Tuesday, May 24, 2011

______________________New 5.24.2011

Against Me! _ Total Clarity (5.23)

Raspy punk rockers stick with what works for them; fast-paced politically charged punk. See “Exhaustion & Disgust,” “How Low,” “ Holy Sh*t!”

Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells _ Everything’s Getting Older [CD]

Scottish vocalist and instrumentalist play interesting pop aided by adventurous production.

Art Brut _ Brilliant! Tragic!

UK/German quintet’s fast paced post-punk doesn’t seem to live up to the hype, but has it’s moments. See “Lost Weekend,” “ Bad Comedian,” “Sealand.”

Black Tusk _ Passing Through Purgatory

American heavy metal trio via Savannah, GA play brutal, complex metalcore.

Boris _ Attention Please

Wild, genre-bending experimental rock act via Japan release two records on the same day.

Boris _ Heavy Rocks

Wild, genre-bending experimental rock act via Japan release two records on the same day.

Brad Paisley _ This Is Country Music

Well-played/written, but cheesy country from one of the genre’s biggest names. See “Old Alabama,” “Remind Me,” “One of Those Lives.”

Brendan Perry _ Ark

Unique electro-tinged concept record from the male half of Dead Can Dance.

Cave In _ White Silence

Methuen, MA indie/metal heroes return from hiatus and rock as hard as ever. See “Summit Fever.”

**Darwin Deez _ Darwin Deez

NYC indie act brings an interesting approach to a crowded genre. See “Bed Space,” “Up In The Clouds,” “Radar Detector,” “Bad Day.”

**David Bazan _ Strange Negotiations

Legendary Pedro The Lion leader shows off what years of writing songs can do for you. See “Wolves At The Door,” “Eating Paper,” “Don’t Change.”


London rapper’s creative flow and otherworldly beats will definitely be too much for many delicate American ears. See “Trumpalump,” “Shapeshift.”

Destroyer 666 _ To The Devil His Due

Satanic speed metal.

DJ Paul Nice _ Shaolin Buddha Beat Mix

CD only, you'll have to check it out for yourself.

Dot Dot Curve _ I’m Still Here

Abrasive, raunchy, hardcore synth-rap.

Duff McKagan’s Loaded _ Sick

G’n’R bassist takes the lead, makes an album full of straightforward guitar based alt-rock.

Efrim Manuel Menuck _ plays “High Gospel”

Spacey, ambient pop from Montreal noise-rock legend. See “august four, year-of-our-lord blues,” “chickadees’ roar pt. 2.”

Face Candy _ Waste Age Teenland (5.23)Improvisational Jazz-rap act from MN continues despite the death of founding member Eyedea.

Fireworks _ Gospel

MI pop/punkers are pleasant but derivative on their fifth studio effort. See “Life Is Killing Me,”

For the Fallen Dreams _ Back Burner

Metalcore/screamo via Lansing, MI in the vein of Underoath, Atreyu. See “Deep Down Inside,” “Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In.”

Foster The People _ Torches (5.23)

Blog/NPR sweethearts from LA play hooky indie rock that lives up to the hype. See “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Waste,” “I Would Do Anything For You,” “Warrant.”

Friendly Fires _ Pala

UK dance/rockers play dramatic music that blends elements of techno with indie rock. See “Pull Me Back To Earth,” “Blue Cassette,” “Hawaiian Air,” “Pala.”

Jadakiss _ I Love You: The Mixtape (A Dedication to My Fans) (5.23)

Too many love songs find Jada sounding old. See “Lay Em Down,” “Toast To That,” “Inkredible Remix.”

Jessica 6 _ See The Light (5.23)

Eccentric dance record full with catchy, club-ready tunes. RIYL Robyn. See “Prisoner Of Love,” “See The Light,” “Good To Go.”

**Johanna & The Dusty Floor _ Northern Lights

Gorgeous, stylish, lush pop rock. See “Forest Of Sorrows,” “To Come To You,” “Cloudbusting,” “Gone and Dusted Away.”

**Joseph Arthur _ The Graduation Ceremony

Artful American folk from this underrated, multitalented Akron, OH native. See “Horses,” “Almost Blue,” “Midwest

Lady Gaga _ Born This Way (5.23)

Gaga’s latest pales in comparison to The Fame.

Mac Dre _ Dre Mix

Yet another posthumous release from this beloved Bay-Area rapper.

Maybach Music Group Presents: Self Made, Vol. 1 (5.23)

Rick Ross and Wale carry this collection of dark, predictable but solid mainstream rap tunes.

Motopony _ Motopony (5.23)

Stylish alt/rock. See “King of Diamonds,” “I Am My Body,” “Euphoria.”

New Kids On The Block & Backstreet Boys _ NKOTBSB (5.23)

Thankfully this is a compilation of greatest hits from both bands, not a collaboration.

Planningtorock _ W

Janine Rostron’s experimental electro rock brings in elements of jazz and freak-folk for a difficult but rewarding listen. See “Doorway,” “The Breaks,” “Black Thunder.”

She Wants Revenge _ Valleyheart (5.23)

Cali rockers play their signature brand of dark, dreary electro rock. See “Kiss Me,” “Holiday Song.”

Stephen Marley _ Revelation Part 1: The Root Of Life (5.23)

Note-perfect reggae, as expected. See “False Friends,” “No Cigarette Smoking,” “Old Slaves.”

Thizz Nation _ DJ Fresh & The Whole Shabang

West Coast DJ Khaled mixes high quality production with a slew of Cali rappers.

Thurston Moore _ Demolished Thoughts

Acoustic based folk/pop from the revered Sonic Youth leader. See “Illuminine, “ Space.”

Young Dirty Bastard _ Food Stamp Celebrity

The oldest son of Wu-Tang's wildest tries to prove he's not just imitating his pops - the great ODB.

White Denim _ D

Psychedelic, punk-influenced blues rock via Austin. See “Drug.”


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

__________________New 5.17.2011

Arsonists Get All The Girls _ Motherland

Deathcore via Sant Cruz, CA.

**Austra _ Feel It Break

Canadian Katie Stelmanis makes stylish, shimmering pop. See “Lose It,” “The Future,” “Hate Crime,” “Shoot The Water,” “The Noise.”

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

The latest from the godfather of American banjo.

Ben Harper _ Give Till It’s Gone

Ben Harper takes a more straightforward approach then his previous records, and the simplicity works. See "Don't Give Up On Me Now," "Clearly Severely."

Company of Thieves _ Running From A Gamble

Chicago's finest female-fronted act play complex indie-rock. See "Modern Waste," "Nothing's In The Flowers," "Death of Communication."

Damon & Naomi _ False Beats And True Hearts

Dream-pop duo play arching folk tunes, recorded in Cambridge MA and released on their own label.

**Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi _ Rome

Awesome set recorded in Italy staring Jack White and Norah Jones.

Demonaz _ March Of The Norse

Norweigen black metal.

Edo G _ A Face In The Crowd

Underground Boston MC returns with a follow up to 2009's Arts & Entertainment (with Masta Ace). Good stuff, esp if you're from the Northeast. See "I Wish I Was There," "Stop It."

Egypt Central _ White Rabbit

Post-grunge/mod-rock act from Memphis, TN make record full of tracks that would be right at home on rock radio.

The Elected _ Bury Me In My Rings

Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennett and his earnest vocals take center stage on The Elected's biggest disc yet. See "Look At Me Now," "Go For The Throat," "When I'm Gone."

Elvin Bishop _ Raisin' Hell Revue

Entertaining live performance from an American blues veteran.

Face To Face _ Laugh Now, Laugh Later

Cali punk rockers have seen total line-up overhauls but their 20+ years of solid punk are impressive nonetheless. See “Blood In The Water,” “It’s Not All About You.”

Gold-Bears _ Are You Falling In Love?

Lo-fi 90's influenced guitar-indie has high points but could be too much for many to handle.

Hank Williams III _ HillBilly Joker

Abrasive, hard rocking country/metal from a legend in his own right. Only $3.99 @amazon.

**Living With Lions _ Holy Shit

Fast-paced, hard-rocking pop-punk act via Vancouver impress on their first disc featuring vocals from Lowtalker’s Stuart Ross. See “Regret Song,” “Honesty, Honestly,” “Maple Drive Is Still Alive.” Highly recommended if you ever enjoyed pop punk.

**Mia Doi Todd _ Cosmic Ocean Ship

LA indie-folk songstress continues to add instrumentation to her gorgeous, stripped-down indie-folk. See “My Baby Lives In Paris,” “Under the Sun,” “Summer Lover,” “The Rising Tide.”

Moby _ Destroyed

Self-described as “broken down electronic music for empty cities at 2am,” this concept had potential, but the final product seems disjointed and dreary.

New Boyz _ Too Cool To Care

Next gen LA rappers mix some of Wayne's weird with the Neptune's future sounds on their follow up to 2009's Skinny Jeanz and a Mic.

Parachute _ The Way It Was

Christian worship via New Zealand.

Ruth Gerson _ Deceived

American singer/songwriter accents her acoustic folk with elements of Southwestern Americana. See “Ode to Billy Joe,” “Little Sadie.”

Sarah Jarosz _ Follow Me Down

Extremely young and talented multi-instrumentalist plays pretty bluegrass. Artist to watch in the future.

Scar Symmetry _ Unseen Empire

Swedish melodic death metal.

Seether _ Holding Onto Strings

Widely popular, cringe-inducing dramatic mod-rock.

Sick Puppies _ Tri-polar

More of the same straightforward mod rock.

Tinie Tempah _ Disc-Overy

This London MC’s debut is already a hit across the pond, and the large flashy production may be enough to score a hit here too.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

__________________New Releases 05.10.2011

Africa Hitech _ 93 Million Miles

UK producers blend elements of electro with dancehall and complex rhythms on this bass-centered party record. See "Do U Wanna Fight," "Spirit," "Out In The Streets."

Anvil _ Juggernaut Of Justice

Canadian metal act in the vein of Anthrax and Megadeth, see some much deserved recognition.

Black Label Society _ The Song Remains Not The Same

Zakk Wylde and Co show a softer side.

Booker T Jones_ The Road From Memphis

Legendary multi-instrumentalist continues what he started with 2009’s Potato Hole. The 25 song deluxe version features Yim Yames, Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, Biz Markie, and others. See “Just A Friend,” “The Vamp.”

Chris Thile & Michael Daves _ Sleep With One Eye Open

Solid bluegrass from the Nickel Creek mandolinist.

Christopher Cross _ Doctor Faith

Grammy award winning composer of Arthur's Theme (yes the cartoon) plays strange adult-pop.

Cirkus _ Medicine

London trip-hop group makes synth heavy, full-band electrorap. See “Bells,” “Grid Lock.”

Clutch _ Blast Tyrant [2CD Deluxe]

Re-release of the Maryland rocker's 2004 breakout album.

Gang Gang Dance _ Eye Contact

Brooklyn synthers play sparse, wild electro on their 4AD debut. See “Adult Goth,” “Chinese High.”

Gates of Slumber _ Wretch

Doom metal via Indiana.

Hate Eternal _ Pheonix Amongst The Ashes

Brutal death metal via St Petersburg, FL.

Jesu _ Ascension

Noisy, post-metal UK act combine elements of shoegaze, metal, and industrial with interesting results. See "Small Wonder," "Birth Day."

Jimmie Dale Gilmore _ Heirloom Music

Longtime TX singer/songwriter sticks preserves a style of country soaked in authenticity. RIYL Hank Williams.

Le Butcherettes _ Sin Sin Sin

Female fronted Mexican garage-punk produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. See “The Leibniz Language,” “All You See In Me Is Death,” “The Actress That Ate Rousseau.”

Lee "Scratch" Perry _ Rise Again

Prolific, influential reggae/dub-step singer is authentic as ever on his latest studio album.

Lonely Island _ Turtleneck & Chain

The surprising thing about Samberg and Co's latest is not that it's moderately funny, but how much it rocks. See "I Just Had Sex," "Motherlover."

Man Man _ Life Fantastic

Philly hipsters build inventive, catchy songs around the simple songs of Ryan Kattner on this Mark Mogis produced disc. See “Knuckle Down,” “Steak Knives,” “Life Fantastic.”

Man Overboard _ The Human Highlight Reel

NJ pop-punk act follow up their critically acclaimed debut with another album for the pop-punk faithful. See “Melanie, Video Games, and a Slight Fear of Flying,” “I Ate My Gluestick.”

**Manchester Orchestra _ Simple Math

Atlanta group make slick indie with a hard rock edge. See “Mighty,” “Pensacola,” “Pale Black Eye.”

Matthew Morrison _ Matthew Morrison

Extremely straightforward pop from the Glee actor.

Novembers Doom _ Aphotic

Chicago IL death/metal.

ohGr _ undeveloped

LA act plays dark, brooding electro/industrial.

Okkervil River _ I Am Very Far

Will Sheff and Co try valiantly but may not be able to match the clarity and sincerity of their earlier works (Black Sheep Boy). See “Wake and Be Fine.”

SKOLD _ Anomie

Swedish multi-instrumentalist and KMFDM member makes fast-paced, dark industrial electro.

Sloan _ The Double Cross

Straightforward pop rock from longtime Canadian band.

**Sleepy Vikings _ They Will Find You Here

Well written female-fronted lo-fi indie rock makes up with charm what they lack in recording budget. See “Calm,” “A Backyard Funeral,” “Twin Peaks.”

Sparks & The Rescue _ The Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With

Nasal, melodic pop/punk/rock act from Fearless does little to advance their genre.

The Antlers _ Burst Apart

Brooklyn wunderkind Peter Silberman and co follow up 2009’s critically acclaimed Hospice with upbeat but moody pop tunes. See “French Exit,” “ No Widows,” “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out.”

The Cars _ Move Like This

Ocasek and Co’s 2010 reunions spawns their first new album since 1987, and show today’s synth rock acts a thing or two. See “Too Late,” “Sad Song.”

The Felice Brothers _ Celebration, Florida

Critically adored folk/rockers keep things interesting with experimental rhythms and new sounds. See “Honda Civic,” “Back In The Dancehalls,” “Cus’s Catskill Gym.”

The Sea and Cake _ The Moonlight Butterfly

Jazz influenced indie-rockers retain their trademark atmosphere and synths on this short, sweet effort. See "Lyric," "The Moonlight Butterfly."

**The Wilderness Of Manitoba _ When You Left The Fire

Beautifully written, produced chamber-folk. See "Hermit," "Hardship Acres."

This Romantic Tragedy _ Reborn

Gorgeous pastoral folk. See “Hardship Acres,” “St Petersburg.”

This Will Destroy You _ Tunnel Blanket

Texas guitar act play restrained, emotive instrumentals. RIYL Sigur Ros, Explosions in The Sky.

Tyler The Creator _ Goblin

LA rapper/producer brings a dark sound to underground hip-hop.

Urge Overkill _ Rock & Roll Submarine

Chicago alt/rock act featured in Pulp Fiction make their first record since 1995.

Young Legionnaire _ Crisis Works

British supergroup featuring members of the Automatic and Bloc Party make noisy, angsty post-hardcore. See “A Hole In The World,” “These Arms.”

Zombi _ Escape Velocity

Space rock duo via Pittsburgh mix synth and live drums on this progressive, five-song set.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

________________New Releases May 3, 2011

Architecture In Helsinki _ Moment Bends

Australian electro rockers mix flashy synths with funky bass. See “Escapee,” “Contact High.”

**Beastie Boys _ Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

The Beasties blend old-school style with new production like only they could.

Blind Boys of Alabama _ Take The High Road

Alabama gospel group formed in 1939 and still make some of the best Christian music out.

Cat’s Eyes _ Cat’s Eyes

Canadian opera singer/British indie rocker team up for a set of 60’s inspired pop. See “Face In The Crowd,” “Over You.”

Cheeseburger _ Another Big Night Down The Drain

Hard rocking Brooklynites' sophomore effort is a rowdy good time.

Dredg _ Chuckles and Mr Squeezy

Cali-indie group get help from Dan the Automator on their latest record of moody pop/rock. See “The Thought Of Losing You,” “Sun Goes Down.”

Dwarves _ Born Again

Chicago freaks keep punk alive.

Eliza Gilkyson _ Roses At The End Of Time

Hollywood singer/songwriter shares her dark view of modern times in classic folk format.

Fleet Foxes _ Helplessness Blues

The latest pride of Sub Pop continues with flawless harmonies and their classic folk sound

Foundation _ When The Smoke Clears

Mid-tempo hardcore released by infamous MA label Bridge 9.

Grand Pianoramax _ Smooth Danger

Experimental keyboard/drum record from Geneva native Leo Tardin has moments of greatness. See “Infidel,” “Clairvoyance.”

Gruff Rhys _ Hotel Shampoo

Supper Furry Animals frontman and art/pop fixture offers a refreshing take on …. See “Vitamin K,” “Christopher Columbus,” “ Space Dust #2.”

Have Nots _ Proud

Straightforward, screechy pop/punk/ska released by Vinnie Fiorello’s (Less Than Jake) label Paper + Plastick.

Jeffrey Foucault _ Horse Latitudes

Dusty alt/country via Wisconsin.

Jolly Boys _ Great Expectation

Jamaican Mento act originally formed in 1955 is global, catchy, and fun. See "Nightclubbing," "Hanging On The Telephone."

Leaves' Eyes _ Meredead

German-Norweigen symphonic metal.


R&B singer’s latest has its moments but seems to lack the retro charm of his previous offerings.

Priscilla Ahn _ When You Grow Up

Quirky pop tunes built around Priscilla's tangibly warm vocals. See "I Will Get Over You," "Vibe So Hot."

Raphael Saadiq _ Stone Rollin’

In a genre saturated with imitators Saadiq’s dusty, throwback soul sounds as genuine as the real thing. See “Over You,” “Day Dreams,” “Movin’ Down The Line,” “Good Man.”

**Showbiz & KRS-ONE

Smart, creative rap. See "The Truth," "Improve Myself."

Sixx: AM _ This Is Gonna Hurt

Nikki Sixx.

**Stevie Nicks _ In Your Dreams

Timeless vocals, flawless production, masterful songwriting.

Twin Atlantic _ Free

Second record from Glasgow alt/rock quartet does little to push the limits of their genre. See “Free,” “Make A Beast Of Myself.”