Tuesday, July 12, 2011

________________New Releases 7.12.2011

Alex Pangman _ 33

50’s-styled Jazz is a trip back in time featuring bright guitars and muted trumpet. See “I Found A New Baby,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Shine.”

Alkaline Trio _ Damnesia

Emo/punk heroes somehow remember all of their songs and put together impressive acoustic arrangements. Includes hits “Private Eye,” “Radio,” “We’ve Had Enough.”

Ashton Shepherd _ Where Country Grows

24-year-old to watch makes lighthearted but authentic country/pop.

Blake Shelton _ Red River Blue

CMA sweetheart’s sixth album is already a hit behind lead single “Honey Bee.”

Breathe Carolina _ Hell Is What You Make It

Interesting mix of electro/dance/pop with elements of metal. See “Blackout,” “Edge of Heaven,” “Gone So Long.”

Brian McKnight _ Just Me

Mixed set of pop/R&B from the 90’s fixture features some adventurous production. See “One Mo Time,” “Husband 2.1.”

Carole King _ Up On the Roof

Legendary American singer/songwriter offers up her first studio album since 2001’s Love Makes the World.

Chris Young _ Neon

Nashville Star winner’s sound is mature far beyond his 25 years.

Colbie Colliat _ All Of You

Pop sweetheart returns with more can’t miss, sparkly pop/rock.

David Bromberg _ Use Me

Philly music legend is as eclectic as ever on this star-studded set featuring Levon Helm, Dr John, Widespread Panic, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and more. See “You Don’t Wanna Make Me Mad,” “Bring It With You When You Come.”

Decapitated _ Carnival Is Forever

Fast, heavy, black Polish metal.

Dr John _ New Orleans Man [2CD]

NO legend makes music for a post-Katrina Big Easy, somehow sounding heartbroken yet cheerful with every phrase.

**Eleanor Friedberger _ Last Summer

Solo debut from half of The Fiery Furnaces is packed with bouncy indie-pop. See “My Mistakes,” “Heaven.”

Emphatic _ Damage

Nickelback-esqe hard rock.

Fair To Midland _ Arrows & Anchors

Quality post-grunge. See “Whiskey & Ritalin,” “Amarillo Sleeps on My Pillow.”

Get Scared _ Best Kind of Mess

Standard emo/punk. See “Mess,” “Voodoo.”

Iced Earth _ Festivals of the Wicked

Iced Earth live.

Incubus _ If Not Now, When?

Brandon Boyd and co fight obscurity, angry ex-bandmates on their first disc since 2006’s Light Grenades.

Kasey Chambers _ Little Bird

Hugely successful Australian country/rocker’s quirky vocals and guitar-based pop tunes sound great on her sixth studio effort.

**Mellowhype _ Blackenedwhite

Cali-collective Odd Future puts out more dark, bizarre, compelling hip-hop. See “Loco,” “64.”

Nikki Jean _ Pennies In A Jar

Upbeat stylish pop on the debut from this MN native, propelled into the spotlight by a spot on Lupe Fiasco’s “Hip Hop Save My Life.” See “La Di Da Di Da,” “What’s A Girl Supposed To Do,” “Million Star Motel.”

Pimp C _ Still Pimping

While the title may not be true (Pimp C died in 2007) his music is definitely still pimping. See “Grippin On the Wood,” “Like Us.”

Samael _ Lux Mundi

Industrial thrash metal via Sion, Switzerland.

Samantha Fish _ Runaway

American blues.

Sepultura _ Kairos

Brazilian thrash-metal legends

Sons & Daughters _ Mirror Mirror

Wild indie rock via Glasgow, Sweden.

Sublime with Rome _ Yours Truly

The Sublime rhythm section teams up with Rome Ramirez for an album full of shockingly good ska/pop/rock. See “Panic.”

Suicide Silence _ The Black Crown

Extreme metal via Riverside, CA blends death metal with elements of thrash and mathcore. Recommended for fans of the genre.

TESLA _ Twisted Wires

Sacramento alt/metal make standard G’n’R style rock tunes.

The Middle East _ I Want That You Are Always Happy

Aussie collective plays richly orchestrated indie folk. See “Jesus Came To My Birthday Party,” “Months.”

Theory Of A Deadman _ The Truth Is..

Canadian mod/alt/rockers gain one up on their peers by incorporating elements of country, and appearing on WWE.

Washed Out _ Within & Without

This follow-up to the hugely successful Life of Leisure EP may be letdown for those looking for the same cool grooves and subtly retro-style. See “Echoes,” “Far Away,” “You and I.”

We The Kings _ Sunshine State of Mind

FLA pop/punkers emphasize bright pop on their latest. See “Every Single Dollar,” “Over You.”

William Elliott Whitmore _ Field Songs

Solid blues/folk from Lee County, Iowa native. See "Bury Your Burdens In the Ground," "Not Feeling Any Pain."

Yes _ Fly From Here

21st album from the legendary English prog-rockers.

Zomby _ Dedication

4AD debut from much-hyped dubstep producer is creative but not compelling. See “Alothea,” “Riding With Death,” “Lucifer.”


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