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CD Reviews:
New Music: Simon Bonney, Vampire Weekend, Rich the Kid, Little Steven and more...
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Checking out this week's new music...



Album of the Week: Besides compiling choice material from his solo albums "Forever" and "Everyman," Crime and the City Solution's Simon Bonney finally releases six tracks from the unreleased, and legendary, "Eyes of Blue" project -- recorded at Tempermill Studios in Ferndale -- on his new "Past Present Future" (Mute) compilation.



Album Title of the Week: Tacocat, "This Mess is a Place" (Sub Pop);



Did'ya Know?: Corey Hart's new EP "Dreaming Time Again" (Warner) is the "Sunglasses at Night" singer's first set of new material in more than 20 years.



New & Notable: Bad Religion, "Age of Unreason" (Epitaph); Dream Syndicate, "These Times" (Anti-/Epitaph); Gang of Four, "Happy Now" (Gillmusic); Rhiannon Giddens, "There Is No Other" (Nonesuch); Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, "Summer of Sorcery" (Wicked Cool/UMe); Rich the Kid, "The World Is Yours 2" (Interscope); Tank and the Bangas, "Green Balloon" (Verve Forecast); Vampire Weekend, "Father of the Bride" (Columbia)



Also Out: ALASKAALASKA, "Dots" (Marathon Artists); Amon Amarth, "Berserker" (Metal Blade); An Horse, "Modern Air" (Lame-O); Barrie, "Happy to Be here" (Winspear); Benedict Benjamin, "Turant" (Sugarcoat); Big Thief, "U.F.O.F." (4AD); Jesse Mac Cormack, "Now" (Secret City); John Dokes, "True Love" (Rondette); Lila Downs, "Al Chile" (Columbia); Drax Project, "Noon" (self-released) ;Jan Durant, "Alternative Landscapes" (Alchemy); Felice Brothers, "Undress" (Yep Rock); Feverwater, "Piss Pour" (Revival); Filthy Friends, "Emerald Valley" (Kill Rock Stars); Flamingods, "Levitation" (Moshi Moshi); Karol G, "Ocean" (Universal Music Latino); Jess Gillam, "Rise" (Decca); Billy Jeter, "House on Fire" (Billy Jeter Music);Judah & the Lion, "Pep Talks" (Judah and the Lion/Cletus The Van/Caroline); Paul Kelly, "Live at the Sydney Opera House" (Australian Broadcasting Corp.); Ari Lennox, "Shea Butter Baby" (Dreamville/Interscope); Little May, "Blame My Body" (Dew Process/Universal); Matt Surfin & Friends, "Matt Surfin' & Friends" (Community/Muscle Beech); Myrath, "Shehili" (earMUSIC); New Found Glory, "From the Screen to Your Stereo" (Hopeless); Oh Land, "Family Tree" (Tusk or Tooth); Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe, "The Hidden Hills Sessions" (Red Parlor); Pheeyownah, "Silver" (Labrador); Pile, "Green and Gray" (Exploding in Sound); Bjorn Riis, "A Storm is Coming" (Karisma); Ringworm, "Death Becomes My Voice" (Relapse); Joel Ross, "KingMaker" (Blue Note); Lucy Spraggan, "Today Was a Good Day" (Cooking Vinyl); SYML, "SYML" (Nettwerk); Tacocat, "This Mess is a Place" (Sub Pop); Thrive Worship, "A Thousand More" (Integrity Music); Ashley Tisdale, "Symptoms" (Big Noise); Sean Whiting, "High Expectations" (Eastwood); Joy Williams, "Front Porch" (Sensibility/Thirty Tigers); George Winston, "Restless Wind" (Dancing Cat/RCA); Donovan Woods, "The Other Way" (Meant Well/Fontana North)



From the Vaults: Bo Donaldson and the Woods" (70s Classic Hits" (Sunset Blvd.); Lamb of God, "Ashes of the Wake (15th Anniversary Edition)" (Epic); Ian Matthews, "Orphans and Outcasts: A Collection of Demos, Outtakes & Live Performances" (Cherry Red); Procol Harum, "Hits 'n' Flips 1967-1970" (Fly); Pete Seeger, "The Smithsonian Folkways Collection" (Smithsonian Folkways); Johnny Shiens, "The Blues Came Falling Down/Live 1973" (Omnivore); Steeleye Span, "All Things Are Quite Silent: Complete Recordings" (Cherry Tree/Cherry Red); Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music 70" (Legacy/UMG/SME); Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Hits & Remixes 2019" (Legacy/UMG/SME);



Soundtracks: "Be More Chill" (Ghostlight); "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" (Sony Classical); "Tolkein" (Sony Classical);

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