The Asphodells – Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust CD/LP (Rotters Golf Club)
Andrew Weatherall pairs up with Timothy J. Fairplay as The Asphodells. Weatherall has left behind the rock and roll leanings of Wrong Meeting and A Pox On The Pioneers and looks back over his shoulder to the purer electronics of the Kraftwerk-inflected Two Lone Swordsmen.
Atlas Genius – When It Was Now CD (WB)
Australian indie rockers Atlas-Genius turned heads last year with their debut single “Trojan.” “With a colorful groove, stirring beats and catchy melodies, it’s hard not to like them.” – Cause A Scene
Baptists – Bushcraft CD/LP (Southern Lord)
Debut album of unrelenting, chaotic, punishing hardcore.
Beach Fossils – Clash The Truth CD/LP (Captured Tracks)
With a full time drummer (and co-writer of two tracks on the LP) Beach Fossils entered the studio in the fall of 2012 with producer Ben Greenberg of The Men. Instead of merely going from a “bedroom DIY” project to a “better fidelity studio project” the deliberate decision to work with Ben was determined to capture, if not in style, the spirit and enthusiasm of punk and aggressive music in general.
Big Wreck – Albatross CD (Rounder)
New album from alt-rockers after an eleven year hiatus.
Black Boned Angel – The End CD (Handmade Birds)
Final album from New Zealand doom duo.
Black Sunroof! – 4 Black Suns & Sinister Rainbow 2xCD (Handmade Birds)
New double-disc album from members of Skullflower and Voltigeurs.
Black Twig Pickers – Rough Carpenters CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Rough Carpenters, which was recorded in the same two-day session as 2012’s Whompyjawed EP, can be seen as an inward-gazing foil to that EP’s long-form hoedown epics. With the addition of Sally Anne Morgan on fiddle to the trio of Mike Gangloff, Isak Howell, and Nathan Bowles, dance has become a more prominent part of the group’s formula. The Black Twig Pickers are indeed rough carpenters, building unpolished but finely crafted records that embody the spirit of a timeless old-time scene.
Peter Brotzmann – Long Story Short 5xCD (Trost)
Five-disc set of 18 performances highlighting the musical scope of the German free jazz saxophonist, compiled from the Unlimited Festival, Wels, Austria. This extensive compilation emphasizes the vitality and variety of his current work, encompassing a wide range of his comrades and collaborators such as Paal Nilssen-Love, Mats Gustafsson, Bill Laswell, Masahiko Satoh, and Ken Vandermark.
Buckcherry – Confessions CD/CD+DVD (Century Media)
Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes two additional audio tracks plus a bonus DVD. Confessions is a loose concept album that revolves around the notion of the seven deadly sins and is inspired by events in singer Josh Todd’s childhood. Todd said that Confessions is “definitely a heavier, musically, record than we’ve ever had, and more melodic.”
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