New Music Friday: June 30, 2023

aespa “MY WORLD – The 3rd Mini Album” (six-song EP; guest: nævis; Amazon-Exclusive Poster Version; Target-Exclusive CD, with alternate cover, booklet and photo card; Download) Warner
The Baseball Project “Grand Salami Time!” (band lineup: Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey and Linda Pitmon; their new release in nine years; producer: Mitch Easter; guests: Steve Berlin, Stephen McCarthy; new single: “Journeyman”; Hear here; See here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music; On Tour) Omnivore Recordings
bdrmm “I Don’t Know” (producer: Alex Greaves; new single: “It’s Just a Bit of Blood”; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music; On Tour) Rock Action
Olivia Dean “Messy” (British singer-songwriter’s debut album; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Amazon UK; Download; On Tour) EMI
The Japanese House “In the End It Always Does” (Amber Bain’s second album; guests: Matty Healy, George Daniel, Katie Gavin of MUNA, Justin Vernon; new single: “Sad to Breathe”; See here; Cornflower Blue Vinyl; Amazon UK; Download; Apple Music; On Tour) Dirty Hit / Interscope
Acantha Lang “Beautiful Dreams” (New Orleans soul revivalist’s debut album; See here; Vinyl; Amazon UK) Magnolia Blues
Nothing But Thieves “Dead Club City” (English rock band’s fourth album; producers: guitarist-keyboardist Dominic Craik, Jonathan Gilmore; new single: “Welcome to the DCC”; See here; Vinyl; Amazon UK; Download; Apple Music; On Tour) AWAL Recordings
The Pink Stones “You Know Who” (Athens, GA’s band sophomore album; producer: Henry Barbe; guests: Nikki Lane, Jack Quiggins, Ryan Jennings, John James Tourville, Annie Leeth; first single: “Who’s Laughing Now?”; See here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) Normaltown / New West
Brigid Mae Power “Dream From the Deep Well” (Irish folk-pop singer-songwriter’s fourth album; new single: “The Waterford Song”; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Amazon UK; Download; Apple Music) Fire
sparkle*jets u.k. “Best of Friends” (Orange County, CA power-pop band’s first album in more than 20 years; new single: a cover of Big Star’s “The Ballad of El Goodo,” with Jody Stephens guesting on drums; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Amazon UK; Download) Big Stir
Joanna Sternberg “I’ve Got Me” (producer: Matt Sweeney; new single: “I’ve Got Me”; See here; Read here; Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) Fat Possum
Various artists “Camelot (The 2023 Broadway Cast Recording)” (Lincoln Center Theater has extended the run of this revival through Sept. 3; producers: David Caddick, David Lai; See here) Broadway
Lucinda Williams “Stories From a Rock n Roll Heart” (guests: Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Angel Olsen, Margo Price, Tommy Stinson; new single: “New York Comeback”; Hear here; Read here; Vinyl; Amazon UK; Download; Apple Music) Highway 20 / Thirty Tigers

New Releases (Downloads)

Benny Benack III “Third Time’s the Charm” (Emmy-nominated trumpeter, vocalist and composer performs frequently in the house band of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”; new single: “Catching Drift”; Hear here; Apple Music) La Reserve Records / Bandstand Presents
Delacey “The Girl Has a Dream” (producer: Ido Zmishlany; new single: “The End”; Hear here; Apple Music) Photo Finish
Joe DeVita “Secret Door” (Hear here) Joe DeVita
Do Nothing “Snake Sideways” (Nottingham’s post-punk band’s debut album; new single: “Moving Target”; See here; Apple Music; On Tour) Exact Truth
Hataałii “Signing into Darkness” (20-year-old Native American singer-songwriter’s label debut; new single: “Laugh Out Loud”; Hear here; See here; Apple Music) Dangerbird
Mercy Music “What You Stand to Lose” (Las Vegas-based pop-punk outfit’s fourth album; producer: Bill Stevenson; new single: “Love You/Need You”; See here; Apple Music; On Tour) Double Helix / SBÄM
Alex Nicol (Montreal singer-songwriter) “Been a Long Year Vol. 1” (five-song EP; new single: “Eye For An Eye”; See here; Apple Music) Alex Nicol
Hayden Pedigo “The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored” (West Texas artist’s eighth album; producer: Trayer Tryon; new single: “The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored”; See here; Vinyl; Apple Music; On Tour, with Jenny Lewis) Mexican Summer
Sweeping Promises “Good Living Is Coming For You” (Lawrence, KS-based punk duo’s second album; new single: “Eraser”; Hear here; Apple Music; On Tour) Feel It Records
Chester Watson “fish don’t climb trees” (new single: “eyes closed”; See here; Apple Music) POW Recordings

Reissues (CDs / Vinyl)

Big Country “Driving to Damascus (4-CD Deluxe Edition)” (1999 album; the band’s eighth and final LP with frontman Stuart Adamson; includes the live-in-the-studio “Nashville Sessions,” single versions, alternate mixes from the U.S. release “John Wayne’s Dream” and two discs of demos; Read here; Amazon UK) Cherry Red
The Kiki Dee Band I’ve Got the Music in Me (Deluxe Edition)” (1974 album, produced by Gus Dudgeon; bonus CD contains five non-album A- and B-sides and Phil Harding’s previously unreleased mixes of the title track, with eight-page booklet of lyrics and credits; Half-Speed Master Vinyl, cut from the original stereo master tapes at AIR Mastering; includes a four-page insert with lyrics and credits; Amazon UK) Demon Records
Frijid Pink “The Deram Recordings 1970-1971” (two-CD set includes the albums “Frijid Pink” and “Defrosted,” with six bonus tracks; Read here; Amazon UK) Esoteric Recordings / Cherry Red
Gamma “What’s Gone Is Gone: Complete Elektra Recordings 1979-1982” (three-CD clamshell box set; Read here; Amazon UK) HNE Recordings / Cherry Red
Jerry Garcia Band “GarciaLive Volume 20: June 18th, 1982 – Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, MA” (two CDs; Download) Round
Grateful Dead “RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, June 10, 1973” (four-CD box set; Read here; Vinyl, eight-LP box set, out July 28; Amazon UK; Download; Apple Music; Merch) Rhino / Grateful Dead
Huey Lewis and The News “Japanese Singles Collection – Greatest Hits” (CD + DVD set includes 23 singles and music videos released in Japan) Universal Japan
Melvins “At the Stake: Complete Atlantic Recordings 1993-1996” (three CDs, 63 songs; Read here; Amazon UK) HNE Recordings / Cherry Red
Charlie Watts “Anthology” (two-CD collection of his solo jazz recordings; Double Vinyl; Amazon UK) BMG Rights Management
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band “A Door Inside Your Mind: The Complete Reprise Recordings 1966-1968” (four-CD set, featuring mono and stereo mixes of three albums, along with outtakes, alternate versions and singles; Read here; Amazon UK) Grapefruit / Cherry Red
Frank Zappa “Funky Nothingness” (lost album, considered a sequel to “Hot Rats,” primarily recorded at the Record Plant in 1970, featuring unreleased music; Double Vinyl; Download; Apple Music) Zappa Records / UMe

July 7

Highlights: New stuff – Taylor Swift … EXO … PJ Harvey … Grouplove … Little Dragon … Gus Dapperton … Nita Strauss … Miles Miller … The Raven Age … Bloodbound … etc.; Reissues – Janet Jackson … Wham! … Suede … Jackson Browne … Rory Gallagher … etc.

July 14

Highlights: New stuff – Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real … 5 Seconds of Summer … Claire Rosinkranz … Rita Ora … Kool & The Gang … Lauren Spencer Smith … PVRIS … Birdy … Palehound … Duane Betts … Hilary Hahn … Edge of Paradise … Snõõper … The Bites … Winterstorm … etc.; Reissues – Aerosmith … Marshall Crenshaw … etc.

July 21

Highlights: New stuff – Blur … Greta Van Fleet … Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway … Oscar Lang … The Lilac Time … Lori McKenna … Nils Lofgren … Saint Agnes … As December Falls … etc.; Reissues – Landscape … etc.

July 28

Highlights: New stuff – Post Malone … Joni Mitchell … Anne-Marie … Georgia … Bethany Cosentino … Sevendust … The Maine … Dexys … Brad … From Ashes to New … Girlschool … Phoebe Hunt … Ten Tonnes … Fury in the Slaughterhouse … etc.; Reissues – Stevie Nicks … Neil Young … Andrew Gold … Freedom … etc.

Aug. 4

Highlights: New stuff – TOMORROW X TOGETHER … Mammoth WVH … Miles Kane … Girl Ray … Odds … The Front Bottoms … Skindred … etc.; Reissues – “Playing for the Man at the Door: Field Recordings from the Collection of Mack McCormick 1958–1971” … etc.

Aug. 11

Highlights: New stuff – The Hives … Public Image Ltd. … Jungle … Andy Frasco & The U.N. … Bonnie “Prince” Billy … The View … The Sherlocks … etc.; Reissues – Elvis Presley … David Bowie … Human League … etc.

Aug. 18

Highlights: New stuff – Grace Potter … Hozier … Rhiannon Giddens … Reneé Rapp … Jill Andrews … PÆRISH … Dizzy … Joyner Lucas … etc.

Aug. 25

Highlights: New stuff – Alice Cooper … Morgan Wade … Cindy Wilson … Ashnikko … Holding Absence … Turnpike Troubadours … Vallis Alps … Hot Milk … etc.

Sept. 1

Highlights: New stuff – The Paper Kites … Speedy Ortiz … Sigala … Mick Harvey & Amanda Acevedo … etc.

Sept. 8

Highlights: New stuff – Ashley McBryde … Róisín Murphy … Benjamin Gustafsson … Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers … Low Cut Connie … Stornoway … etc.; Reissues – Art Pepper … etc.

Sept. 15

Highlights: New stuff – Pretenders … Madison Beer … Thirty Seconds to Mars … Killer Mike … Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter … The Beaches … Nation of Language … Elisapie … etc.

Sept. 22

Highlights: New stuff – Kylie Minogue … Teenage Fanclub … Matteo Bocelli … Bleach Lab … Sirens of Lesbos … etc.

Sept. 29

Highlights: New stuff – Black Stone Cherry … LP … Taproot … Freude … etc.; Reissues – Thomas Rhett … etc.

Oct. 6

Highlights: New stuff – Reba McEntire … etc.

Oct. 13

Highlights: New stuff – Creeper … Laura Misch … etc.

Oct. 20

Highlights: New stuff – Duff McKagan … Barry Can’t Swim … etc.

Oct. 27

Highlights: Reissues – Billy Bragg … etc.

Nov. 17

Highlights: New stuff – Dolly Parton … Juliana Hatfield … etc.

Jan. 5, 2024

Highlights: New stuff – Harrison Storm … etc.

Jan. 12, 2024

Highlights: New stuff – Bring Me the Horizon … etc.

Feb. 9, 2024

Highlights: New stuff – James Bishop … etc.

(UPDATED DAILY and LISTED ALPHABETICALLY. Release dates and album titles are subject to change at a record company’s whim – just because. Pause & Play is dedicated to the loving memories of John, Susan, Angie, Joe, Sam, Binky, Finn, JJ, Crown, Swirl, Patton, Meow and Chelsea Galipault. With love to Mo, Bowie, Goldberg and Fang.)