Rockin' Rudy's

News

Now Hear This! – March 2024

(Optional) This text will appear in the inbox preview, but not the email body.
Read more...

What's New 3-1-24

alt_text
New Years Day

After almost two decades of being a band, you would have thought that New Years Day would have achieved everything they ever dreamed of, but they’re not quite done yet. After a five-year hiatus, the rock quintet back with their fifth studio album. There’s no fat or gristle to chew through here, Half Black Heart is a lean, mean sound machine.

alt_text
Le Plan Recordings

Gangbusters Melody Club is a joyous jigsaw puzzle of an album-- the band’s most dancefloor-friendly to date. The trio pack more influences than ever before into their elegant earworm songs. The jazz and swing for which they became famous over a decade ago is back with a bang, alongside their love of House, Electronica and Big Beat.

alt_text
Third Man Vinyl

Sheer Mag capitalize on a decade’s worth of devotion to their own collective spirit—a spirit refined in both the sweaty trenches of punk warehouses and the larger-than-life glamour of concert halls—emerging with a dense work of gripping emotions, massive hooks, and masterfully constructed power-pop anthems.

alt_text
Zappo Productions

The Bruce Hornsby and yMusic collaboration explores seafaring themes, sounds and metaphors encapsulated in progressive chamber music and Hornsby's vocals. It’s an album about water and the ways we live with, in or against it… Hornsby and yMusic as you have never heard them, but also instantly identifiable in their own ways.

alt_text
Blue Note

Julian Lage returns with Speak To Me, his remarkable fourth release for Blue Note, which finds the guitar virtuoso broadening his sonic palette in collaboration with esteemed producer Joe Henry who enhances Lage’s trademark melodic lyricism on this wide-ranging set of compelling new originals.

alt_text
Epitaph Records

Over ten ambitious tracks which abruptly turn from searing punk to inviting alternative pop, I Got Heaven is deeply concerned with desire, the power in being alone, and how to live in an unfeeling and unkind world. It’s a document of a band doubling down on their unshakable bond to make something furious, thrilling, and wholly alive.

alt_text
Sub Pop

Pissed Jeans are known for their feral vocals, biting lyrics, buzzsaw guitars, and unhinged live shows, and their sixth album is no exception. These songs skewer the tension between youthful optimism and the sobering realities of adulthood, and when viewed through frontman Matt Korvette’s scowl, everything takes on a level of violent absurdity.

alt_text
Geronimo West Records

Few if any outfits in country and roots music can make their music rise to the epic and weighty level that Shane Smith and the Saints achieve. Norther showcases the full spectrum of their style that seamlessly blends elements of country, Americana, Southern rock, folk, and a little honky-tonk with soaring four-part harmonies and Smith’s striking baritone vocals.

cims spotify playlist
Read more...

New Release Round-Up 03-01-24

Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Liam Gallagher & John Squire

Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Warner Records

Liam and John have been friends for years but when Liam invited John to join him on stage at Knebworth in 2022 it reignited a long-running ambition of writing and recording an album together. The demos were written at John's home studio in Macclesfield and then recorded with legendary producer, Greg Kurstin and mixed by Spike Stent. Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Beck, R.E.M.) plays drums on the album.

Video Available 

Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven

Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven - EPITAPH

Mannequin Pussy’s music feels like a resilient and galvanizing shout that demands to be heard. Across four albums, the Philadelphia rock band that consists of Colins “Bear” Regisford (bass, vocals), Kaleen Reading (drums, percussion), Maxine Steen (guitar, synths), and Marisa Dabice (guitar, vocals) has made cathartic tunes about despairing times. “There’s just so much constantly going on that feels intentionally evil that trying to make something beautiful feels like a radical act ,” says Dabice. “The ethos of this band has always been to bring people together.”

Their new album, I Got Heaven, which is out March 1 via Epitaph Records, is the band’s most fully realized recording yet. Over ten ambitious tracks which abruptly turn from searing punk to inviting alternative pop, the album is deeply concerned with desire, the power in being alone, and how to live in an unfeeling and unkind world. It’s a document of a band doubling down on their unshakable bond to make something furious, thrilling, and wholly alive.

Following the 2019 release of their critically acclaimed third album Patience, Mannequin Pussy returned in 2021 for their EP Perfect. They toured that release relentlessly and added guitarist Maxine Steen to the band’s official lineup. The band changed their entire creative formula, choosing to write together in the studio in Los Angeles with producer John Congleton , over slowly crafting tracks at home. “Everyone felt empowered to speak up about their own ideas to make this thing the best it could possibly be,” says Regisford.

Video Available

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

Pissed Jeans - Half Divorced [Limited Edition Spotify Green LP]

Yard Act - Where's My Utopia? [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange LP]

Kula Shaker - Natural Magic [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Tie-Dye Orange & Yellow LP]

Bruce Dickinson - The Mandrake Project [2LP]

Faye Webster - Underdressed At The Symphony [Faye Blue LP]

General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners - General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Silver Streak LP]

Jacob Collier - Djesse Vol. 4 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Orange 2LP]

Caravan Palace - Gangbusters Melody Club - Tan [Colored Vinyl] [180 Gram]

Master Peace - How To Make A Master Peace [Translucent Yellow LP]

Slayer - Reign In Blood [RSD Essential Clear w/Red Splatter LP]

Everything Everything - Mountainhead [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]

Shane Smith & the Saints - Norther [LP]

Amaro Freitas - Y'Y [LP]

Sheer Mag - Playing Favorites [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear w/Pearlescent Flo Orange Wisp LP]

Lang Lang/Gina Alice/Andris Nelsons/Gewandhausorchester - Saint-Saëns [2 CD]

New Years Day - Half Black Heart [Opaque Silver LP]

Albert Hammond  - Body of Work [2LP]

Vitamin String Quartet - VSQ Preforms Fall Out Boy [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Translucent Ruby LP]

Widespread Panic - Dirty Side Down [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]

Various Artists - Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels [Orange Marble 2LP]

Thunder - Live At Leeds [3LP]

Big Big Train - The Likes Of Us [2LP]

The Who - Live At Shea Stadium 1982 [3 LP]

Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans - Know What I Mean? (Original Jazz Classics Series) [LP]

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Caravan [Original Jazz Classics Series LP]

BrhyM - Deep Sea Vents [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Violet LP]

Various Artists - Priscilla (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [LP]

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes: Remastered 2023 [Deluxe Edition 3LP+7in]

The Glass Hours - The Glass Hours [LP]

Julian Lage - Speak To Me [Limited Edition Bone 2 LP]

Linkin Park - Lost Demos

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds [RSD Essential Coke Bottle Clear LP]


& More .....

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Nora Jones - Visons

Norah Jones - Visions - Blue Note


 Video Available 

Read more...

What's New 2-23-24

alt_text
New West

El Viejo is a masterful homage to western heritage, blending traditional country with modern storytelling as Lund's gravelly vocals deliver tales of cowboy life with authenticity and depth. From haunting balladry to rollicking romps, Lund's craftsmanship shines in this captivating journey through the heart of Americana, rich with soul and sincerity.

alt_text
Alligator Records

Olustee is a masterpiece of soul-shaking music. JJ’s deep Southern roots and skill as a storyteller shine through, whether he’s rocking with gospel-tent fervor or slowly winding his raspy voice around a lyric of heartbreak and loss. It’s an aggressively groove-driven record fueled by JJ’s gritty vocals and funk-infused guitar playing.

alt_text
Mom + Pop

A very "MGMT MGMT album" which the band describes as "a group of songs about love and change, first and foremost." Descriptors from the band include: bold, flavorful, playful, sincere, optimistic, perceptive. Loss Of Life was produced by MGMT and Patrick Wimberly (Solange, Lil Yachty, MGMT), with mixing by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips).

alt_text
Interscope

The non-binary, London-based artist continues their evolution, by inviting listeners into their unparalleled universe of alternative, infectious pop. Traumatic Livelihood explores themes of consent, addiction, and relationships while representing the sound and spirit of Generation Z’s genderless subculture – unapologetic and impossible to define.

alt_text
Napalm Records

10 tracks of heavyweight thrash-infused extremity and sprint-worthy speed, Quad Brutal will instantly have listeners coming back for more - ready for endless reps and skipping nothing (except maybe leg day). Austrian Death Machine is prepared to climb back to the top of their weight class - packing more punch than Mr. Universe himself with Quad Brutal!

alt_text
Metal Blade

The band’s long-awaited Moon Healer is musically multifaceted, unabashedly brutal, and compellingly conceptual. It’s a mathematically mind-blowing hybrid of bludgeoning death metal specializing in unconventional riffing that echoes the resemblance of legendary experimentalists like Cynic, Atheist, and Gorguts.

alt_text
MNRK

Rock'n'roll and heavy metal simply wouldn't sound, look, or feel the same without KISS’s Ace Frehley. The Grammy-nominated Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and guitar legend is back with 10,000 Volts of electrifying, hard-hitting, riff-heavy rock’n’roll. Play it loud!

alt_text
Concord

This is a glimpse into the mind of Dallon Weekes. Produced by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT), Gloom Division is the most autobiographical work to date from Weekes (formerly of Panic! At The Disco), leaving listeners with the same sense of euphoric fascination that sparked the album’s creation.

alt_text
Polyvinyl Records

Trailblazing powerhouse Laura Jane Grace returns with an even stronger set of ‘50s-biting rock songs on her second full-length solo album, confronting aging, dysphoria, sobriety and her own legacy. While 2020’s Stay Alive felt limited by pandemic and production, Hole in My Head is an open invitation to a wild romp through Grace’s psyche.

alt_text
Dangerbird Records

With the album title Blu Wav meant to be a literal mash-up of “bluegrass” and “new wave”, the new collection has a distinct feel, a uniform vibe, and a somewhat unexpected sound. Lytle incorporates the lo-fi lushness and sometimes-psychedelic orchestration Grandaddy is known for with his first foray into true country.

alt_text
Death Note Music, LLC

Originally released independently in 2016 and commercially re-released in 2020 after Peep's untimely 2017 death, Crybaby's slow, thoughtful, and sweetly dreary songs were indeed music for searching, sensitive types to play when deep in their feelings. It’s a dismal, grasping affair that feels beautiful in all of its sadness.

alt_text
Napalm Records

Elegantly progressive and seemingly allergic to cliché, Illumishade set out with a flamboyant flourish, casually blending everything from gleaming modern metal to arcane atmospherics into their always highly melodic and symphonic sound. So much for the "difficult second album". This is the kind of immaculate creation from which great legacies are built.

alt_text
Century Media

Suffer & Become is a potent, unforgiving force of nature which challenges your perceptions of extreme metal, dragging you kicking and screaming through a vortex of horrifying but addictive passages. It might not be an album which you gravitate to on a regular basis but it is an album which will certainly leave a lasting impression.

alt_text
Quarto Valley Records

The legendary musicians’ second album is a skillful combination of power and precision, fun and introspection, featuring soaring harmonies and a burst of R&B with the pure essence of rock and roll. Fourteen tracks showcase the remarkably versatile musical skills including one of the most renowned rhythm sections in rock history, Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar.

alt_text
Tyler Ramsey

Fans of Ramsey’s former projects, Band of Horses, Father John Misty and Lord Huron, will find New Lost Ages to be a relatable reprieve - one that feels both familiar and starkly new. Traversing genre-bending terrain, the new record is as indie and psych-rock as it is singer-songwriter, showcasing his talent and dedication to the craft.

alt_text
Century Media

Fans of big, shiny, 21st century melodic death metal are more than catered to these days, which makes this full-blooded return to first values all the more satisfying, particularly for those of us who prefer to dwell in the dirt. Upon Stone have resurrected something of profound value here. Dead Mother Moon is the real thing, revived and realized anew by true believers.

alt_text
Label 51

Featuring all never-before released live audio spanning the band's entire career from 1983 to 2023. Plus, special guest Vicki Peterson of the Bangles on a searing 15-minute version of "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" from the band's recent London appearance. Includes a DVD that includes a documentary and previously unreleased one hour 1983 live concert.

cims spotify playlist
Read more...

New Release Round-Up 02-23-24

STILL LISTENING TO...

Lil Peep - Cry Baby

Lil Peep Cry Baby

Lil Peep - Cry Baby - Death Note Music / The Orchard

Lil Peep - Crybaby 1st Press 45rpm - in interviews that followed the release of Crybaby, and even afterwards during press runs for HELLBOY as well as Come Over When You're Sober Pt. 1, one of the most consistently asked (and answered) questions that would be thrown at Peep usually teetered around the lines somewhat of "aye Peep, love what you've been doing with your past couple of projects man, but what's the deal with that massive Crybaby tattoo you got on your forehead?" - To which, he would typically answer, "I got the Crybaby tat to keep me grateful, to remind myself that even if I'm going through a lot, there are kids across the world that don't even have clean water or know when their next meal will be, so I got it to remind myself that I need to be grateful for what little I have, and to keep pushing through for those who can't." - With this context now surrounding the whole ethos of this project, it seems fitting that the whole mixtape essentially focuses on Peep's hopes, dreams, and overcoming the emotions that ever so powerfully bled through nearly every song on here one way or another. Whether it's through the haunting coke lines on "Lil Jeep" and the Radiohead-sampled "Falling 4 Me", or through the ambitious glimpse into the future that initially got him signed in the first place with the Smokeasac-produced signature track "Nineteen", he flips blatant samples and turns them into his own songs. For example, there's a borderline "Wonderwall' cover (and hear me out on this one) in the shape of "Yesterday," where he paints a bleak picture of getting out of a toxic environment with the chorus "Change my name, shave my head // Tell my friends that I'm dead, run away from the pain // Yesterday is not today, it's not the same," that winds up adding to the source material more often than it taking away anything. - More notably though perhaps, is that he never conveys a sense of giving up when singing/rapping about any of these topics, and that only aids the sense of triumph found in moments all throughout the record. While it may seem like Peep is promoting all of the wrong things, what people don't seem to realize is that he never condones it; it's almost as if he's telling the listener to not make the same mistakes as he did, which eventually led to his untimely death just over a year later.

ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

MGMT - Loss Of Life [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue Jay Opaque LP]
Real Estate - Daniel [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Silver LP]
Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Dume [2LP]

Glitterer - Rationale [LP]
Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Dume [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP + Litho]
Dust Bolt - Sound & Fury [White/Black Marbled LP]
I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME - GLOOM DIVISION [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Dreamsicle LP]
Prince - The Vault - Old Friends 4 Sale [LP]
June McDoom - With Strings EP [Crystal Clear Vinyl]
Corb Lund - El Viejo [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear with Black & White Splatter LP - Includes Autographed Postcard]
Reneé Rapp / Auli’I Cravalho - Mean Girls (Music From The Motion Picture)
Job For A Cowboy - Moon Healer [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Mick Mars - The Other Side of Mars [LP]
JJ Grey & Mofro - Olustee [LP]
Jazmin Bean - Traumatic Livelihood [Clear LP]v
Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Past Is Still Alive[Orange LP]
Mama Zu - Quilt Floor [Coke Bottle Clear LP]
Gracie Abrams - The Good Riddance Acoustic Shows (Live) [Magenta LP]
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - of the Last Human Being [Oxblood & Blood Red 2LP]
Laetitia Sadier - Rooting For Love [LP]
Allie X - Girl With No Face [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Mustard LP]
Ace Frehley - 10,000 Volts [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition LP]
Remo Drive - Mercy [LP]
Rod Stewart with Jools Holland - Swing Fever [LP]
BTS - LOVE YOURSELF : 'Tear' [LP]
Amigo the Devil - Yours Until the War Is Over [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition White/Black Swirl LP]
Various Artists - Bear's Sonic Journals: Sing Out! (Berkeley Community Theater, 4/25/1981)
Post Malone - The Diamond Collection [Metallic Silver 2 LP]
Art Pepper Quintet - Smack Up: Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series [LP]
The Snuts - Millennials [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Yellow LP]
Various Artists - Street Fighter 6 (Original Soundtrack) [4LP Box Set]
TWICE - With YOU-th [Blast ver.]
Wynonna - Wynonna
Van Halen - Live: Right Here, Right Now (Box)
Natalie Jane - Where Am I? [White LP]
Olivia Dean - Messy (Uk)


& More .....

For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

UPCOMING RELEASES

Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Liam Gallagher & John Squire

Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Liam Gallagher & John Squire - Warner Records


 Video Available 

Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven

Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven - EPITAPH

Video Available

Read more...



        
back to top