Today’s New Albums: The Mother Hips, The Sweet Lillies & The Doors

Each week Release Day Picks profiles new LPs and EPs Team JamBase will be checking out on release day Friday. This week we highlight new albums by The Mother Hips, The Sweet Lillies and The Doors. Read on for more insight into the records we have all queued up to spin.

The Mother Hips – Glowing Lantern

The Scoop: Beloved North California-based band The Mother Hips are back with their 11th studio album, Glowing Lantern, out today via Blue Rose Music. Co-founding members Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono served as co-producers for the 11-track follow-up to 2018’s Chorus. Bluhm, Loiacono, drummer John Hofer and bassist Brian Rashap recorded Glowing Lantern “live” at 25th Street Recording in Oakland with overdubs added at Forrest Power in Fairfax, California.

“The glowing lantern is a universal symbol for sanctuary,” said Bluhm of an LP created during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That’s what we wanted this album to be: a warm safe place to get in out of the dark cold night.”

Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono collaborated to write much of the material featured on Glowing Lantern. “In some ways, making this record brought us right back to the early days when Tim and I used to live together,” explained Loiacono. “It brought us back to the roots of what this band was all about.” Guests include keyboardist Adam MacDougall (Circles Around The Sun, Chris Robinson Brotherhood).

The Sweet Lillies – Sweet Holiday Sessions

The Scoop: Boulder, Colorado-based Americana trio The Sweet Lillies released their Sweet Holiday Sessions album today via Americana Vibes. Lillies bassist Julie Gussaroff produced the new LP, which is the band’s second of 2021 following their Americana Vibes debut Common Ground. The Sweet Lillies’ Americana Vibes label mate Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters adds banjo on Sweet Holiday Sessions along with additional guest spots from dobro player Sally Van Meter and vocalist Amethyst Starr.

“We love the holiday season and cherish the time with family and friends,” Gussaroff said in a press release. “The compilation of songs on this album are near and dear to all of our hearts. They represent special experiences for all of us from our earliest memories and we wanted to do traditional songs with the Sweet Lillies’ feel.”

Those songs include singles “Silent Night” and “Winter Wonderland” along with additional holiday classics like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Auld Lang Syne” and more.

The Doors – L.A. Woman: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

The Scoop: 50 years after its release, The Doors’ album, L.A. Women, expands with today’s anniversary deluxe reissue. L.A. Woman was the 1960s rock band’s sixth album and final LP recorded by the original lineup of frontman Jim Morrison, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek. The album that was co-produced by the band and Bruce Botnick was recorded over the course of six days in November 1970 at the band’s rehearsal space the Workshop, which was located on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Guitarist Marc Benno (Leon Russell) and bassist Jerry Scheff (Elvis Presley) also contributed to the sessions. Remasted by Botnick, L.A. Woman: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition presents two bonus discs of unreleased studio outtakes. Among the previously unheard tracks include covers of Big Joe Williams’ “Baby Please Don’t Go,” John Lee Hooker’s “Crawling King Snake,” the Allen Toussaint-penned “Get Out Of My Life Woman” and Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train.”

“The previously unreleased reels here – serial takes of ‘The Changeling,’ ‘Love Her Madly,’ ‘Riders On The Storm,’ and ‘L.A. Woman’ – depict a band obsessed with groove while executing turns and flourishes with the precision of a well-drilled soul combo,” Botnick stated. “The idea was to go from song to song, to let it flow.”

Compiled by Scott Bernstein, Nate Todd and Andy Kahn.