What's New 4-2-21

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Jazz Is Dead

There's early work with Eric Dolphy and McCoy Tyner in Charles Mingus' Jazz Workshop, work with Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, a stint in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and also one with Miles. This is what Gary Bartz brings to the Jazz Is Dead project and as can be expected, his questing spirit fits the JID style like a glove and has produced an album that's a cutting-edge addition to his immense canon as he effortlessly interfaces with a new generation.

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Cooking Vinyl

Lead single, “Six Days In June,” is an upbeat and foot-stomping anthem that sure to put a big smile on the face of any Fratellis fan. “Some days you sit on the couch watching daytime TV and along comes a song like Six ‘Days In June’ to remind you that you’re still alive!,” says Jon Fratelli. Half Drunk… follows their critically acclaimed album In Your Own Sweet Time and very much continues on this upward trajectory, sure to become a signature moment in the band's career.

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4AD

The South London trio’s New Long Leg is more ambitious and complex, with spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band's restless instrumentals. With lyrics preoccupied by themes like dissociation, escapism, daydreaming, complicated feelings of love, anger, revenge, anxiety, the kitchen, lethargy, forgetfulness, and survival, lead singer Shaw says, "the title is ambiguous; a new long leg could be an expensive present or a growth or a table repair."

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eOne

Heavy Sun fuses classic gospel and modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with crisp, digital accents and lush, swirling atmospherics to create a sound that's at once warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. It’s spacious and dreamy, anchored by rich, righteous organ topped with airy falsetto and mesmerizing four-part harmony, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in desperately short supply.

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High Top Mountain

Sturgill returns with the next installment of his bluegrass series, Cuttin' Grass Vol. 2. An A-Team of acoustic players reconvened for another round of reinterpretations of his catalogue, this time largely focusing on 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth, which won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year. This volume also includes "Jesus Boogie," originally performed by Simpson's first band, Sunday Valley, and two previously unreleased songs, "Tennessee" and "Hobo Cartoon."

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Strolling Bones Records

In 2008 Etienne de Rocher paused his budding career as a songwriter in the Bay Area to relocate his growing family to the fertile artistic grounds of Athens, GA. Faltering Light is more than just a love letter to the Classic City though. It’s a love letter to life. 11 rocking, thoughtful, psychedelic, literary songs about Etienne’s experience with life raising kids, restoring homes, cooking, holidays and his inward contemplations of dreams, emotions, and nightmares.

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Island

Demi Lovato returns with her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Dancing with the Devil… The Art of Starting Over. The album serves as the companion to Demi's powerful 4-part YouTube Originals documentary, Dancing with the Devil, which premiered March 23rd. The album includes 19 original songs including previously released Grammy Awards showstopper "Anyone" as well as "What Other People Say" with Sam Fischer.

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