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CD Reviews:
New Music: Run the Jewels, G-Eazy, Dion, America and more...

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

Posted: Friday, June 5, 2020

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

Album of the Week: El-P and Killer Mike are back on the case with "Run the Jewels 4" (Jewel Runners/BMG), recorded in Los Angeles and New York with a guest lineup that includes Mavis Staples, Pharrell Williams, 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, Josh Homme, Gang Starr's DJ Premier and others.

Album Title of the Week: Ambrose Akinmusire, "on the tender spot of every calloused moment" (Blue Note)

Did Ya Know?: America's "Half Century" (America Archives) box set features seven CDs and a DVD, including some of the group's earliest studio sessions in England.

New & Noteworthy: Dion, "Blues With Friends" (Keeping the Blues Alive); G-Eazy, "Everything's Strange Here" (RCA); Hinds, "The Prettiest Curse" (Mom + Pop Music); Sarah Jarosz, "World on the Ground" (Rounder); Nick Lowe, "Lay It On Me" (Yep Roc); Trixie Mattel, "Barbara" (PEG/ADA); Michael McDermott, "What in the World" (Pauper Sky); Mt. Joy, "Rearrange Us" (Dualtone); Various Artists, "Talk-Action=Zero: A Compilation Benefiting Black Lives Matter" (Bandcamp); Joe Louis Walker, "Blues Comin' On" (Cleopatra Blues)

Also Out: Courtney Marie Andrews, "Old Flowers" (Fat Possum); John Baumann, "Country Shade" (self-released); Buzz Cason, "Buzz and Sons" (Arena); Four Tet, "Sixteen Oceans" (Temporary Residence); Liz Graham, "Brave Like an Arrow" (self-released); GoGo Penguin, "GoGo Penguin" (Blue Note); Sondre Lerche, "Patience" (PLZ); Lizzy Long, "Dreaming Again" (Vine); Matt Lovell, "Nobody Cries Today" (self-released); Bruno Major, "To Let a Good Thing Die" (AWAL); Mommo, "Two of Me" (Danger Collective); No Age, "Goons Be Gone" (Drag City); Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold, "Magdalen Accepts the Invitation" (Fiesta Red); Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, "Sideways to New Italy" (Sub Pop); Peter Schilling, "Vis Visa" (Peer Southern Productions/MajorTon Entertainment); Soft Plastics, "5 Dreams" (Paper Bag); Westerman, "Your Hero Is Not Dead" (Partisan); Blanco White, "On the Other Side" (Yucatan); Wray, "Stream of Youth/Blank World" (Earth Libraries)

From The Vaults: T. Graham Brown, "From a Stronger Place," "Forever Changed," "The Next Right Thing," "Christmas with T. Graham Brown" (Time Life); Dr. John, "Ske-Dat-De-Dat The Spirit of Satch" (Concord); Phil Seymour, "Archive Series Vol. 6: If You Don't Want My Love" (Sunset Blvd.); Frank Sinatra, "Nice n Easy (2020 Mix)" (Capitol/UMe); The Staple Singers, "Let's Do It Again: Original Soundtrack" (Omnivore); Various Artists, "NOW Country Classics 90s" (NOW Music)

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