New Florence + The Machine Album, High As Hope, Is Rumored Near

The last time that Florence Welch graced us with great new original music was back in 2015 with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. With that album, we were given “What Kind of Man”, “Ship to Wreck”, and “Queen of Peace” to enjoy and return to periodically. (Today’s playlisting trend typically doesn’t allow for return trips to songs other than a ‘catch’ on YouTube or radio.) Today, I still frequently return to “Dog Days Are Over”, and “Drumming Song” from her first album, Lungs (2009).

Recently, it’s been rumored that the new Florence + The Machine have a new album arriving. The sources are credible and so, with that, I’ll simply repeat the ‘rumors’ for you, just so you’re aware.

On June 29, a new Florence + The Machine album is expected to be released. The new album is being called High As Hope, and will deliver ten new songs in the standard release, leaving speculation to an expanded Deluxe Edition. A new song, “Sky Full of Song” is expected this week.

I’ll be sure to keep a sharp eye out for official announcements!

A Malo Collection, Latin Bugaloo – The Warner Bros. Singles Arrives In May

If you listened to AM Radio back in the early ’70s, there is little doubt you do NOT remember the infectious Latin Rock of Malo with their  unforgettable “Sauvecito” tune, both the single edit, and the longer LP track. Both could be listened to forever without tiring. In fact, I listen to the debut Malo album from 1972 to this day.

They released new albums until about 1998 but none had the attention that “Sauvecito” (AKA The Chicano National Anthem) gave the band. Of course, that does NOT mean that Malo didn’t have the ability to revisit such exquisite territory. They did often, releasing three more charting albums (Dos – 1972, Evolution – 1973, Ascención – 1974). All of those albums were gold musically. Plus, they enjoyed a strength (in addition to the already strong talents in the band), in Jorge Santana, who happened to be a brother of Carlos Santana. Needless to say, all iterations of Malo albums and singles were hypnotic and candy to listen to.

On May 25, Omnivore Records will release a collection of fourteen A and B sides from Malo in a newly remastered set. All songs are single edit releases from Warner Brothers, with no extended LP tracks (sigh…but understandable). The set is being called Latin Bugaloo – The Warner Bros. Singles.

The CD will contain a booklet with new notes from Jorge Santana, who recognized that “Malo was pretty much a jam.” A beautiful and timeless jam at that!

To me, this is a highly anticipated collection, one that I have on my buy list! And in case you’ve forgotten “Sauvecito”, listen to the single edit below (but seek out the extended 6-min+ LP track :

Latin Bugaloo – The Warner Bros. Singles – Malo

01. Suavecito
02. Nena
03. Cafe
04. Peace
05. Just Say Goodbye
06. Pana
07. I’m For Real
08. Oye Mamá
09. Latin Bugaloo
10. Midnight Thoughts
11. I Don’t Know
12. Merengue
13. Love Will Survive
14. Think About Love

New Arctic Monkeys Album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Arctic Monkeys have been delivering great music since 2006 when their best-selling debut set, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not released to strong acceptance. From an independent perch, there really aren’t that many alternative bands with that kind of movement.  Since then, they have five studio sets out with their last issued in 2013 (AM). It delivered six singles.

On May 11, the new Arctic Monkeys album will arrive. Called Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, it will provide eleven new songs and is planned for CD, DD, and three colors of vinyl editions including standard black, and limited editions of silver color, and a clear vinyl.

The album will be released with an expansive 16-page booklet. Watch for the band to tour the album for the summer months. Currently, many of the shows are already sold out.

Tranquility Base Hotel & CasinoArctic Monkeys

01 – Star Treatment
02 – One Point Perspective
03 – American Sports
04 – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
05 – Golden Trunks
06 – Four Out of Five
07 – The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
08 – Science Fiction
09 – She Looks Like Fun
10 – Batphone
11 – The Ultracheese

 

Review: Mien – Mien

When a band assembles as a side project from four successful bands, the first rule of thumb should be to NOT overshadow their original and still active bands. I may be alone in this assessment but I felt that is what happened with Hot Tuna, a side venture with several musicians from Jefferson Airplane. The newly released debut from Mien not only is a great album of psych Rock today, but it has currently overshadowed albums from the four members’ respective bands. Of course, I STILL love all the bands that the Mien members hail from. But I must confess, I’m ALREADY awaiting the next Mien album.

The members of Mien are: Alex Maas (The Black Angels), Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone), Tom Furse (The Horrors), and John-Mark Lapham (The Earlies). With recent albums released and breaks after tours, the four members decided to convene and flesh out further earlier plans for a band.

With a long period of ramping up, the debut album is currently in release. If you’re a fan of the popular Psychedelic Rock genre that has exploded this past decade, then Mien is def an album you want to hear…ALL of it.

This new Mien album has all of the elements of success within. There’s the timely lyrics found in songs like “(I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting”, the use of sitar, loops, keyboards, plus everything you would want in an album that reflects a provocative statement about music in today’s world.

Mien is – quite simply – an album of magnificent exploration in modern Rock. With ten songs running an approximately 43 minutes in album length, the album will provide many hours of delightful replay. It is as original, as retro, and as experimental as can be, all while remaining compelling music.

Another excellent thing that the band is doing (in addition to the release of a strong album), is a compilation of playlists that explore the PsychRock genre heavily with a few ‘off the path’ gems attached. These can be followed and enjoyed on Spotify.

If you need to be acclimated into the musical thrill and pleasure of Psychedelic Rock circa 2018, then Mien is a great jumping point that should lead to more in the burgeoning genre, a genre so big that it has its own weekend festival, Levitation (April 26-29, here).

New Johnny Marr Album, Call The Comet, In June

The Smiths are a revered UK band from the early ’80s. Not that you didn’t know that, but since their retirement in 1987, both Johnny Marr, and Morrissey have gone on to measured success with solo outings. Although late in his career, Johnny Marr has previously released two albums (The Messenger – 2013, Playland – 2014). Previously, Marr had occupied himself with session work.

On June 15, Johnny Marr will release his third solo album, Call The Comet. This new album will feature twelve new songs. A listen to the first single from the album (below) will confirm that Johnny Marr fits well within the framework of today’s Rock and Roll.

The new album is scheduled for release on CD, DD, Cassette, and vinyl LP (a limited edition silver vinyl, and standard black). There will be a 7″ vinyl single for sale as well. (See all that here.)

Rita Coolidge To Release New Album, Safe In The Arms Of Time

The ’70s were indeed a rich and musically diverse period as Rock grew a few more inches. With an array of emerging styles, Rock was blessed with music to give us fans. And we were equally blessed to be able to hear what was created. One of the great female singers from that time was Rita Coolidge, who sang back up on some great songs like “After Midnight” (Eric Clapton), and “Love The One You’re With” (Stephen Stills). As a one-time wife to Kris Kristofferson, she provided timeless duets like “Crippled Crow” (Breakaway – 1974).

She enjoyed a hit-making status with several classic vocal covers of “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher”, “We’re All Alone”, and “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, all of the same classic album, Anytime…Anywhere (1977). That album sold well over a million copies in the US alone. Not counting her 2012 Christmas album (A Rita Coolidge Christmas), her last studio effort was 2005’s And So Is Love.

On May 4, Rita Coolidge (via Blue Élan Records) will release a brand new album. Called Safe In The Arms Of Time, Rita Coolidge will provide fans with twelve original songs, with one co-written and performed with Keb Mo (“Walking On Water”).

Safe In The Arms Of Time (which I’d say was true for Rita looking at her cover shot), will be available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP. A song from the album is available (hear below).

A New Look At Jerry Garcia Pre-Dead Years With 4CD Before The Dead Set

There are few individuals who have helmed some of Rock’s legendary band incarnations that garner as much intense visitation as Jerry Garcia has received. The Grateful Dead is today revered as one of the great Rock bands in the history of the style. And so it’s without surprise that given the intensity that Garcia visited upon his search for great music, there are still albums being introduced that bear his involvement.

On May 11, Caroline Records will release a 4CD collection of early, pre-Grateful Dead music assembled from wherever they were recorded. This Jerry Garcia – Before The Dead box will contain 84 songs that find Jerry Garcia exploring Folk music in a variety of venues including a birthday party.

With this set, one would be able to fit within the musical soul of Garcia and sense his evolution to what would become one of Rock’s greatest stories.

As an extra note: there are two Grateful Dead packages readying for release. The first is from Real Gone Music and is called Grateful Dead: Road Trips, Vol. 4 , No. 2 April Fools’ ’88, which is scheduled for June 1.

The other is a 140g-weight black vinyl 5LP reproduction of Cornell 5/8/77 slated for reissue on May 8 (date-released as a sort of respect and celebration of the historic date itself).

Before The DeadJerry Garcia

CD1:
01. Santy Anno
 02. I Got A Home In That Rock
 03. Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep
 04. All My Trials
 05. I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago
 06. Traditional: Blow The Candles Out
 07. Rake And A Rambling Boy
 08. Trouble In Mind
 09. Brown’s Ferry Blues
 10. Jesse James
 11. Down In The Willow Garden
 12. Long Lonesome Road
 13. Railroad Bill
 14. The Wagoner’s Lad
 15. Katie Cruel
CD2:
 01. Cannonball Blues
 02. Little Birdie
  03. Sally Goodin
  04. Hold That Woodpile Down
  05. Legend Of The Johnson Boys
  06. Shady Grove
  07. Sweet Sunny South
  08. Man Of Constant Sorrow
  09. Band Introductions
  10. Roving Gambler
  11. Ground Speed
  12. Pig In A Pen
  13. Traditional: Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  14. Flint Hill Special
  15. Nine Pound Hammer
  16. Handsome Molly
  17. Clinch Mountain Backstep
  18. Think Of What You’ve Done
  19. Cripple Creek
  20. All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
  21. Billy Grimes, The Rover
  22. Paddy On The Turnpike – Boys, My Money’s All Gone
  23. Run Mountain
  24. Sugar Baby
  25. Sitting On Top Of The World
CD3:
  01. Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
  02. Jerry’s Breakdown
  03. Traditional: Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  04. Mule Skinner Blues
  05. Saturday Night Shuffle
  06. Pike County Breakdown
  07. The Little Sparrow
  08. We Shall Not Be Moved
  09. Deep Elem Blues
  10. Will The Weaver
  11. I Truly UnderstanD
  12. Long Black Veil
  13. The Man That Wrote That Home Sweet Home Never Was A Married Man
  14. Foggy Mountain Top
CD4:
  01. Barefoot Nellie
  02. She’s More To Be Pitied
  03. Noah’s Breakdown
  04. Who Will Sing For Me?
  05. Salt Creek
  06. Monroe’s Hornpipe – Jody’s Hornpipe
  07. Rosa Lee McFall
  08. John Hardy/Closing Theme
  09. Katie Kline
  10. Walkin’ The Dog
  11. Paddy On The Turnpike – Boys, My Money’s All Gone
  12. Love And Wealth
  13. Traditional: Sourwood Mountain
  14. If I Lose
  15. Homestead On The Farm – I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home
  16. Stoney Creek
  17. Salty Dog Blues
  18. Love Please Come Home
  19. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
  20. Darlin’ Allalee
  21. In The Pines
  22. Raw Hide
  23. Black Mountain Rag
  24. True Life Blues
  25. Medley: Devil’s Dream–Sailor’s Hornpipe
  26. Drink Up And Go Home
  27. These Men Of God
  28. Roll On Buddy
  29. Goodbye Old Pal
  30. Back Up And Push

Real Gone Music to Issue The Epic Archive, Vol. 2 (1980-1983) With Cheap Trick Rarities

A year ago, Real Gone Music collected Cheap Trick rarities into a volume called The Epic Archives, Vol 1 (1975-1979) (here). Needless to say, it was a hot issue and copies sold through. No surprise there. But as a ‘volume x’ inclusion will hint, there has to be a follow-up.

On June 1, the folks at Real Gone Music will revisit Cheap Trick with a second volume of The Epic Archive. The previous volume represented the band from periods 1975-1979. This second volume will represent the band from periods 1980-1983. There will be sixteen tracks doing the heavy lifting in The Epic Archive, Vol 2 (1980-1983). In those sixteen tracks, there will be three from the 1980 Found All The Parts EP, and gifting a collection of live performance tracks, demos, singles, a B-side, pulls from soundtracks, a remix, and others (see list below). One of the songs, “Loser”, recorded in 1980 but written in 1976, is included here in its previously released form as is “If You Want My Love”.

This collection is newly remastered and will include a booklet with rare photos, track by track commentaries, and notes by Carlos, Nielsen, and Petersson. Ken Sharp will add notes as well.

The Epic Archive, Vol 2 (1980-1983) will slot nicely next to the first RGM-issued Volume 1 of the continuing series.

The Epic Archive Vol 2 (1980-1983)Cheap Trick

01. Day Tripper (Live) (EP Version)
02. Such a Good Girl (EP Version)
03. Take Me I’m Yours (EP Version)
04. Oh Boy (Vocal Version)
05. Loser (Demo)
06. The House Is Rockin’ (With
Domestic Problems) (Live at the LA Forum)
07. Way of the World (Live at the LA Forum)
08. World’s Greatest Lover (Single Version)
09. Everything Works If You Let It (Single Version)
10. Reach Out (From Heavy Metal Music from the Motion Picture)
11. I Must Be Dreamin’ (From Heavy Metal Music from the Motion
Picture)
12. If You Want My Love (Demo)
13. Saturday at Midnight (Super New Dance Re-Mix)
14. Dancing the Night Away (Short Version)
15. Spring Break (From Spring Break Original Soundtrack)
16. Get Ready (B-side)

 

Mondo Deco, Underappreciated 1976 The Quick Release To Be Remastered and Expanded

Here’s a great piece of news for music obscurists!

When Kim Fowley introduced what would soon become a hit and legends in their own right, The Runaways, it was only a simplistic crossover to do the same with a young boy band. That’s when Fowley assembled The Quick.

The Quick were five talented LA-based lads with an ear to the ground, able to create catchy Pop/Rock tunes. Their only album, Mondo Deco, was released by Mercury Records back in 1976. And while it generated a fair excitement, it wasn’t enough to keep the band going past a three year existence. Nevertheless, through the years, Mondo Deco was an album easily revisited for its good music. And still is.

On June 1, Real Gone Music will release a newly remastered and expanded edition of Mondo Deco. This anticipated reissue represents several things. First and foremost, it is the FIRST time Mondo Deco is being released on CD. Secondly, this reissue of Mondo Deco will contain ten Mercury demos, as well as a bonus previously unreleased outtake from the Mondo Deco sessions.

The welcomed booklet will provide photos, an essay, new notes, and other grand things to cap off of one 2018’s exciting releases.

Thanks, Real Gone Music! I’m vastly excited!

Mondo Deco (Expanded and Remastered) – The Quick

Original Album
01. It Won’t Be Long
02. No No Girl
03. Playtime
04. Hillary
05. Anybody
06. Hi Lo
07. Rag Doll
08. Last In Line
09. My Purgatory Years
10. Don’t You Want It
Mercury Demos
11. No No Girl
12. Teacher’s Pet
13. Hi-Lo
14. Hillary
15. Rag Doll
16. My Purgatory Years
17. It Won’t Be Long
18. Heaven On Earth
19. Born Free
20. Don’t You Want It
Bonus Unreleased Track
21. Anybody (Outtake)

1989 Wishbone Ash Classic – Here To Hear- Re-emerges in July

Wishbone Ash has left behind a magnificent legacy in music. For them, they were able to effectively weather several lineup changes starting with the departure of Ted Turner, who was replaced by Home guitarist, Laurie Wisefield. But for a handful of albums, eventually Laurie Wisefield left and the band reunited with Ted Turner. In that time frame, Martin Turner had left, and returned. The vocal album that reunited the band without restrictions was Here To Hear. For many, that album delivered a collection of excellent songs. And we’re happy to have it.

On July  6, Music on CD will reissue the 1989 set, Here To Hear. As it is, I don’t know if it’s being remastered or will use a previous version. And while it would be interesting and welcomed (to have a massive update), especially if it followed on the path of the recent Twin Barrels Burning and Raw To The Bone reissues, if it’s a re-release, then that’s ok given its rarity. But, at the very least, a title that is quite difficult to find (if you’re looking), will be made available to us once again, and not at exorbitant pricing.

If you’re needing a copy of Here To Hear, let’s hope that this reissue, at the very least, provides a bare bones re-release. Bu if it’s more, then, well…

Hope for the best on this one.