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.”


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