Here come the summer releases! I personally can’t stop listening to “Ego Orientation” it’s a phenomenal summer album.
UBT – Ego Orientation
The new album from Mikey Heppner’s post-Priestess band, UBT – ‘Ego Orientation’ contains extremely slick production & amazingly catchy songs that fall somewhere between Thin Lizzy, The Kingsmen, Redd Kross, early Zombies, but also more contemporary stuff like Ty Segall. Very much a summer album that’s going to appeal to a lot of people.
Future Bible Heros – Partygoing
Future Bible Heroes are comprised of celebrated songwriter Stephin Merritt, longtime friend and collaborator Christopher Ewen and Magnetic Fields pianist-singer-manager Claudia Gonson. Memories of Love, Eternal Youth and Partygoing. marks the first time the entire original Future Bible Heroes remastered catalog has been available in one place. In addition to the three full-length albums, the CD collection includes a fourth disc that compiles the band’s three Eps – The Lonely Robot, I’m Lonely (And I Love It), and Lonely Days – plus several tracks from outside compilations, including a song from the soundtrack to the film Welcome to the Dollhouse and the band’s hilarious gender-bending rendition of ‘Don’t You Want Me?’ from a tribute album to the Human League. The LP collection includes each of the three albums (Memories of Love, Eternal Youth, and Partygoing) on vinyl plus a download card containing all of the EP and compilation tracks as well as digital versions of the full-lengths. 4CD is a 10 panel softpak + 12 pg booklet // 3LP is a triple gatefold + full download.
Queens Of The Stone Age – My God is the Sun
For their first album in six years, Joshua Homme’s mighty Queens Of The Stone Age, including Troy Van Leeuwen, Michael Shuman and Dean Fertita, called back Songs For The Deaf members Dave Grohl and Joey Castillo on drums, along with Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan on vocals. In addition, there are performances on the album from Sir Elton John, Trent Reznor, Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), James Lavelle (U.N.K.L.E.) and more. “…Like Clockwork” contains Homme’s most intense, personal and beautiful songwriting to date. While the thunder of Queens past is still evident (especially in premiere track “My God Is The Sun”) there are a number of gorgeous ballads – meditations on time passing, the struggle to create art, and the nearness of mortality. The music lives up to the album’s lyrical and conceptual ambitions, with some of Homme’s finest guitar work to date, at times recalling past greats such as Brian May or George Harrison, at other times uniquely his own. The rhythm section starts and stops on a dime, and in some of the more complex songs, the ensemble playing is virtuosic – but never sterile. The striking album artwork, imagery and forthcoming introductory animated shorts are by young British artist Boneface, working closely with Homme.
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