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.”


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