New The Decemberists Album, I’ll Be Your Girl, In March

The Decemberists did quite well to gain attention back in 2005 with the release of their third album, Picaresque.  But it was their sophomore issue, Her Majesty The Decemberists that caught the attention of first adopters.  By the time of The Crane Wife (2006), they were well-known. Over the course of their continued career, they released a strong set of albums, EPs, and singles issues. In the middle of all that, they even took a needed break. And here we are in 2018, and The Decemberists are about to give us a new album.

On March 16, Capitol Records (Rough Trade in EU) will deliver The Decemberists‘ latest, I’ll Be Your Girl. The new album contains eleven new tracks. You can hear a cut off the new album, “Severed”, below in the video provided. This new album is scheduled for CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

There are plans to create and release a Deluxe Edition of I’ll Be Your Girl, due for a later date. It’s being called I’ll Be Your Girl: The Exploded Edition.

The Decemberists have a large scale tour for the US and some overseas dates. check your usual place for details.

New MGMT Album, Little Dark Age, In February

Sometimes I come across some news that has eluded me for a while, and I get quite surprised. This is especially true when the news I missed is about a band I completely enjoy. In this case I’m talking about MGMT. Our last encounter with MGMT was with the self-titled third album released back in 2013. Their beginning with Oracular Spectacular effortlessly put them on the charts in nearly every global corner. Their follow-up, Congratulations (2010), performed even better.

On February 9, Columbia Records will release the fourth set from MGMT, Little Dark Age. It will contain ten new songs. If the released single, the title track of “Little Dark Age” is any indication, well…the new album is going to be just what fans want! An extensive tour is already inked and ready to roll in Berlin on January 30, ending in Milano, Italy at the Milano Summer Festival on July 17.

Little Dark Age will be released on CD and on 2LP (on 180g-weigh black vinyl in a gatefold jacket, along with DD rights), and in DD format.

Shades of the brilliant 1980s!

Little Dark AgeMGMT

01 – She Works Out Too Much
02 – Little Dark Age
03 – When You Die
04 – Me And Michael
05 – TSLAMP
06 – James
07 – Days That Got Away
08 – One Thing Left To Try
09 – When You’re Small
10 – Hand It Over

New Debut Album by Mien (The Black Angels/Elephant Stone/Earlies/The Horrors Collaboration)

Psychedelic Rock has made a resurgence in popularity over these past few years. There are, of course, plenty of Rock bands currently revisiting that ancient but much loved genre from back in the late ’60s. Often, they help to broaden the sound and heighten the experience. There are even festivals put together to showcase many of them in a single locale.

One of those bands is a personal favorite of mine, The Black Angels. Their last release was the excellent Death Song, issued in 2017. But they’re not alone in this genre. You merely have to put in a search term into Google to be rewarded with a wealth of experimentation. (I suggest it!)

As bands take a bit of time off from their recent releases and after the touring has died down, some of the more restless seek other means of output. Alex Maas (The Black Angels) has teamed with Tom Furse (The Horrors), Rishi Dhir (Elephone Stone), and John-Mark Lapham (The Earlies) have started an interim band being called Mien, a word which means ‘a person’s look or manner, a particular kind indicating their character or mood’.

Mien has recorded an album, with just Mien as the go to reference for the title. The new album is scheduled for release by Rocket Recordings on April 6. Mien is planned for issue on CD (housed in a gatefold mini-LP styled jacket, with booklet enclosed), hi-quality FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV, and AIFF digital format, and split RED and transparent ORANGE vinyl LP.

For more information of to keep track, go to their Bandcamp page (to pre-order), or to their Facebook page. Their website (with store for CD and LP, tee bundles) is here.

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01 – Earth Moon
02 – Black Habit
03 – (I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting
04 – You Dreamt
05 – Other
06 – Hocus Pocus
07 – Ropes
08 – Echolalia
09 – Odessey
10 – Earth Moon (Reprise)

You can listen to the album’s first single, “Black Habit” below:

Suede Celebrates Anniversary of Debut Album With 4CD/DVD 25th Anniversary Silver Edition Box

Suede entered the Rock world with a classic offering in their self-titled debut album back in 1993.  The band stood out from many of their peers, and steadily gained a strong fan-base that exists to this day. To date, Suede has seven released titles including their most recent, Night Thoughts (2016). The best part is that the band is still largely intact.

On March 30, Edsel Records will present a 25th Anniversary multi-disc box of Suede’s first album, pegged as 25th Anniversary Silver Edition. Planned are 4CDs filled with the remastered original album, a collection of previously unreleased demos and single B-sides, a series of BBC sessions, and a live performance from 1993. A DVD (or BD) will offer TV segments, as well as a film discussing the creation of the debut set.

Suede 25th Anniversary Silver EditionSuede

CD1 (Original Album):

01 – So Young
02 – Animal Nitrate
03 – She’s Not Dead
04 – Moving
05 – Pantomime Horse
06 – The Drowners
07 – Sleeping Pills
08 – Breakdown
09 – Metal Mickey
10 – Animal Lover
11 – The Next Life

CD2 (B-sides):

01 – My Insatiable One
02 – To The Birds
03 – He’s Dead
04 – Where The Pigs Don’t Fly
05 – Painted People
06 – The Big Time
07 – High Rising
08 – Dolly
09 – My Insatiable One [piano version]
10 – Brass In Pocket

CD3 (Demos, BBC Sessions):

01 – The Drowners
02 – He’s Dead
03 – Moving
04 – To The Birds
05 – Metal Mickey
06 – Pantomime Horse
07 – High Wire (My Insatiable One)
08 – The Drowners
09 – To The Birds
10 – Sleeping Pills
11 – The Drowners
12 – To The Birds
13 – My Insatiable One
14 – Metal Mickey
15 – The Drowners
16 – Sleeping Pills
17 – Moving
18 – Diesel [instrumental] [studio outtake]
19 – Stars On 45 [rehearsal room recording]
20 – Sleeping Pills [strings]

CD4 (Live – 1993)

01 – Metal Mickey
02 – Moving
03 – My Insatiable One
04 – Animal Nitrate
05 – Pantomime Horse
06 – The Drowners
07 – Painted People
08 – So Young
09 – Animal Lover
10 – Sleeping Pills
11 – To The Birds

DVD:

TV Appearances:
01 – The Drowners
02 – Metal Mickey
03 – So Young
04 – So Young
05 – The Next Life / Brett and Jools
06 – My Insatiable One

07 – Interview Documentary

 

Kittie Celebrates 20 Years With Career Documentary and New Live Set

Some of us at MusicTAP have been fans of the Canadian Metal band, Kittie for some years. In fact, since our start in 2001 (yes, THAT  long ago!), one of our earliest columnists, Duane Leyva, who helmed Duane’s Pit Stop, interviewed Morgan Lander of Kittie for TAP (here) back in 2002. Since, the band has undergone several changes and had endured a death within the ranks (Trish Doan in 2017). Nevertheless, both Morgan, and Mercedes Landers remain with the band, as does Tara McLeod (since 2005).

On March 30, Lightyear Entertainment will release a video documentary set celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the band. This celebratory set will be issued on a 3-disc set that features both DVD and BD (Blu-ray) of the documentary, and a CD featuring a new live album from the band. The documentary details the history of the band with archival footage and interviews. The CD contains the recent live set from the October 27, 2017 London Music Hall show in London, Ontario, Canada. The documentary spans the band’s twenty years while the Live CD is a set of career-spanning music from the current incarnation.

The set is called Origins/Evolutions.  The live show will also be made available on vinyl LP scheduled for April 13.

 

Four Julian Cope Titles Remastered For Vinyl Reissue

The Teardrop Explodes was a post-punk band back in the later days of the ’70s. With two band albums released in the early ’80s before break-up, the band gathered unto itself a strong fan-base. When Julian Cope expanded his career with his solo path, the following gained by The Teardrop Explodes naturally scooted over to his music.

Since 1984, Julian Cope released over twenty-five albums and continues to do so. His last releases were Drunken Songs, and Rite At Ya, both issued in 2017. However, it is the classic era sets that fascinate and move fans to the greatest degrees.

    

On April 6, watch for four Julian Cope classic titles remastered for vinyl LP reissues that will include Saint Julian (1987), My Nation Underground (1986), Peggy Suicide (1991), and Jehovahkill (1992).  These are being produced in conjunction with Cope, Island, and PledgeMusic. The last two titles will be presented as 2LP reissues. You can even buy the entire collection as a bundled set.

    

You can pre-order these vinyl LPs here.

 

Marillion Classic 1994 Brave Gets Remixed 4CD/BD, 5LP Deluxe Editions

Fans of Marillion have Steven Wilson in their corner. Remixing classic album tracks not only breathe brand new life into old recordings, it also provides his penchant for 5.1 Surround mixes. To me, a remix is better than remastering. I am often jealous of those bands that have Wilson’s attention. I just hope he expands to more bands including some that I have  extraordinary love for (Wishbone Ash’s Argus, and others!)

On March 9, watch for the Marillion 1994 classic, Brave. Continuing with upgrades to the Marillion library (Misplaced Childhood reissued in 2017), Rhino/Parlophone will provide a 4CD/BD set as well as a 5LP Box.

The 4CD/BD Box will provide a CD featuring the 2018 Steven Wilson Stereo remix, a CD with the original 1994 master of the album, and two CDs with a complete April 29, 1994 live set at La Cigale in Paris. The Blu-ray Disc (BD) will provide plenty of hi-res and visual goods. A richly designed book will accompany the set.

CD1 (2018 Steven Wilson Remix of Brave):
01. Bridge
02. Living With the Big Lie
03. Runaway
04. Goodbye to All That: Wave/Mad/The Opium Den/The Slide/Standing in the Swing
05. Hard As Love
06. The Hollow Man
07. Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury/Now Wash Your Hands
08. Paper Lies
09. Brave
10. The Great Escape/The Last of You/Fallin’ from the Moon
11. Made Again

CD2 (Original 1994 Brave Mix):
01. Bridge
02. Living With the Big Lie
03. Runaway
04. Goodbye to All That: Wave/Mad/The Opium Den/The Slide/Standing in the Swing
05. Hard As Love
06. The Hollow Man
07. Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury/Now Wash Your Hands
08. Paper Lies
09. Brave
10. The Great Escape/The Last of You/Fallin’ from the Moon
11. Made Again

CD3 (Live at La Cigale, Paris – April 29, 1994, Remixed):
01. River
02. Bridge
03. Living With the Big Lie
04. Runaway
05. Goodbye to All That
06. Wave
07. Mad
08. The Opium Den
09. The Slide
10. Standing in the Swing
11. Hard As Love
12. Hollow Man
13. Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury
14. Now Wash Your Hands
15. Paper Lies
16. Brave
17. The Great Escape/The Last of You/Fallin’ from the Moon
18. Made Again

CD4 (Live at La Cigale, Paris – April  29, 1994  Remixed cont.):
01. Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)
02. Slàinte Mhath
03. No One Can
04. Sympathy
05. Easter
06. Garden Party
07. Waiting to Happen
08. Hooks in You
09. The Space…

BD: (Original Album Stereo SW Remix, Hi-res 96kHz/24 Stereo, 5.1 Surround (DTS Master Audio, Dolby) Mixes, Documentary (It All Began With The Bright Light), Videos (“The Great Escape”, “The Hollow Man”, “Alone Again In the Lap of Luxury”,), Bonus Track (“The Great Escape” – Spiral Remake).

 

Led Zeppelin Reissues How The West Was Won on 3CD, 4LP, BD Sets and Deluxe Edition Box

A bit of “old” How The West Was Run Led Zeppelin Live album news already with every outlet pushing this knowledge out the airplane window (JUMP!).  I’m passing it along as a courtesy to those that might not have seen it yet.

The 2003 Led Zeppelin live set originally released via Atlantic Records as a CD set and as a DVD-Audio set is currently remastered and set for reissue on March 23. This reissue will update this classic title with vinyl LPs, BD-Audio, and a massive Super Deluxe Edition with 3CD/4LP/DVD. The Box will also include the inevitable book filled with photos, notes and writeups, credits, and more.

The shows that make up the discs are the band’s LA area sets on their Houses Of The Holy tour. The songs were selected from their LA Forum set (June 25, 1972), and their Long Beach Arena set (June 27, 1972).

For this reissue, the tapes have been remastered. They are also presented in 5.1 Surround for the Blu-ray Audio playback, which will provide DTS-Master Audio for both the 5.1 and Stereo versions, and hi-res Stereo. These are given as 96kHz/24-bit tracks.

The 4LP set feature 180g-weight vinyl.

 

5CD Spirit Box, It Shall Be: The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972, Planned For March

Spirit was a staple of FM music for the duration of their start-up in 1967 through roughly 1975.  During that time, the band released six classic albums  including the double set, Spirit of ’76. (That album charted but the fans were quickly losing interest. Personally, I thought the album was excellent. I LOVED “America The Beautiful/The Times They Are A’Changin'”, and the unreal psychedelic cover of “Like A Rolling Stone”!) But before they began to dissipate, they left five memorable sets.

On March 16, Esoteric Records teams with PledgeMusic to release a 5CD Boxed set that will feature all five Spirit albums from their years with Ode Records, and Epic Records. Those include Spirit (1968), The Family That Plays Together (1968), and Clear (1969), all with Ode Records. With Epic Records there were Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus (1970), and Feedback (1972).

Each album in this clamshell box will be newly remastered. Even better (and worth the price of admission) is the inclusion of the Mono mix of the 1968 self-titled debut. In addition, the original Stereo mix for The Family That Plays Together, the soundtrack to Model Shop, and the collection of outtakes, singles, and alternate mixes previously released for the 1991 TimeCircle compilation.

This set is being called It Shall Be – The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972. I will include a booklet with essay, notes, credits, photos, and archive interviews with Spirit.

It Shall Be – The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972  –Spirit

CD1:
01. FRESH GARBAGE
02. UNCLE JACK
03. MECHANICAL WORLD
04. TAURUS
05. GIRL IN YOUR EYE
06. STRAIGHT ARROW
07. TOPANGA WINDOWS
08. GRAMOPHONE MAN
09. WATER WOMAN
10. THE GREAT CANYON FIRE IN GENERAL
11. ELIJAH
12. I GOT A LINE ON YOU (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
13. IT SHALL BE (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
14. POOR RICHARD (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
15. SILKY SAM (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
16. THE DRUNKARD (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
17. DARLIN’ IF (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
18. ALL THE SAME (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
19. JEWISH (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
20. DREAM WITHIN A DREAM (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
21. SHE SMILED (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)
22. AREN’T YOU GLAD (ORIGINAL 1968 STEREO MIX)

CD2:
01. THE MOVING VAN
02. MELLOW FELLOW
03. NOW OR ANYWHERE
04. FOG
05. GREEN GORILLA
06. MODEL SHOP I
07. MODEL SHOP II (CLEAR)
08. THE REHEARSAL THEME
09. SONG FOR LOLA
10. EVENTIDE
11. CORAL
12. AREN’T YOU GLAD (DEMO)
13. DARK EYED WOMAN
14. APPLE ORCHARD
15. SO LITTLE TIME TO FLY
16. GROUND HOG
17. COLD WIND
18. POLICEMANâ™S BALL
19. ICE
20. GIVE A LIFE, TAKE A LIFE
21. I’M TRUCKIN’
22. CLEAR
23. CAUGHT
24. NEW DOPE IN TOWN

CD3:
01. PRELUDE’S NOTHING TO HIDE
02. NATURE’S WAY
03. ANIMAL ZOO
04. LOVE HAS FOUND A WAY
05. WHY CAN’T I BE FREE?
06. MR SKIN
07. SPACE CHILD
08. WHEN I TOUCH YOU
09. STREET WORM
10. LIFE HAS JUST BEGUN
11. MORNING WILL COME
12. SOLDIER
13. ROUGHER ROAD
14. CHELSEA GIRLS
15. CADILLAC COWBOYS
16. PUESTA DEL SCAM
17. RIPE AND READY
18. DARKNESS
19. EARTH SHAKER
20. MELLOW MORNING
21. RIGHT ON TIME
22. TRANCAS FOG-OUT
23. WITCH

CD4:
01. FRESH GARBAGE (MONO MIX)
02. UNCLE JACK (MONO MIX)
03. MECHANICAL WORLD (MONO MIX)
04. TAURUS (MONO MIX)
05. GIRL IN YOUR EYE (MONO MIX)
06. STRAIGHT ARROW (MONO MIX)
07. TOPANGA WINDOWS (MONO MIX)
08. GRAMOPHONE MAN (MONO MIX)
09. WATER WOMAN (MONO MIX)
10. THE GREAT CANYON FIRE IN GENERAL (MONO MIX)
11. ELIJAH (MONO MIX)
12. VERUSKA
13. FREE SPIRIT
14. IF I HAD A WOMAN
15. ELIJAH (ALTERNATE TAKE 2)
16. I GOT A LINE ON YOU (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
17. IT SHALL BE (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
18. POOR RICHARD (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
19. SILKY SAM (TIME CIRCLE MIX)

CD5:
01. SCHEROZODE (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
02. ALL THE SAME (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
03. A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
04. AREN’T YOU GLAD (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
05. EVENTIDE (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
06. MODEL SHOP THEME (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
07. GREEN GORILLA (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
08. REHEARSAL THEME (TIME CIRCLE MIX)
09. FOG
10. SO LITTLE TO SAY
11. MELLOW FELLOW
12. NOW OR ANYWHERE
13. SPACE CHILE
14. FULLER BRUSH MAN
15. CORAL
16. 1984
17. SWEET STELLA BABY
18. ANIMAL ZOO (MONO SINGLE VERSION)
19. RED LIGHT ROLL ON
20. MORNING WILL COME (MONO MIX)

 

Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) To Release New Anthology CD, Rare & Timeless

Progressive music took many, many turns as the ’60s turned into the ’70s. One such band that helped shape genre shifts was Uriah Heep. Formed in 1969. By 1970, this turnstile band (boasting of several classic-era line-ups over time, had released its debut, Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble. By 1973, Uriah Heep had released Sweet Freedom as a new signing to Warner Brothers, with the release of their successful single, “Stealin'”.

Between their debut and Sweet Freedom, the band released four other classics (Salisbury – 1971, Look At Yourself – 1971, Demons & Wizards – 1972, The Magician’s Birthday – 1972). With Demons & Wizards, the band had enormous US success with the extraction of “Easy Livin'” as a single. The songwriter for both of these mentioned Uriah Heep hits was Ken Hensley.

Ken Hensley left the confines of Uriah Heep in 1980 after the release of Conquest (1980). With only Mick Box left from the classic lineups, and the changing musical climate, Hensley felt the ongoing directional changes were not in standing with his vision. But before he left, Ken Hensley had dabbled with two solo releases (the incredible Proud Words On a Dusty Shelf (1973), and Eager To Please (1975)). After his departure, he released Free Spirit (1981). From there, Hensley, in addition to his many band collaborations, released ten solo titles.

On March 30, in conjunction with PledgeMusic and BMG UK, Ken Hensley will release a personally curated compilation of fifteen songs, some previously unreleased, and three new tracks (two brand new compositions, and one a re-record of “Lady In Black”, a Uriah Heep song from Salisbury). This new anthology will be called Rare & Timeless.

01 – Free Me (rare Russian release)
02 – Send Me An Angel (previously unreleased)
03 – If I Had The Time
04 – Guilty
05 – The Last Dance (previously unreleased)
06 – Mine (newly recorded for this anthology)
07 – I Did It All
08 – I Close My Eyes (*rare release*)
09 – Take & Take
10 – The Return
11 – Beyond The Starz
12 – Fortune
13 – Lady In Black
14 – The Longest Night (newly recorded for this anthology)
15 – Epilogue (newly recorded for this anthology)

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