New Release Round-Up 06-25-21
T. Hardy Morris - The Digital Age of Rome - New West Records
Heading into the spring of 2020, T. Hardy Morris had 12 demos that he thought would make-up his next album, then, everything changed. The world took a break and so his plans to record did as well. As we all watched and waited out the storms; viral and societal, we seemed to wake up scrolling through a whole new century, a time Morris began to refer to as The Digital Age of Rome. He scrapped the demos and began a collection of songs in quarantine where the unprecedented times and topics were unavoidable. He wanted to document the era sonically and lyrically in some way. “I wanted it to sound like how the world felt to me in the second half of 2020. Uncomfortable and chaotic, dystopian but still beautiful.” The Digital Age of Rome was recorded in a deserted downtown Athens, Ga. With long-time collaborator / producer Adam Landry.
Gary Allan - Ruthless - EMI Nashville
Gary Allan releases a brand new album of all new material this week. Ruthless is Gary's first studio album in over 8 years. Overall, Allan's nine studio and greatest hits albums have produced 26 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including the number one hits "Man to Man", "Tough Little Boys" (both 2003), "Nothing On but the Radio" (2004), and "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" (2013). Seven more of his singles have reached the Top 10 on this chart as well: his debut single "Her Man", "It Would Be You" (both at #7), "Right Where I Need to Be" (at #5), "The One" (at #3), "Best I Ever Had" (a cover of a Vertical Horizon song) (at #7), "Life Ain't Always Beautiful" (at #4), and "Watching Airplanes" (#2).
Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band - Banned - Anti
Yves Jarvis and Romy Lightman are a pair of idiosyncratic and restlessly creative artists. In the past decade, Jarvis’s ever-expanding swatch have earned international acclaim, while Lightman’s twin-sister-led band Tasseomancy has transfixed listeners since the late 2000s. The Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band marks the duo’s first collaboration, slingshotting both musicians out of their comfort zones into spellbinding territories of lysergic folk and impressionistic rock. Banned was recorded in the tranquil environment of the Tree Museum, an outdoor art gallery in rural Ontario, Canada, hosting residencies for contemporary sculptors over the past 20 years. The pair credit its 200 acres of natural spaces intermingling with human-made creations as the fuel for their unfettered process. Recorded over two weeks in a free-flowing stream of improvisation, the album finds Lightman on synthesizer with Jarvis on drums and guitar, as their voices weave together into an electrified pastoral tapestry.
Vincent Neil Emerson - Vincent Neil Emerson - La Honda Records
Vincent Neil Emerson is a torchbearer of the Texas songwriter tradition. He channels the straightforward truth-telling and resonance of his songwriting heroes in Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle into something fresh and distinctly his own. Where his 2019 debut Fried Chicken and Evil Women proved that he is one of the most reverent students of country and Western musical traditions, his follow-up LP, the masterful Rodney Crowell-produced Vincent Neil Emerson, which is out this week via La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers, is a brave step forward that solidifies his place as one of music's most compelling and emotionally clarifying storytellers. His songs are cathartic and bluntly honest, never mincing words or dancing around uncomfortable truths.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Red & Black Inkspot LP]
Lucy Dacus - Home Video [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]
Hiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Metallic Blue LP]
Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Deluxe CD]
Caroline Shaw - Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part
Anthony Ramos - Love And Lies
Dance Gavin Dance - Tree City Sessions 2
Josh Turner - Your Man: 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Nina Simone - Nina Simone: The Montreux Years
Etta James - Etta James: The Montreux Years
The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!: 25th Anniversary Edition [Deluxe LP]
Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?: The Platinum Pleasure Edition
Ceramic Dog - Hope [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]
Selena Gomez - Revelacion EP
Devin Townsend - Devolution Series #2 - Galactic Quarantine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver 2LP]
Beartooth - Below
The Mountain Goats - Dark In Here [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue 2LP]
PJ Harvey - White Chalk
PJ Harvey - White Chalk - Demos
Justin Bieber - Justice
Elvis Costello - La Face de Pendule à Coucou EP [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Neon Coral Vinyl]
Motorhead - No Sleep 'til Hammersmith: 40th Anniversary Edition
DMX - Greatest Hits [Limited Edition Splatter LP]
& More .....
Tom Petty - Angel Dream (Songs From The Motion Picture She's The One) - Warner Records
Angel Dream is a special reimagining of the album She’s The One to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its original release. This also brings to a close the celebration of Tom Petty’s masterpiece Wildflowers, as most of the songs on this album were recorded during the same time period. She’s The One included some songs that were left off the original Wildflowers album, recently included in the Wildflowers & All The Rest re-issue. To take the place of those songs, four previously unreleased songs have been added here – two Petty originals (“105 Degrees” and “One of Life’s Little Mysteries”), a cover of JJ Cale’s “Thirteen Days”, and the instrumental “French Disconnection”. An extended version of “Supernatural Radio” is also included. The album has been remixed & remastered and brand new cover art commissioned – emphasizing that this is a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album, rather than a soundtrack album.