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Column: New to the Airwaves – Upcoming Album Releases (Oct. 20)

New to the Airwaves – Upcoming Album Releases (Oct. 20)

By: Dianna Augustine & Sheila Walsh

Another week, another list of releases we need to get through the weekend. No matter what you fancy on your playlist, there is something for everyone, especially during a much needed break from crazy headlines. We’re sure you can see which ones we think you should grab and which ones we think may deserve a pass… Dive in at your own risk, and let’s hear your picks!

Ps. We are absolutely going to ignore the fact Christmas albums are on this list…. STILL!

**All dates are for U.S. releases unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change.

ALBUM RELEASE CALENDAR October 20th, 2017

98 Degrees – Let It Snow (Universal)

Alessandro Cortini – Avanti (Pias America)

And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering (Sargent House)

Amenra – Mass VI (Neurot)

Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore)

The Bloody Beetroots – The Great Electronic Swindle (Last Gang)

Blu & Exile – The Beginning: Before the Heavens (Dirty Science)

Boyz II Men – Under the  (Sony Masterworks)

Broen – I <3 Art (Bella Union)

Bully – Losing  (Sub Pop Records)

Nashville’s favorite rock band is FINALLY back with a brand new LP and EIC Sheila couldn’t be more excited. Who doesn’t love badass females in music? Though their musical resume is small, Bully’s ability to transform small venues into arena vibes while keeping a sense of community is something not a ton of bands can do. The songs on Losing are sure to fill venues the same way in classic Bully fashion.

Catholic Action – In Memory Of (Imports)

Cheap Trick – Christmas Christmas (Big Machine)

Chris Young – Losing Sleep (RCA Nashville)

Circuit Des Yeux – Reaching for Indigo (Drag City)

Colleen – A Flame My Love, A Frequency (Thrill Jockey)

CyHra –  Letters To Myself (Spinefarm)

Darius Rucker – When Was the Last Time (Capitol Nashville)

Dave Douglas with The Westerlies & Anwar Marshall – Little Giant Still Life (Greenleaf Music)

Destroyer – ken (Merge Records)

Doug Anderson – Back Porch Christmas (StowTown Records)

EarthGang – Robots (Spillage Village)

Elida Almeida – Kebrada (Lusafrica)

Errorsmith – Superlative Fatigue (Pan)

Esmerine – Mechanics Of Dominio (Constellation)

Europe – Walk The Earth (Hell & Back Recordings)

Extrawelt – Fear Of An Extra Planet (Cocoon Recordings)

Frank Zappa – Halloween 77 (Costume) Box Set (uMe)

Gel Set – Body Copy (Omnian Music Group)

Giraffage – Too Real (Counter Records)

Grandaddy – Under the Western Freeway 20th Anniversary Reissue (v2)

Grooms – Exit Index (Western Vinyl)

Gwar – The Blood Of Gods (Metal Blade)

“If you or your parents were rock fans in the eighties, then you have at least heard of the notorious members of the Scumdogs of the Universe. These crazed warriors whose crimes were deemed too violent for the Universe were banished to Earth until all the wrongs of our planet brought them out of hibernation.” – Cindy McBride, Vans Warped Tour 2017 Interview

Our coverage of the… uh… unique band never ceases to amaze us, and we’re pretty stoked for them to come back out of hibernation with The Blood Of Gods. This will be the first GWAR album without the band’s frontman Oderus Urungus. According to the band’s Facebook, “The title of the album refers to the loss of Oderus. and the struggles and triumphs that produced the new sound of the band. Born of adversity, “The Blood of Gods” is a sonic scar…a question asked and answered…Death cannot kill GWAR. Nothing can.”

Hillsong Worship – The Peace Project – Hillsong – Capital

Hodera – First Things First (Take This To Heart)

Högni – Two Trains (Erased Tapes)

In Search Of Sun – Virgin Funk Mother (Spinefarm)

Iron Monkey –  9-13 (Relapse)

I the Mighty – Where The Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go (Equal Vision Records)

Jackie Shane – Any Other Way (Numero Group)

Jessie Ware – Glasshouse (Interscope Records)

John Carpenter – Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 (Sacred Bones Records)

John Tibbs – Heartland (Independent)

KB – Today We Rebel (Reach Records)

The Kennedy Veil – Imperium (Season of Mist)

Keyshia Cole – 11:11 Reset (Epic)

Kllo – Backwater (Ghostly International)

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 2 (a Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) (Lakeshore Records)

Light City Music – In Rivers (Independent)

Lindsey Stirling – Warmer in the Winter (Concord Records)

Lindstrøm – It’s Alright Between Us As It Is (Smalltown Supersound)

Madame Mayhem – Ready For Me (Metalville/HeadBall)

Makthaverskan – III (5XF)

Margo Price – All American Made (Third Man)

Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams Tour ’77 (expanded reissue)(Ramblin’ Records)

Matthew Good – Something Like A Storm (Warner Music Canada)

Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band – Adios Senor Pussycat (Violet Records)

Movements – Feel Something (Fearless)

Niall Horan – Flicker (Capitol Records)

Nick Oliveri –  N.O. Hits At All Vol.3 Heavy Psych Sounds) (reissue) (Mother Tongue)

Nordic Giants – Amplify Human Vibration (Nordic Giants)

nothing,nowhere – Reaper (DCD2/ Equal Vision)

NRBQ – Happy Talk (Omnivore Records)

Odonis Odonis –  No Pop (felte)

Paul van Dyk – From Then On (Trance Vandit)

The Perrys – A Very Perry Christmas (StowTown Records)

Point Of Grace – Sing Noël  (Lucid Artist / MA’M Recordings)

Quiet Slang (a.k.a. Beach Slang) –  We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags EP (Polyvinyl Records)

Radiator Hospital – Radiator Hospital Play the Songs You Like (Salinas Records)

Reckless Kelly –  Millican 20th Anniversary Reissue (No Big Deal Records)

Rob $tone –  Don’t Wait For It (Groove Town Records LLC)

Rødhåd – Anxious (Dystopian)

Shelly E. Johnson – Christmas Is Beautiful (Independent)

Slipknot – Days Of The Gusano DVD/CD (Eagle Vision)

Iowa’s heaviest band, and perhaps their pride and joy to be honest, are back on the airwaves (and silver screens) with their CD/DVD combo Days of the Gusano. The nine-piece metal group performed in Mexico City for the first time in 2015, and a crew was there to capture the magic. The documentary, directed by the band’s own M. Shawn Craham, a.k.a. “Clown,” tracks the band’s journey to their long-awaited first show in Mexico City.

The Smiths – The Queen is Dead: 30th Anniversary Reissue (Rhino)

Snoh Aalegra – FEELS  (Artium Recordings)

Sons of Apollo [Dream Theater, Guns N’ Roses and Journey] – Psychotic Symphony (InsideOutMusic)

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga: 10th Anniversary Reissue (Merge)

Sorcerer – The Crowning Of The Fire King (Metal Blade)

Stalley –  Another Level (Real Talk Entertainment)

Supersonic Blues Machine – Californisoul [Kenny Aronoff with guests Billy F. Gibbons, Steve Lukather, others] (Provogue)

Tasha Page-Lockhart – The Beautiful Project (Fo Yo Soul/RCA Inspiration)

Tegan and Sara – The Con X: Covers (Warner Brothers)

Tom Keifer [Cinderella] – The Way Life Goes: Deluxe Edition  (Cleopatra)

Tough Age –  Shame (Mint Records)

Tribute Quartet – Quartet Tribute (Daywind Records)

Trivium – The Sin And The Sentence (Roadrunner)

Florida’s heavy metal juggernaut’s are on their way to releasing their eighth studio album under Roadrunner Records umbrella. With two singles already out and about on everyone’s playlists, “The Heart From Your Hate” and “The Sin And The Sentence,” fans are already reeling about the progressive eighth record.

Turnpike Troubadours – A Long Way From Your Heart (Bossier City)

Veil Of Maya – False Idol (Sumerian)

Visionist – Value (Big Dada)

We Came As Romans –  Cold Like War (SharpTone)

Willie Nelson – Willie’s Stash Volume 2 (Sony Legacy)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell Deluxe Box Set (Interscope)

Young Dolph – Thinking Out Loud (Paper Route Empire)

Young Oceans – Suddenly (Street Talk Media)

 

New Singles:

Pam Taylor’s “Witch’s Ball”

Pam Taylor floats her latest single, “Witch’s Ball,” our way like a cool October breeze and conjures up a few subtle chills, and thrills, to the joy of her listeners this autumn. With its desert noir/southern gothic musical overtones, Pam demonstrates even more range than she’s already shown thus far on her excellent new release Steal Your Heart. “Witch’s Ball”’s echoing, jangly, and slightly twangy guitar riffs, that ride broomstick sidesaddle atop a temptatious backbeat, form the perfect atmosphere for Pam’s vocal drawl that ranges from sultry soulfulness to out loud bluesy bursts of melody.  – Andy Frisk (see full piece he did on the release.)

 

Looking forward:

Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues LP (Interscope Records)

The band is back again to super croon their way into everyone’s love story. The pitch-perfect falsetto of lead vocalist Adam Levine is on point for this new release. We are definitely anticipating this to outsell any album they have to date with the introduction of some of the top industry musicians. The deets:  They will release a 10-track standard edition of the album, in addition to a deluxe edition with five extra songs. The album includes collaborations with Julia Michaels, LunchMoney Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and Future. Red Pill Blues LP will include the single they have with SZA “What Lovers Do.”

Preorder available here.

 

Going to be a Smash Hit:

George Michael –  “Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged,” out Oct. 20th

From the editing room floor, they have resurrected some old recordings the late George Michael. This one in particular was supposed to be on 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice. Fantasy, first recorded in the late 1980s, has been reworked by funk-master maven  Nile Rodgers. It’s a groovy fun song giving that familiar George Michael twist. You want to grab a leather, hit the dance floor, and shake your tail-feather.

In case you missed it:

Julien Baker –  Turn Out The Lights (6131 Records)

Everyone’s favorite sad songwriter is putting her heart on display once again as a follow up of 2015’s mega-hit Sprained Ankle. Her first release put her on the radar faster than anyone I’ve ever seen, leading her to sharing stages with Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Folds, and Paramore. Baker debuted “Appointments” alongside the album announcement, and somehow her lyrics got THAT much better. They aren’t necessarily “happy” by any means, but she’s honed in on her ability to describe very real situations through very real language. Poetry is poetry even without the metaphors, and Baker knows it. Look out for Turn Out The Lights to be released on October 27th!

 

Until next week – here’s a playlist of some samples of this week’s mix.

**Have an album coming out soon we should feature? Let us know! Indie, Regional, National – as long as you aren’t recording on an iPhone, hit us up! CD RELEASE SHOWS are our jam.

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