Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
___________New Releases 9.20.2011
Ben Rector _ Something Like This
Sappy pop from Nashville singer/songwriter.
Boots Electric _ Honkey Kong
Eagles of Death Metal co-founder and QOTSA member plays hard-rocking electro. Not to be mistaken for The Apathy album of the same name.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah _ Hysterical
BK/Philly indie rockers have seen a steady decrease in the quality of their records since their self-released 2005 debut.
Ed Sheeran _ +
British youngster already has a massive hit off this record across the pond with his playful folk/pop.
Emily O'Halloran _ Morphine & Cupcakes
Raspy voiced singer plays stylish, smokey alt/country.
Gavin Degraw _ Sweeter
We suspect the person who beat him up recently on the Lower East Side may have heard this album. Not that beating people up is okay, but this music is absolutely horrible.
Ivy _ All Hours
Fun, funky pop set from NYC trio on their first record in six years. See "Fascinated," "Suspicious," "World Without You."
Jayhawks _ Mockingbird Time
Minnesota indie stalwarts show off great songwriting on their 8th studio album. See "She Walks In So Many Ways."
Jens Lekman _ An Argument With Myself
Fun Swedish guitar/electropop. May be too adventurous for the American ear.
Katie Herzig _ The Waking Sleep
Adventurous pop on this sophomore effort from critically acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter.
Leslie West _ Unusual Suspects
Longtime American guitarist shows off fat tone, quick fingers for a big guy.
**Lisa Hannigan _ Passenger
Irish songbird charms with her unique brand of infectious, intimate pop. RIYL Feist.
**Megafaun _ Megafaun
Avant-garde NC rockers spew huge waves of atmospheric indie.
Miguel Migs _ Outside the Skyline
Forward thinking, soul-influenced dance music from CA dj.
Never Shout Never _ Time Travel
Confused post-emo act from Joplin, MI are at their best playing pop.
Opeth _ Heritage
Swedish progressive heavy metal act appeal to a very specific audience.
Pat MethenyRichmond Fontaine _ The High Country
Moody Portland alt/country
Superheavy _ Superheavy
Surprisingly decent superstar group featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman.
Thrice _ Major/Minor
Naturally we love The Illusion of Safety and had high hopes for this that were crushed in the first song and repeatedly defecated on track after lame track.
Tony Bennett _ Duets II
Legendary American crooner shares the stage with some big names.
Tori Amos _ Night of Hunters
The queen of angst is all grown up.
Veronica Falls _ Veronica Falls
Overrated dreary indie via the UK.
Will Dailey & The Rivals _ Will Dailey
Nauseatingly sappy pop from Boston golden boy. If you're tempted to get this, get Ed Sheeran's record instead.
Z-Ro _ Meth
Underrated Houston rapper rhymes about drugs but his melodic flow gives tired material a fresh sound.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
_________________New Releases 9.13.2011
Alice Cooper _ Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Somehow the father of goth is still going strong. I'm no doctor but maybe it's a steady diet Big Units (two-feet hotdogs named for the gargantuan MLB star) from his AZ eatery.
Anthrax _ Worship Music
Scott Ian and Co honor hard rock on their latest thrashfest.
**Blind Pilot _ We Are the Tide
Portland indie-folksters play earnest but sappy acoustic pop.
Blitzen Trapper _ American Goldwing
Critically adored Portlanders play classic-rock themed indie rock on their third record for Sub Pop.
Bush _ Sea of Memories
Gavin Rossdale and Co haven't changed much since the release of their '94 smash Sixteen Stone.
**Das Racist _ Relax
Silly but smart hipster rap group don't take themselves too seriously. See "Brand New Dance," "Shut Up, Man," "Rainbow in the Dark," "The Trade."
Dream Theatre _ A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Prog legends balance the epic with the intimate.
Girls _ Father, Son, Holy Ghost
San Fran '60's garage act show off great Elliot Smith-style vocals but also a major lack of originality. See "Vomit," "Magic."
Lady Antebellum _ Own The Night
Country's music's biggest, sappiest new band
Ladytron _ Gravity The Seducer
80's influences take over on English electro-poppers latest effort.
Laura Marling _ A Creature I Don't Know
Highly touted English folk singer/songwriter plays subdued, moody folk.
Levin Torn White _ Levin Torn White
Three prog legends join forces on this energetic, experimental set.
**Mates of State _ Mountaintops
Kansas indie pop duo release their most fully imagined effort yet.
Neon Indian _ Era Extrana
Highly anticipated sophomore effort from Denton, TX chillwave act. Good but annoying at times. See "Polish Girl," "Hex Girlfriend," "Era Extrana."
Nick Lowe _ The Old Magic
Legendary English singer-songwriter still has it at age 61.
Pajama Club _ Pajama Club
NZ legend Neil Finn and Co play catchy rock with dashes of electro.
Primus _ Green Naugahyde
Les Claypool and Co return with more of their super-weird, hard-rocking prog funk.
Reckless Kelly _ Good Luck & True Love
Stylish country pop, recommended for fans of the genre.
Saves The Day _ Daybreak
NJ emo legends hope for improved success after their extremely disappointing recent records In Reverie, Sound the Alarm, and Under The Boards.
Spyro Gyra _ A Foreign Affair
One of the best-selling Jazz fusion acts of all time, this band offers a uniquely dazzling blend of Jazz, reggae, and world music.
Staind _ Staind
Former Limp Bizkit protégés release their 7th album of standard mod rock.
St Vincent _ Strange Mercy
Polyphonic Spree/Sufjan Stevens cohort plays awesome, stylish future pop. See "Cruel," "Northern Lights."
The Drums _ Portamento
Overrated BK indie rockers somehow manage to be lighthearted and whiny at the same time.
The Gourds _ Old Mad Joy
American alt/country act hope to translate their live success to a recording with this strong, eccentric set.
The Kooks _ Junk of the Heart
'60's-styled pop from controversial but hyped Engligh quartet.
Todd Rundgren _ [Re]Production
Legendary American producer/singer/songwriter writes awesome songs with ease. See "Leave Me Alone With My Baby."
Trombone Shorty _ For True
This 25-year-old Treme native has been a bandleader since age 6, and it shows on this set of fresh, funky Jazz. See "The Craziest Thing."
Umphrey's Mcgee _ Death By Stereo
Chicago prog-rock/Jam band follow up their 2009 hit Mantis.
Wild Flag _ Wild Flag
Carrie Brownstein hopes to follow up her IFC hit Portlandia with a hit record.
Wooden Shjips _ West
Interesting set from this San Fran experimental/drone rock group.
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton _ Play The Blues
Living legends unite for authentic blues, also available live from Jazz at Lincoln Center.