‘='(pronounced ‘Equals') - the fourth installment in Ed Sheeran's symbol album series – is the singer/songwriter's most accomplished work yet; the evolution of an artist who continues to tread new ground. A body of songs that were made over a four-year period following his seminal ‘÷' (Divide) album era, thematically, ‘=' finds Ed taking stock of his life and the people in it, as he explores the varying degrees of love ("The Joker And The Queen," "First Times," "2step"), loss ("Visiting Hours"), resilience ("Can't Stop The Rain") and fatherhood ("Sandman," "Leave Your Life"), while also processing his reality and career ("Tides"). Sonically, ‘=' encapsulates Ed's versatile musical palette, spanning signature, guitar-led tracks and world-class balladry to weightier, euphoric production moments, as first showcased on the album's lead single "Bad Habits." "‘=' (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me. My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can't wait to share this next chapter with you," Sheeran shares.
Second Installment features Another Helping of Sturgill Simpson Songs Reimagined in Bluegrass Form including Two Previously Unreleased Tracks!
Just a few weeks after the surprise release of theCuttin' Grass (Vol. 1): Butcher Shoppe Sessionsalbum – whichUproxxcalled "the most sublime and delightful music he's yet made on record" –Sturgill Simpsonreturns with the next installment of his bluegrass series,Cuttin' Grass (Vol. 2): The Cowboy Arms Sessions.
The genre-defying singer/songwriter reconvened an A-Team of acoustic players (now dubbed "The Hillbilly Avengers") for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016'sA Sailor's Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year and was nominated for Album of the Year. This volume also includes "Jesus Boogie," originally performed by Simpson's first band, Sunday Valley, andtwo previously unreleased songs, "Tennessee" and "Hobo Cartoon," the latter of which was co-written with the incomparable Merle Haggard– who once said that Simpson was "about the only thing I've heard that was worth listening to in a long time."
"On Volume 2, we recorded everything I was too afraid to do on Volume 1," Simpson said. "It's hard to deny that this is a much more personal record. I was thinking about my kids, my grandfather, my wife."Vol. 2was produced byDavid Fergusonand featuresSierra Hall(mandolin, vocals),Mike Bub(bass),Stuart Duncan(fiddle, vocals),Scott Vestal(banjo, vocals),Tim O'Brien(guitar, vocals),Mark Howard(guitar, vocals), andMiles Miller(percussion, vocals).
First of Two 2022 Albums Defined by Different Inspirations, Different Themes and Different Moods!
Jack Whitereturns in 2022 with not one but two brand new albums – his first new full-length collections in over four years!Fear of the Dawnarrives everywhere in April 2022 whileEntering Heaven Alivewill follow in July 2022. White has been writing and recording music throughout the entirety of the past several years, creating two entirely distinctive albums – each defined by different inspirations, different themes, different moods. Introduced by the blazing single "Taking Me Back,"Fear of the Dawnis the fourth solo studio album from the founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. True to his DIY roots, this record was recorded at White's Third Man Studio throughout 2021, mastered by Third Man Mastering, pressed to vinyl at Third Man Pressing, and released by Third Man Records.
1. Taking Me Back 2. Fear Of The Dawn 3. The White Raven 4. Hi-De-Ho (feat. Q-Tip) 5. Eosophobia 6. Into The Twilight 7. Dusk 8. What’s The Trick? 9. That Was Then, This Is Now 10. Eosophobia (Reprise) 11. Morning, Noon And Night 12. Shedding My Velvet
Unlimited Love serves as the LA funk-rockers follow-up to 2016's The Getawayand their first with former guitarist John Frusciante since 2006's Stadium Arcadium. The 17-track double album is introduced by the meditative lead single "Black Summer." "It's been a long time since I made a new friеnd/ Waitin' on another black summer to end/ It's been a long timе and you never know when/ Waitin' on another black summer to end," Kiedis sings on the track's yearning chorus.
Drummer Chad Smith commented on the direction of the band's twelfth album, "John hasn't been in our group in 10 years. That's a long time. So of course it's going to sound different, but it's going to sound like the four of us because we do have this special chemistry together. It sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it's different and new, and to me that's great." John Frusciante adds, "When we got together to start writing material, we began by playing old songs by people like Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, The Kinks, The New York Dolls, Richard Barrett and others. Ever so gradually, we started bringing in new ideas, and turning jams into songs, and after a couple of months the new stuff was all we were playing. The feeling of effortless fun we had when we were playing songs by other people, stayed with us the whole time we were writing. For me, this record represents our love for, and faith in each other."
Exclaims longtime Red Hot Chili Peppers producer Rick Rubin, "Frusciante's back in the band and it's unbelievable. I [was invited to] the first rehearsal after John rejoined the band and it made me cry. It was so thrilling to see that group of people back together because they made such great music for so long together and it really hit me in an emotional way."
Written and largely produced by Tyler Joseph in isolation over the course of the past year at his home studio, with Josh Dun engineering the album's drums from across the country, Scaled And Icy is the product of long-distance virtual sessions and finds the duo processing their upended routines along with the prevailing emotions of 2020 - anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and doubt. The duo had to forgo their normal studio sessions but reached a new of level of introspection in the process, adopting a more imaginative and bold approach to their songwriting. The result is a collection of songs that push forward through setbacks and focus on the possibilities worth remembering.
Some forty years into one of music's most impactful partnerships,Tears For Fearshave arrived together atThe Tipping Point– the group's ambitious, accomplished and surprising first new studio album in nearly two decades. An inspired song cycle that vividly recalls the depth and emotional force of the group's earliest triumphs,The Tipping Pointis the bold, beautiful and powerful sound ofTears For Fearsfinding themselves together all over again. The Tipping Point sees Orzabal and Smith joined by longtime collaborator Charlton Pettus, along with producers and songwriters Sacha Skarbek and Florian Reutter.
"Before everything went so right with this album, everything first had to go wrong," says Roland Orzabal. "It took years, but something happens when we put our heads together. We've got this balance, this push-me-pull-you thing – and it works really well." Agrees Curt Smith: "If that balance doesn't work on a Tears For Fears album, the whole thing just doesn't work. To put it in simple terms, a Tears For Fears record and what people perceive to be the sound of Tears For Fears is the stuff we can both agree on."
"When you've known each other as long as we have, and have worked together as long as we have, there's a bond there that becomes familial. So, it's different from a friendship," Smith adds.
"And it's different from a marriage. It's literally like that's your brother. It's the kind of bond that you can't really break. It can fall apart at times. You separate for periods, which I also think is healthy, really. But in the end, we always seem to find each other again."
Lemonheads' seminal album 'It's A Shame About Ray', lovingly reissued for it's 30th Anniversary. Reissue includes a slew of extra material, including an unreleased 'My Drug Buddy' KCRW session track from 1992 featuring Juliana Hatfield, B-sides from singles 'It's A Shame About Ray' and 'Confetti', a track from the 'Mrs. Robinson/Being Round' EP, alongside demos. This reissue celebrates their prestigious fifth album, these deluxe bookback editions feature new liner notes and unseen photos. 'It's A Shame About Ray' had a considerable impact back in those heady, carefree days of '92, the record perfectly captures Dando's ability to effortlessly encapsulate teenage longing and lust over the course of a two-minute pop song. Singles such as 'My Drug Buddy' and the breezy perfect pop of the title track might stand out (plus the add-on of 'Mrs. Robinson' which later copies included), but the album's real strength lies in the tracks in-between; the truly fantastic 'Confetti' (written about Evan's parents' divorce), and the eye-wateringly casual acoustic cover of 'Frank Mills' (from the "hippie" musical Hair), a version that seems to resonate with every ounce of pathos and emotion felt for the lost 1960s generation. To hear Evan Dando sing lines like 'I love him/but it embarrasses me/To walk down the street with him/He lives in Brooklyn somewhere/And he wears his white crash helmet' is to truly appreciate how wonderful and tantalizing pop music can be. Then, there's the rush of insurgency and brattishness on the wonderfully truncated 'Bit Part'; the topsy-turvy 'Ceiling Fan In My Spoon'... this was male teenage skinny-tie pop music on a level with The Kinks, early Undertones, Wipers.
Van Weezer, the band's fifteenth studio album and second of 2021, was produced by Suzy Shinn (Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy). The inspiration for the record derives from the deepest roots of Weezer - metal! What has metal got to do with Weezer, you ask? In his earliest years, Rivers Cuomo was a huge Kiss fan; Brian Bell was a big Black Sabbath fan; Patrick Wilson worshipped at the altar of Van Halen and Rush; Scott Shriner loved Slayer and Metallica. The last time this vein of harder rock was mined by Weezer was on their much-loved 2002 album Maladroit; Van Weezer is primed to take that album's sonics many steps further. Rivers told Entertainment Weekly that Van Weezer goes "back to big guitars" and is "Blue Album-ish, but a little more riffy." And he added to NME that, "This is probably the best possible time for this album. It's about feeling isolated and alienated and secluded, so it's the perfect album for now."
Run the Jewels, the super dynamic duo of EI-P and Killer Mike, two of the most distinctive and celebrated names in rap, are set to release their sophomore album, Run the Jewels 2 on mass Appeal records. 'The immensely anticipated album includes guests ranging from Zack de la Rocha to Travis Barker amongst others, but the duo maintains that the album is first and foremost about the creative partnership between the MC's themselves. '
2 Oh My Darling Don't Cry
3 Blockbuster Night Part 1
4 Close Your Eyes (And Count to F***) (Feat. Zack de la Rocha)
Since the release of Wilder Mindin May 2015, and the collaborative Johannesburg mini-album in the Summer of 2016, Mumford & Sonshave found a rich, prolific vein of form in the writing for the Paul Epworth-produced Delta. WhereWilder Mind harnessed a widescreen electric sound that seemed custom built to be belted back to them from the festival main stages,Delta loses none of that sense of scale, but couples it with an intimacy that has so successfully combined to makeMumford & Sons one of the biggest bands of recent years.Delta is a record of differing shades, colors and textures. It's also a record that marks ten years since Mumford & Sonsformed and draws on that shared experience of being on and off the road. It's a moving collection of songs perhaps more intimate and expansive, both lyrically and musically, than ever before. Introspective and reflective but married with those ecstatic stadium-sized dynamics.
Formed in 2002 in Brooklyn, NY,MGMTconsists of multi-instrumentalistsAndrew VanWyngardenandBen Goldwasser, both alumni of Wesleyan University. The pair was drawn to the music of other duos and found themselves incorporating the implications of the hallucinatory power of the Incredible String Band, the roaring subway minimalist electronica of Suicide, the silky pop-soul of Hall & Oates, the pulsing narcotic trance of Spacemen 3, the avant garde industrial romanticism of Royal Trux and much more into the constantly evolving sounds ofMGMT.
Co-produced withDavid Fridmann, their million-selling 2008 debutOracular Spectacularproved to be an enigmatic and prophetic collection of hallucinatory sounds and exploratory pop tones for the new millennium, spawning the ubiquitous hit singles "Kids," "Time To Pretend" and "Electric Feel." The record garnered the band three Grammy nominations, along with numerous accolades across the globe, including landing at #18 on Rolling Stone magazine's Top 100 albums of the decade.Newly remastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on 180g vinylcourtesy ofLegacy Recordings.
The landmark, debut album from Queens of the Stone Age is back in print for the first time in ten years, restored to its original sequence with the original, long out-of-print artwork by Frank Kozik. Featuring an obi-strip designed by longtime collaborator Boneface and pressed on standard black and limited-edition Opaque Orange vinyl.
Double vinyl LP pressing. 2022 release from the alternative rockers. "We went in search of ourselves as the band that we have somehow always been. Just for the fun of it we jammed and learned some old songs. Before long we started the mysterious process of building new songs. A beautiful bit of chemistry meddling that had befriended us hundreds of times along the way. Once we found that slip stream of sound and vision, we just kept mining. With time turned into an elastic waist band of oversized underwear, we had no reason to stop writing and rocking. It felt like a dream. When all was said and done, our moody love for each other and the magic of music had gifted us with more songs than we knew what to do with. Well we figured it out. 2 double albums released back to back. The second of which is easily as meaningful as the first or should that be reversed. 'Return of the Dream Canteen' is everything we are and ever dreamed of being."