This month's most anticipated records . . . plus the fortieth anniversary of a thrilling Michael Jackson album, all available at your New Orleans record store.
The weather may be cooling down a bit in New Orleans, but the music scene keeps heating up.
Music plays a huge role in the city hailed for bringing jazz to the world. New Orleans listeners are tuned into all genres of musical expression, whether a new release from Lecrae and Drake or a spooky classic like the legendary Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller." Here is some of the new music available at your go-to New Orleans record store.
Celebrating the Fortieth Anniversary of "Thriller"
Jackson's sixth studio album was released on November 20, 1982. He had wanted to create an album in which "every song was a killer." He succeeded.
The title track, also called "Thriller," has been a staple of Halloween playlists since its debut, and the image of Jackson in zombie makeup still haunts fans around the world.
According to Nelson George, a Jackson biographer and the director of a forthcoming documentary on the making of "Thriller," the album redefined Jackson, "taking him from teen star to adult superstar, who composed memorable songs, sang beautifully and reached the highest level of on-stage performance. The album, and the short films they inspired, created a new template for marrying music and image."
Join us in celebrating the king of pop's best-selling album -- and, indeed, one of the top two best-selling albums of all time -- by popping into The Mushroom and checking out our selection of Jackson music, posters, and T-shirts.
Lecrae, "Church Clothes 4"
Release Date: November 4, 2022
As Lecrae once said, "It has begun."
Lecrae's "Church Clothes 4" -- per RGM, "nothing like your actual church clothes . . . grungy, explosive, exciting, and very fun to listen to" -- is the fourth and last installment of his mixtape series "Church Clothes." The record comes six years after "Church Clothes 3," giving listeners the closure we've been hoping for.
"I'm a child of hip-hop," Lecrae says. "I grew up with rap music, and God transitioned and transformed me when I became a believer! After that, people felt I didn't belong in hip-hop anymore. The 'Church Clothes' mixtape series helped them understand there's a place for artists like me."
The airy "Spread the Opps," the kickoff track released as a single in August, became an instant hit with over two million streams on Spotify alone.
Lucrae came out of retirement to give us "Restoration" and now the entire "Church Clothes" series. Who knows what he will do next.
Drake and 21 Savage, "Her Loss"
Release Date: November 4
Six years after their first collaboration, 21 Savage and Drake are at it again.
In "Her Loss," Drake takes the lead as 21 Savage plays a supporting role. Dubbed a "frisky experiment" by the New York Times, "Her Loss" is full of surprises, including a special appearance by Travis Scott.
The release date was also a surprise, having been deferred a week after the record producer contracted COVID-19 as the album was being mixed and mastered. It ended up debuting on the same day as "Church Clothes 4."
Lil Yachty discovered the photo used as the quirky cover art of "Her Loss." It shows Qui Yasuka, aka Suki Baby, on a purple background.
These new releases are just a taste. Mushroom New Orleans is your one-stop shop for all things music-related in the Big Easy, so drop by soon to check out our entire selection of recent releases and all-time classics. Don’t forget: We also buy and trade new and used records!