THIS WEEK’S NEW RELEASES
Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory CD/LP+MP3 (Dropkick Murphys)
The Dropkick Murphys’ new album contains moments of ass-kicking Celtic punk attitude, ball-busting wisecracks, tear-jerking confessions, and upbeat words of wisdom.
Brian Eno – Reflection CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
“Reflection is the latest work in a long series. It started (as far as record releases are concerned) with Discreet Music in 1975… The pedigree of this piece includes Thursday Afternoon, Neroli (whose subtitle is Thinking Music IV) and LUX. I’ve made a lot of thinking music, but most of it I’ve kept for myself. Now I notice that people are using some of those earlier records in the way that I use them — as provocative spaces for thinking — so I feel more inclined to make them public. Pieces like this have another name: they’re GENERATIVE. By that I mean they make themselves. My job as a composer is to set in place a group of sounds and phrases, and then some rules which decide what happens to them. I then set the whole system playing and see what it does, adjusting the sounds and the phrases and the rules until I get something I’m happy with. Because those rules are probabilistic (often taking the form perform operation x, y percent of the time) the piece unfolds differently every time it is activated. What you have here is a recording of one of those unfoldings.”
Gone Is Gone – Echolocation CD/LP+MP3 (Rise)
Gone Is Gone is a “supergroup” featuring members of Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, and At The Drive-In.
Neil Young – Peace Trail LP (Reprise)
Recently released on CD and cassette – now available on vinyl. Peace Trail features all new songs that Young wrote since the release of his albumEarth, this past June. This new album is primarily acoustic and reflects an intimate, sparse approach to each of the ten songs within. It was recorded at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-la Studios and features Young on vocals and guitar, Jim Keltner on drums, and Paul Bushnell on bass.
NEXT WEEK’S NEW RELEASES
FLAMING LIPS – Oczy Mlody CD/LP
MADNESS – Can’t Touch Us Now CD/LP
FLO MORRISSEY + MATTHEW E WHITE – Gentlewoman Ruby Man CD
MODERAT – Live CD
RUN THE JEWELS – 3 LP (We will have a handful of the ltd ed gold LPs w/pendant!!)
CHEMICAL BROTHERS – LP reissues