Tuesday, August 23, 2011

____________________New Releases 8.23.2011

**Active Child _ You Are All I See

Full length debut mixes Pat Grossi’s heavenly tenor with stylish electro production. RIYL James Blake.

**Ana Egge _ Bad Blood

Saskatchewan native plays masterful folk on this latest set of Steve Earle produced gems.

Blue Highway _ Sounds of Home

Bright contemporary bluegrass.

Connie Smith _ Long Line of Heartaches

Longtime country singer has been making records for almost 50 years.

CSS _ La Libercion

Sao Paolo hipsters feature Ratatat, play predictably spaced-out upbeat indie jams. See "I Love You"

Dave Stewart _ The Blackbird Diaries

Eurythmics co-founder plays gorgeous country-tinged pop. See “Magic in the Blues,” “All Messed Up.”

Dee Dee Bridgewater _ Midnight Sign

American Jazz vocalist displays timeless vocals and infinite class on her latest.

Deepak Chopra _ The Secret of Love: Meditations for Attracting and Being In Love

Soothing meditations, instrumentation by Adam Plack. Plays like a less trippy version of The Books new-classic The Way Out.

Gabe Dixon _ One Spark
Piano pop in the vein of Ben Folds, but with less humor, more sap.

Ganglians _ Still Living

Sacramento indie/psych act gets some much needed assistance from producer Robby Moncrieff ( Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca) but are still missing something.

Ghost Brigade _ Until Fear No Longer Defines Us

Finnish prog-death metal.

Goldie _ Fabriclive 58

Longtime drum ‘n’ bass master live at London’s Fabric.

Icon For Hire _ Scripted

Female fronted nu-metal.

Jay-Z & Kanye West _ Watch The Throne

Good but obnoxious. Worth a listen for fans of either.

Jen Shyu, Mark Dresser _ Synastry

Innovative Jazz singer, bassist join forces on this envelope pushing set.

Jorn _ Live In Black

“Norse God Of Metal” plays high-quality hair metal and shows off some serious vox.

Moreland & Arbuckle _ Just A Dream

Gritty, haunting blues from Kansas duo. RIYL Black Keys, BRMC.

OuterSpace _ My Brother’s Keeper

Philly duo Crypt the Warchild and Planetary kick out the violent underground jams in typical Jedi Mind Tricks fashion.

Razika _ Program 91

Impressive indie pop/rock from energetic Norwegian teens.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks _ Mirror Traffic

Pavement legend meets Beck production on his most focused, catchiest solo effort to date.

Stephin Merritt _ Obscurities

Light, experimental indie pop from Magnetic Fields frontman.

Sun Araw _ Ancient Romans

High concept album of experimental electro indie.

Sunny Sweeney _ Concrete

Bubbly pop country with some TX influence (upbeat tempos, booze-soaked lyrics).

The Game _ The R.E.D. Album

Impressive mainstream rap effort, features beats by Dr Dre and verses from Nas and Rick Ross.

The McClymonts _ Wrapped Up Good

Australian sisters brand of country pop is turning heads in Nashville.

the SLoT _ Break The Code

Russian rock stars bring their aggressive brand of alt/metal across the Atlantic.

Trevor Hall _ Everything Everytime Everywhere

Lighthearted reggae-influenced pop from this SC youngster.

**We Are Augustines _ Rise Ye Sunken Ships

Expansive indie rock debut from BK trio is truly an inspired effort.

**Zee Avi _ Ghostbird

Malaysian singer/songwriter has youtube, and her silky voice to thank for her discovery. Recorded in LA for Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records this is a record fans of good music will not want to miss. See “Swell Window,” “The Book of Morris Johnson,” “Concrete Wall.” RIYL Feist.


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