Crazy Horse, boygenius’ Debut, New Pornos, William Tyler’s Full-Band Live Album & More Among Today’s New Releases

Steve Gunn & David Moore, The Hold Steady, London Brew, Mighty Poplar, and Scott McMicken also have new music out today.

By Team JamBase Mar 31, 2023 6:15 am PDT

Each week Release Day Picks profiles new LPs and EPs Team JamBase will be checking out on release day Friday. This week we highlight new albums by Crazy Horse, boygenius, The New Pornographers, William Tyler,Steve Gunn & David Moore, The Hold Steady, London Brew, Mighty Poplar, and Scott McMicken. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin.


Crazy Horse – All Roads Lead Home

Crazy Horse — the band long associated with Neil Young — released the album All Roads Lead Home today. Formed in the late 1960s by Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and Danny Whitten, Crazy Horse began collaborating with Neil Young in 1969 and has been inextricably linked with the legendary singer-songwriter for the last half century, which is what makes All Roads Lead Home so interesting.

The album mostly consists of songs penned by Molina, Talbot and Nils Lofgren, who began collaborating with Crazy Horse in the early 1970s (Danny Whitten died tragically in 1972). The trio recorded their tracks individually during the pandemic years. Neil also contributed a live solo rendition of “Song Of The Seasons,” which originally appears on Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s 2021 album, Barn. Crazy Horse previewed the record with Nils Lofgren’s “You Will Never Know.”


boygenius – the record

boygenius — the all-star trio consisting of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker — unveiled their debut full-length studio album today. The Record arrived via Interscope Records and marks the group’s first new music since 2020. The 12-track collection is a collaborative effort that was birthed in June 2020 when Bridgers sent her bandmates a demo with a note asking if they could become a band again as they focused on their individual careers after touring in support of a 2018 EP.

Each of the three musicians added demos to a shared Google Drive, which they loaded with potential material. A writing session the following year came next. Then, Phoebe, Lucy and Julien assembled in January 2022 to record at Malibu, California’s Shangri-La. They spent ten hours each day for a month working on the album and finally have The Record.


The New Pornographers – Continue As A Guest

The New Pornographers are back today with Continue As A Guest, the collective’s ninth studio album and first for Merge Records. The New Pornographers’ principle member AC Newman was joined on the album by Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey and Joe Seiders, along with contributions from Zach Djanikian on saxophone. Former group member Dan Bejar (Destroyer) co-wrote the album track, co-wrote “Really Really Light” with Newman, with its origins dating back to sessions for The New Pornographers’ 2014 LP Brill Bruisers. Featuring 10 new track and serving as the follow-up 2019’s In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, the newly released record tackles themes growing out of the pandemic like isolation and the pitfalls of living online.

“The idea of continuing as a guest felt very apropos to the times,” Newman stated. “Feeling out of place in culture, in society—not feeling like a part of any zeitgeist, but happy to be separate and living your simple life, your long fade-out. Find your own little nowhere, find some space to fall apart, continue as a guest.”


William Tyler & The Impossible Truth – Secret Stratosphere

On May 29, 2021, guitarist William Tyler performed at Yellowhammer Brewing in Huntsville, Alabama. The performance featuring his backing band The Impossible Truth, makes up the newly available live album, Secret Stratosphere, out now via Merge. The Impossible Truth consists of pedal steel guitarist Luke Schnieder, drummer Brian Kotzur and bassist Jack Lawrence. The seven-song live album begins with “Our Lady Of The Desert” from Tyler’s 2019 album, Goes West. The live release continues with “Highway Anxiety,” from 2016’s Modern Country, which ends with Kraftwerk’s “Radioactivity.” Additional Modern Country tracks on the live LP include “I’m Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me)” and “Gone Clear.” Secret Statsophere also presents live takes on “Whole New Dude” and “We Can’t Go Home Again,” which appeared on the 2014 EP Lost Colony (the latter also on Tyler’s 2013 LP, Impossible Truth, from which the band takes its name). An unreleased original described by Tyler as “Hawkwind meets Charlie Daniels Band,” the krautrock-esque lead single “Area Code 601,” (which covers Jackson, Mississippi) has been in Tyler’s live repertoire for several years.


Steve Gunn & David Moore – Let The Moon Be A Planet

A collaborative album from guitarist Steve Gunn and pianist David Moore arrived today. Let The Moon Be A Planet “is a volume of improvisatory exchanges between classical guitar and piano, and a meeting place where two artists become acquainted through instrumental dialogue without a single expectation distracting them from the joy and open field possibility of collaboration,” as per a press release.

While the project began with Gunn and Moore exchanging improvisations remotely “without a single expectation,” it soon became clear that they were on to something. “We didn’t know it was going to be an album,” Gunn said. “There was never pressure on us to complete or make something. It was interesting to start realizing that this could be an album and to take a step back… to arrive at a project after the fact.”

“Our only motivation for making these tracks was that it felt good to make them and there was nothing else behind it. I don’t know that I’ve ever made a record that came about so naturally,” Moore added. Previews for Let The Moon Be A Planet include opening tracks “Over The Dune” and “Painterly.”

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The Hold Steady – The Price Of Progress

Rockers The Hold Steady celebrate 20 years as a band in 2023 and continue to keep the new music flowing. Out today is The Price Of Progress, the sextet’s ninth studio album. Longtime collaborator Josh Kaufman produced the follow-up to 2020’s Open Door Policy. The 10-track LP was recorded at Rhinebeck, New York’s The Clubhouse with D. James Goodwin handling the mix. “The Price of Progress stands as their most sonically expansive record thus far, while also remaining unmistakably The Hold Steady showcasing narrative rock ‘n’ roll tales of ordinary people struggling and surviving in a modern world,” proclaims a press release.

“These are some of the most cinematic songs in The Hold Steady catalog,” explained frontman Craig Finn, “and the record was a joy to make. I feel like we went somewhere we haven’t before, which is a very exciting thing for a band that is two decades into our career.”


London Brew – London Brew

A group of top U.K. jazz musicians recorded an album inspired by Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, which was released today by Concord Jazz. The London Brew ensemble that recorded the tribute album also called London Brew includes Nubya Garcia, , Tom Skinner and others. Originally conceived as a 50th-anniversary concert celebrating the release of Davis’ landmark 1970 album Bitches Brew that was planned for early 2020, the pandemic interfered with those plans and led to the tribute album being recorded instead. roducer and guitarist Martin Terefe and executive producer Bruce Lampcov brought together the impression collection of musicians for recording sessions in December 2020 at Paul Epworth’s Church Studios in London. Along with Garcia (saxophone, flute), Hutchings (saxophone, woodwinds), Skinner (drums, percussion) and Terefe, other participants include Benji B (decks, sonic re-cycling), Theon Cross (tuba), Raven Bush (violin, electronics), Tom Herbert (electric bass, double bass), Nikolaj Torp Larsen (synthesizers, melodica), Nick Ramm (piano, synthesizers), Dan See (drums, percussion) and Dave Okumu (guitar).

“In all my years of recording, I’d never been involved in an improvisatory process on this scale,” said The Invisible’s Dave Okumu. “Its ease and sense of endlessness is surely a testament to the caliber of each musician and the unique manner in which they’ve taken on the lessons Miles set before us through his recording and performances.”


Mighty Poplar – Mighty Poplar

Bluegrass supergroup Mighty Poplar offered their self-titled debut album today. The quintet consists of Watchouse’s Andrew Marlin, Punch Brothers’ Noam Pikelny and Chris Eldridge, Leftover Salmon’s Greg Garrison and Billy Strings fiddler Alex Hargreaves. Curated by Marlin, Mighty Poplar is a collection of bluegrass standards as well as tunes from legendary singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and John Hartford captured at the sylvan Tractor Shed recording facility outside Nashville.

“The songs really came into their own in front of the mics,” Pikelny said of the sessions. “A lot of first or second exploratory ideas made it onto the record, as opposed to having an idea being thrown out and having weeks of refining and tweaking. I love catching that initial energy and spark. It means that things won’t always be squeaky clean, but I’ll take that lightning in a bottle over perfection.”


Scott McMicken And THE EVER – EXPANDING – Shabang

While Dr. Dog have called it a career, founding member Scott McMicken launched a new project. Scott McMicken And THE EVER – EXPANDING introduce themselves with Shabang, their 13-track debut studio album, which came out today. McMicken had producer Nick Kinsey put together an ensemble of musicians who shared his vision and Kinsey assembled the band. Scott brought longtime collaborator Michael Nau into an ensemble consisting of artists he hadn’t met before working on Shabang. THE EVER — EXPANDING roster finds McMicken, Kinsey and Nau joined by Elizabeth Pupo-Walker, Neil Ochoa, Jared Samuel, Zach Tenorio and Paul Castelluzzo.

“I needed to go into it with as little control as possible,” noted McMicken. “I just want to be in a room with wonderful people and encourage them to be themselves and be present to create nice musical moments.”


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Compiled by Scott Bernstein, Nate Todd and Andy Kahn.

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