Today’s New Albums: Elvis Costello, Cat Power, Garcia Peoples & More

The Lumineers, Jamestown Revival and Broken Social Scene also have new music out today.

By Team JamBase Jan 14, 2022 6:17 am PST

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 Elvis Costello, Cat Power, Garcia Peoples, The Lumineers, Jamestown Revival and Broken Social Scene. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Boy Named If

Elvis Costello continues a prolific run with his latest album, The Boy Named If, arriving on Capitol Records / EMI. The new LP marks the sixth release from the renowned singer-songwriter and guitarist since October 2020. Costello teamed with Sebastian Krys to produce The Boy Named If.

“The full title of this record is ‘The Boy Named If (And Other Children’s Stories),'” Costello said. “‘IF,’ is a nickname for your imaginary friend; your secret self, the one who knows everything you deny, the one you blame for the shattered crockery and the hearts you break, even your own. You can hear more about this ‘Boy’ in a song of the same name.”

Along with the title track Costello speaks of, the 13-track LP features his band The Imposters including drummer Pete Thomas, bassist Davey Faragher and keyboardist Steve Nieve. Additionally, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins adds guest vocals on “My Most Beautiful Mistake.” To preview The Boy Named If, Costello and company shared lead single “Magnificent Hurt” as well as opening track, “Farewell, OK.”

Cat Power – Covers

Cat Power (Chan Marshall) released her Covers album today via Domino Records. The covers album follows Cat power’s 2018 LP of original material, Wanderer, and also adds to her cover song catalog after releasing The Covers Record in 2000 and 2008’s Jukebox. Produced by Marshall, Covers features songs from Frank Ocean, Bob Seger, Lana Del Rey, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, The Pogues, Nick Cave, The Replacements and more.

Cat Power began the rollout of the 11-track Covers by performing Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion” on The Late Late Show with James Corden back in October and also shared The Pogues’ “A Pair Of Brown Eyes.” Chan continued with Dead Man’s Bones’ “Pa Pa Power” as well as the sole original on the record, a reimagining of her song “Hate” titled “Unhate” along with a rendition of the Billie-Holiday popularized “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Marshall drew inspiration on the latter from recent losses in her creative circle including collaborator Phillippe Zdar.

“When people who you love have been taken from you, there’s always a song that holds their memory in your mind,” Marshall said in a press release. “It’s a conversation with those on the other side, and it’s really important for me to reach out to people that way.”

Garcia Peoples – Dodging Dues

Psych-rock sextet Garcia Peoples return with Dodging Dues, a new studio album released today through No Quarter. The band – consisting of guitarist/vocalists Tom Malach and Danny Arakaki, drummer/percussionist Cesar Arakaki, bassist/vocalist Andy Cush, keyboardist/vocalist Pat Gubler and guitarist Derek Spaldo – tapped Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolves) to produce the follow-up to 2020’s Nightcap At Wit’s End.

”We’ve been huge fans of Matt’s for the longest time [and we still can’t believe that] he was willing to work with us,” Malach told Relix. “The results are fantastic. There’s definitely Matt Sweeney-directed moves on that album. He changes the feel of certain sections in order to make it more pulsating. He plays on it as well – he has an amazing guitar solo on the song ‘Stray Cats.’”

The 35-minute, seven-track Dodging Dues features Dan Ilead on pedal steel. Garcia Peoples recorded the LP at Brooklyn’s Strange Weather during sessions held in February and October of 2020. Dodging Dues marks the band’s No Quarter debut.

The Lumineers – Brightside

Out today from The Lumineers via Dualtone is Brightside, the band’s fourth full-length studio album. Co-founding members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites began work on the nine-track LP in July of 2020 and wrote together through the following September. Schultz then got together with Brightside producer Simone Felice and engineer David Baron to prep a solo collection of covers entitled Vignettes. Wesley reunited with Jeremiah two months later to resume work on what would become Brightside.

”The way we did Vignettes was so different from how I was making Lumineers records with Jer,” remembered Schultz. “I was showing up at Simone and David’s studio not really knowing what we’d be doing that day, just letting things happen. There was no planning or choreography—we were creating in real-time. And that experience seeped into the making of Brightside.” In March of 2021, the pair headed to Felice and Baron’s Sun Mountain Studios in Boiceville, New York to track the LP.

Schultz and Fraites recorded most of the instrumentation found on the follow-up to 2019’s III over the course of two sessions. provided most of the instrumentation on Brightside. Baron and Felice each added to Brightside which also features touring members Byron Isaacs and Lauren Jacobson. Cameos from Cindy Mizelle, James Felice and Diana DeMuth are included on the LP as well.

Jamestown Revival – Young Man

Jamestown Revival’s new album, Young Man, presents a number of firsts for the band led by Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance. The record is their first to be made with an outside producer, as fellow Texas-native Robert Ellis helped steer the 10-song LP. Young Man is also the first Jamestown Revival album in which listeners will not hear electric guitars, as the approach for this album was to focus on the songs themselves.

“I really think this is an album about coming of age and settling into an identity,” Clay stated. “It’s about losing your identity and searching for it. It’s feeling like you found it and then realizing that’s not it. And it’s about our experiences over the last 15 years of making music – the successes and failures and all of those things mixed up together.”

The follow-up to 2019’s San Isabel was recorded in their home state, at Josh Block’s (formerly of White Denim) Niles City Sound facility in Fort Worth. Block engineered the Young Man sessions that saw Chance and Clay backed by their longtime rhythm section of drummer Ed Benrock and bassist Nick Bearden. The songs were tracked live with the musicians in the same room, performing without headphones and forgoing click tracks.

“The songs move, the tempos move, but we really wanted to capture the performances,” Clay added. “We wanted the songs to push and pull as they needed to, and not to have to adhere to a grid. It feels like the songs straighten out too much when that happens, so it was cool to be in a studio with an engineer and producer who really supported that idea.

Broken Social Scene – Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities

Old Dead Young: B-Sides & Rarities collects previously unreleased tracks recorded by Broken Social Scene over the course of their +20-year career. Formed in Toronto and led by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, BSS membership has included Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Feist, Amy Millan, Evan Cranley, Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw and Jason Collett. The newly released compiliation presents outtakes and other recordings from 7-inches, compilations, soundtracks and rare releases. BSS emerged in 2001 with their debut album, Feel Good Lost. Their second LP, You Forgot It In People, was released in 2002. The collective’s self-titled album came out in 2005, followed by 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record. The band’s most recent album was 2017’s Hug Of Thunder.

Compiled by Scott Bernstein, Nate Todd and Andy Kahn.

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