New Releases 7.30.2021

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JULY 30, 2021 RELEASES

New Releases (CDs / Vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Bleachers “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night” (new single: “Stop Making This Hurt”; See here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (RCA)
Blues Traveler “Traveler’s Blues” (a collection of re-imagined and recharged classics from the American blues songbook; producer: Matt Rollings; guests: Keb’ Mo’, Warren Haynes, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Rita Wilson, John Scofield, Wendy Moten; new singles: “Funky Bitch” and “Ball & Chain”; See here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music; On Tour) » BUY NOW (Round Hill Music)
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! (French post-hardcore band) “Gone Are the Good Days” (new single: “Gone Are the Good Days”; See here; Translucent Tiger’s Eye Vinyl, out Aug. 13; Download; Apple Music; Target) » BUY NOW (Fearless)
Billie Eilish “Happier Than Ever” (featuring “my future” and “Therefore I Am”; producer: FINNEAS; new single: “Your Power”; See here; Read here; Amazon-Exclusive CD Box Set, in a pink color variant, with a light blue scarf, printed Prime Day poster and a 20-page Amazon Prime Day Show Book; Vinyl; Amazon-Exclusive Green Vinyl; Target-Exclusive CD, with poster; Target-Exclusive Light Blue Vinyl, with poster; Walmart-Exclusive Pale Yellow Vinyl; Cassette; Download; Apple Music; Merch) » BUY NOW (Darkroom / Interscope)
Erasure “The Neon Remixed” (re-workings of their 2020 album from producers like Octo Octa, OMD’s Paul Humphreys, and Gareth Jones, along with a new song, “Secrets”; Hear here; Amber and Yellow Vinyl; Download; Apple Music; Merch) » BUY NOW (Mute)
Naia Izumi (winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2018) “A Residency in the Los Angeles Area” (singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalit and producer’s major label debut album; producer: Tony Berg; first single: “Voodoo”; See here; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Sony Masterworks)
Leela James “See Me” (producer: Rex Rideout, Jairus “JMo” Mozee; guest: Mumu Fresh; new single: “Put It On Me”; See here; Amazon UK; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (BMG Rights Management)
Durand Jones & The Indications “Private Space” (first single: “Witchoo”; See here; Vinyl; Download) » BUY NOW (Dead Oceans / Colemine)
Jim Lauderdale “Hope” (his 34th studio album; new single: “The Opportunity to Help Somebody Through It”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Yep Roc)
Los Lobos “Native Sons” (L.A.-themed covers album; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (New West)
LUMP (Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of Tunng) “Animal” (first single: “Animal”; See here; Download) » BUY NOW (Partisan / Chrysalis)
Parker McCollum “Gold Chain Cowboy” (his major-label, full-length debut; songs co-written with Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley, Randy Rogers, Rhett Akins, Wade Bowen, etc.; guest: Danielle Bradbery; See here; Read here; Download; Apple Music; On Tour) » BUY NOW (MCA Nashville)
NEEDTOBREATHE “Into the Mystery” (guests: Carrie Underwood, Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman, Natalie Hemby; new single: “I Wanna Remember”; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Download) » BUY NOW (Elektra)
Nobody’s Girl “Nobody’s Girl” (producer: Michael Ramos; Vinyl; Download) » BUY NOW (Lucky Hound)
Pageants “Sun and Settled Days” (first single: “It Might Be Crazy”; Hear here; Read here) » BUY NOW (Eye Dull)
Patrick Paige II (producer, multi-instrumentalist and The Internet bassist) “If I Fail Are We Still Cool?” (guests: Steve Lacy, Allen Love, Durand Bernarr, Westside Mcfly, Ohana Bam, etc.; new single: “Whisper [Want My Luv]”; See here; Vinyl; Download, released on May 21; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Fat Possum)
Charlie Parr “Last of the Better Days Ahead” (producers: Parr, Brad Cook; first single: “Last of the Better Days Ahead”; See here; Vinyl; Download) » BUY NOW (Smithsonian Folkways)
Ric Robertson “Carolina Child” (producer: Dan Molad of Lucius; guests: Lucius, Logan Ledger, Oliver Wood, Dori Freeman, etc.; new single: “I Don’t Mind”; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Free Dirt)
Dee Snider “Leave a Scar” (producers: Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, drummer Nick Bellmore; new single: “I Gotta Rock [Again]”; See here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Napalm)
Son Lux “Tomorrows” (multi-album project; the first two were released last year as a download, and the third installment, “Tomorrows III,” is out on April 16; Hear here; Vinyl) » BUY NOW (City Slang)
Son Volt “Electro Melodier” (first single: “Reverie”; See here;
Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW
(Transmit Sound / Thirty Tigers)
TORRES “Thirstier” (new single: “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head”; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Merge)
Clay Walker “Texas to Tennessee” (producers: Michael Knox, Jaron Boyer; See here; Read here; Download) » BUY NOW (Show Dog Nashville)
Yola “Stand for Myself” (producer: Dan Auerbach; new single: “Diamond Studded Shoes”; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Download) » BUY NOW (Easy Eye Sound)

More Releases for July 30, 2021 »

Other Notable Releases

Seether Big Big Train Andy Partridge
Axel Rudi Pell King Woman Ingested
Amaro Freitas Jesse Daniel Will Sumner
Low Roar Electric Six Cristina Vane
Rodrigo Amado Alan Vega Tony Saunders

This Week’s Vinyl Releases »Exclusive Urban Outfitters Vinyl »Barnes & Noble »

New Releases (Downloads)

Artist: Title: Label:
Ryan Caraveo “Northend Sweetheart” (first single: “Daisies”; See here; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Paradise Forever, LLC)
GrandEvolution (Worcester, MA-based alt-rock group) “Glow” (See here) » BUY NOW (iamspyder)
Lakes “Start Again” (first single: “Start Again”; See here; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Know Hope)
Parmalee “For You” (guests: Fitz, Avery Anna, Blanco Brown; new single: “Take My Name”; See here; Apple Music; On Tour) » BUY NOW (This Is Hit / Stoney Creek)
Isaiah Rashad “The House Is Burning” (producers: Devin Malik, Kal Banx, Hollywood Cole, J. LBS, Amaire Johnson, Rory Behr, Kenny Beats, Free P, Tiggi, Crooklin, Pete [Scum] Nebula; guests: SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Duke Deuce, Amindi, Jay Rock, Jay Worth, Doechii, Kal Banx, YGTUT, 6LACK; new single: “Wat U Sed”; See here; Apple Music; On Tour) » BUY NOW (TDE / Warner)
Somi (Grammy-nominated vocalist and songwriter) “Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba” (guests: Gregory Porter, Angélique Kidjo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Msaki, Seun Kuti, Thandiswa Mazwai, Nduduzo Makhathini; new single: “Pata Pata”; See here) » BUY NOW (Salon Africana, Inc.)
Jeremy Squires “Unravel” (new single: “Fade”; See here; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Blackbird Record Label)

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Reissues (CDs / Vinyl)

Artist: Title: Label:
Cindytalk “The Wind Is Strong …” (1990 album; Hear here; Apple Music) » BUY NOW, “Wappinschaw” (1995 album; with three bonus tracks; Hear here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) » BUY NOW (Dais)
Aretha Franklin “ARETHA” (four-CD box set, with 81 newly remastered tracks; Barnes & Noble-Exclusive Opaque Purple Vinyl; Amazon UK; Download; Merch) » BUY NOW (Rhino / Atlantic)
Phyllis Hyman “Old Friend: The Deluxe Collection 1976-1998” (nine-CD, 113-song box set; See here; Read here; Amazon UK) » BUY NOW (SoulMusic / Cherry Red)
Level 42 “The Complete Polydor Years, Volume Two 1985-1989” (10-CD box set includes all four albums during that period, plus four discs of B-sides, 7-inch mixes, remixes and rare versions; Read here; On Tour) » BUY NOW (Robinsongs / Cherry Red)
London Boys “Requiem: The London Boys Story” (five-CD box set features three albums, with bonus material; See here; Read here; Amazon UK) » BUY NOW (Cherry Pop)
Prince “Welcome 2 America” (unreleased album from 2010; first single: “Welcome 2 America”; Hear here; Read here; Deluxe Edition, two-LP and one-CD versions of the album with a never-before-released Blu-ray of Prince’s full April 28, 2011 performance at the Forum, part of the Welcome 2 America Tour’s historic 21 Nite Stand in Los Angeles; Vinyl; Target-Exclusive Clear Vinyl; Walmart; Download; Apple Music; Deezer; Merch) » BUY NOW (NPG / Legacy Recordings)
Various artists “Separate Paths Together: An Anthology of British Male Singer / Songwriters 1965-1975” (three-CD clamshell box set; Read here) » BUY NOW (Grapefruit / Cherry Red)
Various artists “Taking Some Time On: Underground Sounds of 1970” (four-CD clamshell box set; Read here) » BUY NOW (Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red)

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AUG. 6, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Chris Young … Will Young … Liars … “NOW That’s What I Call Music! 79” … Ellen Foley … Alice Sara Ott … Colin Hay … Willy Mason … Sponge … Information Society … Desire Marea … Kate Taylor … Paul Thorn … Kississippi … The Wandering Hearts … “Amerikinda: 20 Years of Dualtone” … etc.; Reissues – Barbra Streisand … George Harrison … Kim Wilde … Bill Evans … “NOW That’s What I Call A Decade The 1980s” … Ed Bruce … etc.

AUG. 13, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – The Killers … Sheryl Crow … Joan Armatrading … Dan + Shay … Jungle … Paul Anka … Quicksand … Jade Bird … Watchhouse … Luke Hemmings … Ben Platt … The Cold Stares … Oscar Lang … Oscar Lang … etc.; Reissues – The London Suede … Scritti Politti … Trisha Yearwood … Joe Diffie … Randy Edelman … etc.

AUG. 20, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Lorde … Switchfoot … Jake Bugg … Maggie Rose … Chrissie Hynde … Wanda Jackson … Angel Olsen … Martha Wainwright … Martin Gore … James McMurtry … Villagers … Debbie Gibson … Anderson East … The Joy Formidable … Connie Smith … Shannon and the Clams … Sierra Ferrell … Freestylers … Newton Faulkner … etc.; Reissues – Eric Clapton … John Coltrane … Lee Morgan … Caravan … Lissie … etc.

AUG. 27, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Halsey … DMX … Chvrches … OneRepublic … Brian Setzer … Big Red Machine … Trace Adkins … Toad the Wet Sprocket … Diane Warren … Niko Moon … Toyah …. The Bronx … Danko Jones … Yann Tiersen … Steve Gunn … Teenage Bottlerocket … Indigo De Souza … Nite Jewel … Alejandro Escovedo … Dean Friedman … Southern Avenue … Jason Eady … Mouse Rat … Evann McIntosh … Bob Schneider … etc.; Reissues – The Beach Boys … Marian Anderson … Buck Owens and His Buckaroos … Supergrass … Aztec Camera … Madeleine Peyroux … The Kooks … Vinegar Joe … Vandenberg … etc.

SEPT. 3, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Imagine Dragons … Rudimental … Little Simz … TobyMac … Gerry Rafferty … Craig Armstrong … Sampology … Baby Queen … Liz Cooper … Vana Liya … Petey … David Ferguson … etc.; Reissues – Bob Marley and the Wailers … Booker T. & The MG’s … Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers … Super Furry Animals … P.O.D. … Van Der Graaf Generator … etc.

SEPT. 10, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Metallica … Diana Ross … Manic Street Preachers … James Blake … Low … Pat Metheny … Rufus Wainwright … Saint Etienne … Samantha Fish … Slothrust … Andrew W.K. … Alice Sara Ott … Pokey LaFarge … Steve Hackett … The Stranglers … Hawthorne Heights … Heartless Bastards … Colleen Green … We Were Promised Jetpacks … Steps … Julia Bardo … Martin Sexton … Joshua Henry … Sincere Engineer … Martina Topley-Bird … etc.; Reissues – Metallica … Ray Charles … Laura Nyro … Spiritualized … etc.

SEPT. 17, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Lindsey Buckingham … Melissa Etheridge … The Felice Brothers … Ronnie Wood and The Ronnie Wood Band … José González … Charley Crockett … Jonas Kaufmann … Thrice … Rumer … Eric Krasno … Paul Carrack … James Vincent McMorrow … MONO … Daughtry … Cynthia Erivo … Tommy Castro … Wesley Stace … Candlebox … Jónsi … Lizzie Loveless … Nate Smith … Carcass … Noise Unit … etc.; Reissues – Bob Dylan … Sheena Easton … Buena Vista Social Club … Erroll Garner … etc.

SEPT. 24, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Mickey Guyton … Diddy … Steely Dan … Angels & Airwaves … Natalie Imbruglia … Donald Fagen … Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine … Mac McCaughan … Badflower … SOJA … The Connells … Tom Speight … Wrabel … Shortly … A Pale Horse Named Death … The Lottery Winners … etc.; Reissues – Johnny Cash … “The Best of Bond … James Bond” … etc.

OCT. 1, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Metallica … Brandi Carlile … Yes … the The … Ministry … Strands of Oak … Roger Taylor … Dar Williams … The Accidentals … Tirzah … JW Francis … Moist … Shad … Pond … Foamboy … audiobooks … Hans Zimmer … Royal Philharmonic Orchestra … etc.; Reissues – Grateful Dead … Mark Knopfler … Sugababes … Katatonia … etc.

OCT. 8, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – James Arthur … Ladyhawke … Sam Fender … Billy Bragg … LP … The Record Company … The Wild Feathers … Shannon Lay … Kurt Elling … BADBADNOTGOOD … We Are Scientists … Magdalena Bay … The Velveteers … Nate Smith … Emily D’Angelo … etc.; Reissues – Donna Summer … Violent Femmes … etc.

OCT. 15, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Coldplay … The Darkness … Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes … sir Was … David Keenan … etc.; Reissues – Judas Priest … The Alarm … etc.

OCT. 22, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Duran Duran … Bullet For My Valentine … Dream Theater … Clinic … Hawthorne Heights … HONNE … Pepe Deluxé … Big D and the Kids Table … Helado Negro … Oscar and the Wolf … etc.; Reissues – Nina Simone … Superchunk … Black Francis … etc.

OCT. 29, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – The War on Drugs … Black Veil Brides … Emily Scott Robinson … The Parrots … etc.; Reissues – Joni Mitchell … Peter Cetera … Whitesnake … Emerson, Lake & Palmer … etc.

NOV. 5, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Hanson … Aimee Mann … HARD FEELINGS … etc.

NOV. 12, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Courtney Barnett … Damon Albarn … “Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal” … etc.

NOV. 19, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Taylor Swift … Chris Liebing … etc.

DEC. 3, 2021 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Paul Weller … etc.

FEB. 11, 2022 RELEASES

Highlights: New stuff – Zeal & Ardor … etc.

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