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10 New Music Releases on Amoeba.com, 5/22/20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 22, 2020 06:20pm | Post a Comment

While the physical Amoeba stores are closed temporarily for the safety and health of our employees and customers, Amoeba.com is open 24/7, and music and movies ship free to the U.S.! 

Here's 10 of our favorites from this week's new releases, available on Amoeba.com!

See all the new releases HERE.

Airborne Toxic Event: Hollywood Park (CD & Vinyl)

In conjunction with frontman Mikel Jollett's memoir of the same name, The Airborne Toxic Event releases this concept record drawing from themes in the book. Incorporates real audio from his family, gospel singers, and orchestral flourishes from violins to timpani to horns. Illustrates dashed dreams and difficult times of childhood, as well as the confusion of an adult life spent nursing the wounds. An ultimate redemption story on finding self-acceptance and love of family.

Tim Burgess: I Love The New Sky (CD & Vinyl)

Charlatans frontman, label boss, DJ, and author Tim Burgess has been instrumental in so many great records over the years. His solo adventure has been no less extraordinary, scaling new heights here with his fifth solo album, I Love The New Sky. The album features wonderfully connective songs of everyday minutiae and universal experience -- love and anger, loss and belonging -- all united by elaborate yet natural arrangements and his effortless but deceptively expert way with melody.

The Donnas: Spend The Night (2LP 180 Gram Yellow Colored Vinyl)

In 2002, The Donnas released their fifth studio album and Atlantic debut, Spend The Night. It was their first attempt at mainstream success and the band’s first charting record on the Billboard 200. Now it's getting its first vinyl reissue since its original release in an expanded 180 Gram Yellow Colored Vinyl 2LP set that includes previously unreleased live tracks and additional bonus tracks!

Steve Earle & The Dukes: Ghosts Of West Virginia (CD & Vinyl)

Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. In ten roughly eloquent and powerfully conveyed sonic portraits, Steve Earle and his long-time band the Dukes explore the historical role of coal in rural communities. More than merely a question of jobs and income, mining has provided a sense of unity and meaning, patriotic pride and purpose.

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard: Chunky Shrapnel (CD & Gold Black Splatter Vinyl)

Chunky Shrapnel is King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's new documentary film and also this accompanying live album. The album features 13 live performances hand-picked from the band's 2019 tour, including new musical scores written by Stu Mackenzie that add a magical touch of an alien melancholy throughout the record. This album is an experience geared towards recreating the energy of their shows and it's also utterly King Gizz through and through.

Sunwatchers: Oh Yeah? (CD & Vinyl)

Despite being the band's most accessible and melodic work to date, New York quartet Sunwatchers' fourth album begins in a flurry of notes and the buzzing hum of "Sunwatchers vs. Tooth Decay" -- a song referencing a 1976 album featuring athlete and activist Muhammad Ali. This cheeky yet reverent attitude sums up Sunwatchers' aesthetic in a nutshell. The band may cloak their fiery activism in a jester's outfit, but it does nothing to dull the force of their attack. The album's title Oh Yeah? is at once an homage to Charles Mingus, Thee Oh Sees' album Help (Brigid Dawson hand-sewed the tapestry adorning the album's front cover), and the rallying cry of KoolBrave himself - the Kool-Aid Man-as-Braveheart avatar the band adopted as their symbol.

The Teskey Brothers: Live At The Forum (CD & Vinyl)

Following up the Grammy nominated album Run Home Slow, Australian soul band The Teskey Brothers return with a live album. Live at the Forum was recorded on tape during their two-day residency at the iconic Forum Melbourne in Australia this past November.


Eve Owen: Don't Let The Ink Dry (CD & Vinyl)

The debut album from British singer/songwriter Eve Owen is raw, sensitive, and boundlessly imaginative. The songs find the 20-year-old Owen embracing her affinity for folk music while pursuing the endless possibilities in electronic experimentation.

Alina Baraz: It Was Divine (CD & Vinyl)

It Was Divine shows Alina Baraz at her most confident and mature. This collection of synthy R&B jams features collaborations with Nas, Khalid, 6LACK, and Smino.

James Elkington: Ever-Roving Eye (CD, Vinyl & Green Grass Vinyl)

Songwriter/guitarist James Elkington has collaborated with everyone from Richard Thompson to Jeff Tweedy to Tortoise. However, his solo work is in a universe all his own. Harkening back to British folk rock, library music, horror film soundtracks, and psychedelia, Ever-Roving Eye is even more elaborate, shrewd, thoughtful, and confessional than his excellent previous solo work.

 

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