Sep 2022

Chloë And The Next 20th Century (CD)

Father John Misty’s got something truly special with his new one, Chloë and the Next 20th Century. Cinematic in scope and earnest in emotion, the album feels like it should be the soundtrack to a sweeping golden age of Hollywood epic. Maybe that’s because of the album’s stellar arrangements; lilting strings, haunting horns, and romantic guitar nod to the orchestral sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s. A standout achievement that should not only end up on many critics’ year end “best” lists but that will likely earn many spins on your turntable.

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Check Your Head [Deluxe Edition] (LP)

The Beastie Boys’ multiplatinum 1992 album Check Your Head is noted for being less sample-heavy and bringing back live instruments, with Mike D on drums, Ad-Rock on guitar, and the late MCA on bass. Also significant for featuring Money Mark’s first appearance on keyboard with the group, the album reincorporated the Beastie Boys’ early punk influences into their sound and heightened their popularity in the ‘90s alternative scene. This year, Check Your Head celebrates its 30th anniversary with a grand slam of a reissue: A limited edition 4LP box set that includes the 2009 double LP remaster and two discs of B-sides, live tracks, and remixes. Time to dig in and enjoy!

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Just Like That... (CD)

Bonnie Raitt's first album in six years is a spirited, easy-to-love blues rocker with enough earworms to keep it in your regular rotation. Just Like That... finds Raitt back together with her regular crew of collaborators: bassist James "Hutch" Hutchinson, drummer Ricky Fataar, guitarist/co-songwriter George Marinelli (on "Livin' for the Ones"), and engineer Ryan Freeland. Once again Raitt handles production duties, showcasing her technical virtuosity behind the soundboard as well as the fretboard. Songwriting-wise, Raitt stretches her creative wings, experimenting with new approaches while serving up the sultry, summery blues for which she's known and loved. Another excellent addition to the artist's catalog of modern classics.

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