In Stores Now 11/20


This week sees new albums from two soul greats. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings share their seventh and final album, recorded before Jones passed away from cancer in November 2016. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it “a strong set of buoyant old-school soul and funk, with songs mostly written by members of the Dap-Kings combining punchy horns, chunky rhythm guitar, searing organ riffs, cinematic strings and in-the-pocket grooves with her gritty, soulful vocals.” The latest from Chicago legend Mavis Staples is “a powerful set of politically charged, bluesy soul, gritty funk-rock, R&B-tinged folk-rock and gospel. Produced by Jeff Tweedy (who’s now produced three of her last four albums) and featuring all songs co-written by Staples and Tweedy, the album finds Staples flashing more anger than usual in confronting complacency while still refusing to give up on love and hope.”

Additional highlights this week include the sophomore release from Brooklyn band Gingerlys, “a strong set of ’80s-steeped dream-pop with jangly guitars, bright synths, driving rhythms, ethereal vocals and soaring song hooks juxtaposed with often-melancholy lyrics.” John Dwyer “sets aside the Oh Sees’ psych-tinged garage-punk and revives his early OCS moniker for a fine set of gentle psych-folk. The album also sees the return of former accompanist Brigid Dawson, and she’s prominently featured throughout on vocals and keyboards.” Anacortes, WA Karl Blau returns with “an eclectic blend of prog-pop, psych-rock, funk, jazz, Afro-beat, dub and more, featuring an intricate, groove-driven sound and a variety of colorful instrumentation.” And Morrissey returns with his eleventh album, his first full-length LP since 2014, produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, Spoon).

from Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973 on Omnivore

Barenaked Ladies – “Canada Dry”
from Fake Nudes on Vanguard Records

Bitchin Bajas
from Bajas Fresh on Drag City

Black Sabbath – “War Pigs”
from The End on Eagle Rock / Universal

Bob Seger – “Busload of Faith”
from I Knew You When on Capitol

The Body / Full of Hell – “Earth is a Cage”
from Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light on Thrill Jockey

Chris Gantry – “The Lizard”
from At the House of Cash on Drag City

County Liners – “Maria”
from Mary Jane Dunphe & Chris McDonnell in the County Liners on Wharf Cat Records

Electric Wizard – “See You In Hell”
from Wizard Bloody Wizard on Spinefarm Records

Electric Light Orchestra / Jeff Lynne’s ELO – “Twilight”
from Wembley or Bust on Columbia / Sony Legacy

Faith Hill / Tim McGraw – “The Rest of Our Life”
from The Rest of Our Life on Arista / Nashville / Tim McGraw Music

Fits – “Ice Cream on a Nice Day”
from All Belief Is Paradise on Father/Daughter Records

G.B.H. – “Fifty What?”
from Momentum on Hellcat

Gingerlys – “Turtledoves”
from Gingerlys on Topshelf

Godflesh – “Post Self”
from Post Self on Avalanche / Shellshock

Green Day – “Back In The USA”
from Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band on Reprise

Iron Maiden
from The Book of Souls: Live Chapter on BMG / Sanctuary

John Coltrane
from Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary [Original Soundtrack] on UMe

Jon Balke – “Nahnou Houm, Siwan”
from Siwan: Nahnou Houm on ECM

Karl Blau – “Beckon”
from Out Her Space on Bella Union

Katharine McPhee – “Night and Day”
from I Fall in Love Too Easily on BMG

Kicking Giant – “Come In Colors”
from This Being the Ballad of Kicking Giant, Halo: NYC​/​Olympia 1989-1993 on K Records / Drawing Room Records

Matt Berry – “Hey Little Girl”
from Night Terrors on Acid Jazz

Mavis Staples – “Ain’t No Doubt About It (feat. Jeff Tweedy)”
from If All I Was Was Black on Anti-

Mike Love – “Darlin’ (feat. AJR)”
from Unleash the Love on BMG

Morrissey – “The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel”
from Low in High School on BMG

Nine Inch Nails – “The Day The World Went Away (Instrumental)”
from The Fragile: Deviations 1 on Island / Nothing

No One and the Somebodies / Palberta – “Chicken Milk”
from Chips for Dinner on Wharf Cat Records

OCS / Thee Oh Sees – “The Fool”
from Memory of a Cut Off Head on Castle Face

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – “Thriller – Michael Jackson (1930s Jazz Cover) ft. Wayne Brady”
from The New Classics on Concord / Postmodern Jukebox Records

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – “Just Give Me Your Time”
from Soul of a Woman on Daptone

Sia – “Santa’s Coming For Us”
from Everyday Is Christmas on Atlantic

Skillet – “Back From the Dead”
from Unleashed Beyond on Atlantic

Taylor Swift – “Call It What You Want”
from reputation on Big Machine Records / Virgin EMI

Tom Chaplin – “Under A Million Lights”
from Twelve Tales of Christmas on UMGRI Interscope

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