Tuesday, August 9, 2011

______________New Releases 8.9.2011

Ace Hood _ Blood, Sweat, & Tears

Relative newcomer already has a hit behind the omnipresent lead single “Hustle Hard.”

Against Me _ White Crosses

American punk rockers aim big on their latest. RIYL Gaslight Anthem. See “Because of the Shame,”

Army Navy _ The Last Place

LA indie rock trio don’t stray too far from tradition on their second full-length effort. See “Feathered,” “The Hunter.”

Barenaked Ladies _ Snacktime

90’s heroes latest kid’s album is the same lighthearted pop/rock that made them huge. See “Pollywog In A Bog,” “I Can Sing.”

Dom _ Family of Love

Worcester, MA garage/electro sensations keep the hooks coming on this brief 5-track set.

Eyes Set To Kill _ White Lotus

Female metalcore act via Pheonix, AZ prove chicks can be brutal too.

Greeley Estates _ The Death of Greeley Estates

Phoenix metal/screamo.

Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame _ Ferrari Boyz

This is just as bad as you think it's going to be, maybe worse.

Horrors _ Skying

80’s influences dominate on this set of UK indie/shoegaze.

**JAY Z & Kanye West _ Watch The Throne

Shockingly this records may actually be as good as it should be.

Karmakanic _ In A Perfect World

Prog-rock via Malmo Sweden.

Kevin Fowler _ Chippin’ Away

Awesomely simple Texas country/rock. Hits include “Hell Yeah I Like Beer,” “Beer Money,” and “Girl In A Truck.”

Luke Bryan _ Tailgates & Tanlines

Feel-good pop country from GA singer/songwriter.

Mark Maron _ This Has to Be Funny

Longtime NYC comic’s self-deprecating brand of deadpan humor hits harder then ever as he talks NYC hipsters, texting and driving, and septic tanks.

Michael Schenker _ By Invitation Only

Legendary German metal guitarist takes on some classics on his second release of 2011.

**Pepper Rabbit _ Red Velvet Snowball

Interesting psych pop, RIYL Animal Collective. See “Allison,” “Family Planning,” “Murder Room.”

Royce da 5’9” _ Success Is Certain

Fresh off the success of the latest Bad Meets Evil effort with Eminem Royce aims to stay in the limelight. Solid but won’t be blowing any minds.

**Sainthood Reps _ Monoculture

Long Island quartet plays hard-rocking post-emo. See “Animal Glue,” “Hunter,” “Hotfoot.”

**Ski Beatz _ 24 Hour Karate School Part 2

Legendary Reasonable Doubt producer proves he can still make beats with the best

Steve Cropper _ Dedicated

Legendary American guitarist features some big names; Steve Winwood, BB King, Betty Lavette and Lucinda Williams.

The Birthday Massacre _ Imaginary Monsters

Toronto synth-rockers come off as a more electronic version of Evanescence.

The Motels _ Apocalypso

Longtime LA new-wave band led by Martha Davis plays strange rock.

The New Mastersounds _ Breaks from the Border

Prolific UK Jazz/funk quartet play quality funk.

Trivium _ In Waves

Brutal FLA metal act’s latest effort doesn’t disappoint; they are as fast, heavy, and inventive as ever. See “Capsizing The Sea,” “Dusk Dismantled.”


What We're Spinning..

The new Mates of State record Mountaintops - packed with bouncy rhythms, slick instrumentation, and huge hooks. A cure for electropop fans looking for something beyond the trend of nauseating 80's rip-off acts. Available from Barsuk Records September 13.

Volcano Choir collaborators Collections of Colonies of Bees latest effort Giving is four songs and 28-minutes of instrumental beauty. Highly recommended for fans of Sigur Ros, Volcano Choir, out now.

And finally we find it only fitting that on the same day as the release of Watch the Throne that Ski Beatz (producer of Jay Z's Dead Presidents and Feelin' It) would drop an album that might just be better. Take that Kanye!

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