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New Music: Paul McCartney, Eminem, Hayley Williams, Drive-By Truckers and more...

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

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2020

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Checking out this week's new music releases:

Album of the Week: It's been 40 years, but Paul McCartney follows 1970's "McCartney" and 1980's "McCartney II" with "McCartney III" (Capitol), another entirely solo effort recorded in quarantine at his studio in Sussex, England, using gear that dates back as far as 1971. One track, "When Winter Comes," hails from the early 90s and was co-produced by the late George Martin.

Album Title of the Week: Meg Myers, "Thank U 4 Taking Me 2 the Disco. I'd Like to Go Home Now" (Sumerian)

Did Ya Know: The self-released "Muscle Memory" (State 51) is the first solo album ever by 10cc co-founder and Godley & Creme's Kevin Godley, also known for his music video directing. The crowd-funded set was built from ideas contributed via an online solicitation.

Also Out:

American Dream Machine, "Deadhearts" (self-released);

Contradash, "All-Star" (Interscope);

Drive-By Truckers, "The New OK" (ATO);

Eminem, "Music to Be Murdered By -- Side B (Deluxe Edition)" (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope);

Danny Goo, "Feel For You" (Atoned Music);

Glass Hammer, "A Matter of Time" (self-released);

J.I The Prince, “Hood Life Krisis Vol. 3 EP” (G*STARR ENT/Geffen/Interscope);

Lianne La Havas, "Live at the Roundhouse" (Nonesuch);

George Lynch and Jeff Pilson, "Heavy Hitters" (Cleopatra);

of1000faces, "The Infinity Line" (self-released);

Jeff Symonds, "riverrun" (Huddled Masses);

Too $hort, "Ain't Gone Do It"/E-40, "Terms and Conditions" (Empire);

Hayley Williams, "Petals For Amor: Self-Serenades" (Atlantic);

Maury Yeston, "Maury Sings Yeston: The Demos" (PS Classics);

From The Vaults:

Buju Banton, "Til Shiloh: 25th Anniversary Edition" (Island/UMe);

Cecillia Bartoli, "Queen of the Baroque" (Decca);

Black Keys, "Brothers: 10th Anniversary Edition" (Nonesuch);

Buju Banton, "Til Shiloh: 25th Anniversary Edition" (Island/UMe);

Christopher Cross, "Christopher Cross: The Complete Works" (Christopher Cross Records);

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Welcome to the Pleasuredome," "Liverpool," "Bang!...The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood" (Republic/Ume);

The Kinks, "Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One"

Iggy Pop and the Stooges, "From KO to Chaos: The Complete Skydog Iggy Pop & the Stooges Collection" (Jungle);

Mansun, "Closed for Business: Ultimate Mansun Collection" (Kscope);

Maggie Rogers, "Notes From the Archives: Recordings 2011-2016" (Debay Sound);

George Thorogood & the Destroyers, "Live in Boston 1982: The Complete Concert" (Craft/Concord)

Various Artists: Down Home Blues: Miami, Atlanta and the South Eastern States -- Blues in the Alley" (Wienerworld)


"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Music From the Netflix Film)" (Black Bottom); "The Prom (Music From the Netflix Film" (Sony Masterworks); "Soul" and "Music From and Inspired by Soul" (Walt Disney Records)

New Holiday Album:

Hawkestrel, "SpaceXmas" (Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra)

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