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Albums I Want To Hear: August/Sept 2018 (National Releases)

Albums I Want To Hear: August/Sept 2018 (National Releases)

If you’re a music fan like me – I mean specifically like me – then you scour the internet for lists of upcoming albums that are getting released. For the most part, again if you’re the type of music fan I am, you are usually disappointed in the listicles that dominate the internet. So, why did I write one myself? Because this is the type of listicle I want to read. A listicle that gives some insight from one of the music journalists I like to read… uh, that isn’t to say I’m my favorite fan, but I guess that’s in the same ballpark of being my worst critic. If you like what you read here, let me know and I’ll do more. Oh, and these albums are ones I want to hear, not a comprehensive list of what’s coming out. There’s plenty of those kind of listicles out there. Cool?

Shooter Jennings: Shooter

Release Date: August 10th

The king of contemporary outlaw country gets back to his roots with an album of non-twanging country songs (or as it’s called “outlaw country”), living up to his own legacy (he’s surpassed his legendary father’s some time ago).


James: Living In Extraordinary Times

Release Date: August 10th

Everyone remembers “Laid” from 1993. It was one of those “I can’t believe they said that on the radio” songs of that year. Did you know the band has been around since 1982 and has a new album out?


Alice In Chains: Rainer Fog

Release Date: August 24th

Jerry Cantrell. Grunge. Mt. Rainer imagery on cover and in title. ‘Nuff said. (8-24-18)


The Devil Makes Three: Chains Are Broken

Release Date: August 24th

The Americana trio return with more of their jazz/bluegrass/soul/folk/rock/blues mix. What’s not to (continue to) love?


Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood: With Animals

Release Date: August 24th

The duo made in purgatory reunites on their second album and continue to crank out alt-blues tunes that will fit perfectly score that yet unmade David Lynch film.


The Frights: Hypochondriac

Release Date: August 24th

Their 2013 self titled album sounded like The Kinks on surf-punk meds. I wonder how much of that will still be with them now that they’ve sold out and signed with Epitaph Records (sarcasm).


Alkaline Trio: Is This Thing Cursed?

Release Date: August 31st

I haven’t really been into AT since 2003’s Good Mourning (greatest sick/hilarious punk song ever “This Could Be Love” still rules), but the new single “Blackbird” off of their upcoming LP has the same vibe as Good Mourning so I want to to hear more.


Anna Calvi: Hunter

Release Date: August 31st

First album from the moody singer/guitarist since 2013. Calvi’s amazing voice and gargantuan guitar chops keep her perpetually poised to be a big time rock star. Instead she walks a line between Nick Cave and Florence and The Machine and I’d not have her any other way.


Clutch: Book of Bad Decisions

Release Date: September 7th

Clutch are always a fun listen. Forever stuck in a repeating 90s X-Files theme lyrically, they continue to crank out their also 90s stuck grunge come Southern rock sound.


St. Paul and The Broken Bones: Young Sick Camillia

60s/70s infused post-modern soul and R&B. C’mon, don’t tell me you haven’t heard of these greats? There’s more to the world of music than metal, grunge, hard rock, and pop.


Pale Waves: My Mind Makes Noises

Release Date: September 14th

Pale Waves release their first full length. Never heard of Pale Waves? You will. Heather Bonn-Gracie is to Pale Waves as Robert Smith is to The Cure. Any questions? (Oh and yeah, she looks kinda like Death of The Endless to boot.) (9-14-18)


Joe Bonamassa: Redemption

Release Date: September 21st

Don’t know how he’s going to top Blues of Desperation, but I damn sure want to hear how he’s gonna try.


Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators): Living The Dream

Release Date: September 21st

2012’s Apocalyptic Love was phenomenal. 2014’s World on Fire fell flat. The first single off the new LP “Driving Rain” has a nice bluesy swing to it and sounds promising so I’m in…for now.


Cypress Hill: Elephants on Acid

Release Date: September 28th

C’mon, it’s Cypress Hill y’all. Need I elaborate? (9-28-18)


The Joy Formidable: AARTH

Release Date: September 28th

2011’s The Big Roar is one of my favorite albums of all time. 2013’s Wolf’s Law was the most disappointing of follow ups. 2016’s Hitch was better. Honestly, I’m skeptical that they can surpass that first album. I want to hear for myself though.


So there you have it. Short, concise and now without a little snark. Seriously though, these are the albums I want to hear and write about.

Which ones do you want to hear and read about?

Carolina's based writer/journalist Andy Frisk love music, and writing, and when he gets to intermingle the two he feels most alive. Covering concerts and albums by both local and national acts, Andy strives to make the world a better place and prove Gen X really can still save the world.

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