Release Day Picks: December 6th New Album Highlights
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 The Who, Trampled By Turtles, Magic In The Other and Dualtone Records’ holiday compilation. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin.
The Who – Who
The Scoop: Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame band The Who are not done making new music. The group return with Who, the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s Endless Wire. Vocalist Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend mainly recorded the album with drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino at sessions held earlier this year in London and Los Angeles. Townshend co-produced Who with D. Sardy and the album features contributions from Simon Townshend, Benmont Tench, Carla Azar, Joey Waronker and Gordon Giltrap. “I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973, Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge,” said Daltrey. “This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions. There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice,” added Townshend.
Trampled By Turtles – Sigourney Fever
The Scoop: Duluth, Minnesota’s Trampled By Turtles took a different route for their new EP. Sigourney Fever, the band’s ninth studio release, consists solely of covers. The six-piece put their own spin on Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees,” “Ooh La La” by Faces, Iris Dement’s “Our Town,” Neil Young’s “Pocahontas” and “Keep Me In Your Heart” by Warren Zevon. “We are getting back into the readiness of making a full record,” frontman Dave Simonett told American Songwriter about the decision to put out a collection of covers. “Right now, I’m starting to write, but it’s kind of a limbo time. This is sort of like an appetizer for us.”
Magic In The Other – As It Starts To Fade
The Scoop: Bay Area trio Magic In The Other return on the heels of last year’s full-length, What We Know Is Possible, with the EP, As It Starts To Fade. The previous LP was split between instrumental songs and others featuring vocalist/drummer Ezra Lipp, who sings on all seven of the new release’s tracks. Lipp, guitarist Roger Riedlbauer and bassist Steve Adams were joined by guests during the EP’s recording sessions including Adams’ ALO band mate, multi instrumentalist Zach Gill, JGB vocalists Cheryl Rucker and Shirley Starks as well as keyboardist Danny Eisenberg. According to MITO, “the latest collection of songs feature a rich, textured production to fill out its already fully-realized compositions, layered with three part harmonies and adorned with sonic goodies that begs repeated listens. This is only the latest evolution for a band that prioritizes a commitment to growth and leans-in on the deepened trust and mutual respect the band members have been fostering since their formation.”
Various Artists – A Dualtone Christmas
The Scoop: Nashville-based independent record label Dualtone Records recruited eight of its artists for the A Daultone Christmas compilation album. Compiled by Drew Holcomb as a record of the month for his Magnolia Record Club, the album contains classic holiday songs mixed with a few new originals. Among the contributions are Delta Spirit “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” The Lone Bellow “Marshmallow World,” Langhorne Slim “Deck The Halls (With Boughs of Holly), Kathleen Edwards “It’s Christmastime (Let’s Just Survive),” Amos Lee “Holiday Song,” Ivan & Alyosha “Being Home For Christmas,” Wild Child “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and Mt. Joy “Every Holiday.” Holcomb posted the following regarding the comp:
In 2010 I signed a record deal with a label called Dualtone Records. I was friends with one of the owners and as our career grew he decided to help us with our Chasing Someday album. Things were starting to pick up steam for us and Dualtone was literally in our neighborhood so it made a lot of sense to me. They have some of my favorite acts on their roster; The Lumineers, Shovels & Rope, Gregory Alan Isakov, Amos Lee, and others. I first heard the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” about 2 days before they were signed to Dualtone. Paul Roper, that friend, sent me the song and said, “We think this is going to be a hit”. What an understatement!
One of my favorite Dualtone moments was in 2010, right after I joined the family They were throwing a party for the legendary Guy Clark, who was on their roster in his last 10 years of life. I sat down next to him, nervously asking him, “So, Guy, when you were my age, what artists were you listening to?” He looked at me, slowly hand-rolling his cigarette, took a big drag and answered, “Me!” I think of that moment every time I hear his music.
The idea for the Magnolia Record Club came from me being a subscriber to the Vinyl Den, Dualtone’s subscription club, that we have since merged with. They put out some of the most consistently good and authentic music on the market. They release music from true artists. This Christmas compilation is a great collection of tunes, some standards and some originals, that showcases the great Dualtone family, including a great Dean Martin cover, “Marshmallow World” by my good friends and newly Dualtone’d band, The Lone Bellow. This is a great record, and I hope you not only enjoy it during the holidays, but that it leads you down the rabbit hole towards the great records and songs of all these artists.
Compiled by Scott Bernstein and Andy Kahn.