limited 3LP includes the remastered original album plus the 33 minute All Animals EP.
Whitney return with their second album “Forever Turned Around” on Secretly Canadian. Limited indies only edition on ‘forest brown’ vinyl.
Curses with excellent new cold-wave mini LP “Carcassonne“.
Iggy Azalea with long awaited second album “In My Defense“.
“Devour“, the 4th album from Margaret Chardiet’s project Pharmakon on Sacred Bones.
Rapper Common with new album “Let Love“.
Lots of reissues, represses and old classics on vinyl for the first time:
Four Crass albums reissued on vinyl – “Christ The Album”, “Penis Envy”, “Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day” and “Yes Sir, I Will“.
The two Rodriguez LPs “Cold Fact” and “Coming From Reality” back on vinyl.
Strut Records classic NY leftfield disco compilation “Disco Not Disco” makes a welcome return.
First time on vinyl for the 1993 live performance by Nirvana “Live And Loud“.
We have a vinyl issue of the 2001 North American compilation “iBest Of Morrissey!“, containing 21 songs from his solo career across two LPS.
Gregory Isaacs‘ reggae classic “Night Nurse” returns on vinyl too.
Plus plenty more…
Pre-order action this week from:
Thom Yorke, Flea, & Wynton Marsalis all appearing on this Yorke penned track from the Motherless Brooklyn OST “Daily Battles“.
Classic live performance from David Bowie for “VH1 Storytellers“.
Lost treasure “Blue World” from jazz legend John Coltrane.
“London Calling“, the classic album from The Clash, reissued for its 40th anniversary.
Plus plenty more!
And that’s your lot. As always, thanks for reading, see you next month.