Music Shopping List | Foo Fighters Bring ‘Concrete and Gold’
Foo Fighters (‘Concrete and Gold’) leads the charge of new album releases arriving the third Friday in September (September 15).
Ah, it’s the third Friday in September 2017. We all know what Friday means? New music release day! After a busy second Friday (September 8), the third Friday is a bit tamer. It’s top heavy, thanks to new albums from Foo Fighters (Concrete and Gold) and
Gucci Mane (Mr. Davis). By far, the new Foo Fighters album is the one to beat, but Gucci Mane remains prolific.
Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters return with Concrete and Gold, the band’s first album in three years (Sonic Highways, 2014). Concrete and Gold is a lengthier effort than Sonic Highways, comprised of 11 tracks. Singles “Run,” “The Sky is a Neighborhood,” and “The Line” arrived in advance of Concrete and Gold.
The ever-prolific Gucci Mane returns with yet another album. Following a busy 2016 (three notable projects in Everybody Looking, Woptober, and The Return of East Atlanta Santa), as well as a 2017 mixtape (Droptopwop) Gucci Mane returns with Mr. Davis. Comprised of 17 tracks, singles “I Get the Bag” (featuring Migos), “Tone it Down” (featuring Chris Brown), and “Make Love” arrived in advance of the album.
After releasing Future Friends Part One earlier in 2017, Superfruit (Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying) return with Future Friends Part Two / the complete version of Future Friends. All told, Future Friends is comprised of 16 tracks. In addition to the seven tracks that appeared Future Friends Part One, single “Hurry Up!” was released in advance of the complete version of the album.
Didn’t you hear? Prophets of Rage want to “Unfuck the World” on the debut single from their self-titled debut album. Who are Prophets of Rage? The rap-rock band features members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill. As aforementioned, explicit promo single “Unfuck the World” arrived months in advance of the 12-track effort. Additionally, three other singles arrived in advance of the album: “Radical Eyes,” “Living on the 110,” and “Strength in Numbers.”
Former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij drops his debut album, Half-Light. Featured guests on the project are Kelly Zutrau and Angel Deradoorian. Comprised of 15 tracks, singles “Bike Dream,” “Wood,” “Don’t Let It Get to You,” “EOS,” and “Gwan” were issued far in advance of the album’s September release.
Michael McDonald returns after a nine-year hiatus between projects. The last we heard from McDonald, he was covering Motown classics (Soul Speak, 2008). The blue-eyed soul/rock singer/songwriter returns an album of originals with Wide Open. Comprised of 12 songs, four singles were issued in advance of Wide Open: “Hail Mary,” “Find it in Your Heart,” “Half Truth,” and “If You Wanted to Hurt Me.”
Sammie returns with his third studio album, Coming of Age. Coming of Age arrives after a 11-year hiatus (Sammie, 2006). Comprised of 13 tracks, four singles arrived in advance of the album: “Coa,” “Good Life” (featuring Rick Ross), “Shoes,” and “Too Long.” Besides an appearance by Rick Ross, Eric Bellinger guests.
Other New Releases:
Ringo Starr, Give More Love; Ricky Dillard & New G, 10 (Live); The Cool Kids, Special Edition Grandmaster; Marc Broussard, Easy to Love; Angus & Julia Stone, Snow; Deer Tick, Deer Tick, Vol. 2; Lizz Wright, Grace; J Blaze, Preseason; Ariel Pink, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson