Fresh New 2022 Vinyl For January 14
Bon Iver - Bon Iver 10th Anniversary Edition (Click To Order) - This June marked the ten year anniversary of the worldwide release of Bon Iver's highly acclaimed sophomore release Bon Iver, Bon Iver. This edition features five songs from Bon Iver's beautiful AIR Studios session, which captures the grand spirit of Bon Iver, Bon Iver and distills it into sharper focus, as Justin Vernon and Sean Carey perform the songs as a duo, on grand pianos and vocals only. This new Anniversary Edition of Bon Iver, Bon Iver features a blind embossed version of the original cover art and an intimate personal essay from long-time fan Phoebe Bridgers recalling how the "massive, sprawling, unbelievably complex" album brings about both yearning for yesterday, contentment for the present, and collective hope for the future. The album's iconic cover art has been reimagined to a minimal white-on-white, with a white LP to match.
Corrosion of Conformity - Animosity (Click To Order) - Originally released in 1985, COC’s second album, Animosity, found them stepping away from the punk roots of their first LP and stepping fully into a punk/metal fusion. This was a groundbreaking move mirrored by bands like DRI, who also sought to move into a crossover sound. This is a massive favorite of mine and one I can’t wait to own on vinyl after all these years.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters - A Boy Named If (Click To Order) - After being silent for a few years, Elvis Costello has roared back to live with a flurry of releases, the newest being A Boy Named If. Costello says, "The full title of this record is `The Boy Named If (And Other Children's Stories).' `IF' is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own." I’m a massive Costello fan, so this is a huge one for me.
Gang of Four - Entertainment (Click To Order)- Entertainment! is one of those records where germs of influence can be traced through many genres and countless bands, both favorably and unfavorably. From groups whose awareness of genealogy spreads wide enough to openly acknowledge Gang of Four's influence (Fugazi, Rage Against the Machine), to those not in touch with their ancestry enough to realize it (rap-metal, some indie rock) -- all have appropriated elements of their forefathers' trailblazing contribution. Its vaguely funky rhythmic twitch, its pungent, pointillistic guitar staccato, and its spoken/shouted vocals have all been picked up by many. Lyrically, the album was apart from many of the day, and it still is. The band rants at revisionist history in "Not Great Men" ("No weak men in the books at home"), self-serving media and politicians in "I Found That Essence Rare" ("The last thing they'll ever do?/Act in your interest"), and sexual politics in "Damaged Goods" ("You said you're cheap but you're too much"). Though the brilliance of the record thrives on the faster material -- especially the febrile first side -- a true highlight amongst highlights is the closing "Anthrax," full of barely controlled feedback squalls and moans.
Punch Brothers - Hell on Church Street (Click To Order)- Hell on Church Street, Punch Brothers newest album, due January 14, 2022 on Nonesuch Records, is the bands reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice's landmark solo album Church Street Blues. The record features a collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. Recorded at Nashville's Blackbird Studio in November 2020, during a time of great uncertainty, Hell on Church Street was intended as both its own work of art and a gift to Rice, who died that Christmas. Punch Brothers said of Tony Rice and Church Street Blues: No record (or musician) has had a greater impact on us, and we felt compelled to cover it in its entirety, with the objective of interacting with it in the same spirit of respect-fueled adventure that Tony brought to each of its pre-existing songs.
The Lumineers - Brightside (Click To Order) - The fourth album from The Lumineers, Brightside was produced by The Lumineers’ longtime collaborator Simone Felice and produced, mixed, and engineered by David Baron during two sessions — winter and spring 2021 — at Baron’s Sun Mountain Studios in Boiceville, NY. Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites performed virtually all of the instrumentation, with Baron helping out on keyboards and backing vocals, along with Felice, touring members Byron Isaacs and Lauren Jacobson, famed backing singer Cindy Mizelle (Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band), The Felice Brothers’ James Felice, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Diana DeMuth.