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.


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