New Release Round-Up 03-17-17

03/16/17 1:05 PM

New Releases 17 Mar 2017

SPOON - Hot Thoughts - Matador Records
Hot ThoughtsSpoon's 9th album, is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of their career, though keep in mind, Britt Daniel’s already overseen a number of other reincarnations. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say ‘Hot Thoughts’ doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated. Produced by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT) and back with Matador (third time’s the charm) helps position Spoon to mount the highest highs of their already spectacular career. We are overjoyed to be back in the Spoon business and in time for Daniel’s spot in the pantheon of rock’s genius songwriters was well established a ways back — with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.

DEPECHE MODE - Spirit - Sony
Spirit is the new album from Depeche Mode, and the band's 14th studio release. Spirit marks the band's first collaboration with producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco (Foals, Florence & The Machine, Arctic Monkeys) and is the follow up to the band's blockbuster 2013 studio album Delta Machine which debuted at #1 in 12 countries. Spirit is available digitally and physically as a standard 12 track album, and a Deluxe version that features 5 additional remixes by Depeche Mode. The vinyl version of Spirit will feature the 12 tracks on the standard album on two 180 gram LPs, featuring 3 sides of music and a 4th side with a special SPIRIT etching.

CONOR OBERST - Salutations

CONOR OBERST - SalutationsCONOR OBERST - Salutations - NonesuchCONOR OBERST - Salutations
Salutations is a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations. When Conor Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo—with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica—he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band—upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)—the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album: Ruminations, which was released in October 2016. The Sunday Times of London called it "the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation" and "political and very, very personal," saying Oberst is "one of the best songwriters around." Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-La Studios in Malibu to record Salutations—co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson. 
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REAL ESTATE - In Mind - Domino
On In Mind the band fine-tunes the winsome songwriting and profound earnestness that made previous albums—Real Estate, Days, and Atlas—so beloved and pushes their songs in compelling new directions. Written primarily by guitarist/vocalist Martin Courtney In Mind offers a mild shifting of the gears, positing a band engaged in the push/pull of burgeoning adulthood. Reflecting a change in lineup, changes in geography, and a general desire to move forward without looking back, the record recasts the band in a new light — one that replaces the ennui of teen suburbia with an adult version.

DEADMAU5 - W:/2016album/ - Mau5trap Recordings
Deadmau5, real name Joel Zimmerman, never quite goes away completely in between album cycles with various statements and music snippets that emerge from his long studio sessions. Now the "Strobe" producer is releasing a full project, a new album. The new LP is titled W:/2016album/ (pronounced "W Drive 2016/2017 Album), referring to the location on his network access server. 



Tedeschi Trucks Band - Live From The Fox Oakland
Gary Clark Jr. - Live North America 2016
Regina Spektor - Regina Spektor Live On Soundstage [CD+DVD]
Paul Shaffer - Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band
KXM - Scatterbrain
Righteous Vendetta - Cursed
Stolas - Stolas
CJ Ramone - American Beauty
Milky Chance - Blossom
Sorority Noise - You're Not As ______ As You Think
Samantha Fish - Chills & Fever
Amber Run - For A Moment, I Was Lost
Frances - Things I've Never Said
Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of... [2 LP]
6lack - Free 6lack
The Charm The Fury - The Sick, Dumb & Happy

& More .....

Jean-Michel Blais - Cascades EP
Johnny Flynn - Barleycorn
The Weeks - Bottle Rocket
Goldfrapp - Ocean


RIUN RIVER NORTH - Superstition EP [10in Vinyl]

RIUN RIVER NORTH - Superstition EP [10in Vinyl]RIUN RIVER NORTH - Superstition EP [10in Vinyl] - Nettwerk RecordsRIUN RIVER NORTH - Superstition EP [10in Vinyl]
Los Angeles based sextet Run River North release b-sides from their recent album Drinking From A Salt Pond along with alternate versions of the single “29” and a cover of The Killers’ song “Mr. Brightside” which has been a fan favorite at the band’s live shows.
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For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.