Elvis Costello tops new music releases this week


The new musical year kicks off this week with the releases of Elvis Costello, Lumineers, Earl Sweatshirt, Cat Power, Skillet and other formidable players …

Album of the week: Elvis Costello is still going strong 45 years after his debut, and “The Boy Named If” (Capitol) finds the rock ‘n’ roll bard and his impostors pondering the transition from youth to adulthood. You can dig deep via a limited edition that accompanies the songs with illustrated short stories, while the 8-Track and Flexi-disc versions will arrive later this year.

Album title of the week: Wiegedood, “There’s Always Blood at the End of the Road” (Century Media)

Did you know ? : For their eighth release, “Hell on Church Street” (Nonesuch), the Punch Brothers cover songs by Bob Dylan, Bill Monroe, Jimmie Rodgers, Norman Blake and others, as well as traditional tunes.

New and remarkable:

Richard Carpenter, “Richard Carpenter’s Piano Songbook” (Decca)

Casting Crowns, “Healer” (Reunion / Provident)

Cat Power, “Blankets” (Domino)

Dance With the Dead, “Driven To Madness” (self-produced)

FKA Twigs, “Caprisongs” (Young Recordings / Atlantic)

The Lumineers, “Brightside” (Dualtone)

Skillet, “Dominion” (Atlantic)

Earl Sweatshirt, “Sick! “(Known accomplice / Tan Cressida / Warner)

Hot New Singles: Alt-J, “Hard drive gold; Steve Aoki and DJ Diesel (aka Shaquille O’Neal), “Welcome to the Playhouse;” Billy Talent, “judge”; Jonas Blue, “Don’t wake me up;” Betty Boo, “Take me to the weekend;” Ferris & Sylvester, “Golden;” Gang Of Youths, “The Wake of Your Leave;” Colin Hay, “Now and Forever;” Korn, “Now”; Hate, “Dimorphic Display;” Maddie & Tae, “ strangers; ”Johnny Marr,“ Night and Day; ”Muse,“ Won’t Retire; ”Maren Morris,“ Circles Around This Town; ”Joe Nichols,“ Have a Good Day Living; ”Pinegrove,“ Breathe; ”Placebo, “Try better next time;” Seaforth and Jordan Davis, “Good beer;” The smile, “You’ll never work on TV again;” Teddy Swims, “911;” 2 Chainz, “Million Dollars Worth of Game” featuring 42 Dugg; Vein.FM, “The Killing Womb; YoungBoy, “Fish Scale”

Also available :

Aethereus, “Leiden” (The Age of Craftsmen)

Big Scenic Nowhere, “The Long Morrow” (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Blood Red Shoes, “Ghosts on Tape” (Jazz Life)

Bonobo, “Fragments” (Ninja Tune)

Cecilia:: Eyes, “Sore Memories Always End” (Sonic & Blind / Dunk!)

Grace Cummings, “Queen of Storms” (ATO)

Grant Dermody & Frank Fotusky, self-published “Digging in John’s Backyard”)

ENHYPHEN, “Dimension: Response” (Belift / Genie / Stone)

Wayward friends, “Are we going to be okay?” »(Vinyl Kitchen)

Worthy of an autopsy, “Oh what the future holds” (nuclear explosion)

FKA Twigs, “Caprisongs” (Young Recordings / Atlantic)

Fuss, “We’re not alone” (Phat ‘n’ Phunky)

Gunna, “Drip Season 4” (YSL / 300)

Robin Guthrie, “Spring” (Sun After Midnight)

Eliza Gilkyson, “Songs of the River Wind” (Howlin ‘Dog)

Impending Doom, “Hellbent” (MNRK Heavy)

Jamestown Revival, “Young Man” (self-published)

The Kernal, “Hear the Blood” (Unique Lock)

Mae Mae, “Gummy Heart Eyes” (self-published)

Magnum, “The Monster Roars” (steam hammer)

Lee McKinney, “In the Light of Knowledge” (Sumerian)

Moist, “Bout of the Ocean” (Known accomplice)

NLE Choppa, “Me vs. Me” (NLE Choppa Entertainment / Warner)

Matt North, “Bullies in the Backyard” (Round Badge)

Paul Oakenfold, “Shine On” (Perfecto)

Trevor Ohlsen, “These Are My Memories” (self-edited)

Pridelands, “Light Bends” (SharpTone)

Shadow of Intention, “Elegy” (Blood Blast)

Sun June, “Somewhere +3” (Run For Cover)

Tall Heights, “Juniors” (self-published)

Tundra, “Hexa” (InsideOut Music)

Underoath, “Voyeurist” (Fearless)

Various artists, “Everlong vs. Evil” (Everlong)

Orlando Weeks, “Hop Up”

Wheein, “Whee” (The L1ve, January 16)

The Wombats, “Fix Yourself, Not the World” (AWAL)

Young Mountain, “If You Leave” (self-produced)

From the vaults:

All-American Rejects, “Move Along” (Dark Operative)

Le Beau Brummels, “Cry Just a Little: The Best Of” (AIM)

Bon Iver, “Bon Iver: 10th Anniversary Edition” ??

Shattered Social Scene, “Old Dead Young: B Sides & Rarities” (Arts & Crafts)

Johnny Cash, “Au Carousel Ballroom” (BMG Foundation / Owsley Stanley)

The Dream Syndicate, “What Can I Say? no regrets … Out of the Gray + Live, Demos & Outtakes ”(Fire)

Dizzy Gillespie and Lalo Schifrin, “Studio and live collaborations 1960-62” (Acrobat)

Roky Erickson & the Explosives, “Halloween: Live 1979-1981” (Steadyboy / MVD)

The Hollywood Flames, “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz: The Singles Collection 1960-62” (Acrobat)

Waylon Jennings, “Folk-Country” / “Leavin ‘Town” / “Waylon Sings Ol’ Harlan” / “Nashville Rebel” and “Love of the Common People” / “Hangin ‘On” / “Only the Greatest” / “Jewels “” (Morello)

Gerry Mulligan, “the collection of rare albums” (Lights)

Juice Newton, “Morning Angle – The Best of” (Goldenlane)

Overkill, “The Atlantic Years 1986-1994” (Atlantique / BMG)

Tentacles of Ozric, “Traveling in the great circle: from pungent effluence to Jurassic change” (Kscope)

Poco, “A Night in Nashville” (Cleopatra)

Alvin Stardust, “Magnetic Albums” (Glam / 7T’s)

Nick Thomas, “The People’s Love (Extended Edition)” (Doctor Bird / Cherry Red)

Mel Torme, “The Chart Years: Selected Singles 1959-62” (Acrobat)

Various artists, “Sacred Soul: The D-Vine Spirituals records Story Volume 1 and 2” (Bible & Tire)

Billy Walker, “The Tall Texan: Selected Singles 1949-62” (Acrobat)

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