Category Archives: New Music

New Mary Chapin Carpenter Album, Sometimes Just The Sky, With Re-Recorded MCC Songs

Mary Chapin Carpenter surprised me with the information about this release.  The reason is that I was still enjoying the previous album, forgetting that it was released back in 2016.  But nevertheless, a new Mary Chapin Carpenter is on its way. To push that point closer to home, two new singles from the new album have already dropped (“Heroes and Heroines”, “This Shirt”). Both newly recorded tracks offer a different MCC experience. But good experiences!

Mary Chapin Carpenter has been on radar since her arrival back in 1987 with the release of her debut Columbia album, Hometown Girl. She ramped up awareness with State Of The Art (1989), and gradually climbed higher with each subsequent release. After eight albums with Columbia, MCC signed with Rounder’s Rock imprint label, Zöe Records, where she released another five excellent sets. Her last album was released on Lambent Light Records.

On March 30, Lambent Light Records will resume with the release of Sometimes Just The Sky. This album will contain thirteen ‘new’songs, Of those, twelve are selected Mary Chapin Carpenter tracks that have been newly re-recorded in a live setting. (I’ve listed the tracks original album placements in the tracklist below,)  Only one is an original new track, “Sometimes Just The Sky”.

Sometimes Just The Sky will be issued on CD, DD, and 180g-weight black vinyl 2LP with included DD card.

Sometimes Just The SkyMary Chapin Carpenter

01 – Heroes and Heroines (Hometown Girl – 1987)
02 – What Does It Mean To Travel (The Things We Are Made Of – 2016)
03 – I Have A Need For Solitude (The Age of Miracles – 2010)
04 – One Small Heart
05 – The Moon and St. Christopher (Shooting Straight In The Dark – 1990)
06 – Superman (Where Time Stands Still: A Special Collection – 2001)
07 – Naked To The Eye (A Place In The World – 1996)
08 – Rhythm Of The Blues (Come On Come On – 1992)
09 – This Is Love (Stones In The Road – 1994)
10 – Jericho (Ashes and Roses – 2012)
11 – The Calling (The Calling – 2007)
12 – This Shirt (State Of The Heart – 1989)
13 – Sometime Just The Sky (New)

New Courtney Barnett Album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, In May

By and large, I’ve lost an immense amount of faith in the institution of Saturday Night Live , especially where its weekly introduction of music is concerned. Primed with the need to air already popular displays of Pop, they’ve forgotten their past in introducing remarkable fresh talent. But every once in a while, they do get it right, Courtney Barnett is one of those instances.

If you’re a consistent voyager of the internet where music is concerned, chances are quite high that you’ve run into Courtney Barnett already. She has an incredible quality to her sound, which can be endearing to some if the songs are well constructed, as hers are. Courtney Barnett recently collaborated with Kurt Vile from The War on Drugs band (another excellent new band) for an album just as good.

On May 18, the beautiful Courtney Barnett will release her newest album since her wonderful 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Her newest album is being called Tell Me How You Really Feel. The new album has a pre-release single out in the wild (hear below), “Nameless, Faceless”. The new album contains ten new Courtney Barnett tracks. If the new song is an indication, us fans should be pleased.

Tell Me How You Really Feel is planned for CD, DD, Cassette, and limited edition purple colored vinyl LP. It is being released by Milk! Records in Australia, and Mom+Pop Records in

Tell Me How You Really FeelCourtney Barnett

01 – Hopefulessness
02 – City Looks Pretty
03 – Charity
04 – Need A Little Time
05 – Nameless, Faceless
06 – I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
07 – Crippling Self Doubt And A General Lack Of Self Confidence
08 – Help Your Self
09 – Walkin’ On Eggshells
10 – Sunday Roast

(Thanks, Stephen!)

New Don McLean Album, Botanical Gardens, Out In March

Think Don McLean, and his mega MEGA popular hit, “American Pie” comes immediately to mind. In fact, many people know most, if not all of the words to the 1971 classic track. It was a long song that needed editing for radio. Don McLean was never able to replicate that success even though he released a few singles after “American Pie” (“Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Driedel”, etc). To date, McLean has twenty albums in his catalog.

On March 23, BMG and PledgeMusic will release his next album, Botanical Gardens. This new set will deliver thirteen new songs. The first single, “Botanical Gardens” can be heard below.

Botanical Gardens will be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Botanical GardensDon McLean

01 – Botanical Gardens
02 – The Lucky Guy
03 –  A Total Eclipse of the Sun
04 – Waving Man
05 – When July Comes
06 – You’re All I Ever Had
07 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Your Baby
08 – I’ve Cried All the Tears That I Have
09 – Ain’t She a Honey
10 – The King of Fools
11 – Grief and Hope
12 – You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13 – Last Night When We Were Young

Debut Pete Townshend Solo Album, Who Came First, To Reissue As 45th Anniversary 2CD Set

Pete Townshend was one of four individuals that energized the band we’ve all come to love asThe Who. But even as he was a part of The Who, their creativity revolved around his song craft! And even though, The Who had plenty of his work, there was enough to slip into solo territory. In 1972, Pete Townshend rekeased his first solo album calling it, respectfully, Who Came First.

Who Came First was actually a hybrid of leftover Who constructs, especially after the capsize of Lifehouse (a Who/Townshend project) and its subsequent farming of songs that became Who’s Next (1971). Half of Who Came First was a foray into cover tunes. Upon release, it fed ravenous Who fans ably enough, charting well.

On April 13, a 2CD 45th Anniversary expansion of Who Came First will be reissued with an addition of eight bonus tracks, all previously unreleased. These will include edits, alternative tracks, and live tracks.

The 2CD Who Came First will be delivered in an eight-panel digipak, and will come with a replica poster as found in the original album release. The included 24-page booklet will contain new Townshend notes, as well as rare photos of Townshend in the studio with Meher Baba.

Who  Came Next (45th Anniversary Edition) – Pete Townshend

01. Pure and Easy
02. Evolution
03. Forever’s No Time At All
04. Let’s See Action
05. Time Is Passing
06. There’s a Heartache Following Me
07. Sheraton Gibson
08. Content
09. Parvardigar

Disc: 2
01. His Hands
02. The Seeker (2017 edit)
03. Day Of Silence
04. Sleeping Dog
05. Mary Jane (Stage A Version)
06. I Always Say (2017 Edit)
07. Begin The Beguine (2017 edit)
08. Baba O’Reilly (Instrumental)
09. The Love Man (Stage C)
10. Content (Stage A)
11. Day Of Silence (Alternate Version)
12. Parvardigar (Alternate take)
13. Nothing Is Everything
14. There’s A Fortune In Those Hills
15. Meher Baba In Italy
16. Drowned (live in India)
17. Evolution (live at Ronnie Lane Memorial)

’90s Gem Poster Children To Release First Album In 14 Years – Grand Bargain!

I often wonder at the reality that produces hot-selling bands, leaving some highly talented bands (generally with more talent dripping from their pores than many of the popular ones) to all too often deep obscurity. One of those bands are Poster Children.

A few bands have come from the breeding grounds of Champaign, primarily from the U of I. When Poster Children arrived back in the late eighties, they released an indie album, Flower Power (later reissued). But it wasn’t until their Daisychain Reaction that I became aware of this band from back home ( I lived a significant part of my young life in Illinois). With the clever “If You See Kay” classic, they provided a strong argument for notice! With their next album, Tool of The Man (1993), they enjoyed further attention with Sire Records signing them for several titles, after which Warner Brothers issued their RTFM in 1997.

On May 18, this underappreciated band known as Poster Children will release their new album, their first since No More Songs About Sleep and Fire from 2004. It will be called Grand Bargain! and will contain eleven new songs, The album will be made available on CD, DD,  Cassette, and vinyl LP. Grand Bargain! is generated by PledgeMusic as well as being released by Lotuspool Records.

Enjoy the first track from the new album, “Grand Bargain!” They STILL have it!

Cellist Serena Jost (Rasputina) To Release Third Solo Set, Up To The Sky

Decades back, an avant-garde electric cello choir trio by the name of Rasputina garnered some attention, enough to get the unusual band a contract with Columbia Records. Rasputina is the band name for Melora Creager, who has remained the force within Rasputina from inception, even today. Since formation, Rasputina has had more than a few members within its eclectic ranks. For the two Columbia albums (Thanks For The Ether – 1996, How We Quit The Forest – 1998), there was Melora, and Julia Kent, while two additional cellists filled in for each album. One of the original members -pre-album period- was an accomplished cellist by the name of Serena Jost.

As an original member of Rasputina before any album recordings by the band, she performed for 4AD band, Ultra Vivid Scene (as Rasputina) along with Melora and Julia on their Rev (1992) album.

Serena Jost released an album back in 2013. The album was called A Bird Will Sing, a follow-up to her 2008 set, Closer Than Far.

On April 6, a new album by Serena Jost will be released. It is called Up To The Sky, and will offer ten new tracks. Up To The Sky will be released on CD and DD formats by Second Kiss Records. For recording info, the album was recorded live inside St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea, NYC under the rafters with a spaced placement of eight microphones.

One of the tracks is a cover of a song by Molly Drake (“Happiness”), who is Nick Drake’s mother.

This is posted for fans of cello music by worthy musicians who are evocative and fresh. I find Serena Jost quite good. But I have been a fan of Rasputina since their beginnings.

New Jack White Album, Boarding House Reach, Planned For March

Jack White is no stranger to the inner circle of Rock, an area of comfort that he has been a part of for some time. His beginning is with The White Stripes, a band he was in alongside his wife. As a successful duo, they released six studio albums, all well-received. After a time of stress, The White Stripes called it a musical day. After that, Jack White (who retained his wife’s surname after their 2013 divorce), turned to solo recording. releasing the Gold-selling Blunderbuss album in 2012. Since, he has released one other solo effort, Lazaretto (2014).

On March 23, Jack White will release his third solo work, Boarding House Reach via his own Third Man Records, distributed via Columbia Records. The new album will contain thirteen new songs. Boarding House Reach will be issued on CD, and in DD.

The latest new song is in release. You can listen to “Connected By Love” below in the YouTube video. A bit of exploration will net you audio releases (on YouTube) for two other tracks from the album (“Respect Commander“, and  “Corporation“). You can purchase “Connected By Love” as a 7″ vinyl single with “Respect Commander” as its B-side.

New Tor Lundvall Vocal Album, A Dark Place

From the first time I heard Tor Lundvall, I was hooked. His use of atmospheric electronics in an ethereal soundscape had created a sense of uniqueness. It was his 2006 Yule release, based on the holiday season, that made me a lifelong fan. (You can read my 2013 introduction to the ambient artist here. Since Yule, Tor Lundvall has released two additional instrumental sets. In 2009, Lundvall released a previously recorded vocal album, Sleeping And Hiding, a vinyl-only issue currently out of print. It’s been almost ten years since that vocal album, but it appears that a new one is on the horizon!

On February 23, Dais Records will deliver a limited edition vinyl LP run of the next Tor Lundvall release. It will be called A Dark Place. The vinyl run will consist of 400 black vinyl sets, and 100 transparent purple vinyl sets.  It will also be available digitally via Bandcamp (here).

A Dark Place will contain eight complete compositions including the currently available track, “Quiet Room”, which can be streamed and/or digitally purchased now (here).

You can pre-order A Dark Place on vinyl a this Dais Records link (here).

New Wye Oak Album Planned For April

It’s been some years since Wye Oak, a duo (Andy Stack, Jenn Wasner) from Baltimore, MD, released their last album. Even then, Shriek (2014) is an engaging departure from their previous three album releases (If Children – 2007, The Knot – 2009, Civilian – 2011). Wye Oak did release an outtakes collection, Tween, in 2016, bringing together unused – and repurposed –  songs from their Civilian, and Shriek periods. But we want to completely focus on fresh album releases from the band. Therefore:

On April 6, Merge Records will release the next set from Wye Oak, called The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. This new album will feature twelve new tracks. Judging from the pre-release single available for streaming and YouTube presentation, Wye Oak doesn’t stray far from their adopted Shriek sound, although there is evident change in the sound. Personally, I preferred the pre-Shriek Wye Oak, even though I appreciated their progression on Shriek. The new itle track (hear below) makes me profoundly interested for the rest of the new album!

The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs will be released on CD, DD, and for vinyl, on several editions that include standard issue black vinyl, and a limited edition split opague beige/transparent blue (sand and sky) color vinyl. 12″ x 12″ lyric sheet and download card are included with LP purchases.  There are included tee bundles as well as an all-inclusive set (CD, LP, Tee).

Wye Oak is supporting their new album with a 34-date world tour.

The Sword To Release New Album, Used Future

The Metal band, The Sword, first engaged audiences with a raucous style of Rock that called to mind Black Sabbath with their debut release, Age of Winters in 2006. Since that firstfruit album, the band has released four more sets with High Country (2015) their last album.


On March 23, Razor & Tie will release the band’s sixth album with Used Future. This new album will provide fans with thirteen new songs with an album run-time of just under 45 minutes. The album will be released on CD, DD, and limited edition (1000 run) “copper cloud” color vinyl, which will include a unique 12″ single of outtake “Serpent Weather” (the B-side of the 12″ single is etched with an exclusive design by tattoo artist, Thomas Hooper).

The Sword has released their first single from the album, “Deadly Nightshade” (hear below).