311 "Voyager" LP (BMG)
The kings of pop reggae are back with their thirteenth studio album 'Voyager.' Fans are describing it as being both a blend of new sounds and familiar grooves.
Cuco "Para Mi" LP (Cuco LLC/Interscope)
'Para Mi' is Cuco's first full body of work, following a successful North American tour with venues being sold out, second dates added, and venues being upgraded. Over 30K tickets sold during his first leg.
David Wax Museum "Line of Light" LP (Nine Mile)
The duo of David Wax and Suz Slezak, better known as David Wax Museum, return for their first full-length album in 4 years with 'Line Of Light.'
The record was produced by Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, who takes the band's folk-pop underpinnings and outfits them with serious sonic force. It's a natural progression from 2014's album 'Guesthouse,' and matches the maturation of Wax's lyrical subject matter as well.
Flying Luttenbachers, The "Shattered Dimension" 2xLP (God)
During The Flying Luttenbachers' prolific initial 1991 to 2007 sprint, the ever-morphing ensemble explored and challenged the parameters of aggression, dissonance, freedom, hyper-structure, and speed across many idioms ranging from hyperactive free jazz/improvisation, blistering no wave/extreme metal noise infused rock, and ambitiously composed brutal prog. 'Shattered Dimension,' their first since 2007, was recorded one afternoon in November 2018 at Seizures Palace (better known as Martin Bisi's legendary B.C. Studios to some) with engineer Jason LaFarge.
Future Islands "In Evening Air" [Color Vinyl] LP (Thrill Jockey)
'In Evening Air' marks the first full-length release from Future Islands since moving to Baltimore, and also their first full-length release as a focused three piece. However, there's no lack of spirit in this paring down. More so, there's a greater intensity and eye to detail than we have yet witnessed from the group.
Guided By Voices "Heavy Like the World" 7" (GBV Inc)
"Heavy Like The World" is the subliminally seductive single from the forthcoming Guided By Voices album 'Sweating The Plague.' "Silent Army" is a non-LP b-side. Guided By Voices is an unlikely candidate for the most perfect rock band of all time, while at the same time being a thoughtful reflection on what a rock band is: a fantasy that becomes a fact.
Gunderson, Noah "Lover" CD (Cooking Vinyl)
Highly acclaimed Seattle singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen's latest album is now available on CD. He keeps doing what he does best: writing personal, cathartic indie folk tunes that are guaranteed to get you in your feels.
Hold Steady, The "Thrashing through the Passion" LP (Frenchkiss)
Brooklyn indie rockers The Hold Steady are back with their first original full-length release in 5 years. Pitchfork is calling it "as rousing and joyous as their best efforts".
Jay Som "Anak Ko" [180 g Color Vinyl w/ Download] LP/CD/CS (Polyvinyl)
Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som, is a San Francisco singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Her second full-length album, the anticipated follow-up to her "Best of 2017" debut, is being released on vinyl, CD and cassette through Polyvinyl Records. For fans of Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, and Soccer Mommy.
Joyero "Release the Dogs" LP CD (Merge Records)
Andy Stack has rightfully earned a reputation as a generous collaborator and musical polymath, both as half of the beloved duo Wye Oak and on the road and in the studio with Lambchop, Helado Negro, and EL VY. With his debut solo record as Joyero, Andy puts his own voice front and center. Written and recorded primarily in Marfa, Texas, during a transitional moment between records, cities, and relationships, 'Release the Dogs' occupies its own liminal space between the natural and the man-made, between the structures we create to keep ourselves safe and the terrifying enormity that exists beyond them.
Lala Lala "Sleepyhead" CD (Hardly Art)
Originally released in October 2016 as a long-since sold-out self-released cassette, Hardly Art is proud to announce that Sleepyhead, the debut full-length from celebrated Chicago band Lala Lala, is now available again. Recorded in a basement over the course of five days during a typically-inhospitable Midwestern winter, 'Sleepyhead' is an auspicious - if, at the time, criminally overlooked - debut effort from the young songwriter Lillie West and her then-lineup of supporting players (Abby Black on drums and Karl Bernasconi on bass).
Lay, Shannon "August" CD (Sub Pop)
Los Angeles based folk pop artist Shannon Lay's debut on Sub Pop is out on CD just in time for the end of August. Her new album is as fiery as her signature orange hair, and has already been included in "Best of" lists by NPR and Metacritic.
"Wonderful Rainbow" [Color Vinyl] LP (Thrill Jockey)
Reissue. Legendary band Lightning Bolt's 'Wonderful Rainbow' is one of the most quintessential albums to come from the underground in the last 20 years. Included in lists like Pitchfork's '200 top albums of the 2000s' and the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Lightning Bolt's seminal record solidified their place as pillars of the underground community. 'Wonderful Rainbow' saw the duo of Brian Chippendale (drums/vocals) and Brian Gibson (bass) being compared to the likes of Slayer, Ornette Coleman, and early Boredoms, and captured the bristling, immeasurable energy of their mythical live shows, which continue to astonish audiences today.
Massive Attack "Mezzanine" [2xCD Deluxe Edition] (Virgin)
This iconic electronic album is being reissued once again, this time with extras. The first CD contains the original track listing while the second contains new remixes by dub artist Mad Professor.
Mountain Goats "Welcome to Passaic" 7" (Merge)
With the Mountain Goats latest opus 'In League With Dragons' hitting shelves this past spring, John Darnielle & Co are showing no signs of slowing down. Their latest release, though, is a 7-inch with one 'Dragons' cut & one new song to fire fans up as they continue to play to sold out crowds through the U.S this fall. The A-side features the track "Passaic, 1975", a gauzy country-folk-pop gem about Birmingham's native son, Ozzy Osbourne, playing the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey in 1975. The B-side features the official release of the long-talked about (but never before-heard) Mountain Goats tune "Get High and Listen to the Cure" (guess what that song is about).
My Chemical Romance "The Black Parade Is Dead!" LP (Reprise)
2008 live release. 'The Black Parade Is Dead!' Is MCR's final performance as their onstage characters, the Black Parade. The Black Parade centers around a dying character called The Patient, who reflects on events in his life while he is confronted by Death in the form of his fondest memory, that of his father bringing him to see a marching band. This is based on frontman Gerard Way's belief that death comes to a person in the form of their fondest memory.
Pollard, Robert & Doug Gillard "Speak Kindly Of Your Volunteer Fire Department" LP (GBV Inc)
Reissue of the first album of Robert Pollard's fruitful collaboration with long-time guitarist Doug Gillard (later to be known as Lifeguards). Gillard recorded all the instruments on Tascam 4-track cassette in Cleveland, then sent them via US Postal Service to Pollard who added vocals in a studio in Dayton. Eleven Pollard compositions followed, along with four songs which Pollard wrote and recorded melodies over Gillard-penned instrumentals, starting an unusual songwriting process that Pollard pursued for several years with various long-distance collaborators.
Pollard, Robert "Kid Marine" LP (GBV Inc)
'Kid Marine,' the first-ever release of the Fading Captain Series and Robert Pollard's third solo album, features "Far-Out Crops," "Submarine Teams," and the sublime "White Gloves Come Off." Pollard handles all guitar and keyboard duties as well as vocals, joined by GBV's Greg Demos (bass) and Tobin Sprout (piano) and The Breeders' Jim MacPherson (drums), soon to join GBV for 'Do The Collapse.'
Purple Pilgrims "Perfumed Earth" [Lilac vinyl] LP (Flying Nun)
The critically acclaimed New Zealand dream pop group have released their second full length album via Flying Nun records. Limited edition lilac vinyl available now.
Queen Of Jeans "If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid" LP (TopShelf)
New album marks a decided turn to more tightly-knit songwriting that emphasizes Queen of Jeans's most alluring strengths. Vocals shine through as the sun through clouds, drenching twangy, western-reminiscent guitar in evocative light, illuminating the album's vast and serene crockpot soundscapes. 'If you're not afraid, I'm not afraid' is an impactful collection of songs that stand for something real; Queen of Jeans' invitation to the listener to embrace their own stories, no matter how scary it may seem.
Rose Dorn "Days You Were Leaving" LP (Bar/None)
The full-length debut via Bar None records from Los Angeles based fuzz pop trio.
Seratones "Power" [Color Vinyl] LP/CD (New West Records)
Seratones' aptly named sophomore release 'Power' is described by poet and author Hannif Abdurraquib as "a glorious, swelling album, [a] sonic monument, and precise lyrical tapestry." AJ Haynes bends her gloriously malleable voice seamlessly around the temples of rock, soul and funk. All of them, unfurling in waves of keys, staccato percussion and wailing curves of guitar.
Swift, Taylor "Lover" CD (Republic)
Swifties rejoice: T-Swift's latest album is now available on CD. Her latest album contains features from country queens the Dixie Chicks as well as Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco.
Swirlies "Brokedick Car" 7" (Taang)
Reissue of a 1993 single.
Tropical Fuck Storm "Braindrops" [Color Vinyl] LP/CD (Joyful Noise)
Austrailian psych punks Tropical Fuck Storm are back with a second album that's as wild as their name. Limited Edition, Numbered, Yellow and Blue Split with Pink and Green Splatter vinyl. For fans of Protomartyr and Preoccupations.
Tullgren, Lina "Free Cell" CD (Captured Tracks)
Mainly recorded and produced at Brooklyn's Figure 8 Studios, with Ty Ueda later assisting on final tracking at his Mount Misery studio, Lina Tullgren's 'Free Cell' is masterfully confident. Some rock elements like nonlinear song structures and syncopated rhythms bleed over from the debut album Won era on tracks like "110717," but the album offers a wider musical palette than it's predecessor, with lush arrangements utilizing strings, brass and sculpted synths throughout.