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New Music: Hootie & the Blowfish, Miley Cyrus, Thomas Rhett, Patti Smith and more...

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

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019

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Checking out this week's new releases...

Album of the Week: Remember Hootie & the Blowfish's "Cracked Rear View?" A quarter century ago you couldn't escape it, and now, in front of the reunited group's summer tour, it's back in a 25th Anniversary Edition (Atlantic/Rhino) featuring the original album a 1995 live recording, the 1992 "Kootchypop" EP and other unreleased rarities. It's something to hold in YOUR hand...(see what we did there?).

Album Title of the Week: Bracket, "Too Old to Die Young" (Fat Wreck Chords")

Did'ya Know?: The documentary "Everybody Stares: The Police Inside Out" (Eagle Rock), put together by drummer Stewart Copeland, was originally released during 2006 and screened at that year's Sundance Film Festival.

New & Noteworthy: Miley Cyrus, "She Is Coming" (RCA); Kirk Franklin, "Long Live Love" (Fo Yo Soul/RCA); Frankie Iero and the Future Violents, "Barriers" (UNFD); L7, "Scatter the Rats" (Blackheart); Duff McKagan, "Tenderness" (UMe); Thomas Rhett, "Center Point Road" (Valory Music Co./Big Machine); Kenny Wayne Shepherd, "The Traveler" (Concord); Skepta, "Ignorance Is Bliss" (Boy Better Know); Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith, "The Peyote Dance" (Bella Union)

Also Out: Casey Abrams, "Jazz" (Chesky); The Afters, "Fear No More" (Fair Trade Services/Columbia); Jimmy Barnes, "My Criminal Records" (Bloodlines); Kishi Bashi, "Omoiyari" (Joyful Noise); Kevin Breit, "Stella Bella Strada" (Stony Plain); Cellista, "Transfigurations" (self-released; Charlie Collins, "Snowoine" (Mirror); Denzel Curry, "ZUU" (Loma Vista); Darkthrone, "Old Star" (Peaceville); Electric Hydra, "The Last of Us" (Moondawn); Existence, "From Carbon" (self-released); Flor de Toloache, "Indestructible" (self-released); Fujiya & Miyagi, "Flashback" (Impossible Objects of Desire); Gloryhammer, "Legends From Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex" (Napalm); Lisa Hannigan and star gaze, "Live in Dublin" (Hoop/PIAS America); Arthur King, "Wauters Farm" (Dangerbird); Left Lane Cruiser, "Shake and Bake" (Alive Naturalsound); Ian Noe, "Between the Country" (National Treasury/Thirty Tigers); Ellis Paul, "The Storyteller's Suitcase" (Rosella); Lee "Scratch" Perry, "Rainford" (On-U Sound); Pretty Wild, "Interstate 13" (Black Lodge); Raveena, "Lucid" (Moonstone/Empire); Robots of Rebellion, "Shapes of a Soul" (self-released); Justin Rutledge, "Passages" (Outside Music); Sacred Paws, "Run Around the Sun" (Merge); Doug Seegers, "A Story I Got To Tell" (BMG); Sound Company, "Sound Company" (Core Sample); Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith, "The Peyote Dance" (Bella Union); Texas Hippie Coalition, "High in the Saddle" (eOne); Unknown Nobodies, "The Perplexed Sun" (self-released); Don Vail, "Stand of Tide" (self-released); Juan Wauters, "Introducing Juan Pablo" (Captured Tracks); Keller Williams, "Add" (Freeky Disc)

From The Vaults: Atlanta Rhythm Section, "The Polydor Years" (Polydor/UMe); Susan Boyle, "Ten" (Syco/Columbia); Bread, "Baby I'm a-Want You" (Mobile Fidelity); Phil Collins, "Other Sides" (Rhino); Moprcheeba, "Blaze Away (Deluxe Edition)" (Fly Agaric); Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, "The Complete Capitol Singles: 1971-1975" (Omnivore); Various Artists, "Soul Explosion" (Craft Recordings/Concord)

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