Category Archives: New Music

New Robin Trower Album, Where You Are Going To, Planned For March

 

Robin Trower Where Are You Going ToRobin Trower has left quite a legacy behind with his stints as guitarist. One of those are his years with Procol Harum. The other is his extraordinary solo years. Trower hit almost immediate paydirt with his solo sets that started with Twice Removed From Yesterday (1973). It was his phenomenal Bridge of Sighs that turned the page for him and his two bandmates (James Dewar – Bass/Vocalist, Reg Isidore – Drums). That album put him on the fast circuit, a must to see.

Over the years, Robin Trower has released a string of albums up to 2015’s Something’s About To Change. Including that, Trower’s solo output stands at 20, not including his incredible 1976 Live album.

On March 25, Robin Trower will release his 21st solo effort, Where You Are Going To. This new album will contain ten new tracks (see track list below).The new album currently has no plans (that I’m aware of) of vinyl LP, but nevertheless, new Trower is always welcomed.

Where You Are Going To – Robin Trower
Track-list:
01 – When Will The Next Blow Fall
02 -Where You Are Going to
03- Back Where You Belong
04 – Jigsaw
05 – The Fruits of Your Desire
06 – We Will Be Together Someday
07 – Ain’t No Use To Worry
08 – In Too Deep
09 – I’m Holding On To You
10 – Delusion Sweet Delusion

 

New Graham Nash Album, This Path Tonight, Scheduled For April

Graham Nash This Path TonightEveryone knows the songwriting prowess of Graham Nash amidst thee older lovers of music. His band affiliations include The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), and, of course, his excellent solo works, five in all (Songs For Beginners – 1971, Wild Tales – 1974, Earth & Sky – 1980, Innocent Eyes – 1986, Songs For Survivors – 2002). Of those five, the first four charted well.

On April 15, Graham Nash will return with a brand new solo album. The new album is called This Path Tonight, and will provide a selection of ten brand new Nash compositions. If you need more Graham Nash, there is a Deluxe Edition that will provide three additional new tracks. (The original 8-day sessions created 20 recorded tracks in all.)

The new album is being released on CD, DD, and 180g vinyl LP via Blue Castle Records and is being distributed by long-time affiliate, Warner Brothers Records.  This is a nice way to start out 2016, wouldn’t you say? Cuz, I would say…YES!

This Path Tonight – Graham Nash
Tracklist:

01 – This Path Tonight
02 – Myself At Last
03 – Cracks In The City
04 – Beneath The Waves
05 – Fire Down Below
06 – Another Broken Heart
07 – Target
08 – Golden Days
09 – Back Home
10 – Encore
11 – Mississippi Burning (Bonus Track for Deluxe Edition)
12 – Watch Out For The Wind (Bonus Track for Deluxe Edition)
13 – The Fall (Bonus Track for Deluxe Edition)

 

New Cheap Trick Album, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello, Planned For April

Cheap Trick Bang Zoom Crazy HelloBack in December, Robin Zander let loose that the new Cheap Trick album would be a throwback to the early and classic Cheap Trick sound. That new album is called Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello. For Cheap Trick fans, this could be exciting news. The best part is that the new Cheap Trick album now has a release date.

Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello is on the calendar for April 1 via Big Machine Records.

New Iggy Pop Album, Post Pop Depression, Ready For March

Iggy Pop Post Pop DepressionI’m most amazed at the boundless energy that kicks out from the being of Iggy Pop. Long energized as the leading focus of The Stooges, and of his own legendary solo years as he wandered from America to the UK and other parts Europe, most notably Berlin, Iggy Pop is one of our more perfect and fully embodied realizations of the phenomenon known as Rock and Roll. When I hear about a new tour, or a new album from our more revered statesman of Rock, I always take notice.

On March 18, Concord Records via Loma Vista label (Iggy Pop has never been without an interested big label), Iggy Pop will release his next album, Post Pop Depression. The new album is produced by Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age fame. In addition to producing the album, Homme is also an integral part of Post Pop Depression. The band used for this album is rounded out by Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age/Dead Weather), and Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys). In fact, they all take center stage on the cover of the album. Good ole Iggy Pop!

The new album is being preceded by a single, “Gardenia”. Post Pop Depression will have nine tracks (Thanks, Iggy, for increasing the worth of the album by offering only nine well attended to tracks!). If the ’80s New Wave-ish sounding “Gardenia” (heard below) is any indication of the content of Post Pop Depression, then fans will be treated to gold! The second track (“Break Into Your Heart”) from the album has ALREADY been released as well and can be accessed at this link.

Post Pop Depression will be issued on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop
Track List:

01 Break Into Your Heart
02 Gardenia
03 American Valhalla
04 In the Lobby
05 Sunday
06 Vulture
07 German Days
08 Chocolate Drops
09 Paraguay

 

New Santana Album With Classic Early Lineup For April

SANTANA IV reunites legendary band lineup - new studio album out April 15, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/SANTANA)
SANTANA IV reunites legendary band lineup – new studio album out April 15, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/SANTANA)

When the band Santana made their debut into the stream of Rock and Roll, still in its infancy, back in 1969, they gave us “Evil Ways” from their magnificent first album. In short time, the band, named after Carlos Santana, delivered another album, Abraxas (1970), that provided “Oye Como Va”, the cover of Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman”, and an FM favorite, “Samba Pa Ti”. By 1971, the band had added the incredible guitar of Neal Schon (Journey), and released III. That album gave us “No One To Depend On”. And thus began the legend of Santana.

Now, I’m a big fan of III’s follow-up, Caravanserai (1972), and other subsequent albums from Santana. But with Caravanserai, a huge change in musical style had given us quite a different band than the first three albums would hint at. The rest is history.

Recently, we’ve been given great news that the band that helped make III will be reunited to make IV. IV is the next chapter in what can be called an expansive Santana career. It brings back Gregg Rolie (keyboards), Neal Schon (guitar), Michael Schrieve (drums), and Michael Carabello (percussion). Joining them will be current Santana band members, Karl Perazzo (percussion), and Benny Rietveld (bass). Vocalist Ronny Isley will guest on two tracks.

The new album, titled IV, to align itself with the classic three albums period, will be filled with sixteen new tracks. The first song from the album, “Anywhere You Want To Go” will be issued as a prelude to IV’s release, on February 5. The album itself is scheduled to be issued on April 15.

Here’s to waiting for what might become a classic! Here’s to IV!

IV – Santana

01 – Yambu
02 – Shake It
03 – Anywhere You Want To Go
04 – Fillmore East
05 – Love Makes The World Go Round (Feat: Ronald Isley)
06 – Freedom In Your Mind (Feat: Ronald Isley)
07 – Choo Choo
08 – All Aboard
09 – Suenos
10 – Caminando
11 – Blues Magic
12 – Echizo
13 – Leave Me Alone
14 – You And I
15 – Come as You Are
16 – Forgiveness

 

New Black Mountain Album, IV, Planned For April

Black Mountain IVEvery once in a while, I get excited over brand new music that’s not new remastering or remix or something. As some of you already know, I have a few new bands that I immensely enjoy! Black Mountain is one of them.

Their last new album was Wilderness Heart, which was released in 2010 (SIX years ago!). Previous to that were two genuine masterpieces, In The Future (2008), and the self-titled Black Mountain debut, issued in 2005.

Black Mountain originates from Vancouver and is comprised of Stephen McBean, Jeremy Schmidt, Brad Truax, Joshua Wells, and the beautiful and talented Amber Webber.

It is with great pleasure that I help to announce the arrival of their latest album, IV. IV is on the calendar for April 1 (a great 59th birthday gift for me as my birthday follows on April 2!)

The ten-track IV is planned for CD, DD, and a 2LP set from Jagjaguwar (a favored label of mine).

IV – Black Mountain

01 – Mother of the Sun
02 – Florian Saucer Attack
03 – Defector
04 – You Can Dream
05 – Constellations
06 – Line Them All Up
07 – Cemetery Breeding
08 – (Over and Over) The Chain
09 – Crucify Me
10 – Space to Bakersfield

They will support this new album with an extensive tour (see dates below). You can purchase tickets here!

3/19 –  Azores, Portugal – Tremor Festival
3/26 – Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
3/28-29 –  Lisbon, Portugal – Musicbox
3/31 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Arena
4/01 – Barcelona, Spain – Bikini
4/02 – Bilbao, Spain – Kafe Antzoki
4/04 – Turin, Italy – Spazio 211
4/05 – Bologna, Italy – Lokomotiv
4/06 – Zurich, Switzerland – Bogen F
4/07 – Geneva, Switzerland – PTR Usine
4/08 – Paris, France – La Fleche D’Or
4/09 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2
4/10 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
4/12 – London, England – Electric Ballroom
4/13 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
4/14 – Tilburg, Netherlands – Roadburn Festival
4/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Oude Zaal
4/16 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
4/21 – Bellingham, WA – The Shakedown
4/22 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
4/23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
4/25 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
4/26 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
4/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
4/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/29-30, 05/01 – Austin, TX – Levitation
5/03 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
5/04 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
5/05 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
5/06-07 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
5/10 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
5/11 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
5/12 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
5/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
5/14 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
5/15 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Pyramid Cabaret
5/17 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Amigos
5/18 – Edmonton, Alberta – Starlite Room
5/19 – Calgary, Alberta – Marquee Beer Market + Stage
5/21 – Vancouver, British Columbia – The Commodore Ballroom

 

New Primal Scream Album, Chaosmosis, Planned For March

Primal Scream ChaosmosisPrimal Scream has been around since the early ’80s, which gives them a ton of deserved respect from the outset. With a wealth of Rock n Roll influences, they have a genuine approach to their music that keeps them viable to this day. There’s a lot of history to this band. The most interesting of that history is that Bobby Gillespie was once a drummer for The Jesus And Mary Chain in the mid-80s, appearing on Psychocandy (1985). To this day, Bobby Gillespie keeps the music of Primal Scream a powerful part of the legacy of Rock and Roll.

Following ten damn fine albums, Primal Scream will add one more with the upcoming release of Chaosmosis. This new album will be the home of ten new tracks, following up their More Light album from 2013. You don’t have to go far on any of their easily heard music to recognize – and appreciate – their pedigree.

Chaosmosis is scheduled for release on March 18. The new set will be issued on CD, DD, and 180g-weight heavy vinyl LP. A Limited Edition Picture Disc LP is available via their PledgeMusic page. At this site, there are also a wealth of additional bonus offerings.

 

New The Coral Album, Distance Inbetween, Planned For April

The Coral Distance InbetweenIt’s been a long, long time since we’ve had an album from The Coral (other than their “lost tracks” collection found on 2014’s The Curse Of Love). Their last, Butterfly House, was released in 2010, after which the band undertook a painful (for us fans) hiatus. The Coral, a band from England, never made a bad album. At least for me. And so it’s with excitement that I can zero in on the news that The Coral will be releasing their eighth set, Distance Inbetween, with twelve new songs.

Distance Inbetween is on the calendar for release on April 3. The album is expected on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. There is currently no word if a Deluxe Edition is expected with additional tracks (which would be welcomed by me).

Currently, the band has not only released their pre-release single from the album, they’re giving a CD quality WAV version of it away for free (click here to get yours), as well as an MP3 copy. The free download will offer the single cover art as well. The song is “Chasing The Tail Of A Dream” (and it ROCKS!) You don’t need to provide an email address or anything. It’s completely free. If you need to sample the track before the download, then watch the video below.

The band currently has a string of March, April, and May UK tour dates available, some sold out.

The Coral Distance Inbetween Back cover

 

New Bonnie Raitt Album, Dig In Deep, Planned For February

Bonnie Raitt Dig In DeepI’ve been in love with Bonnie Raitt since her brilliant self-titled Warner Brothers Records 1971 set (I was only 14 years old at the time. I’m now 58.) Since, I’ve largely been a fan of her work. With the upcoming release of her 20th set, we will have yet another reason to stay in love with this queen of folk and blues/rock. Her breakout album, Nick Of Time (1989) finally brought her into the mainstream. The album even won three Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year.

On February 26, Bonnie Raitt will roll out her newest album, Dig In Deep. This collection of twelve originals will be released on her own label, Redwing Records (via Warner Bros). The new album will be enhanced by a nice 16-page booklet. Dig In Deep follow-ups her last Grammy winning album, Slipstream, which was released in 2012. So, I’m mighty glad to have this woman back.

Dig In Deep will be issued on standard CD, DD (digital download), and a 2LP issue cut at 45 RPM and pressed on 180-g audiophile-grade black vinyl. The song, “Gypsy In Me” precedes the album’s release (enjoy it below).

Bonnie Raitt will begin a support tour of the album in March with an initial string of 23 dates (more to be added during 2016).

New Lily & Madeleine Album, Keep It Together, Set For February

Lily And Madeleine Keep It TogetherIn what I would consider great news for a Friday in the month of December where announcements are so rare (good ones. that is!). here’s something to maybe brighten up some of your days.

On February 26, Lily & Madeleine will release their next full-length album, Keep It Together. The new album is expected from New West Records (as a new signing). This should help up their reach to a more wider audience.

The sisters have three stunning releases that include the brilliant five-track EP, The Weight of the Globe (2013), their debut full-length, Lily & Madeleine (2013), and their sophomore set, Fumes (2014). Now, with the upcoming 2016 issue of Keep It Together, I believe that we’re in for quite a treat. They have posted the lead-off single from the album, “Hourglass”, which you can enjoy in the YouTube video below.

I’ll provide better details after they become available.

You’re welcome!