September is upon us and the new music is flying high in spite of the pandemic and the lack of live shows across the country. The next best thing to rockin' your local venue is getting your kicks with new music, so pick yer poison, kiddies! There's blues and roots music from the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, and the adept pairing of legends Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite. There's classic prog-rock from King Crimson and Flying Colors; high-octane rawk from Bob Mould and the duo of James Williamson and Deniz Tek; and groovy reissues from Little Richard, Johnny Thunders, and the Rolling Stones. Who could ask for anything more?
Release dates are probably gonna 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! If you're boycotting Amazon and don't have an indie record store close by, may we suggest shopping with our friends at Grimey's Music in Nashville? They have a great selection of vinyl available by mail order, offer quick service, and if you don't see what you want on their website, check out their Discogs shop!
King Crimson - The Elements 2020 Tour Box BUY!
New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers - Volume 1 [w/Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jimbo Mathus & friends!] BUY!
Grant-Lee Phillips - Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff BUY!
Throwing Muses - Sun Racket BUY!
Blitzen Trapper - Holy Smokes Future Jokes BUY!
Doves - The Universal Want BUY!
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters - Beyond the Blue Door BUY!
The Flaming Lips - American Head BUY!
Gasoline Lollipops - All the Misery Money Can Buy BUY!
Marilyn Manson - We Are Chaos BUY!
Mastodon - Medium Rarities BUY!
Johnny Thunders - Que Sera Sera: Resurrected [3-CD box set] BUY!
Ace of Cups - Sing Your Dream BUY!
Flyer Colors - Third Stage: Live In London [prog-rock supergroup w/Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy & Neal Morse] BUY!
Gazpacho - Fireworker BUY!
Little Richard - King of Rock and Roll BUY!
Little Richard - The Rill Thing BUY!
Napalm Death - Throes of Joy In the Jaws of Defeatism BUY!
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones w/Little Charlie - Too Far From the Bar BUY!
James Williamson & Deniz Tek - Two To One BUY!
Ayreon - Transitus BUY!
Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite - 100 Years of Blues BUY!
Bruce Cockburn - True North (A 50th Anniversary Box Set) [vinyl reissue] BUY!
Deftones - Ohms BUY!
Thurston Moore - By the Fire BUY!
Bob Mould - Blue Hearts BUY!
The Pretty Things - Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood BUY!
The Rolling Stones - Steels of Wheel Live [unreleased 1989 concert] BUY!
Surfer Blood - Carefree Theatre BUY!
Album of the Month: Man, there's a lot of great music to choose from this month but I'm going to have to go with the Pretty Things' Bare As Bone, Bright As Blood LP. The final recording by legendary PTs' frontman Phil May, this collection of acoustic performances is basically May and PTs' guitarist Dick Taylor, literally finished up days after Mays death in May 2020. This promises to be a fitting swansong to a great, unheralded band. Check out the latest issue of Ugly Things music zine for more info on May's enormous musical legacy.