Release Day Picks: September 1st New Album Highlights

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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 LCD Soundsystem, Motorhead, Joan Osborne and Mogwai. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin.


LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

The Scoop: When James Murphy announced LCD Soundsystem would reform in 2016 after a four-year breakup, one of the main reasons cited was that he wanted to make a new LCD record. In 2016 the band played a number of shows, but there was no sign of new material. This year the NYC band finally unleashed the long-in-the-making American Dream featuring 10 songs that each have that signature LCD synth-rock sound. Murphy produced the record and wrote each of the 10 tracks, some of which were co-written with Al Doyle and others. Though the band set the bar very high with past releases, American Dream is far from a disappointment. Watch the video for “Tonite”:

Label: Columbia

Producer: James Murphy

Number Of Tracks: 10

Running Time: 68:38

Guest Musicians: N/A

Tracklist:

  1. Oh Baby
  2. Other Voices
  3. I Used To
  4. Change Yr Mind
  5. How Do You Sleep?
  6. Tonite
  7. Call The Police
  8. American Dream
  9. Emotional Haircut
  10. Black Screen

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Motörhead – Under Cöver

The Scoop: Legendary metal band led late frontman and bassist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister along with drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell are featured covering 11 songs on their newly issued LP Under Cöver. Spanning sessions dating back to 1992 all the way up to the Bad Magic sessions held in 2015 with producer Cameron Webb, the record collects Motörhead versions of songs by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Ramones, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Rainbow, The Sex Pistols, Judaas Priest, Twisted Sister and more. Check out the video of their cover of David Bowie’s classic “Heroes” here:

Label: Silver Lining Music

Producer: Cameron Webb, Bob Kulick, Bruce Bouillet, Peter Solley, Billy Sherwood

Number Of Tracks: 11

Running Time: 41:54

Guest Musicians: N/A

Tracklist:

  1. Breaking the Law (Judas Priest)
  2. God Save the Queen (The Sex Pistols)
  3. Heroes (David Bowie)
  4. Starstruck (Rainbow)
  5. Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent)
  6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones)
  7. Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones)
  8. Hellraiser (Ozzy Osbourne)
  9. Rockaway Beach (Ramones)
  10. Shoot ‘Em Down (Twisted Sister)
  11. Whiplash (Metallica)

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Joan Osborne – Songs Of Bob Dylan

The Scoop: Joan Osborne has had a longstanding tradition of including Bob Dylan tracks on her albums dating all the way back to 1995 debut Relish. The singer-songwriter has now taken her lifelong admiration for Dylan’s catalog one step further by recording an entire album of his material with the aptly named Songs Of Bob Dylan. The 13-song effort mixes some of Dylan’s most well-known material with some deeper cuts from with tracks from Time Out Mind, Love & Theft and Empire Burlesque. Osborne mostly stays true to the original arrangements, but it’s her soulful vocals that give the record a beautiful warmth. Give a listen to Osborne’s version of “Tangled Up In Blue”:

Label: Womanly Hips Records

Producer: Keith Cotton, Joan Osborne, Jack Petruzzelli

Number Of Tracks: 13

Running Time: 52:37

Guest Musicians: Jim Boggia, Andrew Carillo, Aaron Comess, Keith Cotton, Yair Evnine, Richard Hammond, Michael Hartmann, David Mann, Jay Mortaen, Kent Olsen, Jack Petruzzelli, Antoine Silverman, Carl Spataro

Tracklist:

  1. Tangled Up In Blue
  2. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  3. Buckets of Rain
  4. Highway 61 Revisited
  5. Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
  6. Trying To Get To Heaven
  7. Spanish Harlem Incident
  8. Dark Eyes
  9. High Water (For Charley Patton)
  10. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  11. Masters Of War
  12. You Ain’t Going Nowhere
  13. Ring Them Bells

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Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

The Scoop: Producer Dave Fridmann was at the helm for Scottish post-rock outfit Mogwai on the band’s ninth studio album Every Country’s Sun. Recorded by Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch and Barry Burns and described as their “most transportive album yet,” the record is their first since the departure of John Cummings in 2015. The deluxe edition of Every Country’s Sun comes with an additional six rough mix demos. Watch the official video for the single “Party in the Dark”:

Label: Temporary Residence

Producer: Dave Fridmann

Number Of Tracks: 11

Running Time: 56:02

Guest Musicians: N/A

Tracklist:

  1. Coolverine
  2. Party in the Dark
  3. Brain Sweeties
  4. Crossing the Road Material
  5. aka 47
  6. 20 Size
  7. 1000 Foot Face
  8. Don’t Believe the Fife
  9. Battered at a Scramble
  10. Old Poisons
  11. Every Country’s Sun

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Compiled by Jeffrey Greenblatt, Andy Kahn and Scott Bernstein.