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New Music: Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Elvis Costello, Common and more...
 

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

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Checking out this week's new music releases...



Albums of the Week: The toppermost of the popermost eclipses all as a pair of chart fixtures roll out their latest works. After the sweet success of "Ice Cream" with Selena Gomez and Blackpink earlier this year, Ariana Grande's sixth album, "Positions" (Republic), rolls out featuring collaborations with The Weeknd, Doja Cat and Ty Dolla $ign. From across the pond, meanwhile. Sam Smith delivers his third album "Love Goes" (Capitol), with its own crew of guests including Demi Lovato, Calvin Harris and Labrinth.







Album Title of the Week: Mr. Bungle, "The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo" (Ipecac);



Did Ya Know?: Nashville guitarist Slim Gambill, whose regular gig is with Lady A, has put together an all-star track called "Twenty-Four on Six" to benefit the MusiCares Covid-19 Musicians Relief Fund." A mash-up of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and Wes Montgomery's "4 on 6," the tune features contributions by Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Stanley Jordan and members of Rival Sons and the Brothers Osborne, among others, as well as vocalists Kurt Elling, David Ryan Harris and more. Available exclusively via 24on6.com.



New & Noteworthy: Black Stone Cherry, "The Human Condition" (Mascot); Cam, "The Otherside" (Triple Tigers/RCA); Common, "A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1" (Loma Vista); Elvis Costello, "Hey Clockface" (Concord); I Prevail, "Post Traumatic" (Fearless); Midnight Oil, "The Makarrata Project" (Sony); Puscifer, "Existential Reckoning" (Alchemy/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG); Trippie Redd, "Pegasus" (Ten Thousand Projects); Busta Rhymes, "Extinction Event Level 2: The Wrath of God" (Empire); Wesley Schultz, "Vignettes" (Dualtone); Harry Shearer, "The Many Moods of Donald Trump" (self-released)



Also Out: Against the Current, "that Won't Save Us" (Fueled By Ramen); AleXa, "Decoherence" (self-released); Antiboy, Glitch in Paradise" (self-released); ARO, aka Aimee Osbourne, "Vacare Adamare" (Make); Badi and Boddhi Satva, "Trouble-Fete" (Batakari); Black Foxxes, "Black Foxxes" (Search and Destroy/Spinefarm); Bring Me the Horizon, "Post Human: Survival Horror" (Columbia); Johanna Burnheart, "Burnheart" (Ropeadope); Chamomile and Whiskey, "Red Clay Heart" (County Wide); Chicago Jazz Collective, "It Takes a Spark to Light a Fire" (J-Marq); Convulse, "Deathstar" (Transcending); Creature Comfort, "Home Team" (self-released); Cursed Blood, "Taker of Life" (Creator-Destructor); Davido, "A Better Time" (RCA); Discrepancies, "The Rise" (In Vogue); Doe, "Doe" (Life Room/RCA Inspirational); Eels, "Earth to Dora" (E Works/[PIAS]); Evildead, "United States of Anarchy" (SPV/Steamhammer); The Flower Kings, "Islands" (InsideOut); food house, "food house" (Dog Show); Knox Fortune, "Stock Child Wonder" (Nice Work); Front Country, "Impossible World" (AntiFragile); David Garfield, "Holidays Outside the Box" (Creatchy); Go Analog, "Moonlight Gram" (self-released); Mima Good, "Hydra" (self-released); Johnny Goth, "The Great Awakening"; Grouptherapy, "There Goes the Neighborhood" (self-released); Emily Hackett, "My Version of a Love Song" (self-releaased); Evan Harpe, "Meet Me in the Middle" (VizzTone); Dave Hause, "Patty" and "Paddy" (self-released); Deante Hitchcock, "Better Deluxe" (Storm Entertainment/RCA); Hollywood Stars, "Live on the Sunset Strip" (Burger); Shawn James, "The Guardian Collection" (Parts+Labor); Jeremiah Johnson, "Unemployed Highly Annoyed" (Ruf); Junk Magic, "Compass Confusion" (Pyroclastic); Kallias, "The Fourth Phase" (self-released); King Khan, "The Infinite Ones" (Khannibalism/Ernest Jenning Record Co.); Kinsey Sicks, "Quarantunes" (self-released); Lunchbox, "After School Special" (Slumberland); Andy Macdonald, "The Human Demands" (Infectious Music); Arthur Mendes, "Fading Away" (VizzTone); Multi Story, "CBF10" (F2 Music); Nothing, "The Great Dismal" (Relapse); Nuclear Power Trio, "A Clear and Present Danger" (Metal Blade); The OBGMs, "The Ends" (Black Box Music); Oneohtrix Point Never, "Magic Oneohtrix Point Never" (Warp); Tom Oren, "Dorly's Song" (Concord Jazz); Colin Raye, "Scars" (BFD); Ring Van Mobius, "3rd Majesty" (Apollon); Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright, "I Can Still Hear You" (Story Sound); Serpents of Secrecy, "Ave Vindicta" (Moving the Earth); Shungudzo, "Motsi" (Young Forever/BMG); Sarah & the Safe Word, "Good Gracious! Bad People" (Take This to Heart); Sinai Vessel, Ground Aswim (self-released); Smokescreens, "A Strange Dream" (Slumberland); Mors Subita, "Extinction Era" (Out of Line); Stalker, "Black Majik Terror" (Napalm); Strays Don't Sleep, "A Short Film For a Long Song" (Bandcamp); Zach Tabori, "Pandemic Ballads" (Flesh Fury); Tobacco, "Hot Wet & Sassy" (Ghostly); Tomorrow X Together, "Minisode 1: Blue Hour"' (Republic); Twice, "Eyes Wide Open" (Republic); Various Artists, "Johnny Jewel Presents After Dark 3" (After Dark); Nora Jean Wallace, "Blueswoman" (Severen); Wild Hid, "with u in mind" (The Orchard); Wildways, "Anna" (Warner Music Russia); wino-strut & Friends, "Bloodsicle" (American Standard Time); Wizkid, "Made in Lagos" (RCA); Hawksley Workman, "Less Rage More Tears" (self-released); World Goes Round, "World Goes Round" (Viper); Wynonna, "Recollections" (Anti-/Epitaph); Yes, "The Royal Affair Tour: Live From Las Vegas" (BMG); Yumi Zouma, "Truth or Consequences (Alternate Versions)" (Polyvinyl)



From The Vaults: Allman Brothers Band, "Warner Theatre, Erie, PA 7-19-05" (Allman Brothers Band Recording Co./The Orchard); Crass, "Crassical Collection" (One Little Independent); Duran Duran, "Dreaming of Your Cars: 1979 Demos Part 2" (Cleopatra); Embrace, "Out of Nothing" and "The New Day" (Craft); Grateful Dead, "American Beauty (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)" (Grateful Dead/Warner/Rhino); Gwar, "Scumdogs of the Universe (30th Anniversary Edition)" (Pit); Zubin Mehta, "The Complete Warner Recordings" (Warner Classical); Joni Mitchell, "Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)" (Rhino); Motorhead, "Ace of Spades: 40th Anniversary Edition" (Sanctuary/BMG); Stevie Nicks, "Live in Concert: The 24 Karat Gold The Concert" (BMG); OutKast, "Stankonia: 20th Anniversary Edition" (Sony Legacy); The Pogues, "The BBC Sessions 1984-86" (Rhino); Pantera, "Reinventing the Steel: 20th Anniversary Edition" (Rhino); Procol Harum, "Something Magic: Remastered & Expanded Edition" (Esoteric/Cherry Red); Rhinoceros, "The Elektra Albums 1968-1970" (Polydor/UMC); Style Council, "Long Hot Summers: The Story of the Style Council" (Polydor/UMe); U2, "All that You Can't Leave behind: 20th Anniversary Edition" (Island/UMe); Townes Van Zandt, "Legend: The Very Best of Townes Van Zandt" (Charly); Various Artists, "Brown Acid: The Eleventh Trip" (RidingEasy); Jimmy Vaughan, "The Pleasure's All Mine: The Complete Blues, Ballads and Favorites Collection" (Last Music Co.); The Who, "Essential Who" (UMC) and "WHO" (Polydor/Interscope)



New Holiday Albums: Lady A, "On This Winter's Night (Deluxe Edition) (Capitol Nashville); Andrew Bird, "Hark!" (Loma Vista); Keedron Bryant, "The Best Time of Year" (Warner); For King & Country, "A Drummer Boy Christmas" (Curb/Word); Goo Goo Dolls, "It's Christmas All Over" (Warner); JoJo, "December Baby" (Warner); Tori Kelly, "A Tori Kelly Christmas" (School Boy/Capitol); Stabbing Westward, "Halloween Hymns" (COP International); Meghan Trainor, "A Very Trainor Christmas" (Epic)



Soundtracks: Eddie Perfect, "Beetlejuice – The Demos! The Demos! The Demos!" (Ghostlight); "Random Acts of Violence" (Dine Alone)



New Singles:



A Blaze of Feather, "Witching Hour";



Aggros, "Chaos Magic";



Riz Ahmed, "ONce Kings";



Jason Aldean, "Blame It On You";



Alesso and Charlotte Lawrence, "The End";



Ingrid Andress, "Christmas Always Finds Me";



The Avalanches, "Interstellar Love" with Leon Bridges;



Gary Barlow, "Incredible";



BENEE, "Plain" featuring Lily Allen and Flo Milli;



Bishop Briggs, "Walk You Home";



Black Country, New Road, "Science Fair";



Boye Blue, "Ghost of Saturday Night" featuring Jaret Reddick;



Arthur Brown, "Zombie Yelp" featuring Mark Stein;



Jake Bugg, "All I Need";



Butcher Babies, "Bottom of a Bottle";



Camelphat, Easier";



John Carpenter, "Weeping Ghost";



Ben Chandler, "Strawberry Candy";



CL, "+HWA+" and "+5-Star+"



Gilby Clarke, "Tightwad" featuring Nikki Sixx and Stephen Perkins;



Crowded House, "Whatever You Want";



Deacon, "Love For the Summer" featuring Loren Gray;



Desure, "Hi/Lo";



Lavender Diamond, "In the Garden";



Drones, "Josephine";



Dua Lipa, "Fever" featuring Angele;



David Duchovny, "Layin' on the Tracks";



Elton John, "Come Down in Time (Jazz Version)" and "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun (DJM Studio)";



Empress Of and Amber Mark, "You've Got to Feel";



Emely Edrosa, "NCEA";



Erick The Architect, "WTF";



Executive Order, "Wicked";



Faux Real, "Spooky Bois";



Folk Uke, "Small One";



Edit Frost, "Little Sign";



Ghostkid, "Start A Fight";



Freddie Gibbs, "4 Thangs" featuring Big Sean;



David Haerle, "True Liberty";



Heartless Bastards, "Revolution";



His His, "Matador";



Homecamp, "Two Doves";



Hootie & the Blowfish, "Won't Be Home For Christmas"



Paris Jackson, "Let Down";



Carly Rae Jepsen, "It's Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries";



Jonas Brothers, "I Need You Christmas";



Landshapes, "Drama" and "Let Me Be";



Jon Langston, "Happy Ever After";



Left Field Messiah, "A.M. Moonlight";



Little Snake and Amon Tobin, "Loophole";



lovelytheband, "Heartbreak of America";



Lauryn MacFarlane, "Friendly";



Mogwai, "Dry Fantasy";



Kevin Morby, "US Mail";



Morning In May, "Orpheus in Retrospect" featuring Craig Mabbitt;



Eric Nally, "Full Moon";



Nane, "QuaranTEEN";



Nels Cline Singers, "Segunda";



Willie Nelson and Karon O, "Under Pressure";



The New Regime, "The Writing on My Walls";



Sara Noelle, "Darkness, Darkness";



NOTD, "Nobody" featuring Catello;



Nothing, Nowhere, "Blood" featuring KennyHoopla and Judge;



Keke Palmer, "Actually Vote";



Passenger, "Songs For the Drunk and Broken Hearted";



Liam Payne, "Naught List" featuring Dixie D'Amelio;



Periphery, "Marigold";



Heather Porcaro, "All Hands on Deck";



Gaby Rang, "Muneca";



Ben Rector, "The Thanksgiving Song";



Rhye, "Black Rain";



Rock Mafia, “Don’t Change You” featuring Wiz Khalifa;



Jasmine Rodgers, "Flies";



Jackson Scribner, "Sixteen";



Henriette Sennevaldt, "Clumsy";



Skrillex, "Kliptown Empyrean";



Sleaford Mods, "Mork n Mindy";



Smashing Pumpkins, "Ramonda" and "Wyttch";



Starbenders, "Witches Be Bitches";



Steam, "Night Vision";



Sugar Horse, "The Great Shame";



Suitcase Junket, "Can't Look Away";



These New Puritans, "We Want War [DRUMS]";



Londin Thompson, "People Change";



Tiana Major9, "Think About You (Lover's Mix)" featuring Haile;



TINI, "Un Beso En Madrid";



Titans in Time, "Sunglasses at Night";



Topographies, "See You As You Fall";



Jacqueline Tucci, "Home";



TV Priest, "Decoration";



Waidley, "Stars";



Gillian Welch, "Peace in the Valley" and "There's a First Time For Evertyhing";



The Whitlams, "The Ballad of a Kidd";



Wolf, "Someone To Love;"



Bob Young, "Hey America";



Young Nudy, "Vice City";



YSB TRIL, "Workin'";



Rob Zombie, "The Triumph of King Freak"

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