Each week, Release Day Selections feature new LPs and EPs for the JamBase team to check out on release day Friday. This week we’re highlighting new albums from Chris Thile, Liz Phair, Goose, Billy Gibbons, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Crowded House and Satsang. Read on for more information on the records we’ve all queued up to spin.
Chris Thilé – Laysongs
The scoop: Chris Thile presents a real solo album, Laysongs, on which his voice and his mandolin are the only contributors. Released by Nonesuch Records, the album features six originals, including “Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth”, a three-part sequel inspired by CS Lewis’ Screwed letters, and three covers and was co-produced by Thile’s wife, Claire Coffee. “[Coffee] has incredible taste and narrative intuition, ”said Thile. “She was able to help me weave the original and non-original material.” Engineer Jody Elff recorded Laysongs with Thile at Future-Past, a recording studio in upstate New York built inside an old church. The contents of the album were informed by Thile’s Christian education, spurred on by Nonesuch President Emeritus Bob Hurwitz, who told Thile that he “should make a God-themed record, that is. finished. [Thile’s] job.”
“It’s a lifelong obsession, even post-Christian, what is the impact of this type of devotion to any organized religion,” Thile, whose resume includes Nickel Creek co-founder and former host Live from here, declared. “I entered [Future-Past] to look at the space and immediately felt so at home. I loved the amount of sound around the sound. I had two sound collaborators on this record: the incredible engineer Jody Elff and this church. It was so easy for me to stay in character because of where we were. Every hour or so I would walk around the church and let the stained glass windows lead me back to the last church I attended regularly, the Grace Cathedral at the top of Nob Hill in San Francisco.
Liz Phair – sober
The scoop: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Liz Phair returns today with his highly anticipated first album of original material in 11 years since 2010’s Funstyle. sober, arriving today via Chrysalis Records, sees Phiar re-enlisting his longtime collaborator and producer Brad Wood, who also directed Phair’s iconic 1990s LPs Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart and white chocolate space egg.
“I found my inspiration for sober Plunging into a first era of my musical development, I spent my art school years listening to Art Rock and New Wave music non-stop on my Walkman, ”said Phair. “The English Beat, The Specials, Madness, REM’s Automatic for the people, Yazoo, The Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, Laurie Anderson and the Cars. The city came alive for me as a youngster, the bands in my headphones giving me the courage to explore.
Phair pays homage to the aforementioned Laurie Anderson with her tribute to the romance Anderson had with Lou Reed on “Hey Lou,” a track that preceded the album’s announcement. Phair followed with “Spanish Doors” and “In There”.
OIE – Shenanigans Night Club
The scoop: Shenanigans Night Club is Goose’s long-awaited second studio album. The sequel to their 2016 debut LP, Moon hut, is made up of nine tracks recorded during sessions held in 2019 and 2020. The album features studio cuts to live staples such as “Flodown,” “So Ready” and “Madhuvan,” as well as the rarely played – and Goose’s first original – “Spirit of the Dark Horse. More tracks on Shenanigans Night Club include “SOS” and “The Labyrinth”, as well as “(stellite)”, “(dawn)” and “(7hunder).”
“While we were on tour, the record was playing in the background,” Goose guitarist Rick mitarotonda declared. “It was quite a process. Sometimes it was difficult. The disc is a companion to these growing pains. Our dream is to inspire people to think outside the box. There are a lot of voices telling you to play it safe. I think the coolest thing in the world is when someone breaks free and goes for some weird shit they dream of. ”
Billy F. Gibbons – Equipment
The scoop: Iconic ZZ Top Guitarist Billy Gibbons is back with his third solo album, Equipment, via Concord Records. Gibbons took to the aptly named Escape Studio in the High Desert near Palm Springs, California to co-produce Equipment with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino. Engineer Chad Shlosser also led additional production tasks. Sorum, of Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver and Cult fame, plays drums while Billy pats the guitarist Austin hanks to reunite again the same group featured on Gibbons’ previous solo effort, The big bad blues. The title of the new album is a tribute to longtime ZZ Top engineer, the late Tom Hardy. From a sound point of view, the desert environment has naturally infiltrated the music.
“The desert backdrops, filled with quicksand, cacti and rattlesnakes provide the kind of backdrop that lends an element of intrigue reflected in the sounds created there,” Gibbons said in a statement. “We took refuge in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of summer and it in itself was pretty intense. To let off steam, we “just let it rock” and that’s what Equipment is really everything. For the most part, he’s a raging rocker but still aware of the implicit mystery of the desert.
Plus, Gibbons brought friends Larkin Poe to work with him on the track “Stackin ‘Bones” and Billy also presented the album with “West Coast Junkie”. Hardware’s final cut is a spoken guitar tribute to the legendary Gram Parsons, who died not far from where the album was captured.
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Nine improvisations + Don’t speak bad
The scoop: Bass player Roseau Mathis was one of the co-founding members of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, who trained in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1994 with keyboardist Brian haas and others. Mathis, who left JFO in 2008, has spent part of the downtown area caused by last year’s pandemic revisiting recordings made during his time with the band, resulting in the release of four archival live albums and their last unreleased studio album with Mathis. This album, Winter wood, and the first live album, The spark that bled, was released in May and preceded the Royal Potato Family release today of two more live albums hosted by Mathis, Nine improvisations and Don’t speak bad. Haas, Mathis and the drummer Smart jason appear on both Nine improvisations, a collection of nine show debut jams recorded on various tours in 2005 and on Don’t speak bad, an album of live acoustic jazz standards and originals recorded mainly in Europe in 2006.
“The JFJO experience, for me, was kind of 10 years figuring out what we were supposed to do, musically, then five years actually playing… playing and writing to our full potential,” said Mathis. “The past four or five years have been marked by excellent teamwork and cutting-edge creativity, and so much follow-up! We were moving so fast, we ended up with most of this high end, undocumented stuff, and since I left the band in early 2009, most of what we had been working on only existed under form of raw, unmixed and unedited recordings. , silently spending the years in my storage unit.
Crowded house – Dreamers are waiting
The scoop: After 11 years, a new Crowded house the album has finally arrived. The 12 tracks Dreamers are waiting released today via BMG. The long-awaited sequel to the 2010s Intriguing was produced by the keyboardist Mitchell froom who last conducted a Crowded House album was for Wood face in 1991. Froom is joined in the current formation of the group by co-founding members Neil finn and Nick seymour as well as the sons of Neil, Elroy Finn and Liam finn.
“We were fortunate enough to record in the studio right before the lockdown and that’s how this album started with group tracks recorded live in one room, all bursting with character and energy,” explained Neil. “We then spent our strangest year, 2020, at a distance from each other but logging in on a daily basis, exchanging files and completing these leads.”
Satsang – Everything is fine now
The scoop: Montana Quartet Satsang spent time writing and recording a new album during a long hiatus in the road. The resulting LP, All. Right. Now., which pays homage to the band’s original state, arrives today. Designed and produced by the frontman Drew mcmanus, the 11-track effort was also inspired by Drew’s role as father and husband. Guests include G. Love and Trevor Room.
Drew McManus found peace in Montana after facing drug addiction, violence and abuse growing up. He landed in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana after a life-changing trip to the Himalayas following his struggles with addiction. “Montana isn’t just where I live, it’s my heart and my soul,” McManus said. “My wife, my kids, Montana, they’re all one thing to me now. They are at home. The peace Drew found shines through in the music of All. Right. Now.
Compiled by Scott Bernstein, Nate Todd and Andy Kahn.