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Notable New Releases – February 21, 2020

Notable New Releases – February 21, 2020

 NEW ALBUMS

GREG DULLI – RANDOM DESIRE

Greg Dulli is the front man and creative force behind The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers and is one half of the duo The Gutter Twins with Mark Lanegan.

After releasing albums for +30 years, he’s finally put out a solo album. 2005’s Amber Headlights doesn’t count, as it is a collection of demos for a scrapped Twilight Singers album.

So, why a solo album now? The man needs to be making music, and all of the Afghan Whigs were busy with other projects, including drummer Patrick Keeler who was touring with the reunited Raconteurs.


GUIDED BY VOICES – SURRENDER YOUR POPPY FIELD

Surrender Your Poppy Field is the 30th album from Guided By Voices. It’s also, potentially, only their first of 2020. They released 3 albums in 2019, and Surrender Your Poppy Field is their fifth album in under two years.


HUMANIST – HUMANIST

The debut album from Humanist features guest vocals from Mark Lanegan, Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, Ron Sexsmith and many more.


OZZY OSBOURNE – ORDINARY MAN

Ozzy‘s new album, Ordinary Man, is his first solo album since 2010’s Scream.

The new album features contributions from Duff McKagan, Chad Smith, Slash, Tom Morello, Post Malone and Elton John.

CD/cassette/digital releases also feature, as a bonus track, the Post Malone/Ozzy Osbourne hit single, “Take What You Want”.


DEREK WEBB – TARGETS

Derek Webb spent a good portion of his career in a Christian band called Caedmon’s Call before releasing his solo debut in 2003.

Even while writing faith-based songs, he remained a lightning rod for controversy as he openly expressed doubt, questioned the church, and openly supported the LGBTQ community.

Then, he blindsided fans with 2017’s Finger Crossed. A sparse and grieving album about “two divorces”. His divorce from his wife, and his divorce from God.

With Targets, the time for grieving is over. With one of the tightest pop/rock albums so far this year, he doesn’t just express doubt, he declares it.


SINGLES

ARCHERS OF LOAF – RALEIGH DAYS

To go along with their new tour announcement, Chapel Hill’s Archers of Loaf have just released their first new song since 1998.


BIFFY CLYRO – INSTANT HISTORY

Biffy Clyro have given us a taste of what to expect from their upcoming ninth album.

“Instant History is about waking up to a new reality & not be willing to lose ourselves. #thisisthesoundthatwemake”.

An album title and release date are forthcoming.


MARK LANEGAN – SKELETON KEY

Mark Lanegan has quickly followed up last year’s Somebody’s Knocking (released only 4 months ago) with Straight Songs of Sorrow.

Straight Songs of Sorrow (May 8) is his 12th solo album, which will coincide with the release of his memoir, Sing Backwards and Weep (April 28).

The new album features guest appearances from Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs), Warren Ellis (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Grinderman), Alain Johannes (Eleven, Chris Cornell, Queens of the Stone Age), Mark Morton (Lamb of God) and more.


PEARL JAM – SUPERBLOOD WOLFMOON

If you were thrown by the dance-rock of “Dance of the Clairvoyants”, and wanted to be able to rock out to Pearl Jam, have no fear.

The second single from Gigaton is called “Superblood Wolfmoon” and sounds like it would have been right at home on Yield, No Code, Pearl Jam, Backspacer, Lightning Bolt or perhaps Vitalogy.


MISCELLANEOUS

STONE SOUR – THE WICKED DEMO

The Wicked is one of my favorite songs from the Project X demo. I prefer the demo version over the version that’s on the self-titled release. I just feel it has a better overall vibe.
– Josh Rand, Stone Sour guitarist