Each week, Release Day Picks features new LPs and EPs for the JamBase team to check out on release day Friday. This week we’re highlighting new albums from Sleater-Kinney, Mammoth WVH, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, The High Hawks, Cory Wong & Dave Koz, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Mr. Bungle, Julian Lage, Phosphorescent and Kendall Street Company. Read on for more information on the records we’ve all queued up to spin.
Sleater-Kinney – Way of well-being
The scoop: Sleater-Kinney’s 10th studio album, Way of well-being, is out today on Mom + Pop. This is Sleater-Kinney’s self-produced debut album, which currently features guitarists Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker. Way of well-being is also Sleater-Kinney’s debut album since the departure of longtime drummer Janet Weiss, who originally appeared on the band‘s third album, 1997’s Dig me up. Weiss left the band shortly before the release of their previous St. Vincent-produced album, 2019’s. The center will not hold. Tucker and Brownstein wrote and recorded Way of well-being last year in Portland, Oregon. The 11-track album features local musicians who have been asked to contribute to the recording sessions.
“The whole process was based on taking stock of who and what was nearby, on the generosity of time, spirit and contribution, but most of all on a mutual love, need and gratitude for make music, ”Tucker and Brownstein said.
Mammoth WVH – Mammoth WVH
The scoop: Wolfgang van halen today unveiled the eponymous debut album of his new Mammoth WVH project. While the talented son of the late Eddie Van Halen will take the music from the 14-track LP Ex1 Records / Explorer1 Music Group on the road with a new band, he has played all the instruments and sang all the songs on Mammoth WVH. The album was recorded with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette at 5150 Studios, the same facility where Van Halen prepared some of their most beloved LPs.
“A lot of people have, of course, preconceived ideas about what this should be. Like, ‘Oh, that’s the son, that must sound exactly like that.’ But I did all I could to be my own person. And I think it really shows on the album, ”Wolfgang told People regarding Mammoth WVH. “It’s very liberating to start this path now, rather than doing what everyone expects of me, to go out and just play covers of Van Halen songs. I don’t think I would ever want to do this. Never.”
Lukas Nelson and the promise of reality – A few stars apart
The scoop: A few stars apart is the new studio album by Lukas Nelson and the promise of reality. Singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson wrote the bulk of the songs on A few stars apart during last year’s pandemic. The band recorded the 11-song album in historic RCA Studio A in Nahville, where photos of Nelson’s father, Willie Nelson, hang on the walls. The sessions were led by producer Dave Cobb, who worked with Lukas on the feature film A star is born. POTR members were drummers / percussionists Anthony LoGerfo, bass player Corey mccormick, percussionist Tato Melgar and keyboardist Logan Metz. Guest singer Rina ford appears on the song “Hand Me A Light”, which she co-wrote with Lukas.
“How I feel influences what I write about,” Lukas Nelson said on The JamBase podcast. “Unless I’m trying to write about one thing in particular, it usually comes out based on how I’m feeling right now. I just write my thoughts down and try to hook them up.
The high hawks – The high hawks
The scoop: Jamgrass Supergroup The high hawks released their self-titled debut album. The star group consists of Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman, Railway land Tim Carbon, horseshoes and hand grenades ” Adam greuel, Americans who work hard ‘ Chad Staehly, DeadPhish Orchestra Brian adams and large American taxis Will stalk. The group’s relationships run deep, having collaborated in various formats over the years. The high hawks features covers of “Fly High” by Woody Guthrie and “Goodnight Irene” by Lead Belly, as well as 11 originals written by band members. Among the originals is “When the Dust Settles Down” by Staehly, written in response to the death of his HWA bandmate Neal Casal.
“The reason I think it worked so well is that we’ve known each other for so long,” Carbone said. “I was part of Adam’s group. I produced two Great American Taxi records. I worked with Chad in some really creative situations. I’ve known the guys from Leftover Salmon for over twenty years. They are a big happy family. It’s kind of the perfect situation. You have a bunch of guys who know and love each other. And oh yeah, by the way, we play these cool original songs too. “
Cory Wong and Dave Koz – Golden hour
The scoop: Guitarist Cory wong and saxophonist Dave koz release their collaborative album Golden hour today. The new record features the very prolific Wong teaming up with the famous smooth jazz saxophonist for 11 tracks that saw Koz step out of his comfort zone. “Recording Golden hour was the most fun I have ever had in the studio, ”Koz said in a statement. “It was also the most terrifying, but in a good way, because it was about being vulnerable and having to trust my own musical instincts, with everyone jamming on the arrangements at the same time.” These jams come from Wong’s 10-piece group and feature horn lines from Prince’s chief horn arranger. Michel nelson. Wong and Kox prefaced Golden hour with the opening number “Today” and Cory also talked about the album’s title track and the overall vibe:
In addition to “The Golden Hour” being one of Dave’s favorite songs on the album, the term conjures up a picture of an essential part of the day, either the afternoon before sunset or just after. the sunrise. This moment is all about capturing the warmth and authenticity, when you feel so alive and energized, excited about what the future may hold for you. It is this intersection between night and day, a moment of transition when the momentum shifts from one thing to another.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Magician – Butterfly 3000
The scoop: It is difficult to avoid the use of “prolific” to describe King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, who released their 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000. The mysterious album follows LW, which was released in February and last year KG. Australian rockers have kept details of Butterfly 3000 sparse, revealing only the number of 10-song tracks on the album while retaining their titles before release. The mystery was heightened by the fact that the group chose not to share any singles or even artwork until today’s release. What was revealed ahead of release day was a press release that read:
Butterfly 3000 might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; a suite of ten songs that all started out as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being transformed into addictive, upbeat and utterly alluring dream-pop by the six-piece. The album simultaneously sounds like nothing they’ve ever done before, and full blast, no doubt Gizz, to its psych-a-tronic neon blossoming. It is without a doubt the most accessible and jubilant album of their career.
Mr. Bungle – The night they came home
The scoop: Cult heroes Mr. Bungle released the live album, The night they came home, today via Ipecac Recordings. Famous Northern California Experimental Rockers – Longtime Guitarist Trey spruance, singer Mike patton and bassist Trevor Dunn with the famous hard rocker guitarist Scott Ian (Anthrax, SOD) and drummer Dave lombardo (Dead Cross, Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies) – captured the 14 song collection during their special Halloween 2020 livestream, The night they came home, which the group performed a day after the release of their first album in 21 years, Easter Bunny’s Unleashed Wrath Demo. The live compilation includes songs from the LP including “Bungle Grind” and “Eracist”, as well as a rendition of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by Mr. Rogers to open the live album and a cover of “Loss Of “by Van Halen. Control ”to close it.
Julien Lage – Strabismus
The scoop: Jazz guitar virtuoso Julien lage debuted at Blue Note Records today with Squint. Lage co-produced the 11-song set with Margaret Glaspy and her longtime collaborator Armand Hirsch. The disc also includes the rhythm section of the guitarist composed of the bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave king (The worst). Squint sees Lage marrying his jazz roots with a singer-songwriter slant, aided by informal guidance from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. “I love improvised music and have always been fascinated by the music of singer-songwriters,” Julian said in a statement. “For me, the jazz that came out of Blue Note has always engaged both sides of it.” Lage presented the album with “Saint Rose” and followed with “Boo’s Blues” as well as a performance video for “Familiar Flower”, a tribute to jazz master and saxophonist Charles Lloyd.
Phosphorescent – BBC sessions
The scoop: Phosphorescent Matthieu houck performed sessions in London for BBC Radio in 2011 and 2013. Houck selected a total of five tracks from the sets to appear on BBC sessions, a new EP released today via Dead Oceans. The compilation opens with stripped-down interpretations of “Song For Zula” and “Terror In the Canyons (The Wounded Master)” from the 2013 ensemble of Phosphorescent and ends with intimate versions of “At Death, A Proclamation”, “Los Angeles” and “” We’ll Be Here Soon ”recorded as part of the 2011 session.
Kendall Street Company – The year the earth stood still: Ninurta
The scoop: Today, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based group Kendall Street Company unveiled Ninurta, the first part of their ambitious two-volume The year the earth stood still project, via What Is Yes Records. While on tour due to the pandemic, the band entered White Star Studio in rural Louisa, Va., With producer John Tranium. The eight resulting tracks Ninurta The collection finds Kendall Street Company exploring ambient soundscapes and is described as “a nod to the Mesopotamian god whose unwavering presence emerges every seven millennia to save humanity from its own greed.” Nine more tracks arrive as “Companion of Space Opera” Inertia in September.
“After a year of dedicated work on behalf of our latest version, we felt called to start from scratch on a new project with no preconceived expectations,” noted the saxophonist.Jake vanaman. “This concept of building an album from scratch is an idea we were talking about in 2016 while discovering the magic that can take place in a studio environment. Without the pandemic, I’m not sure we would have taken this deliberate break to complete such a project. “
Compiled by Scott Bernstein, Nate Todd and Andy Kahn.