This Week’s New Releases: Alicia Keys, Green Day, And Neil Young and Crazy Horse

This will be our last new releases blog post of the year, so it’s a twofer, including this week and next’s new records.

Today we’ve got new music from Alicia Keys, who has dropped two versions of her new record; ‘Originals’ and ‘Unlocked’. Green Day have released a live LP that brings together the band’s sessions recorded for the BBC between 1994 and 2001, and Neil Young and Crazy Horse have put out their long awaited new album ‘Barn’.

Head below for the remainder of 2021’s new releases. See you in 2022!

December 10

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – ‘B4 AVA’ (EP) (Atlantic/Highbridge The Label)

Alicia Keys – ‘KEYS’ (RCA)

The Band – ‘Cahoots – 50th Anniversary’ (UMC – Virgin International)

Fleet Foxes – ‘A Very Lonely Solstice’ (Anti)

Green Day – ‘The BBC Sessions (Live)’ (BBC/Reprise)

Juice WRLD – ‘Fighting Demons’ (Grade A Productions/Interscope)

Monsta X – ‘The Dreaming’ (Starship Entertainment/BMG)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – ‘Barn’ (Reprise)

Nicholas Britell and various artists – ‘Don’t Look Up (Soundtrack from the Netflix Film)’ (Maise Music/Republic/UMG)

Paul Weller, Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra – ‘An Orchestrated Songbook’ (Polydor)

Rick Ross – ‘Richer Than I Ever Been’ (Epic/Sony)

Tierra Whack -‘Pop?’ (EP) (Interscope)

December 17

The Communards – ‘Communards – 35th Anniversary’ (London)

Johnny Marr – ‘Fever Dreams, Pt.2’ (EP) (BMG)

Roddy Ricch – ‘LIVE LIFE FAST’ (Atlantic)

Tierra Whack – ‘R&B?’ (EP) (Interscope)

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This Week’s New Releases: Pale Waves, The Pretty Reckless And Claud

What a week for new music! Pale Waves have released their second album, The Pretty Reckless their fourth, and Claud has put out her debut full-length on Phoebe Bridgers’ label Saddest Factory.

Head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Arc Of Life – ‘Arc Of Life’ (Frontiers)

The Band – ‘Stage Fright (Deluxe Remix 2020)’ (Capitol)

Claud – ‘Super Monster’ (Saddest Factory)

Death by Unga Bunga – ‘Heavy Male Insecurity’ (Jansen)

Django Django – ‘Glowing In The Dark’ (Because Music)

James Walsh – ‘Small Illusions’ (James Walsh)

JPEGMAFIA – ‘EP2!’ (EQT Recordings/Republic Records/UMG)

Love and Death – ‘Perfectly Preserved’ (Earache)

Mush – ‘Lines Redacted’ (Memphis Industries)

Nonconnah – ‘Songs for and About Ghosts’ (Ernest Jenning)

Pale Waves – ‘Who Am I?’ (Dirty Hit)

Pentatonix – ‘The Lucky Ones’ (RCA)

The Pretty Reckless – ‘Death By Rock and Roll’ (Century Media)

Rat Columns – ‘Pacific Kiss’ (Tough Love)

R+R=Now – ‘R+R=Now Live’ (Blue Note)

The Rubens – ‘0202’ (Humming)

Sia – ‘Music (Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)’ (Atlantic)

Slowthai – ‘TYRON’ (Method Records/Interscope/AWGE)

Various artists – ‘Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album’ (Six Course Music Group/RCA)

Virginia Wing – ‘private LIFE’ (Fire Records)

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This Week’s New Releases: Celine Dion, DJ Shadow And Westlife

This week is bonkers! Celine Dion has put out her first new record in six years, DJ Shadow has dropped the follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ and Westlife have released a new album featuring songs written by Ed Sheeran.

If none of that floats your boat, head below for the rest of this week’s new releases.

Arthur Russell – ‘Iowa Dream’ (Audika)

The Band – ‘The Band (50th Anniversary)’ (UMC – Virgin International)

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – ‘I Made A Place’ (Domino)

Celine Dion – ‘Courage’ (Sony)

David Bowie – ‘Conversation Piece’ (Rhino/Warner Records)

Deliluh – ‘Beneath The Floors’ (Tin Angel Records)

Dido – ‘Still On My Mind (Deluxe)’ (BMG)

DJ Shadow – ‘Our Pathetic Age’ (Mass Appeal)

Fall Out Boy – ‘Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits Vol.2’ (Virgin EMI)

Fat Freddy’s Drop – ‘Special Edition Part 1’ (The Drop)

Fleetwood Mac – ‘Before The Beginning: 1968 – 1970 Rare Live & Demo Sessions’ (Sony)

Juliana Hatfield – ‘Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police’ (American Laundromat)

Lady Antebellum – ‘Ocean’ (Big Machine)

Lighthouse Family – ‘Christmas Lights’ EP (Polydor)

Lily Kershaw – ‘Arcadia’ (Nettwerk)

Michael Nau – ‘Less Ready To Go’ (Org Music)

Milky Chance – ‘Mind The Moon’ (BMG)

Molly Burch – ‘The Molly Burch Christmas Album’ (Captured Tracks)

Paul Kelly – ‘Songs From The South: Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits 1985-2019’ (Cooking Vinyl)

The Pineapple Thief – ‘Hold Our Fire’ (Kscope)

Remember Sports – ‘Sunchokes’ (Father/Daughter Records)

Ronnie Wood and His Wild Five – ‘Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry’ (BMG)

Sparks – ‘Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins – 25th Anniversary Edition’ (BMG)

Westlife – ‘Spectrum’ (EMI)

Willie J Healey – ‘Hello Good Morning’ EP (Yala! Records)

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On This Day In Music: The Last Waltz

On November 25, 1976, the Band said their goodbyes at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. The legendary group was joined by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton and others for the performance, which was released as a triple album in 1978, along with Martin Scorsese’s film of the same name.

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On This Day In Music: The Band Release ‘The Band’

On September 22, 1969, the Band released their self-titled record, known widely as ‘The Brown Album’. The follow up to ‘Music From Big Pink’ contained The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Rag Mama Rag and remains one of the group’s signature statements.

In 2009, it was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry alongside records by Patti Smith, Tupac, REM, the Staple Singers and Willie Nelson: “The Band mixed rock and roll with country, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, and even gospel. [Robbie] Robertson cited the influence of The Staple Singers on their vocals. Even the sound was deliberately against the grain, from touches such as the mouth bow harp-like Clavinet of “Up on Cripple Creek” to the overall woody sound of the album. “The Band” presented an image of America largely absent in the popular music of its time.”

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On This Day In Music: The Band Release ‘Music From Big Pink’

On July 1, 1968, the Band released their first record, ‘Music From Big Pink’. Following their stint backing Bob Dylan, they shed their ‘Hawks’ moniker and retired to write at ‘Big Pink’, a house in West Saugerties, New York. The resulting album would feature three Dylan co-writes,  The Weight, perhaps their finest song, and outstanding musicianship from a unit – Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson and Rick Danko – that had become pin sharp.

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