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New to the Airwaves – Albums Out This Week

New to the Airwaves – Albums Out This Week

Happy Spring! What better way to bring in the new season than with brand new music! We’ve got a ton of pop albums to get the mood right, though there’s your fair share of metal and alt to keep it right.   

This week we’ve got some much anticipated arrivals that has us tapping our toes, crossing our arms, and screeching, “Finally!” 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!

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

ALBUM RELEASE CALENDAR March 23rd, 2018

Alice Bag – Blueprint (Don Giovanni))

Auri – Auri (Nuclear Blast)

Axel Rudi Pell – Knights Call (Steamhammer)

Baloji – 137 Avenue Kaniama (Bella Union)

Ben Frost – All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated EP (MUTE)

Blessthefall – Hard Feelings (Rise Records)

Bonny Doon – Longwave (Woodsist)

Bulletboys – From Out Of The Skies (Frontiers)

Casey Neill & The Norway Rats – Subterrene (CEN)

Cavern of Anti-Matter – Hormone Lemonade (Duophonic)

Chaostar – The Undivided Light (Season Of Mist)

Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia)

Club Kuru – Giving In (Dog Holiday Records)

Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain (Fat Possum Records / Mama Bird Recording Co)

Dami Im – I Hear a Song (Sony Music Entertainment)

Death Alley – Superbia (Century Media)

Demob Happy – Holy Doom (So Recordings)

Don McLean – Botanical Gardens (BMG)

Erika Wennerstrom – Sweet Unknown (PTKF)

Field Report – Summertime Songs (Verve)

George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s (Columbia)

Grateful Dead – The Best of the Grateful Dead Live Volume I: 1969-1977 (vinyl) (Rhino)

Guided by Voices – Space Gun (GBV Inc)

Jack White – Boarding House Reach (Third Man Records/Columbia)

Jordan Davis – Home State (MCA Nashville)

Jordan Feliz – Future (Centricity Music)

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Seedlings All (Rough Trade)

Juliana Hatfield – Hey Babe 25th Anniversary Reissue (American Laundromat Records)

Kip Winger – Solo Box Set Collection (Frontiers)

L.A. Guns – Made In Milan (Frontiers)

Led Zeppelin – How the West Was Won (reissue) (Rhino Atlantic)

Lissie – Castles (Lionboy)

Mark Pritchard –The Four Worlds (Warp)

Memoriam – The Silent Vigil (Nuclear Blast)

Monster Magnet – Mindfucker (Napalm)

Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed Live (Eagle Rock)

Mournful Congregation – The Incubus Of Karma (20 Buck Spin)

The Mover – Undetected Act From the Gloom Chamber (Planet Phuture)

Neil Young – Paradox (Reprise)

Nightmarer – Cacophony Of Terror (Season Of Mist)

No Hot Ashes – No Hot Ashes (Frontiers)

Of Feather and Bone – Hymns of Perversion (Profound Lore)

Pale Kids – Hesitater (Father/Daughter)

Paul Thorn – Don’t Let the Devil Ride (Perpetual Obscurity)

​Preoccupations – New Material (Jagjaguwar)

Procol Harum – Still There’ll Be More:  An Anthology 1967-2017 (Cherry Red)

Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo In Blue  (Mom + Pop)

Nirvana married punk and metal. Sunflower Bean has married New Wave and classic rock. Their sound is at times light and airy (“Twentytwo”) and at others crunchingly heavy (“Human For”), yet at all times pristine, clean, and grounded in the also rock of ages old trinity of guitar, bass, and drum. Every song features the type of guitar and drum work that belies a band of their age, both figuratively and literally. Julia’s voice rides over top of this hybridization of New Wave guitar and classic rock with a similar deftness that belies her experience, as well as her past performances. Her voice is stronger, deeper, higher, and lower whenever it needs be here on Twentytwo In Blue in ways it never was on Human Ceremony….. See the full review here

The Sword – Used Future (Razor & Tie)

Toni Braxton – Sex And Cigarettes (Def Jam)

W.E.T. – Earthrage (Frontiers)

Will Haven – Muerte (Minus Head)

Yamantaka  – Dirt (Paper Bag)

Gonna Be A Smash Hit:

JAKARTA RECORDS’ ARTIST & PRODUCER BLUESTAEB GEARS FOR UPCOMING ALBUM RELEASE WITH NEW SINGLE “MIND” FT. NOAH SLEE & MAÏA

Berlin and Paris based producer Bluestaeb releases new single “Mind” – the first taste of new album Everything Is Always a Process, out via tastemaker label Jakarta Records later this year.

Featuring the vocals of NZ artist Noah Slee and Australia’s multi-disciplinary artist MAÏA, “Mind” is an infinitely soulful duet which showcases all three of the artists in their own right. Groove, beats, a subdued neo-soul sensibility, and melodic adlibs place Bluestaeb alongside acts such as Eric Lau, Kaytranada

Originally started in 2015, the track found its soulmate when Bluestaeb and Noah met at a show in Stuttgart in 2016 and started sending beats back and forth.

Noah did a first version of the song and then invited MAÏA to join and bring another dimension to the track.

In “Mind”, Bluestaeb’s influences shine through, while taking on a sound of their own at the same time. The second part of the beat includes a little reference to one of his favourite tracks by The Roots, bringing more live instrumentation, with slick guitar licks and keys taking the original beat into a more mature space.

Mind” is out on March 9th, 2018.

Best Resurrection:

BURN THE PRIEST Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Release of New Covers Album, “Legion: XX”

LAMB OF GOD Return to their Roots on a 10-Track BURN THE PRIEST Album Featuring Covers of Classics by Cro-Mags, Bad Brains, Big Black, Ministry, Melvins, Quicksand and More
 
Legion: XX – In Stores May 18, 2018 via Epic Records

In Case You Missed It:

Superorganism – Superorganism

This eight-piece genre-less (in a good way) band has been confusing all the right people with their self-titled debut. They’re currently being featured in Rolling Stone and rocking Top 40 charts in a handful of nations. Throw this EP on at your next soirée and let the intricate mess of sounds take over.

New Vid – out today!

Snow Patrol debut new music video.  Shows are confirmed in NYC, LA, and throughout Ireland & UK. New album WILDNESS out on May 25th via Republic Records, their first in seven years! 

Today, Snow Patrol premiered “Don’t Give In,” the lead single from Wildnesstheir first record in seven years, via BBC Radio 2. Said lead singer and songwriter, Gary Lightbody about the song: “‘Don’t Give In’ was originally about a friend going through a tough time but the more I wrote into it I realized it was about me and the struggle of making the album  – which took 5 years and was not easy – coupled with the struggle with depression I’ve had since I was a kid, so it has become the talisman of the album. The song that became a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Snow Patrol concurrently debuted the music video for “Don’t Give In” and you can watch it here.

Snow Patrol also announce shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and London in April and throughout Ireland & the UK in May (full dates below). Tickets for these dates will be available for fans who purchased Wildness via the Official Snow Patrol store prior to Tuesday, March 27 at 1pm EDT. Remaining tickets will be available to the general public starting Friday, March 30 at 10AM local here.

The band will release a special limited 10” of “Don’t Give In” backed with album track “Life On Earth” for Record Store Day on 21st April.

On May 25th, Snow Patrol will return with Wildness which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive. Lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album: “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all its confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.” Watch the album trailer for Snow Patrol’s Wildness here.

Pre-order your copy of Wildness from the Official Snow Patrol store HERE to be among the first to access tickets to see Snow Patrol live.

Since their 1998 debut, Songs for Polarbears, Snow Patrol have racked up an impressive number of critical and commercial accolades, including 15 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, five UK Platinum Albums, and are Grammy, BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominated. After their Fallen Empires tour ended in 2012, band members —which also include multi-instrumentalist Johnny McDaid, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, and drummer Jonny Quinn — decided to take a step back from the band, and focus on their own projects. Gary Lightbody continued his work with his Tired Pony side project with members of Belle and Sebastian, R.E.M, Reindeer Section and Fresh Young Fellows. He also moved to Los Angeles where he began writing songs for films (including “This Is How You Walk On” for 2017’s Gifted), and doing a number of high-profile co-writes with Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Biffy Clyro, and One Direction.Taking this extended break from Snow Patrol proved to be a source of inspiration, and writing songs that were not pulled directly from his own psyche helped heal what Lightbody considered to be not so much writer’s block as life block.

It’s in this search for clarity and connection that these songs were written and refined. “I think it’s the first record I’ve ever written that I haven’t just asked a bunch of questions. I actually tried to figure out why I was unhappy, why I feel out of place, why I’m afraid,” says Lightbody. “There’s nothing really to protect myself for– it’s all in the album. I want to remember.” This impulse was partially inspired by Lightbody’s father, who is suffering from dementia. I think the album is defined by memory in a lot of ways,” says Lightbody, “including my father’s loss of memory.”

“Seamus Heaney, my favorite poet of all time, said at 71 that he was only discovering what some of his poetry means, and this is coming from a Nobel Prize-winning poet. It’s a great testament to inspiration,” says Lightbody. “Sometimes it takes you five years to write the thing. Like now. And you know for sure when you finish an album like that, where you’ve poured over every detail and put every atom of yourself into it, everything makes sense and I bet you I’m never not proud of this record.”

Wildness Track Listing

01 Life On Earth
02 Don’t Give In
03 Heal Me
04 Empress
05 A Dark Switch
06 What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?
07 A Youth Written In Fire
08 Soon
09 Wild Horses
10 Life And Death

 

Stay Tuned – Sneak Peek


We’re super excited to be debuting Charlotte band ISH’s new music video for their single ‘Cookie Pusher’! This video was directed by Madelenn Tabor of Gat3 Productions Productions and was filmed at @Smokey Joe’s Cafe and stars Morgan Riley of Blackwater Drowning. The video is dropping on Sunday April Fool’s Day at 1pm! In the coming weeks leading up to the release, we’ll be posting bits and parts of the video ‘Cookie Pusher’ by ISH

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