Airstrip – Willing CD/LP (Holidays For Quince)
Airstrip’s guitar-driven ”Nightmare Pop” is dark, hypnotic and strangely infectious.
Terry Allen – Bottom Of The World CD (TLA)
Bottom Of The World is Terry Allen’s first studio release in over 14 years. Widely heralded as a progressive artist of contemporary country music, Allen digs into modern-day concerns with a gutsy, liberal perspective, while maintaining a firm musical grounding in regional country and folk traditions.
Apache Dropout – Magnetic Heads CD (Family Vineyard)
“Rawer and bleaker than last year’s Bubblegum Graveyard, the 10-track Magnetic Heads is a combination of two of their early cassette releases, 2008’s Cha Cha Cha and 2009’s Lysergic Caveman Choogle: Not For Pigs, originally released on Magnetic South Recordings. The songs are drenched in fuzz and echo with the occasional fiddle (!?) accompaniment.” – Tiny Mix Tapes. Vinyl version due March 5.
Avant – Face The Music CD (Mo-B)
On his new album, Avant pulls inspiration from R&B legends such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Luther Vandross and Kenny Babyface Edmonds.
Nils Bech – Look Inside CD/LP (Fysisk Format)
New album from the Norwegian art-pop eccentric: Idiosyncratic pop at its best. Look Inside is his darkest and most ambitious project so far. It is a journey through the different emotions and tensions of a relationship and involves the listeners through states of vulnerability and suspicion, but also joy and bliss.
Bette Serveert – Oh, Mayhem! CD/LP (Second Motion)
“Like Wire, Bettie Serveert are only getting fiercer with age. The 50-something Dutch rockers, who found college-radio indie fame in the ‘90s, make a surprise return with an album big on catchy melodies and tough lyrics delivered forcefully by Carol van Dijk. Her strong voice (think Kim Deal or Liz Phair) remains the focal point, though wild guitars and thunderous drumming give Oh Mayhem the foundation it needs to soar.” – Now Toronto
Bjork – Bastards CD/2×12” (One Little Indian)
Collection of remixed tracks from Bjork’s 2011 album Biophilia. Features collaborations with Current Value, Death Grips, Hudson Mohawke, Alva Noto, Matthew Herbert, Omar Souleyman, 16-bit, These New Puritans, and The Slips.
Boats – Fairway Full Of Miners CD (Kill Rock Stars)
There are still plenty of manic, sloppy-on-purpose junk-store pop tunes that burst with pop-rocks-and-Coke energy, but the new record also sees the band stretch out over more ambitious epics and heartfelt ballads.
Erin Boheme – What A Life CD (Heads Up)
Sophomore album from the Wisconsin-based jazz vocalist. The album was produced by Michael Buble and features his touring band as her backing unit.
Broadway Calls – Comfort/Distraction CD/LP (No Sleep)
Broadway Calls is a sometimes pop, sometimes punk, always ultra-catchy band hailing from Rainier, Oregon. Vinyl version due February 19.
The Bronx – The Bronx (IV) CD/LP (ATO)
After two albums under the moniker Mariachi El Bronx, Los Angeles punks the Bronx are back with riotous riffs and howling, shout-along choruses on their fourth self-titled LP.
Brother Lynch Hung – Mannibalector CD (Strange Music)
Sacramento, CA veteran emcee Brotha Lynch Hung wraps up his Strange Music trilogy.