Don’t Miss New Albums Out Today From St. Vincent, Justice, Iron & Wine, Neil Young & Crazy Horse + More

Charley Crockett, Anders Osborne, Cris Jacobs, Lawrence Rothman, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Pet Shop Boys and Eric Slick also have new releases out today, Friday, April 26.

By Team JamBase Apr 26, 2024 6:55 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 St. Vincent, Justice, Iron & Wine, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Charley Crockett, Anders Osborne, Lawrence Rothman, Cris Jacobs, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Pet Shop Boys and Eric Slick. Read on for more insight into the records we have ready to spin.


St. Vincent – All Born Screaming

St. Vincent (Annie Clark) released her new album, All Born Screaming, via Virgin Music Group. St. Vincent stepped into role as sole producer for the first time on All Born Screaming, with Cian Riordan handling mixing duties. Clark assembled an impressive lineup to perform on the record including Dave Grohl, Rachel Eckroth, Josh Freese, Mark Guiliana, Cate Le Bon, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Stella Mozgawa and David Ralicke.

“There are some places, emotionally, that you can only get to by taking the long walk into the woods alone — to find out what your heart is really saying,” Clark said of the creative process on All Born Screaming. “It sounds real because it is real.”


Justice – Hyperdrama

French electronic duo Justice released their first studio album since 2018, Hyperdrama, today via Ed Banger Records/Because Music. The duo of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay recruited several guest contributors such as Tame Impala, Thundercat, Miguel, Rimon, The Flints and Connan Mockasin.

“Disco/funk and electronic music at large have always been core elements of the music we make as Justice,” the duo stated. “In Hyperdrama, we make them coexist, but not in a peaceful way. We like this idea of making them fight a bit for attention.”


Iron & Wine – Light Verse

Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) issued his first solo full-length album since 2017, Light Verse, via Sub Pop Records. Beam produced Light Verse, which is Iron & Wine’s seventh studio album. The new record follows 2017’s Beast Epic and the 2018 EP Weed Garden. The 10-track collection sees contributions from Fiona Apple (“All In Good Time”), Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith, keyboardist Tyler Chester, bassist Sebastian Steinberg and guitarist David Garza. Beth Goodfellow and Kyle Crane round out the drums and percussion while Paul Cartwright adds strings along with a 24-piece orchestra.

“I’ve met and played with so many talented musicians from Los Angeles over the years but never recorded there, and this felt like the perfect time to try,” Beam said of the sessions with engineer and mixer Dave Way at his studio Waystation in Laurel Canyon. “Tyler Chester plays all the keyboards, Sebastian Steinberg plays the bass, David Garza guitar and slide and stuff, Griffin Goldsmith, Beth Goodfellow, and Kyle Crane all play drums here and there, and Paul Cartwright plays many various sizes of violin and mandolin and wrote some wonderful string arrangements for the orchestra! Even Fiona Apple was kind and generous enough to lend us her voice (that miracle that sounds like both a sacrifice and a weapon at the same time) to a duet called ‘All In Good Time.’”

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse – FU##IN’ UP

Legendary rockers Neil Young & Crazy Horse released FU##IN’ UP, a live album recorded purportedly recorded at a private concert held in Toronto in November 2023. Neil Young is joined on FU##IN’ UP by the Crazy Horse lineup of bassist Billy Talbot, guitarist/pianist Nils Lofgren, drummer Ralph Molina and multi-instrumentalist Micah Nelson. The album consists of songs from the 1990 album, Ragged Glory, with new titles given to most of the songs. Young elected to keep the title of “Farmer John” intact. The decision to alter the titles of the songs was made in an effort to “[allow] them to be here now.”

“In the spirit it’s offered, we made this for the Horse lovers,” said Neil Young about FU##IN’ UP. “I can’t stop it. The Horse is runnin’. What a ride we have. I don’t want to mess with the vibe, and I am so happy to have this to share.”


Charley Crockett – $10 Cowboy

Charley Crockett put out a new album, $10 Cowboy, via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. The country singer-songwriter recorded the new LP with longtime collaborator and co-producer Billy Horton at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas. Crockett captured the record live to tape with bandmates Kullen Fox, Nathan Fleming and Mario Valdez along with additional players Rich Brotherton, Kevin Smith, Dave LeRoy Biller, Jason Lee Moeller, T. Jarrod Bonta, Lauren Cervantes and Angela Miller. Crockett detailed $10 Cowboy:

“This material is written at truck stops, it’s written at casinos, it’s written in the alleys behind the venues, it’s written in my truck parked up on South Congress in Austin. A ramblin’ man like me, a genuine transient, is in a pretty damn good position to have something to say about America. “A $10 Cowboy is a country singer who made himself on a street corner in America. But the cowboy way, the cowboy mindset, that applies to anyone who doesn’t feel free, who feels fenced in and bound to something.

“Being out on the road gives you a first-hand experience of how different kinds of Americans see themselves as going through some kind of great struggle. The roughneck working the oil and gas fields in West Texas. The single mother raising kids by herself. The young man working a street corner because he thinks it’s his only option. I would be dishonest if I said I couldn’t see the thread. Each of ‘em feel invisible. I am struck by the battles they are fighting internally, and the ways they have been entrapped by what America says they are.”


Anders Osborne – Picasso’s Villa

New Orleans-based guitarist Anders Osborne released a new studio album, Picasso’s Villa, today through 5th Ward/Missing Piece Records. The NOLA resident recorded the eight-song album in his hometown at Esplanade Studios with an ace group of musicians, Waddy Wachtel, Chad Cromwell and Bob Glaub. The Swedish-born Osborne, who has been in a 12-step program for 15 years, described his 17th album as “a condensed story about living in America between 2018-2021.” Discussing Picasso’s Villa, Osborne stated:

“Sometimes it feels like a curse, but it’s more about my relationship with the Universe. Every time I’m just about to stop, I get that little sign or message that completely just expels the idea of quitting. There’s just no way. I keep getting reminded why I’m doing it.

“The biggest change in getting sober was the focus on meditation and prayer, just looking more inward. When I’m sleeping in 140 different beds a year, eating unhealthy foods, the meditation is what keeps me centered. Holding myself in that sacred space for a while is what makes it possible for me to do all this.

“I especially hope it will reach an audience that never took the time to go deeper into the lyrics and craft behind what I do. The folks I worked with really helped me bring it all together. My process is so rough and free-form, but on this record we managed to capture all that dirt with the right amount of polish on it.”


Lawrence Rothman – The Plow That Broke The Plains

Acclaimed producer, songwriter and musician Lawrence Rothman released a new album, The Plow That Broke The Plains, via KRO Records. Rothman co-wrote The Plow That Broke The Plains single “Poster Child” with Jason Isbell, who also appeared on the track. Isbell’s ex-wife and frequent Rothman collaborator Amanda Shires appears on a track and S.G. Goodman contributed to another. Splitting time between Los Angeles and Nashville, Lawrence took to Music City’s Sound Emporium Studios to capture The Plow That Broke The Plains mostly live with an emphasis on first takes. Rothman mixed and co-produced the new 13-track record record with Yves Rothman (Yves Tumor, Blondshell). The Plow That Broke The Plains is Lawrence’s “testament to resilience—capturing the strength and lessons salvaged from their decade-long struggle with body dysmorphia and a two-year battle with anorexia, while addressing themes of addiction, gender identity and societal pressures,” as per a press release.

The Plow That Broke the Plains is me not hiding behind any persona or mask and just being myself and putting that uncensored self into the words and recordings no matter how painful the confrontation was,” Rothman said.

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Cris Jacobs – One Of These Days

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Cris Jacobs unveiled a new studio album entitled One Of These Days featuring The Infamous Stringdusters in the role of “house band” for the guest-filled affair. The Baltimore native wrote the 11 tracks included on his first new studio album since 2019’s Color Where You Are. The Infamous Stringdusters back Jacobs on all but one of the record’s songs. The album’s producer Jerry Douglas added dobro to two tracks in addition to producing. Billy Strings, Lindsay Lou, The McCrary Sisters and Lee Ann Womack also made guest appearances on One Of These Days. Jacobs went through a “musical identity crisis” before starting work on One Of These Days and decided he wanted to get back to the basics on the new album.

“Reminding myself to get out of my own way and keep it simple and soulful was the mantra that propelled the whole thing,” Jacobs revealed. “And having a guy like Jerry, a hero of mine who’s so connected to American roots music but has always been an innovator, patting me on the back and saying everything sounded good and that he liked my songs was one of the biggest boosts of encouragement I could have gotten.”


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – Day In Time

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s new studio album, Day In Time, arrived today through No Coincidence Records. The funk quartet’s seventh studio album, Day In Time follows PPPP’s 2022 LP Perspective. The quartet — guitarist/lead vocalist Greg Ormont, guitarist Jeremy Schon, bassist Ben Carrey and drummer Alex Petropulos — brought in The Main Squeeze keyboardist Ben “Smiley” Silverstein for the album’s title track.

“What is an album if not a ‘day in time’?” Greg Ormont mused on the new LP. “This record is a snapshot of our band at this exact moment. It’s a reminder that life moves fast, so we better make each second count.”

“This album represents our most cohesive collection of songs to date,” Jeremy Schon added. “All of the tracks on Day In Time truly represent our current writing style and where we are as a band today.”


Pet Shop Boys – Nonetheless

Veteran British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys released a new album entitled Nonetheless today through Parlophone and the pair’s own label x2. The new album follows 2020’s Hotspot, which is the longest gap between Pet Shop Boys album releases and marks their return to Parlophone where they were signed between 1985 and 2012. Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe recorded Nonetheless with producer James Ford and primarily at his studio in East London.

“We wanted this album to be a celebration of the unique and diverse emotions that make us human,” Pet Shop Boys stated. “From the more dance-orientated tracks to the raw poignancy of the introspective ballads, with their beautiful string arrangements, each track tells a story and contributes to the overall narrative of the album. It was great to work with James Ford, who we think has brought new elements to our music. James has dared to make us a bit more minimal at times and the final result is a record we’re very proud of.”


Eric Slick – New Age Rage

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Eric Slick detailed a new guest-filled album, New Age Rage, landed today via Thirty Tigers. The Philadelphia-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter, multi instrumentalist and longtime Dr. Dog drummer co-produced the record with Andy Molholt. New Age Rage, the follow-up to Slick’s 2020 solo debut album Wiseacre, features a host of collaborators including his wife, singer-songwriter Natalie Prass, as well as Diane Coffee, Finom (fka OHMME), Liam Kazar, mmeadows, VV Lightbody, Kimaya Diggs, members of Butcher Brown, Deep Sea Diver and more. Lead New Age Rage single “Lose Our Minds” encapsulates the themes on the album and is a conceptual reinterpretation of Prince’s “1999.”

“‘Lose Our Minds’ is the manifesto for New Age Rage,” Slick stated. “Everyone has gotten so impulsive and reactive, myself included. We don’t give ourselves a second to think about the consequences of our actions. This song is my way of saying, let’s shed our toxic behaviors and embrace our flaws. When you turn to dust, you become a star. Why shouldn’t we cut loose and get on the dance floor while we’re still here? Relationships are the most important thing to nurture, so I invited my whole community to contribute to this album. We threw our whole lives into it, and I’m so excited to share it with you. It’s my favorite record I’ve made yet.”


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