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New Music: Stray Cats, Sting, NC 127, Mavis Staples and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019

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Checking out this week's new music releases...

Album of the Week: The Stray Cats are strutting again, revving up the rockabilly again on "40" (Surfdog), celebrating the trio's 40th anniversary with its first set of fresh recordings in 26 years.

Album Title of the Week: The Sweet Things, "In Borrowed Shoes, On Borrowed Time" (Spaghetty Town)

Did'ya Know: For "My Songs" (Cherrytree/Interscope) Sting has re-recorded a selection of Police and solo favorites, with some wildly fresh reimaginings on some of the tracks.

New & Noteworthy: Eric Church, "61 Days in Church Volume 5" (EMI Nashville/UMG); Billy Ray Cyrus, "The Snake Doctor Circus" (Broken Bow); Justin Townes Earle, "The Saint of Los Causes" (New West); Flying Lotus, "Flamagra" (Warp); Lizzo, "Cuz I Love You" (Nice Life/Atlantic); Morrissey, "California Sun" (Etienne/BMG); NCT 127, "We Are Superhuman" (SM Entertainment); Mavis Staples, "We Get By" (Anti-/Epitaph); Jr. Walker & the All Stars, "Walk in the Night: The Motown 70s Studio Albums" (Soul Music/Cherry Red); The Waterboys, "Where the Action Is" (Cooking Vinyl)

Also Out: The Aggrolites, "Reggae Now" (Pirates Press); Big Tide, "Sync or Swim" (A Turntable Friend); Black Oak Arkansas, "Underdog Heroes" (Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra); Albert Castiglia, "Masterpiece" (Gulf Coast); Cold Showers, "Motionless" (Dais); Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, "Bon Ton" (Louisiana Red Hot); Jesus Chrysler Superstar, "Lucifer" (Dr. Music); Kidz Bop Kids, "Kidz Bop World Tour" (Kidz Bop/Target); Cate Le Bon, "Reward" (Mexican Summer); Frankie Lee, "Stillwater" (River Valley Music); Lonesome River Band, "Outside Looking In" (Mountain Home Music/Crossroads); Steve Marino, "Fluff" (Darling); Mauskovic Dance Band, "The Mauskovic Dance Band" (Soundway); Chris Orrick, "Out to Sea" (Mello Music Group); Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, "Live at the Grey Eagle" (Organic); Roberta Rust, "Direct Contac" (Navona); Sebadoh, "Act Surprised" (Dangerbird); ShadowParty, "The Town Hall Sessions (Live at Festival No. 6" (Mute); SOTO, "Origami" (InsideOut0; TapWater, "Shoebox Photographs" (TapWater); Marlon Williams, "Live at Auckland Town Hall" (Dead Oceans); YG, "4 Real 4 Real (Hunnid/Def Jam); Jesse Colin Young, "Dreamers" (Kani Papila/BMG)

From The Vaults: America, "Classic Album Collection: The Capitol Years" (Capitol/UMe); Joan As Police Woman, "Joanthology" (Pias); Steve Miller Band, "Complete Albums Volume 2 (1977-2011)" (Capitol/UMe); Leo Moses, "How Much Longer Must I Wait? Singles & Rarities 1965-1972" (Future Days/Light in the Attic); Primal Scream, "Maximum Rock 'n' Roll: the Singles" (Sony UK); Toto, "All In" (Legacy);

Soundtracks: "Aladdin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (Walt Disney); "Rocketman (Music From the Motion Picture)" (Interscope)

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