It’s Friday and we’ve got the latest releases from Decemberists, Jeff Rosenstock and Jack White in stock ready for a spin this weekend. Also, the 20th anniversary edition of Fatboy Slim’s “You’ve Come A Long Way Baby” is out today. Check out all the details on the new releases below, and further down the post is the usual list of this weeks restocks and additions to our new vinyl selection here at Backbeat.
Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl
With their eighth full-length studio album, I’ll Be Your Girl, the Decemberists—lead vocalist and guitarist Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query, and drummer John Moen—along with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Ray) explore new approaches to making music and broaden their sonic range.
As busy as they have been, the band felt a need to shake things up. “On the last record,” says Meloy, “there were moments when I thought I was making familiar choices. I tried to be mindful in the songwriting process of challenging myself and being a little more critical. The idea was, how can we make unfamiliar choices, turn off the light a little and grope around in the dark a bit?”
Jack White – Boarding House Reach
The new album sees Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with no outside distractions, Jack replicated the identical environment and used the same gear as when he was a 15 year old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation) to pen sketches of the album’s songs. . The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain — crunching rock ‘n’ roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country — all remapped and born anew to fit White’s matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation. BOARDING HOUSE REACH is a testament to the breadth of Jack White’s creative power and his bold artistic ambition.
Jeff Rosenstock – Post
Jeff Rosenstock was an anxious kid who grew into an anxious adult and has also made a bunch of music along the way with a bunch of bands, most notably Bomb the Music Industry! who apparently pioneered giving shit away for free on the internet – or at least got some of the credit for it.
Now he plays with his bi-coastal band of rad musicians, mixing punk heart with diverse instrumentation and occasional accuracy.
The new record POST- was written in a snowy mountain dreamscape, recorded in a marathon session and finished moments before it was released on New Year’s Day. Most of it (like totally 51% minimum) was recorded live to tape, making the record a fiery distillation of Rosenstock’s high energy live shows that push the boundaries of dynamics in rock music.
Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby (20th anniversary)
Today, the 20th anniversary reissue of Fatboy Slim‘s You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby is released. This seminal album effectively ushered in the electronic era in America. You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby was the first album by a DJ to sell one million units and achieve Platinum certification in the U.S.
First released in 1998, You’ve Come a Long Way Baby become one of the defining records of the ’90s, irrespective of genre. Swinging from hip-hop, to reggae and jangle pop, with You’ve Come a Long Way Baby, Norman Cook broke stylistic ground and delivered a wildly original album, filled with imagination, huge hooks and even bigger beats.
Restocks and Additions
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Bad Brains – Bad Brains
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Bowie, David – Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Brubeck, Dave Quartet – Time Out (colour vinyl)
Deftones – White Pony
Del Rey, Lana – Born To Die
Depeche Mode – Violator
Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Hendrix, Jimi – Both Sides Of The Sky
Lamar, Kendrick – Untitled Unmastered.
Lamar, Kendrick – Damn (Collector’s Edition)
Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See
Metallica – Master Of Puppets
Mingus, Charles – Mingus Ah Um (colour vinyl)
Nirvana – Nevermind
Pearl Jam – Vs.
Pink Floyd – Animals
Pixies – Wave Of Mutilation: Best Of Pixies
Pop, Iggy – Lust For Life
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Simone, Nina – Little Girl Blue (colour vinyl)
Sinatra, Frank – In the Wee Small Hours (colour vinyl)
Soundgarden – Superunknown
Soundtrack – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Soundtrack – O Brother Where Art Thou?
Tragically Hip – Tragically Hip
Wolfmother – Wolfmother
Wonder, Stevie – Innervisions