Anathema – Universal CD+DVD/LP (K-Scope)
Double-disc live release, recorded during the band’s lengthy Weather Systems world tour. The European leg of the tour opened with a triumphant one-off show at the ancient Roman theatre of Philippopolis with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2012. Also available on stand-alone Blu-ray.
Arp – More CD/LP+MP3 (Smalltown Supersound)
More melds bedroom art-pop with avant-garde composition to create a world of heady atmospherics and melodic song craft over its concentrated 46-minute arc.
Avicii – True CD (Island)
New release from two-time Grammy nominated superstar producer/DJ Tim Bergling aka Avicii. True was recorded in Los Angeles and Stockholm, where Avicii collaborated with an eclectic group of artists including Aloe Blacc, Michael Einsinger from Incubus, bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski, Nile Rodgers, and the legendary Mac Davis.
The Band – Live At The Academy Of Music 1971 2xCD/4xCD+DVD (Capitol)
During the final week of 1971, The Band played four legendary concerts at New York City’s Academy Of Music, ushering in the New Year with electrifying performances, including new horn arrangements by Allen Toussaint and a surprise guest appearance by Bob Dylan for a New Year’s Eve encore. Select highlights from the concerts were compiled for The Band’s classic 1972 double LP, Rock Of Ages, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and remains a core album in the trailblazing group’s storied Capitol Records catalog. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions.
Band Of Heathens – Sunday Morning Record CD (BOH Records)
Sunday Morning Record, the Band Of Heathens’ fourth studio album (and seventh overall), marks a milestone in the resilient outfit’s development, capturing the musicians’ remarkable creative chemistry along with the deepening melodic and emotional resonance in the songwriting of founding singer-guitarists Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist.
Berlin – Animal CD (Something Music)
Animal incorporates contemporary electronic dance music, yet remains true to the groundbreaking synth electro-pop sounds and amazing vocals that continue to define Berlin.
The Blackbyrds – Walking In Rhythm: The Essential Collection 1975-1982 2xCD (Soul Temple)
Donald Byrd was one of the greatest and most successful practitioners of the fusion of soul and jazz. Drawn from The Blackbyrds’ eight albums released by Fantasy Records, this specially priced, deluxe multi-CD set presents a complete retrospective of his band’s career. Deluxe adds a wealth of bonus mixes, including a DVD of 5.1 surround sound.
Blind Shake – Key To A False Door CD (Castleface)
Detuned psych-noise. Upcoming tour with Thee Oh Sees.
Blouse – Imperium CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
On Blouse’s second LP, Imperium, they have shed the synths, done away with drum machines and wrote and recorded with “instruments that don’t plug into the wall.” These are delicate songs from the perspective of a valley girl who grew up with gurus and ashrams played by indie lifers on a steady diet of Neu! it makes it all the more understandable to have showers of acoustic guitars and (real, not synthesized) cellos interrupted by fuzz guitar.
Aisha Burns – Life In The Midwater CD/LP (Western Vinyl)
Burns’ contributions as the violinist and occasional vocalist for the Austin band Balmorhea belie a nuanced songwriting prowess, and a dynamic and powerful voice. The album’s title references a deep dark layer of the ocean that flows far below the surface, and just above what we call the deeps sea. Bioluminescent jellyfish often inhabit this layer of the ocean, emitting mysterious flashes of light despite the risk of exposing themselves to potential predators. Similarly Aisha’s songs are dreamlike beacons in the inky abyss.