Every day we’re faced with an onslaught of album announcements so we thought we’d start sharing the soon-to-be-released love by putting together a list of the most notable and exciting album announcements on a weekly basis. This week’s features blues icon Mavis Staples, a live album from Ball Park Music, Nuggets re-releases, film pioneer come music maker David Lynch, and more.
One True Vine
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and civil rights icon Mavis Staples will release her follow-up to You Are Not Alone, later this month. The new record finds Staples traversing darker terrain with stark, acoustic arrangements and the most honest, unvarnished vocal performances of her career.
With some new compositions written specifically for Staples by Jeff Tweedy and Nick Lowe the record is the most personal and emotional statement from the icon.
Recorded at Wilco’s studio in Chicago, the album features Jeff Tweedy on nearly every instrument except drums, which were played by Tweedy’s 17-year-old son Spencer.
Out June 28th Through Anti Records
- Holy Ghost
- Every Step
- Can You Get to That
- Jesus Wept
- Far Celestial Shore
- What Are They Doing in Heaven Today
- Sow Good Seeds
- I Like the Things About Me
- Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind On Jesus)
- One True Vine
Ball Park Music
Live At The Manning Bar
In celebration of an amazing three plus years on the road, Brisbane outfit Ball Park Music re-release their highly acclaimed sophomore album Museum with a bonus live disc.
Heading into their final headlining tour for the year, the band will have racked up an impressive 230 odd shows in what seems like an impossibly short space of time. In recognition of the fans support over this period Museum will be re-released featuring a bonus disc containing eight live tracks.
The live set was recorded at Sydney’s Manning bar in February 2013. With over 30 minutes of music, including material from both albums, it’s the perfect taste of the band’s energetic live performance, and the ideal warm up to The Thank Ewes June/July Tour.
Out June 7th
1. Cost of Lifestyle
2. Fence Sitter
4. Bad Taste Blues (Part II)
5. All I Want Is You
6. Literally Baby
7. It’s Nice To Be Alive
8. Sad Rude Future Dude
Ocean Avenue Acoustic
Hot on the heels with the news that their 2003 breakthrough single “Ocean Avenue”has just been certified platinum in the US, American pop-punk band Yellowcard hare marking the tenth anniversary of the record of the same name.
To kick it off, Yellowcard and Hopeless Records/ UNFD are releasing Ocean Avenue Acoustic, a re-imagining of all 13 songs from that album in an acoustic setting.
Yellowcard will tour around Australia in October, following on from their sold out shows in 2012. Tickets will be snapped up quickly, make sure you get yours when they go on sale on Thursday 13 June.
Out August 16th through Hopeless Records/ UNFD
- Way Away
- Ocean Avenue
- Empty Apartment
- Life Of A Salesman
- Only One
- Miles Apart
- Twenty Three
- View From Heaven
- Inside Out
- One Year, Six Months
- Back Home
The Big Dream
Legendary multimedia artist David Lynch returns with the follow-up to Crazy Clown Time, his acclaimed 2011 solo debut.
The new album sees Lynch returning to primary songwriting and performance duties, writing 11 out of the album’s 12 tracks. Also included in the lineup is Lynch’s signature take on the Bob Dylan folk classic ‘The Ballad of Hollis Brown’ as well as a tune featuring Lykki Li.
The Big Dream was recorded over several months at Lynch’s own Asymmetrical Studio with engineer Dean Hurley, who also contributes production and instrumentation to the album.
Describing his style of music as “modern blues,” Lynch says the songwriting process for his new album was similar to his debut.
Out July 19th through Sunday Best Recordings/Pias Australia
- Star Dream Girl
- Last Call
- Cold Wind Blowin
- The Ballad of Hollis Brown
- Wishin’ Well
- Say It
- We Rolled Together
- Sun Can’t Be Seen No More
- I Want You
- The Line It Curves
- Are You Sure
- I’m Waiting Here with Lykke Li (Exclusive Bonus Track)
After founding member Steven Page left the band in 2009, many were unsure what the future of Barenaked Ladies would be. Luckily for fans they’re back with their second album since the lineup change and this time, with a more emotional core.
Suck on the candy-coated surfaces of Robertson’s songs long enough and you never know what you’ll encounter in their “emotional centers,” as Ed Robertson puts it.
Grinning Streak marks a quarter of a century since the band’s formation as well as their 12th studio release.
Out June 7th through Vanguard Records
3. Off His Head
4. Gonna Walk
5. Odds Are
6. Keepin’ It Real
7. Give It Back To You
8. Best Damn Friend
9. Did I Say That Out Loud?
The Smith Street Band
Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams
The Smith Street Band inadvertently stumbled into the spotlight last year with their super catchy second album Sunshine & Technology, which prompted an outrageously warm response from fans both old and new.
Check out our feature on the controversial inspiration behind the record.
A big Australian tour with US pals Joyce Manor and Cheap Girls kicks off in August to support the EP, and will conclude with a freshly sold out headline show at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel as part of the annual Poison City Weekender Festival.
The band will then venture abroad to deliver their signature beer swillin’, bro huggin’, heartfelt sounds to the UK, Europe and the US.
Out August 9th through Poison City Records
Tracklisting not available yet.
Yay for re-releases! Both Australian Nuggets compilations, Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era and Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts 1965-67 are set to return to record stores on the format in which they were intended to be listened to: vinyl.
Both compilations were released to international acclaim last year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Lenny Kaye’s original and iconic ‘60s garage/psych collection – Nuggets – Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era.
The double-LP will be released in a numbered, limited edition of 500 and will include eight additional tracks to come close to more fully replicate the original Nuggets track listing. The vinyl release includes brand new and exclusive tracks from Bleeding Knees Club, The Night Terrors, Bad/Dreems, The Icypoles, Melodie Nelson, ScotDrakula, New War and Bored Nothing.
Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations Of The First Psychedelic Era
1. Velociraptor – I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
2. Pearls – Dirty Water
3. The Straight Arrows – Lies
4. New War – Respect
5. Tiny Migrants – A Public Execution
6. Bored Nothing – No Time Like The Right Time
1. The Living Eyes – Oh Yeah
2. Bad Dreems – Pushin’ Too Hard
3. Davey Lane – Moulty
4. Palms – Don’t Look Back
5. Eagle and the Worm – An Invitation to Cry
6. Step-Panther – Liar Liar
7. The Laurels – You’re Gonna Miss Me
1. The Murlocs – Psychotic Reaction
2. Pond – Hey Joe
3. The Icypoles – Sugar and Spice
4. The Gooch Palms – Just Like Romeo and Juliet
5. Baptism of Uzi – Baby Please Don’t Go
6.Melodie Nelson – Tobacco Road
1. The Frowning Clouds – Let’s Talk About Girls
2. ScotDrakula – Run Run Run
3. Montero – My World Fell Down
4. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Open My Eyes
5. Bloods – Farmer John
6. Bleeding Knees Club – It’s-A-Happening
Down Under Nuggets: Original Australian Artyfacts 1965-1967 double LP
1. The Masters Apprentices – Buried And Dead
2. The Elois – By My Side
3. The Black Diamonds – I Want, Need, Love You
4. The Atlantics – Come On
5. The Purple Hearts – Early In The Morning
6. The Missing Links – Wild About You
7. The Creatures – Ugly Thing
1. The Lost Souls – This Life of Mine
2. The Moods – Rum Drunk
3. Derek’s Accent – Ain’t Got No Feeling
4. Bee Gees – Like Nobody Else
5. Barrington Davis – Raining Teardrops
6. The D-Coys – Bad Times
7. The In-Sect – Let This Be A Lesson
8. Steve & The Board – I Want
1.. Toni McCann – No
2. Peter & The Silhouettes – Claudette Jones
3. The Five – There’s Time
4. Bobby & Laurie – No Next Time
5. MPD Ltd – I Am What I Am
6. The Cherokees – I’ve Gone Wild
7. The Loved Ones – The Loved One
8. Phil Jones & The Unknown Blues – If I Had A Ticket
1. The Throb – Black
2. The Blue Beats – She’s Comin’ Home
3. The Easybeats – Sorry
4. Bobby James Syndicate – Hey Hey Hey
5. The Wild Cherries – Krome Played Yabby
6. The Sunsets – The Hot Generation (Unreleased Soundtrack Version)