When Tanya Donelly left Throwing Muses (and The Breeders), she formed a band called Belly. During the ’90s, Belly did nice business but only released two albums. After her tenure with Belly, she crafted solo sets, interspersed with a reunion here and there. This year, she reunites with Belly and has a new album set for release.
On May 4, the reformed Belly with all original members will release their long-awaited third album, Dove. Dove will provide eleven new songs.
Dove is scheduled for issue on CD, DD, color and black vinyl LP sets.
As it is with many bands these days, PledgeMusic is a part of the band’s new album. 4AD artists were – and still are – some of the indie world’s great, and often underappreciated bands.
There were a few essential venues for live music in the ’60s and ’70s. In effect, some venues were just as notable as the band or artist that were booked into them for performances. One of them was The Roxy located on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip.
On April 21, Neil Young will dive into one of Rock’s most storied archives (his own) to present a 2LP edition of his September 20-22, 1973 shows at a new Roxy. The set is planned for release on Record Store Day. This set will be exclusive in that there will be an etched final side of the last LP.
A CD package, DD, and a standard, non-exclusive 2LP set (no etching) will follow on April 24.
ROXY – Tonight’s The Night Live – Neil Young
01. Tonight’s The Night
2. Mellow My Mind
03. World On A String
01. Speakin’ Out
03. New Mama
04. Roll Another Number (For The Road)
Mary Chapin Carpenter surprised me with the information about this release. The reason is that I was still enjoying the previous album, forgetting that it was released back in 2016. But nevertheless, a new Mary Chapin Carpenter is on its way. To push that point closer to home, two new singles from the new album have already dropped (“Heroes and Heroines”, “This Shirt”). Both newly recorded tracks offer a different MCC experience. But good experiences!
Mary Chapin Carpenter has been on radar since her arrival back in 1987 with the release of her debut Columbia album, Hometown Girl. She ramped up awareness with State Of The Art (1989), and gradually climbed higher with each subsequent release. After eight albums with Columbia, MCC signed with Rounder’s Rock imprint label, Zöe Records, where she released another five excellent sets. Her last album was released on Lambent Light Records.
On March 30, Lambent Light Records will resume with the release of Sometimes Just The Sky. This album will contain thirteen ‘new’songs, Of those, twelve are selected Mary Chapin Carpenter tracks that have been newly re-recorded in a live setting. (I’ve listed the tracks original album placements in the tracklist below,) Only one is an original new track, “Sometimes Just The Sky”.
Sometimes Just The Sky will be issued on CD, DD, and 180g-weight black vinyl 2LP with included DD card.
Sometimes Just The Sky – Mary Chapin Carpenter
01 – Heroes and Heroines (Hometown Girl – 1987)
02 – What Does It Mean To Travel (The Things We Are Made Of – 2016)
03 – I Have A Need For Solitude (The Age of Miracles – 2010)
04 – One Small Heart
05 – The Moon and St. Christopher (Shooting Straight In The Dark – 1990)
06 – Superman (Where Time Stands Still: A Special Collection – 2001)
07 – Naked To The Eye (A Place In The World – 1996)
08 – Rhythm Of The Blues (Come On Come On – 1992)
09 – This Is Love (Stones In The Road – 1994)
10 – Jericho (Ashes and Roses – 2012)
11 – The Calling (The Calling – 2007)
12 – This Shirt (State Of The Heart – 1989)
13 – Sometime Just The Sky (New)
The Who has left behind a varied set of memorable shows by way of captured soundboards. As with many bands, this decaying decade have become fond of the memories that unreleased soundboard live shows deliver. After all, many of the fans of The Who are old enough to have been there for their beginnings and their string of great studio albums. Live At Leeds is considered one of the great live albums in the aging history of them. But we definitely know there’s more out there. In fact, some of them have history with fans.
On April 20, MCA Records, a since retired label under the Universal umbrella, will release a 2CD live set from their April 4,5 1968 show at the Fillmore East. This set has been previously available as underground bootleg sets. So it’s nice to see a revered show get a little official clean-up and release for the fans of the band. These shows will also be available on a 3LP set. It’s being labeled Live At The Fillmore East 1968.
As it goes, Kit Lambert, manager of The Who had both nights recorded with the intentions of releasing them. On the 50th Anniversary of those shows, the official release finally arrives, newly remastered.
By and large, I’ve lost an immense amount of faith in the institution of Saturday Night Live , especially where its weekly introduction of music is concerned. Primed with the need to air already popular displays of Pop, they’ve forgotten their past in introducing remarkable fresh talent. But every once in a while, they do get it right, Courtney Barnett is one of those instances.
If you’re a consistent voyager of the internet where music is concerned, chances are quite high that you’ve run into Courtney Barnett already. She has an incredible quality to her sound, which can be endearing to some if the songs are well constructed, as hers are. Courtney Barnett recently collaborated with Kurt Vile from The War on Drugs band (another excellent new band) for an album just as good.
On May 18, the beautiful Courtney Barnett will release her newest album since her wonderful 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Her newest album is being called Tell Me How You Really Feel. The new album has a pre-release single out in the wild (hear below), “Nameless, Faceless”. The new album contains ten new Courtney Barnett tracks. If the new song is an indication, us fans should be pleased.
Tell Me How You Really Feel is planned for CD, DD, Cassette, and limited edition purple colored vinyl LP. It is being released by Milk! Records in Australia, and Mom+Pop Records in
Tell Me How You Really Feel – Courtney Barnett
01 – Hopefulessness
02 – City Looks Pretty
03 – Charity
04 – Need A Little Time
05 – Nameless, Faceless
06 – I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
07 – Crippling Self Doubt And A General Lack Of Self Confidence
08 – Help Your Self
09 – Walkin’ On Eggshells
10 – Sunday Roast
Think Don McLean, and his mega MEGA popular hit, “American Pie” comes immediately to mind. In fact, many people know most, if not all of the words to the 1971 classic track. It was a long song that needed editing for radio. Don McLean was never able to replicate that success even though he released a few singles after “American Pie” (“Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Driedel”, etc). To date, McLean has twenty albums in his catalog.
On March 23, BMG and PledgeMusic will release his next album, Botanical Gardens. This new set will deliver thirteen new songs. The first single, “Botanical Gardens” can be heard below.
Botanical Gardens will be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.
Botanical Gardens – Don McLean
01 – Botanical Gardens
02 – The Lucky Guy
03 – A Total Eclipse of the Sun
04 – Waving Man
05 – When July Comes
06 – You’re All I Ever Had
07 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Your Baby
08 – I’ve Cried All the Tears That I Have
09 – Ain’t She a Honey
10 – The King of Fools
11 – Grief and Hope
12 – You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13 – Last Night When We Were Young
Back in 1985, John Fogerty released a strong album in Centerfield and captured the attention of fans. The album contained classic tracks (“Centerfield”, “The Old Man Down The Road”, “Rock And Roll Girls”). The album went to number 1 on the charts and sold well over two million copies of the album alone.
On April 6, BMG will revisit the classic Centerfield album with CD and LP reissues. Attached to these reissues will be bonus tracks from 2010 (“My Toot Toot”, “I Confess”).
The CD edition of Centerfield will be released in a digipak, while the vinyl LP will be reissued in a splashy gatefold jacket that presents a pop-up of a baseball stadium when you open the gatefold. The LP will also contain a download rights card to acquire the two 2010 bonus tracks.
Centerfield – John Fogerty
01 – The Old Man Down The Road
02 – Rock and Roll Girls
03 – Big Train (From Memphis)
04 – I Saw It On T.V.
05. – Mr. Greed
06 – Searchlight
07 – Centerfield
08 – I Can’t Help Myself
09 – Zanz Kant Danz
10 – My Toot Toot (2010 Bonus Track)
11 – I Confess (2010 Bonus Track)
On April 20, Rhino will reissue the 1979 Cheech y Chong soundtrack album to Up In Smoke. And do it in great style and attention. What is being assembled is being referred to as the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Collection. It will be released as a CD/BD/LP/7″. This Box celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the classic cult film.
The CD and vinyl LP contain the original soundtrack while the Blu-ray (BD) contains the 1080P HD version of the film with audio at 5.1 Surround DTS-HD MASTER. Additional extras will complete the BD:
Commentary by Cheech Marin and director Lou Adler
How Pedro Met the Man: Up In Smoke at 40—NEW!
Roach Clips with Optional Commentary (deleted scenes)
Lighting It Up: A Look Back at Up In Smoke
“Earache My Eye” featuring Alice Bowie: Animated Music Video
Cheech & Chong’s “The Man Song”
Vintage Radio Spots
The CD will provide a previously unreleased version of “Up In Smoke” with an additional verse in Spanish, “Up In Smoke 2018”. The 7″ vinyl single will provide a two-sided picture disc single with “Earache My Eye” b/w “Lost Due To Incompetence (Theme From A Big Green Van”.
Bonus goodies include large rolling papers, an 11×17 poster, and a booklet filled with photos, notes, credits, etc.
The housing will be 12″ x 12″ six-panel gatefold and will only be available in a limited run of 5000 copies.
In 1981, RCA released the second collection featuring Bowie pieces to be an extension to the popular issue, ChangesOneBowie. The companion set, called ChangesTwoBowie would collect ten classics and gain a marketable progression for the David Bowie train. As an album, it sold well.
On April 13, Rhino and Parlophone will reissue the set using various remasters (see below).
This David Bowie reissue will be offered on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The vinyl LP will be released on both black and a separate blue vinyl edition.
I often wonder at the reality that produces hot-selling bands, leaving some highly talented bands (generally with more talent dripping from their pores than many of the popular ones) to all too often deep obscurity. One of those bands are Poster Children.
A few bands have come from the breeding grounds of Champaign, primarily from the U of I. When Poster Children arrived back in the late eighties, they released an indie album, Flower Power (later reissued). But it wasn’t until their Daisychain Reaction that I became aware of this band from back home ( I lived a significant part of my young life in Illinois). With the clever “If You See Kay” classic, they provided a strong argument for notice! With their next album, Tool of The Man (1993), they enjoyed further attention with Sire Records signing them for several titles, after which Warner Brothers issued their RTFM in 1997.
On May 18, this underappreciated band known as Poster Children will release their new album, their first since No More Songs About Sleep and Fire from 2004. It will be called Grand Bargain! and will contain eleven new songs, The album will be made available on CD, DD, Cassette, and vinyl LP. Grand Bargain! is generated by PledgeMusic as well as being released by Lotuspool Records.
Enjoy the first track from the new album, “Grand Bargain!” They STILL have it!