Sunday, March 1, 2020

New Music Monthly: March 2020 releases

Spring is right around the corner and as the weather heats up, so too does the release schedule. The month of March promises a bounty of new and renewed music with vinyl reissues of a big chunk of the African Head Charge catalog, new tunes from the legendary Swamp Dogg, Stephen Malkmus, Sass Jordan, Pearl Jam, and Boomtown Rats. Americana fans can rejoice with new albums from talented folks like Carla Olsen, Jim Lauderdale, and Lilly Hiatt while blues lovers will dig new discs by Roomful of Blues and Watermelon Slim. There's something here for everybody, no matter your taste in music! 

Release dates are subject to change and nobody tells me when they do. If you’re interesting in buying an album, just hit the ‘Buy!’ link to get it from Amazon.com...it’s just that damn easy! Your purchase puts valuable ‘store credit’ in the Reverend’s pocket that he’ll use to buy more music to write about in a never-ending loop of rock ‘n’ roll ecstasy!

African Head Charge's Visions of A Psychedelic Africa

MARCH 6
African Head Charge - Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
African Head Charge - In Pursuit of Shashamane Land [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
African Head Charge - Songs of Praise [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
African Head Charge - Visions of A Psychedelic Africa [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
African Head Charge - Voodoo of the Godsent [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
African Head Charge - Drumming Is A Language [5-CD box set]   BUY!
Body Count - Carnivore   BUY!
Luke Haines & Peter Buck - Beat Poetry for the Survivalists   BUY!
Cornershop - England Is A Garden   BUY!
Jim Lauderdale - When Carolina Comes Home Again   BUY!
Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques   BUY!
Rose Tattoo - Outlaws   BUY!
Swamp Dogg - Sorry You Couldn't Make It   BUY!
Will Sexton - Don’t Walk the Darkness   BUY!

Sass Jordan's Rebel Moon Blues

MARCH 13
Peter Bjorn and John - Endless Dream   BUY!
Boomtown Rats - Citizens of Boomtown   BUY!
Circa Waves - Happy Sad   BUY!
The Districts - You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere   BUY!
Sass Jordan - Rebel Moon Blues   BUY!
Roomful of Blues - In A Roomful of Blues   BUY!

Carla Olson's Have Harmony, Will Travel 2

MARCH 20
Brian & Roger Eno - Mixing Colours   BUY!
Game Theory - Across The Barrier Of Sound: PostScript   BUY!
Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox [vinyl reissue]   BUY!
Morrissey - I Am Not A Dog On A Chain   BUY!
Carla Olson - Have Harmony, Will Travel 2   BUY!
The Weeknd - After Hours   BUY!
Matt Wilson - When I Was A Writer   BUY!

Lilly Hiatt's Walking Proof

MARCH 27
Duane & Gregg Allman - Duane & Gregg Allman   BUY!
Allman Joys - Early Allman [Duane & Gregg Allman]   BUY!
Rory Block - Prove It On Me   BUY!
Clem Snide - Forever Just Beyond   BUY!
Brian Fallon - Local Honey   BUY!
Hour Glass - Hour Glass   [Duane & Gregg Allman]   BUY!
Hour Glass - Power of Love [Duane & Gregg Allman]   BUY!
Lilly Hiatt - Walking Proof   BUY!
The No Ones - The Great Lost No Ones Album [w/Scott McCaughey & Peter Buck]   BUY!
Alan Parsons Project - Ammonia Avenue [deluxe box set reissue]   BUY!
Pearl Jam - Gigaton   BUY!
Kim Richey - A Long Way Back: The Songs of Glimmer   BUY!
Sufjan Stevens - Aporia   BUY!
Watermelon Slim - Traveling Man   BUY!

Watermelon Slim's Traveling Man

Album of the Month: Watermelon Slim's Traveling Man, the first live work from the blues lifer and a double-disc set at that! Underrated, understated, but just plain great Slim is a helluva storyteller, and a mighty fine picker on his National Steel guitar. Traveling Man offers up eighteen lively performances from 2016, just the man and his guitar and the occasional harmonica. The blues doesn't get any better than Watermelon Slim!

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