Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Out on Friday: the new album from Lindsay Ell

This past January, I caught Lindsay debut some of these new songs at The NAMM Show (see elsewhere on this blog) and I've reviewed her in concert as well. I'm looking forward to hearing this...

Three years since her debut album, singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsay Ell’s sophomore album Heart Theory is set to arrive this Friday, Aug. 14. Pre-order it HERE.

Beginning 11pm CT on Aug. 13, Ell will go live on her Instagram for 24 hours through release day. The livestream will include special guests, performances, and surprises.

The current ACM New Female Artist of the Year nominee will perform the record’s hit single “Want Me Back” on the TODAY show on Aug. 17 during the 10am hour from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The track was #1 most-added at Country radio in its debut week and continues to climb.

Ell is additionally nominated for Music Event of the Year at the upcoming 55th ACM Awards for “What Happens In A Small Town” with Brantley Gilbert – for which she garnered her first No. 1 at U.S. Country radio.

With her fellow New Female & New Male Artists nominees, she appears on the special Aug. 13 release of “On The Road Again (ACM Lifting Lives Edition)” alongside Willie Nelson, with downloads of the song benefitting ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. Ell will also appear on “ACM Wine Down Wednesday” on Aug. 19 and “The ACM Weekly” on Aug. 25. Both series can be accessed through ACM®: The Hub, now LIVE at

Heart theory is a concept album that explore each stage of grief: shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing, and acceptance. Ell co-wrote 11 of the songs, enlisting help from Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Brandy Clark among others on the project. Heart Theory was completed by Ell and producer Dann Huff from a distance and two different locations during the early stages of quarantine.

Lead single Want Me Back was co-written with Kane Brown (his first outside cut as a writer) along with Matt McGinn and Lindsay Rimes.

"Make You," co-written by Ell with Brandy Clark, marks the first time Ell publicly addresses being a survivor of sexual violence and appears as the first song in the acceptance stage of heart theory, a reflection of Ell’s determination to use her platform to help other sexual trauma survivors.

In July, Ell launched the Make You Movement, a charitable fund whose mission is to help organizations that support at-risk youth, domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors by providing funds on an as-needed basis. For more information, please visit

“If theory is the science of music, heart theory is the science of a heart,” Ell says of the album. “I hope this roadmap can be a comfort if you need it, reassurance when you need to remember to believe in yourself or maybe just a glimpse into a memory that’s made you who you are.”

The Project – Ell’s first full-length album – debuted at No. 1 on the Country Album Sales Chart and was named Billboard’s Best Country Album of 2017. Over the course of her career, Ell has amassed more than 123 million on demand streams to date.

Track listing:

1. “Hits me” (Lindsay Ell, Tyler Hubbard, Corey Crowder)
2. “how good” (Lindsay Ell, Brandy Clark)
3. “i don’t lovE you” (Adam Hambrick, Melissa Fuller, Neil Medley)
4. “wAnt me back” (Lindsay Ell, Kane Brown, Matt McGinn, Lindsay Rimes)
5. “get oveR you” (Lindsay Ell, Gordie Sampson, Kelly Archer)
6. “wrong girl” (Lindsay Ell, Steph Jones, Matt McGinn, Luke Niccoli)
7. “body language of a breakup” (Lindsay Ell, Laura Veltz, Sam Ellis)
8. “good on you” (Lindsay Ell, Sam Ellis, Micah Premnath)
9. “The oTHEr side” (Lindsay Ell, Jessie Jo Dillon, Matt McGinn)
10. “gO to” (Lindsay Ell, Nicolle Gaylon, Jordan Reynolds)
11. “make you” (Lindsay Ell, Brandy Clark)
12. “ReadY to love” (Lindsay Ell, Jessie Jo Dillon, Matt McGinn, Joey Hyde)

Monday, August 10, 2020

The NAMM Show transitions for 2021

Elle King at NAMM '19 by Bob Steshetz

The press release below just came in from the folks at NAMM. I'm disappointed, as I've attended every year over the past dozen years, but it's par for the course with all large scale live events these days.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and safety of NAMM members as the first priority, NAMM is reimagining how to connect all facets of the industry while benefiting those most deeply impacted by COVID-19 with the launch of Believe in Music: The global gathering to unify and support the people who bring music to the world.

Believe in Music, to be held over the week of January 18, 2021, will feature a mix of comprehensive programming and professional education at, as well as an interactive marketplace to connect buyers and sellers – all designed to elevate the innovation and inspiration found across the industry while offering support for those most deeply affected by COVID.

While not The NAMM Show or a virtual tradeshow, the initiative will meet the immediate business needs of NAMM member companies through thought-leader led education for all segments of the industry, networking and AI matchmaking, and business-to-business-focused opportunities to reaffirm and grow business connections, launch new products, share brand initiatives and engage with customers in real-time.

Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO, says, “While it remains unsafe for us to gather in person in January, Believe in Music week will use new, intuitive technology to connect us all to harness the incredible energy that happens when we come together. With a robust marketplace to launch new products and share your brand story, Believe in Music will also feature networking and matchmaking for our buyers and our sellers, education for all segments of the industry, and live music and concerts. And just like at all NAMM events, these activities will raise awareness and financial support to serve our NAMM family across our Circle of Benefits model. Believe in Music week will be a critical step for our industry to help us prepare for the new year and new opportunities.”

Tom Sumner, president of Yamaha Corporation of America, shares, “I believe there has never been a more important moment for our industry to gather, to conduct business, to inspire each other, to inspire music makers and to support those in our music family in need. That’s why Yamaha is excited to start working on our part of the new event from NAMM, Believe in Music. As an industry, we’ve always trusted NAMM to create gatherings that are safe, provide a conducive business environment and produce those surprise moments that we talk about years after the event. While I wish I could see you in person, I look forward to seeing you at Believe in Music.”

“We at Sweetwater as well as our customers look forward to The NAMM Show, yet with COVID, there’s been a lot of changes and we’ve all had to adapt in many ways… With each change like this there comes an opportunity and we’re very excited that NAMM will bring us Believe in Music,” states Mitch Gallagher, editorial director for Sweetwater. “While we can’t replace The NAMM Show, we look forward to all that this new platform has to offer including the ability to connect with our vendors, the opportunity for more of our staff to experience new products as they’re announced, the educational and training opportunities that Believe in Music will provide and so much more. By coming together for NAMM’s Believe in Music, we can all help support our industry and the world’s music makers. We’re looking forward to a great event.”

“NAMM is and always has been about helping people make connections, advocacy for music and musicians, and bringing people together from around the globe,” says Shure’s Abby Kaplan, vice president of global retail sales. “Shure stands by NAMM in pursuit to continue that effort. Perhaps, this year, those connections will be even more important as we in the pro audio and live sound segment work at getting back to having live events and concerts. Certainly, we’ll miss seeing all of our retailers, distributors and friends in person, but we’re excited about ways we can deploy an equally compelling experience this year and into the future … This creates a new opportunity for all of us to work together, rebuild and come back better than ever.”

The weeklong celebration will welcome domestic and international NAMM members from the music instrument, pro audio, live sound and live event industries, artists, media and policymakers, along with participants from GenNext (college music students and faculty), Music Education Days (school music administrators) and Nonprofit Institute (NAMM Foundation grantees and nonprofit affiliates). Emerging and established musicians and fans are invited to connect with brands and in special music-making projects and opportunities to showcase their talents and performances throughout the week, opening the potential to gather music makers in a capacity not restricted by location.

The industry’s much-loved annual events will now take place during Believe in Music week, as well. The 36th TEC Awards will recognize the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and multimedia. In 2020, Joni Mitchell was presented with the Les Paul Innovation Award, an honor that recognizes musical artists whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. The Hall of Fame Award, recognizing audio pioneers, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians, was presented to the creative powerhouse behind Pensado’s Place, Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick. The TEC Awards call for entries is now open through August 31:

The Top 100 Dealer Awards will also be celebrated during the week. Now in its 10th year, the annual awards honor music retailers who have demonstrated a commitment to best practices, creativity and innovation in retail. The submissions process is now open for NAMM retail members and will close on October 2, 2020. Learn more and submit now at

Along with the award shows, music advocates will come together for The Grand Rally for Music Education. The annual event convenes music education advocates for a celebration of the benefits and pleasures of making music. In 2020, the Grand Rally welcomed 10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5 for a special performance, along with a preshow performance by The Langley Ukulele Ensemble, The Legacy Ukulele Ensemble and winners of the “A Cappella at NAMM” contest.

Additional details of these events, receptions and other activities will be provided in the weeks to come.

In his final thoughts, Lamond shares, “If there’s any one common vision, it’s that as a global community, we believe in music. We believe in the future of music and in the future of our industry, and in this moment, we will unite and support music makers around the world.”

For those interested in participating or to learn more, please visit to sign-up for future updates.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

'From Elvis In Nashville' box set by Elvis Presley coming in November

RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release From Elvis In Nashville, a 4CD/digital collection presenting a chronicle of Elvis Presley's 1970 marathon sessions with the "Nashville Cats." It comes out on Nov. 20.

Recorded live in RCA's Studio B in Nashville over the course of an epic five day/night run in June 1970 (with an additional session on Sept. 22), Elvis' performances from those sessions formed the core of three of his most successful studio album releases from the 1970s: Elvis: That's the Way It Is, Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) and Love Letters from Elvis.

Now, for the first time, the master recordings from the 1970 Studio B sessions may be enjoyed together as a single official Elvis album. On From Elvis In Nashville, Presley's studio tracks from the 1970 marathon sessions are newly mixed by engineer Matt Ross-Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell) without the added overdubs or orchestration appearing on earlier releases.

The collection will be available in a 4CD boxed edition including two bonus discs of rare and/or unreleased outtakes from the 1970 sessions (also available digitally). A highlights package will be available in a 2LP 12" vinyl pressing.

Graceland will be offering an exclusive 2LP edition of From Elvis In Nashville, pressed on aqua/tangerine 12" vinyl. Graceland's Elvis Week 2020 runs from August 8 through August 16 in Memphis, TN. Full details here.

For those who would like to celebrate from the comfort of their own homes, Graceland is offering their first-ever virtual Elvis Week online during the same dates.

One track on From Elvis In Nashville, recorded June 7-8, 1970, is Elvis' rendition of "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water," a country classic penned by Cowboy Joe Babcock. That is available now through all digital service providers. Listen Here:


In June 1970, Elvis returned to his frequent recording site RCA Studio B to create a new sound for a new decade. From 1958-1971, Elvis recorded more than 200 tracks at Studio B, beginning with five songs--including "A Fool Such As I"-- before shipping off to Germany with the US Army in September 1958.

He recorded Elvis Is Back!, his first post-army album, at Studio B in March-April 1960. For his 1970 Nashville sessions, Elvis was able to handpick his own repertoire and, delve into a rich variety of American music, including bluegrass, honky tonk, Western swing and the rockabilly he'd virtually invented with contemporary pop, ballads and epic showstoppers.

Bringing a fresh and vital new approach to pop and country music, Elvis' performances on From Elvis In Nashville presaged and encompassed emerging trends from countrypolitan and Americana to outlaw country.

These sessions are widely recognized as among Elvis' best because of the undeniable chemistry between Elvis and his top notch studio band comprised of multi-instrumentalist Charlie McCoy, bassist Norbert Putnam and pianist David Briggs.

Known colloquially as the "Nashville Cats," this studio ensemble, like Elvis himself, connected the worlds of pop, rock and country music. For the June sessions, Elvis brought in his longtime on-stage guitarist James Burton; Eddie Hinton--who, like Putnam ad Briggs, was part of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section--played lead guitar on Elvis' Sept. 22 session. Elvis plays acoustic guitar throughout the June sessions.

The five-day "marathon" sessions—with work starting in the early evening and continuing until dawn—yielded a wide variety of material including a spirited rendition of Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away," the heartrending "I've Lost You," a powerful take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and a new version of "Love Letters," which Presley first cut in 1966. A wild, single-take version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" was one of the highlights of the Sept. 22 single day session.

The music Elvis created in his 1970 "marathon sessions" are presented here without layers of overdubbing heard on the original releases. It established musical directions he pursued the rest of his career, predicted his late-in-life pop- and-country radio successes and was influential to future musicians.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Roger Waters news

Sony Music Entertainment will release ROGER WATERS: US + THEM on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and Vinyl on Oct. 2. It chronicles the 2017-2018 tour from the former Pink Floyd artist. The concert film is available now to buy on digital or watch on demand. Preorder the other formats here

Directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters, the film uses innovative digital and audio technology for a state-of-the-art show. Shot on tour in Amsterdam and on location in the UK, links to purchase and rent the film are here.

Viewers on digital, Blu-Ray and DVD will have access to all-new post-feature content including two additional concert songs not included in the original feature (“Comfortably Numb” and “Smell the Roses”) as well as A Fleeting Glimpse, a documentary-style short film featuring behind-the-scenes moments from the tour.


CD 1
2.Speak To Me
4.One of These Days
6.Breathe (Reprise)
7.The Great Gig in the Sky
8.Welcome to the Machine
9.Déjà Vu
10.The Last Refugee
11.Picture That
12.Wish You Were Here
13.The Happiest Days of Our Lives
14.Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
15.Another Brick in the Wall Part 3

CD 2:
2.Pigs (Three Different Ones)
4.Us & Them
5.Brain Damage
7.The Last Refugee (Reprise)
8.Déjà Vu (Reprise)


Dave Kilminster: Guitars
Bo Koster: Keyboards
Jon Carin: Keyboards and Guitars
Lucius – Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig: Vocals
Ian Ritchie: Saxophone
Gus Seyffert: Guitars and Bass
Jonathan Wilson: Guitars and Vocals
Joey Waronker: Drums

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

New Order's 1983 album to get deluxe box set treatment

New Order have announced the definitive collection of their 1983 studio album POWER, CORRUPTION, & LIES due out Oct. 2 via Rhino Records. The collection which includes an LP, two CDs, two DVDs and a book, features the album remastered for the first time from the original analogue tape masters on LP and CD.

The Extras CD contains previously unreleased writing sessions from New Order’s Manchester rehearsal rooms and the 1982 John Peel Session for the BBC. The DVDs capture New Order live during 1982 and 1983 at The Hacienda and Kilkenny, the 1984 Play at Home Channel 4 TV documentary and other rare live & TV performances. Finally, a hardback book of rare photos and original text collated by Warren Jackson completes the limited edition box designed by Peter Saville.

The boxed set will be accompanied by individual releases of the four 12” vinyl singles from 1983/1984 that didn’t appear on the original LP, beginning with the best selling 12” of all time “Blue Monday,” followed by “Confusion,” “Thieves Like Us”, and “Murder.”

POWER, CORRUPTION, & LIES was recorded in 1982 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington and produced by New Order.

Track Listing:

Power, Corruption & Lies (for CD and LP) (2020 remaster)
1. “Age of Consent”
2. “We All Stand”
3. “The Village”
4. “5 8 6”
5. “Your Silent Face”
6. “Ultraviolence”
7. “Ecstacy”
8. “Leave Me Alone”

Power Corruption & Lies - Extras (CD)
Writing Session Recordings
1. “Age Of Consent” *
2. “The Village” *
3. “5 8 6” *
4. “Your Silent Face” *
5. “Ecstacy” *
6. “Leave Me Alone” *

John Peel Session
7. “Turn The Heater On”
8. “We All Stand”
9. “Too Late”
10. “5 8 6”

John Peel Session Outtake
11. “Too Late” (instrumental rough mix) *

New York Session Outtake
12. “Thieves Like Us” (New York demo #1) *

Writing Session Recordings
13. “Thieves Like Us” *
14. “Murder” *
15. “Blue Monday” *
16. “Blue Monday” *

Album Session Recordings
17. “Blue Monday” (instrumental outtake) *
*Previously unreleased

New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies DVD

Live Shows
The Hacienda, Manchester, 1982
“In A Lonely Place”
“The Village”
“We All Stand”
“Chosen Time”
“5 8 6 ”
“Everything's Gone Green”

Recorded on June 26, 1982

Rosehill Hotel, Kilkenny, Ireland 1983 
“We All Stand”
“Leave Me Alone”
“The Village”
“Age Of Consent”
“Blue Monday”
“Everything's Gone Green”

Recorded on April 24, 1983
TV Sessions

BBC Top Of The Pops, London, 1983
Blue Monday 

Countdown - 1983

Switch - 1983
“Age Of Consent”
“Blue Monday”

BBC Top Of The Pops, London, 1984
“Thieves Like Us”

The Hacienda, Manchester, 1983
“Your Silent Face”
“5 8 6”

Recreation Centre, Tolworth, 1983
“We All Stand”
“Leave Me Alone”

Tower Ballroom, Birmingham, 1983
“Love Will Tear Us Apart”

First Avenue, Minneapolis, 1983

Uni-Mensa, Dusseldorf, 1984
“The Village”

Alabamahalle, Munich, 1984
“Thieves Like Us”
“Blue Monday”

Metropol, Berlin, 1984
“Lonesome Tonight”

Play At Home
Channel 4 documentary made by New Order

Live Show
The Hacienda, Manchester, 1983
“Blue Monday”
“Age Of Consent”
“Lonesome Tonight”
“Your Silent Face”
“Leave Me Alone”
“5 8 6”
“Thieves Like Us”
“In A Lonely Place”
“Everything's Gone Green”

Recorded on July 20, 1983

SINGLES (2020 remaster)
Blue Monday
Side 1 Blue Monday
Side 2 The Beach

Side 1 Confusion
Confused Beats
Side 2 Confusion Instrumental
Confusion (Rough Mix)

Thieves Like Us
Side 1 Thieves Like Us
Side 2 Lonesome Tonight

Side 1 Murder
Side 2 Thieves Like Us Instrumental

Indie pop/rocker Cut Worms returns with double album in October

Cut Worms, the moniker of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and multi-disciplined visual artist Max Clarke, announces his new double album, Nobody Lives Here Anymore, out on Oct. 9 through Jagjaguwar. He has unveiled two new singles - “Sold My Soul” with an accompanying video and “God Bless The Day.”

Max immediately started writing material for his sophomore LP after an extensive eighteen-months of touring in support of 2017’s Alien Sunset and 2018’s Hollow Ground. Mining his life-long devotion to the lost American songbook for inspiration, he stockpiled nearly thirty new songs by the time he flew to Memphis to work with producer Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording Studio.

Unlike earlier works that were meticulously demoed, Max opted for rough drafts to capture something more immediate and honest. Most of the initial takes were tracked live with Noah Bond on drums, while Max sang and played rhythm guitar. Max then built lush arrangements around these intimate performances. A skeleton crew of friends and Memphis all-stars were called in to lay down pedal steel, sax, and strings. When all was said and done, they had recorded 17 new cosmic Americana gems.

“Sold My Soul” and “God Bless The Day” follow previously released singles “Unnatural Disaster,” “Baby Come On,” and “Castle in the Clouds.”

“Sold My Soul” has an accompanying video, directed and shot by Caroline Gohlke on Route 66 from Chicago to Oklahoma.

Max says Nobody Lives Here Anymore is about “throwaway consumer culture and how the postwar commercial wet dreams never came true, how nothing is made to last.” He considers the golden years of a society on its last leg with poignant curiosity, suggesting not only that nobody lives the American dream, but that nobody lives here, in this moment, anymore. “It’s about homesickness for childhood, for a place that never really existed.”

1. The Heat Is On
2. Unnatural Disaster
3. Last Words To A Refugee
4. All The Roads
5. Every Once In A While
6. Looks Like Rain
7. A Love So Fine
8. Veteran’s Day
9. Sold My Soul
10. Castle In The Clouds
11. Baby Come On
12. Walk With Me
13. Won’t Get It Right
14. Always On My Mind
15. The Golden Sky
16. God Bless The Day
17. Cave of Phantoms

Out now digitally: reissue of Josie Cotton's 'Convertible Music' from 1982

“This record changed everything for me,” says singer JOSIE COTTON about her debut album CONVERTIBLE MUSIC which has been reissued digitally on her Kitten Robot Records. “I was the annoying girl with demo tapes getting turned down all over town.”

Originally released in 1982 by Elektra Records, Convertible Music kicked off a storied and perennial career of one of New Wave’s most unique voices. Famously featured in the seminal 1983 film Valley Girl (the second feature by director Martha Coolidge that starred Deborah Foreman, E.J. Daily and was the leading man debut of Nicolas Cage), Josie performed her two breakthrough singles from this album “He Could Be The One” and the controversial and often misunderstood “Johnny, Are You Queer?” at the prom scene.

This reissue of the album includes "(Let’s Do) The Blackout” as a bonus track. “I’m very excited about [releasing this song],” she says. “It was on the B-side of the original 12” for ‘Johnny, Are You Queer?’ Not many people have heard it except my hardcore fans.”

“Convertible Music essentially put me on the map as a recording artist and songwriter which was my ultimate goal,” she says. “It’s funny though I think my name ended up being more famous than I am if that makes any sense."

Produced by Bobby and Larson Paine, Convertible Music combined elements of surf, New Wave, girl group, and pop. “The Paine brothers had this incredible knack to predict musical trends and what would be relevant down the road,” she says. “I was in awe of their talent and they saw something in me so we were a good match. They were great mentors to me and taught me so much about songwriting and record production.”

From the power pop of album opener “He Could Be The One” to the Ronettes send-up “Rockin’ Love” to “Systematic Way” and "No Pictures of Dad," Convertible Music is a sunny record.

“Even though making this album was more like a David Lynch movie gone wrong, we laughed a lot as we were recording it,” reminisces Josie who wrote a majority of the songs. “The Paine Brothers were incredible story tellers. Someone will tell their story one day and I hope it’s me because I had a ring side seat. We made some noise… yes we did.”

Re-emerging last fall with the release of new single “Ukrainian Cowboy,” Josie followed it up with Everything Is Oh Yeah!, an album of finished tracks that laid dormant in an attic until the Stranger Things producers came looking for some '80s-inspired music. As a result, the songs were remixed.

To Cotton’s amazement, she learned of a major breakthrough in the music industry for recording artists. “There’s now a provision that for once is in favor of the artist “ she says excitedly. It’s basically a legal window that allows recording artists to get their masters back from the label after a 30-year window. Most 80s artists are eligible but the catch is you have to formally request it. So as of a few weeks ago, I officially have the rights back to my first two records on Elektra Records. I am over the moon.”

Gearing up for a busy future including re-releasing Josie's complete catalogue, Kitten Robot Records is also getting ready for Josie's 8th album which she's currently working on in the studio as well as releases from its growing roster of newly signed artists.

Convertible Music re-releases on CD and vinyl are planned for later in 2020.

Track listing:

"He Could Be the One" – 2:48
"Rockin' Love" – 3:02
"Waitin' for Your Love" – 3:21
"So Close" – 2:39
"I Need the Night, Tonight" – 3:12
"(Let's Do) The Blackout" – 2:57
"Johnny Are You Queer?" – 2:46
"Systematic Way" – 2:57
"Another Girl" – 3:14
"Bye, Bye Baby" – 2:57
"No Pictures of Dad" – 3:33
"Tell Him" – 2:36

Lou Reed's 'New York' to get expanded reissue

Lou Reed's Sire Records debut and 15th solo studio album New York earned him a gold record and a Grammy nomination, while the single “Dirty Blvd" went #1 on the Modern Rock charts.

Rhino's upcoming expansive collection surrounding the album includes a newly remastered version of the original 1989 album on CD and – for the first time – on double 180-gram audiophile vinyl.

The set also includes 26 unreleased studio and live recordings of album tracks from the Lou Reed Archive, as well as the DVD-debut of “The New York Album,” a long-out-of-print concert video recorded during the New York tour. In addition, audio from the set will be available through digital and streaming services.

NEW YORK: DELUXE EDITION will be available from Rhino on Sept. 25 and is available for pre-order now. The 3CD/DVD/2LP set comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book that includes new liner notes written by music journalist David Fricke, essays from archivist Don Fleming, and was produced for release by Laurie Anderson, Don Fleming, Bill Ingot, Jason Stern, and Hal Willner. As a special bonus, fans who order the set from will receive the album on cassette with purchase.

The entire album has been remastered for the first time ever for this collection. The second disc presents unreleased live versions from the Lou Reed Archive of every album track compiled from multiple performances. To avoid duplication, none of these live tracks were taken from the set’s accompanying DVD.

The third disc showcases unreleased early versions of several album tracks from the Lou Reed Archive, including “Last Great American Whale,” “Sick Of You” and “Dirty Blvd.” Also featured is the non-LP track “The Room,” as well as live versions of “Sweet Jane,” a song Reed originally recorded with The Velvet Underground, and “Walk On The Wild Side,” from his second solo album, Transformer (1972).

This set also includes “The New York Album,” a concert video that was originally released in 1990 on VHS and laser disc. It has never been available on DVD, until now. It features Reed performing the entire New York album live in Montreal at the Theatre St. Denis. The DVD concludes with an audio-only interview with Reed.

Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album (2020 Remaster)
1. “Romeo Had Juliette”
2. “Halloween Parade”
3. “Dirty Blvd.”
4. “Endless Cycle”
5. “There Is No Time”
6. “Last Great American Whale”
7. “Beginning Of A Great Adventure”
8. “Busload Of Faith”
9. “Sick Of You”
10. “Hold On”
11. “Good Evening Mr. Waldheim”
12. “Xmas In February”
13. “Strawman”
14. “Dime Store Mystery”

Disc Two: “New York” - Live
1. “Romeo Had Juliette” *
2. “Halloween Parade” *
3. “Dirty Blvd.” *
4. “Endless Cycle” *
5. “There Is No Time” *
6. “Last Great American Whale” *
7. “Beginning Of A Great Adventure” *
8. “Busload Of Faith” *
9. “Sick Of You” *
10. “Hold On” *
11. “Good Evening Mr. Waldheim” *
12. “Xmas In February” *
13. “Strawman” *
14. “Dime Store Mystery” *

Disc Three: Works In Progress/Singles/Encore
1. “Romeo Had Juliette” (7” Version)
2. “Dirty Blvd.” (Work Tape) *
3. “Dirty Blvd.” (Rough Mix) *
4. “Endless Cycle” (Work Tape) *
5. “Last Great American Whale” (Work Tape) *
6. “Beginning Of A Great Adventure” (Rough Mix) *
7. “Busload Of Faith” (Solo Version) *
8. “Sick Of You” (Work Tape) *
9. “Sick Of You” (Rough Mix) *
10. “Hold On” (Rough Mix) *
11. “Strawman” (Rough Mix) *
12. “The Room” (Non-LP Track)
13. “Sweet Jane” (Live Encore) *
14. “Walk On The Wild Side” (Live Encore) *

1. “Romeo Had Juliette”
2. “Halloween Parade”
3. “Dirty Blvd.”
4. “Endless Cycle”
5. “There Is No Time”
6. “Last Great American Whale”
7. “Beginning Of A Great Adventure”
8. “Busload Of Faith”
9. “Sick Of You”
10. “Hold On”
11. “Good Evening Mr. Waldheim”
12. “Xmas In February”
13. “Strawman”
14. “Dime Store Mystery”
Audio Only Bonus
15. A Conversation with Lou Reed

* previously unreleased

Long awaited new music from Midnight Oil this week

Midnight Oil fans around the world will finally get to hear a brand new song from the band on Aug. 7 with the release of ‘Gadigal Land’. The following night a special ‘in studio’ video of the song will make its world premiere during the National Indigenous Music Awards ( telecast on NITV from 7pm AEST and simulcast across the country on Double J, National Indigenous Radio Service, TEABBA, Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

The song takes its name from Sydney’s traditional owners, many of whom continue to live in the city. The Gadigal (also sometimes spelled “Cadigal”) lands include what is now the CBD plus areas from South Head through to the inner west. ‘Gadigal Land’ is a provocative recount of what happened in this place, and elsewhere in Australia, since 1788.

This single is the first new music from ‘the Oils’ in nearly 20 years. It features special contributions by vocalists Kaleena Briggs, Bunna Lawrie, Dan Sultan plus a lyrical section written and delivered by Gadigal poet, Joel Davison.

Like all the band’s new recordings it was produced by long-time collaborator Warne Livesey who also helmed legendary Midnight Oil albums, DIESEL & DUST, BLUE SKY MINING and CAPRICORNIA.

The track is drawn from THE MAKARRATA PROJECT - a themed mini-album of collaborations with Indigenous artists. Midnight Oil will donate its share of any proceeds it received from this release to organisations which seek to elevate The Uluru Statement From The Heart in particular and Indigenous reconciliation more broadly (

Sony Music Entertainment Australia will match any artist contribution.

After centuries of struggle for recognition and justice, 2017’s Uluru Statement called for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ enshrined in the Australian Constitution and the establishment of a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise agreement-making and truth-telling between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Clearly this mini-album has ended up being timely in ways nobody could have anticipated as the Black Lives Matter movement surges globally and renews local focus on Aboriginal deaths in custody.

However, THE MAKARRATA PROJECT was actually recorded late last year after the band regrouped for a European tour. They entered the studio with about twenty songs of which seven revolved around themes of reconciliation so they decided to record that batch of material separately with a wide range of Indigenous collaborators (the rest of the new recordings are slated for 2021 release).

THE MAKARRATA PROJECT was initially going to be launched with a special Splendour In The Grass appearance in July but when that festival was rescheduled for October the band moved the release back accordingly.

Now Midnight Oil confirmed that this collaborative mini-album will still be released in late October despite Splendour having to abandon their 2020 dates due to Covid-19.

THE MAKARRATA PROJECT will be the latest in a long line of reconciliation initiatives that Midnight Oil has supported. These include the band’s legendary Blackfella/Whitefella tour of remote Australia with The Warumpi Band in 1986 which inspired their global hit ‘Beds Are Burning’, their international touring with Yothu Yindi, the BURNING BRIDGES project, and the Oils’ hijacking of the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony when they controversially performed in clothes emblazoned with the word “Sorry”, adding further pressure in the campaign for an apology to the Stolen Generation.

Midnight Oil says: “We’ve always been happy to lend our voice to those who call for racial justice, but it really feels like we’ve reached a tipping point. We urge the federal government to heed the messages in the Uluru Statement From The Heart and act accordingly. Hopefully this song and THE MAKARRATA PROJECT mini-album we’ve created alongside our First Nations friends can help shine a bit more light on the urgent need for genuine reconciliation in this country and in many other places too.”

'The B-52's: Live at the US Festival' home video coming in September

Travel back in time to a carefree Labor Day weekend in 1982, when The B-52s: Live At The US Festival comes to DVD and digital platforms on Sept. 4 from Shout! Factory. The performance features all five founding band members, and the film is dedicated to Ricky Wilson, who passed away five years after the US Festival performance.

Besides the rare footage, there are new interviews included in the release with members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, and Cindy Wilson. The hour-long set was recorded at the inaugural US Festival in 1982. 

Among the 13 hits and favorites from the group’s early years are “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire,” Private Idaho” and others. Live At US Festival is the first-ever live concert DVD release from The B-52s’ classic era.

The B-52s: Live At The US Festival is available for pre-order now at and

Party Out Of Bounds
Give Me Back My Man
Planet Claire
Throw That Beat In The Garbage Can
Big Bird
52 Girls
Dance This Mess Around
Private Idaho
Rock Lobster
Strobe Light

Vinyl reissues of elbow coming next month

The first three studio albums by acclaimed British band elbow will see new heavyweight vinyl reissues on Sept. 25 via Polydor Records. Additionally, the group's B sides collection ‘Dead in the Boot’ and 2014’s ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’ will be repressed and restocked to stores, so the entire elbow album catalog will now be available on vinyl.

Debut ‘Asleep in the Back’ was produced by Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Depeche Mode) and contained the singles; ‘Newborn,’ ‘Any Day Now,’ ‘Red’ and ‘Powder Blue.’ It established the band with the UK public and led to Mercury Award and Brit Award nominations. The album closes with perennial fan favorite ‘Scattered Black and Whites,’ recently revisited by the band in lockdown for their elbowrooms sessions.

‘Cast of Thousands,’ recorded with Ben Hiller back again at the helm, introduced cover stars Elle and Bo to the world, their life size statues caused traffic jams when sited next to the motorway during festival dates to promote the album. Taking its title from the vocal contributions of the Glastonbury crowd to ‘Grace Under Pressure,’ recorded in a landmark performance on The Other Stage in 2002, the album artwork featured the names of all those who contacted the band to say, ‘yes, I was there and singing.’ An early indicator of elbow’s power to produce inclusive, uplifting moments, ‘Cast of Thousands’ also features ‘Fugitive Motel’ – another track featured during the recent elbowrooms recordings.

‘Leaders of the Free World’ was the first album to be recorded at elbow’s current home, Blueprint Studios, Manchester, and was co-produced by the band and Tom Rothrock, (Beck, Foo Fighters) and mixed at LA’s legendary Sunset Sound Studios. Accompanied by full-length film from collaborators Soup Collective on its release, the album contains several tracks that grace elbow sets to this day including ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Station Approach.’

All three albums have surpassed gold status in the UK with ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ achieving quadruple platinum status there.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

AFI's Davey Havok and Jade Puget unveil new Blaqk Audio songs

Blaqk Audio — the electronic duo featuring AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget — have announced their new album Beneath The Black Palms.

The album is being released via BlaqkNoise in two parts. Beneath The Black Palms — Side A arrives today, July 28, and features five songs. The entire album, including the first five songs that comprise Side A, drops on Aug. 21. It was recorded, produced, and mixed by Blaqk Audio.

"Beneath the Black Palms is an affirmation, exaltation, and momentary illumination of rich, arcane shadows fortified by blinding and rapturous light," Havok says. "Musically a bird sister of Only Things We Love, our latest record more deeply traverses our EBM and futurepop roots while also extending into moods unheard from us before. I am deeply excited to have the opportunity to share it with all."

The band has also shared the video for the new track "Hiss." Watch and listen here.

"'Hiss' is a lovely slice of noisy darkness," says Puget. "Listen closely and you can hear the susurration of the palms."

Beneath The Black Palms is the follow up to 2019's ONLY THINGS WE LOVE. Blaqk Audio previously released Cexcells (2007), Bright Black Heaven (2012), and Material (2016). Each release has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart.


"Zipper Don't Work"*
"A Distant Light"*
"Burnt Babies Fear the Fire"
"Fish Bite"
"Bird Sister"
"I'm Coming Over"
"Tired Eyes"
"It's Not Going Well"

*Included on Beneath the Black Palms – Side A

Next Washed Out album due next month

Washed Out performed “Too Late,” from the forthcoming album Purple Noon, his forthcoming album, during the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series. Watch here.

Main man Ernest Greene says this of his performance, “The Ableton Push was created to add a hardware style interface that could give the Ableton Live software more of a tactile experience. While it's great for aiding the recording workflow within Ableton; the lack of heavy customization really holds back the performance potential in my humble opinion. However, there is a user-mode where you can basically “hack” the interface and completely reprogram the look and feel of the controller. In my mind, this represents the musical instrument of the future - where not only can one musician replicate an entire band - but with clever color coding and animation it can really make each instrumental part come to life.

“I recorded this version of "Too Late" in the early stages of the pandemic - where the other guys in the band weren't available to jam in person. Much of Washed Out’s sound relates to the detailed audio production - so this is the closest thing I could get to a solo WO performance (All audio, color and animation are programmed using built-in midi-based tools in Ableton Live).”

Purple Noon, the first full-length in three years, will be available on CD/LP/CS/DSPs on Aug.  7 worldwide through Sub Pop. The 10-track effort which features the lead single “Time to Walk Away,” along with “Too Late,” and “Paralyzed,” was produced and recorded by Greene.

Preorders of Purple Noon are now available from Sub Pop. LP preorders through, Washed Out’s official website, and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl. Meanwhile, preorders in the U.K. and Europe through select independent retailers will receive the Loser edition on purple vinyl. There will also be new t-shirt designs available.

Track listing:

1. Too Late
2. Face Up
3. Time to Walk Away
4. Paralyzed
5. Reckless Desires
6. Game of Chance
7. Leave You Behind
8. Don’t Go
9. Hide
10. Haunt

Monday, July 27, 2020

Out now: Neon Trees new album

Neon Trees' fourth studio album ‘I Can Feel You Forgetting Me’ is available now via Thrill Forever. The Utah band with over 750 million streams previously unveiled the alt radio hit ‘Used to Like,’ as well as new songs ‘New Best Friend’ and ‘Nights.’

“Writing this record was extremely cathartic,” shares Tyler Glenn, who penned much of the album over several years from a deep place of reflection.” I had ostensibly moved to LA to work on honing a body of work for this album, but also to get away from a relationship that was haunting me.”

Glenn spent much of that year alone, except for the album's collaborators. Listeners will hear how much of the lyrics were inspired by personal memories and feelings pulled from Glenn’s experience of being in a codependent relationship he needed resolve from.

“I feel like the record encapsulates that journey,” he says. “When I started writing I was still in that relationship, and about half way through writing, I had left it. I still feel haunted by it, and just like all codependency, it’s a journey to rid yourself completely of it.

“Ghosting culture is very much a modern part of how we interact as humans,” continues Glenn on some of the more nuanced issues the album explores. “I have this phone in my hand with 7 or 8 different ways to reach a person, and yet in as many seconds as it takes to block a person, or unfriend them, I can’t reach them anymore. I literally could feel him forgetting me.”

Glenn’s roaring and affirming vocals provide narration on a record that “sounds like one full night of reflection, alone at the bar, walking past the places you’d go with them, texting them when you shouldn’t, and ultimately embracing the idea that no one else can complete you.”

The album rounds out with linings of hope, encouraging that “you must find completeness and joy in yourself.”

“I Can Feel You Forgetting Me,” Glenn expresses as he tied up penning this album, “and maybe that’s the best thing to happen to me so far.”

About the band:

Neon Trees—Tyler Glenn [lead vocals, piano, keys], Chris Allen [lead guitar], Elaine Bradley [drums] and Branden Campbell [bass]—saw their career rise with 2010’s Habits. Lead single “Animal” scored a double platinum certification from the RIAA and took home “Top Alternative Song” at the Billboard Music Awards.

In 2012, Picture Show spawned the quadruple-platinum “Everybody Talks,” which went to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Two years later, Pop Psychology debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart and #6 on the Top 200 in addition to producing the gold hit, “Sleeping With A Friend.”

After a successful 2015 headlining tour, Neon Trees took a break. As Chris, Branden, and Elaine took time out with their respective families, Tyler released a solo offering entitled “Excommunication” and made his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots during 2018.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Vincint collaborates with 'Queer Eye' cast for new video

Singer-songwriter VINCINT has teamed up with the cast of Netflix's Emmy Award-winning series, Queer Eye, to unveil the music video for "Be Me."

Directed by Jake Wilson (Cher, Lizzo, Jonas Brothers) and filmed by VINCINT and the Fab Five using their iPhone cameras during quarantine, "Be Me" is out now on VINCINT's official YouTube channel.


“It’s a celebration of the self!” says VINCINT. “A moment to believe that you can be more than what you thought you ever could. This video is a burst of light in a time where light is so needed. Working with The Fab 5 is a dream! I’m so grateful they all agreed to be a part of it and took the time to film their parts! They’re all little pop stars.”

“Filming at home was actually a lot of fun,” VINCINT continues. “It was the first time in quarantine where I really got to be creative, and thank god for my best friends (who I had been staying with) for being able and willing to shoot the video with me and take the instructions so well! Working with Jake is always amazing because he can read my mind and know the exact angles and shots I will love! This time was a little different because he had to direct the entire video over FaceTime, haha, but he was phenomenal. With all of us working together, I think it turned out beautifully!”

"Be Me" premiered in the official trailer to Queer Eye's Season 5 - which is set in VINCINT's hometown of Philadelphia, PA - after VINCINT, Netflix and the Fab Five hinted at its release through a string of cryptic social media posts. Co-written by VINCINT with Fly By Midnight's Slavo and Justin Bryte expressly for the newest season, "Be Me" is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

“Be Me” follows VINCINT’s debut EP, The Feeling, available now via AWAL for streaming and download HERE. The EP – which features collaborations with chart-topping producers John Greenham (Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, Sam Smith) and Alex Psaroudakis (Cher, Ariana Grande, M.I.A.) – includes the singles “Someday,” “Please Don’t Fall In Love,” and “Save Myself” - the latter co-written by VINCINT with Brandon Colbein (Liam Payne, Hayley Kiyoko) and Ryan Hartman.

In addition, both “Someday“ and “Please Don’t Fall In Love" are joined by companion visuals, streaming now at VINCINT’s official YouTube channel HERE.