The Liberation Project – I can Hear My Papa Calling (2018)

“From the soon to be released album “Songs That Made Us Free”, “I Can Hear My Papa Calling” tells the story of Karim Franceschi, a young Italian activist who fought in the Syrian civil war as a volunteer for the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) against the Islamic State during the Siege of Ayn al-Arab. Karim believed he drew his strength from his father who had fought for the Italian partisans in the mountains of Tuscany. Written by Neill Solomon, Phil Manzanera and Dan Chiorboli.” The Liberation Project

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Tony Joe White – Bad Mouthin’ (2018)

“No one breaks much of a sweat here. White’s distinctive mumble seems like it was recorded while drifting in and out of a narcotic-induced coma. Nevertheless, this music resonates with the dark, ominous, rootsy authenticity Tony Joe White has always exuded.” Source

Lonnie Holley – I Woke Up…(2018)

““I went to sleep/I went to sleep/Anticipating of dreaming,” Holley opens over delicate piano runs before blown-out drums, quaking synths, and violent, looped trombone disturb the haze. “I dreamed that I woke up/In a fucked up America,” he bellows, his soulful croon turning toward the guttural. In his other career as a sculptor, Holley has long made art from found objects, assembling refuse into immersive sculptures. Here, he pieces together a patchwork of American cruelty: connecting his childhood in Birmingham, Alabama in the Jim Crow-era South to our present moment, he laments the “breakdown of words,” Wall Street crimes, and digital “overdatafying.” But for all his despair, Holley speaks to ways forward, pleading for change and a recognition of dignity. In the dream-logic sermon of “I Woke Up in a Fucked-Up America,” Holley makes clear: It’s time we woke up.” Source

Aki Kumar – Dilruba (2018)

“Well, what do we have here. A new CD by Aki Kumar! And what a delight it is! But heck, Aki is ALWAYS a delight. His performances never fail to delight! This CD has blues, but also Aki’s adaptation of Bollywood music and blues. So, it’s not really a total blues record, but i’d think all blues fans and harp players everywhere will have a LOT of fun listening to this as i have. It is at the same time fun and interesting to let Aki take you on his musical adventure of bridging cultures. Consider it a new setting for blues and it’s in a huge party atmostphere provided by Aki and a bunch of excellent top-notch musicians. Many will enjoy Aki’s dissing of Trump in the politcal blues: All Bark No Bite. I believe Aki knows that to remain silent is to be complicit.” Source

Tim Rutili & Craig Ross – Choke (2018)

““Best record I’ve heard in a long time – each song wrapped in it’s own unique foil of odd old colors that get brighter each time you hear – every song worth a good long soak.” – M. Ward

“10 seconds to collapse is brilliant – Tim Rutili and Craig Ross make music of unhinged genius and bruised beauty” – Mark Lanegan

“Melancholy humor, playful messy bombast – it gets the car running then drives it into a ditch to stagger naked into the woods. This is a vast and unpredictable ride. Listen loud .” – Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater)”
Tim Rutili & Craig Ross – 10 Seconds To Collapse

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Save Me (2018)

“With Animals is a collaborative album, one where Lanegan shares the credit with his regular collaborator Duke Garwood. Garwood and Lanegan have spent about a decade working together, with Garwood helping out on Lanegan albums like 2017’s Gargoyles. The new album has a decidedly electronic bent. And on the smoky, effective first single “Save Me,” we hear Lanegan growling over organ sustain that reminds me of Suicide.” Source