Listen To New Albums Out Today From Fred Again.. & Brian Eno, Durand Jones, Olivia Jean, Rodney Crowell & More

Don’t miss these six new releases out today, Friday, May 5.

By Team JamBase May 5, 2023 6:25 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 Fred again.. & Brian Eno, Durand Jones, Olivia Jean, Rodney Crowell, The Smashing Pumpkins and Grateful Dead. Read on for more insight into the records we have ready to spin.


Fred again.. & Brian Eno – Secret Life

Electronic music innovator Brian Eno and producer/vocalist Fred again.. days ago revealed their collaborative album, Secret Life. Arriving today on Four Tet’s label, Text Records, the album features 11 tracks recorded by the pair between April 4, 2020 and December 23, 2022. Four Tet‘s Kieran Hebden, who founded Text Records, described Secret Life as “the most beautiful album of 2023.” As Consequence noted, Fred again.. was raised near Eno’s residence and as a teen participated in a singing group at Eno’s recording facility. They later worked together on Eno’s collaborative albums with Karl Hyde that came out in 2014.


Durand Jones – Wait Til I Get Over

Durand Jones & The Indications frontman Durand Jones released his debut solo album, Wait Til I Get Over, today via Dead Oceans. The 11-track LP sees the singer-songwriter reflecting on his hometown of Hillaryville, Louisana and the contradictions present in acknowledging your roots but also wanting to move on. Singles included “Lord Have Mercy” and “That Feeling,” the latter marking Jones’ coming out to audiences publicly for the first time. Musically, the sound on Wait Til I Get Over is described in a press release as “reminiscent of Muscle Shoals.” Jones tapped drummer Ben Lumsdaine, bassist Glenn Myers, keyboardist Matt Romy and guitarist Drake Ritter to contribute to the record.

“The band would groove and jam,” Jones said of the sessions, “and I’d think ‘Okay, it’s in the pocket; I can jump in.’ And we just did it.”


Olivia Jean – Raving Ghost

Garage rocker Olivia Jean returns with her third solo studio album, Raving Ghost, today through Third Man Records. Jean produced her new record at Valentine Recording Studios in Los Angeles and Third Man Recording Studio in her headquarters of Nashville. Raving Ghost sees the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist assembling an all-star cast of contributors including My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster, drummers Carla Azar (T-Bone Burnett, Nikki Lane) and Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs, The Afghan Whigs) and Jellyfish co-founder Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

“Raving Ghost is an album populated by mysterious characters in various states of danger – cursed lovers, doomed souls, women deliriously haunted by unseen forces,” as per a press release for the LP. “Over the course of its 11 spellbinding tracks, Olivia Jean amplifies that drama with her wildly melodic take on garage rock, handling each riff with the power and precision she’s previously shown as a member of the Black Belles and as an in-demand session/touring musician.”

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Rodney Crowell – The Chicago Sessions

Veteran singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell released a new album, The Chicago Sessions, today through New West Records. The album takes its title from Crowell’s time making the album at Wilco’s The Loft studio in Chicago with the band’s frontman Jeff Tweedy producing. The 10-song set contains contributions from three musicians Crowell brought to Chicago — guitarist Jedd Hughes, pianist Catherine Marx and bassist Zachariah Hickman — along with local drummers John Perrine and Spencer Tweedy (Jeff’s son). Alongside the new songs on The Chicago Sessions, also included is Crowell’s “You’re Supposed to Be Feeling Good,” that Emmylou Harris originally recorded in 1977 and a cover of “No Place To Fall” by fellow Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. The Chicago Sessions features Jeff Tweedy on the lead single he co-wrote with Crowell, “Everything At Once.”

“It occurred to me that Jeff and I are both songwriters, and we ought to write something together for this album,” said Crowell. “We could have harmonized on it and gone down an Everly Brothers route, but ultimately we decided to just sing in unison and throw it out there like an all-skate. I love that we didn’t get too precious about it.”

“The way that Rodney writes is deeply connected to a classic era of country songwriters that I’ve always loved,” Tweedy added. “In my estimation, it’s as close as I can get to working with Townes Van Zandt or Felice and Boudleaux Bryant — people who crafted songs with a very specific sensibility. And I like being near that.”


The Smashing Pumpkins – Atum: Act III

The Smashing Pumpkins shared the final installment in their three-part rock opera with today’s release of Atum: Act III. The 33-song collection revealed through a trio of 11-track acts, is said to be the sequel to 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/Machine of God. In an interview with NME, frontman Billy Corgan stated that Atum, which also seemingly has ties to band’s 2018 album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun, is “set about 20 years in the future” from the previous albums. Corgan further elaborated:

“It’s basically the story of a character through three different iterations. In ’95 it was Zero; 2000 it was Glass; and this character’s called Shiny. It’s sort of a psychological metamorphosis of a character over a long period of time. So the character is far older at the beginning of the musical. Like a lot of things these days, it has one foot in reality and one foot in a made-up world. That’s how I’ve always treated the character. It’s based on a lot of autobiographical things. But there’s lots of things that are things I’m just interested in exploring that don’t necessarily have anything to do with me. I was doing my own version of a weirdo thing.”


Grateful Dead – History Of The Grateful Dead, Volume 1 (Bear’s Choice 50th Anniversary Edition)

Shortly after Ron “Pigpen” McKernan’s death in March of 1973, the Grateful Dead enlisted the multi-talented Owsley “Bear” Stanley to curate a live album showcasing their original frontman and co-founder. The resulting album, History Of The Grateful Dead, Volume 1 (Bear’s Choice), features highlights from the band’s February 13 and 14, 1970 concerts at Fillmore East in New York City. The seven-track collection has been freshly remastered with History Of The Grateful Dead, Volume 1 (Bear’s Choice 50th Anniversary Edition) out today. McKernan was joined in the Dead at the time of the shows by guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.

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Compiled by Scott Bernstein, Nate Todd and Andy Kahn.

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