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After the release of their acclaimed second studio album “Drunk Tank Pink“, Shame has announced “Drunk Tank Pink (Deluxe Edition)” out November 19th. The Deluxe Edition is a double LP of the band’s second studio record accompanied by early demos. Those residing in the UK/EU can pre-order the album now on crystal clear vinyl at the Secretly Store.

“Drunk Tank Pink” confirms Shame’s status as one of the most exciting bands at the forefront of British music.” – NME

There are moments on “Drunk Tank Pink” where you almost have to reach for the sleeve to check this is the same band who made 2018’s Songs Of Praise. Such is the jump Shame have made from the riotous post-punk of their debut to the sprawling adventurism and twitching anxieties laid out here. The South Londoner’s blood and guts spirit, that wink and grin of devious charm, is still present, it’s just that it’s grown into something bigger, something deeper, more ambitious and unflinchingly honest.

To understand this creative leap you need to first understand the journey shame undertook to get here. From their beginnings as wide-eyed teenagers taken under the decrepit wing of The Fat White Family to becoming the most celebrated new band in Britain and their subsequent crash back down to earth.

It’s no exaggeration to say the members of Shame have spent their entire adult life on the road. A wild-eyed tour of duty marked by glorious music and damaged psyches, when it eventually careered to a stop the band were parachuted back into home territory. Shell shocked, dislocated and grasping for some semblance of self.

Shame’s previous bases – the notorious den of iniquity that was The Queens Head pub, the musical petri dish of Brixton’s Windmill – were either gentrified into obsolescence or no longer viable as an HQ. Sometimes home just isn’t home anymore. Or at least it’s not the way you remember it.

To cope, guitarist Sean Coyle-Smith barricaded himself in his bedroom. Barely leaving the house and instead obsessively deconstructing his very approach to playing and making music, he picked apart the threads of the music he was devouring (Talking Heads, Nigerian High Life, the dry funk of ESG, Talk Talk…) and created work infused with panic and crackling intensity.

“For this album I was so bored of playing guitar,” he recalls, “the thought of even playing it was mind-numbing. So I started to write and experiment in all these alternative tunings and not write or play in a conventional ‘rock’ way.”

Frontman Charlie Steen, meanwhile, took a different tac and attempted to party his way out of psychosis. “When you’re exposed to all of that for the first time you think you’re fucking indestructible,” he notes. “After a few years you reach a point where you realise everyone need a bath and a good night’s sleep sometimes.”

An intense bout of waking fever-dreams convinced Steen that self medicating his demons wasn’t a very healthy plan of action and it was probably time to stop and take a look inward. Shame had always been about exposure – be that the rogues’ gallery of characters they drew inspiration from or the cornucopia of joy to be had from simply being in a band – this time, however, they were exposed to themselves.“You become very aware of yourself and when all of the music stops, you’re left with the silence,” reflects Steen. “And that silence is a lot of what this record is about.”

Pass along the plant-strewn corridor leading into Steen and Coyle-Smith’s shared living space in South East London and hidden away to your left is a dank, brown curtain. Pull it back and open the door… welcome to the womb.

More of a cupboard than a room (it used to house the washing machine until they lugged it outside and put a bed in) and painted floor to ceiling in the specific shade of pink used to calm down drunk tank inmates, the womb is where Steen cocooned himself away to reflect and write. Scraping and shaking lyrics out of himself that – through the prism of his own surrealistic dreams – addressed the psychological toll life in the band had taken on him. The disintegration of his relationship, the loss of a sense of self and the growing identity crisis both the band and an entire generation were feeling.

“The common theme when I was catching up with my mates was this identity crisis everyone was having,” reflects Steen. “No one knows what the fuck is going on.”

“It didn’t matter that we’d just come back off tour thinking, ‘How do we deal with reality?!?’” agrees Coyle-Smith. “I had mates that were working in a pub and they were also like, ‘How do I deal with reality?!?’ Everyone was going through it.”

The genius of Drunk Tank Pink is how these lyrical themes dovetail with the music. Opener “Alphabet” dissects the premise of performance over a siren call of nervous, jerking guitars, its chorus thrown out like a beer bottle across a mosh pit. “Nigel Hitter”, meanwhile, turns the mundanity of routine into something spectacular via a disjointed jigsaw of syncopated rhythms and broken wristed punk funk.

Bassist Josh Finerty had begun to record the band’s divergent ideas at home in South London which were then fleshed out in a writing trip in the Scottish highlands with electronic artist Makeness, before sessions in La Frette studios in France with Arctic Monkeys producer James Ford. The result is an enormous expansion of Shame’s sonic arsenal.

Songs spin off and lurch into unexpected directions throughout here, be it “March Day”’s escalating aural panic attack or the shapeshifting darkness of “Snow Day”. There’s a Berlin era Bowie beauty to the lovelorn “Human For A Minute” while closer “Station Wagon” weaves from a downbeat mooch into a souring, soul-lifting climax in which Steen elevates himself beyond the clouds and into the heavens. Or at least that’s what it sounds like.

“No that’s about Elton John,” laughs Steen. “I read somewhere about him being so cracked out that he told his PA to move a cloud that was blocking the sun. I just thought that was the greatest, Shakespearean expression of ego. Humour is a massive part of this band. We’re not some French existential act where everything is actually sad. There’s light in it as well.”

Shame, Drunk Tank Pink (Deluxe Edition) out November 19th via Dead Oceans

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A newly remastered deluxe edition of Lou Reed’s “New York” will include 26 previously unreleased recordings.  The 1989 album will be given its first remastering in a massive deluxe edition by Rhino Records, out September 25th.

Originally released in 1989, New York marked the 15th album of Reed’s solo career. Hailed by critics and fans alike, the LP would go down as one of the rocker’s strongest efforts, earning Reed his first Grammy nomination. Notable tracks from the LP include “Busload of Faith” and the modern rock chart-topper “Dirty Blvd.”

The new expanded reissue of New York will include a remastered version of the original album on CD and vinyl, along with 26 previously unreleased studio and live recordings culled from Reed’s archives. These include demo versions and alternate mixes of many of New York’s songs. Bonus material includes live renditions of the Velvet Underground classic “Sweet Jane” and “Walk on the Wild Side,” Reed’s hit single from 1972’s Transformer. The first CD makes up the remastered album, the second CD consists of live versions and the final disc contains unreleased early versions of the album’s tracks.

A concert film, The New York Album, will also be included in the set. The recording, which captures Reed performing the entire LP live in Montreal at the Theatre St. Denis, was previously released in 1990 on VHS and laserdisc. The long out-of-print video makes its DVD debut here; it’s also being made available on streaming services.

A hardcover book accompanies the New York: Deluxe Edition set. It features new liner notes written by David Fricke, along with essays from archivist Don Fleming. Reed’s widow, Laurie Anderson, and recently deceased music producer Hal Willner also contributed to the book’s publication.

The New York: Deluxe Edition comes out September. 25th. It’s available for pre-order now.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 18TH: American musician Lou Reed performs live on stage at Carré in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 18th June 1989. (photo by Frans Schellekens/Redferns)

Heartbreaker - Deluxe Box Edition (4LP+DVD) (Vinyl LP)

A track listing and release date for the deluxe reissue of Heartbreaker have finally started showing up online. Last April, Pax-Am released a 7″ single featuring an alternate take of “Come Pick Me Up” backed with an early version of “Don’t Fail Me Now” called “When the Rope Gets Tight”. The single was meant to be a precursor for this deluxe version that was slated to come out late last year. It never came out and I was a little worried, but not anymore. This appears to be more than worth the wait!. I saw Ethan Johns possibily nearly a year and half ago and he said they were working on a deluxe version.

Ryan Adams’ Debut Album ‘Heartbreaker’ Special 180gm 4LP/1DVD Deluxe Edition Box Set featuring the original album remastered, demos & unreleased outtakes plus a live DVD of unseen footage

As of right now there are 2 different sets available: a 4 LP/DVD package and a 2 CD package, but other options may also be available.  the release date is slated for April 1st while the international release date is towards the middle of April.

Below is the track listing

Disc 1 – The Original Album

Disc 2 – The Remastered Version of the Album

Disc 3 – Outtakes from the Heartbreaker Sessions:
1. Hairdresser on Fire # (assuming this is a Morrissey cover)
2. To Be Young #
3. Petal in a Rainstorm #
4. War Horse #
5. Oh My Sweet Carolina #
6. Come Pick Me Up (Version from the 2015 Single)
7. Punk Jam #
8. When the Rope Gets Tight #
9. When the Rope Gets Tight (Version from the 2015 Single)
10. Goodbye Honey (Previously released – I’m assuming this is the same version on the 2002 Bloodshot Records compilation: Makin’ Singles and Drinkin’ Doubles)
11. In My Time of Need (Previously released – I’m assuming this is the version from The Rookie soundtrack in 2002)
# – unreleased

Disc 4 – Demos and Outtakes
1. Bartering Lines (demo)
2. Come Pick Me Up (demo)
3. To Be the One (demo)
4. Don’t Ask for the Water (demo)
5. In My Time of Need (demo)
6. Goodbye Honey (demo)
7. Petal in a Rainstorm (demo)
8. War Horse (demo)
9. Locked Away (unreleased outtake from the sessions)

DVD – Live from the Mercury Lounge, New York 10/20/00
1. Oh My Sweet Carolina
2. Gimme Sunshine
3. To Be Young
4. Amy
5. Call Me on Your Way Back Home
6. Just Like a Whore
7. Wonderwall
8. Damn Sam
9, Sweet Lil’ Gal
10, Come Pick Me Up
11. My Winding Wheel

Heartbreaker Deluxe Reissue Vinyl Boxset - Ryan Adams Store