Atriarch – Ritual Of Passing CD (Profound Lore)
A unique amalgamation of death rock, classic ’80s goth, doom and black metal.
The Barbaras – 2006-2008 CD/LP (Goner)
The Barbaras, out of Memphis, made goofy, rough-edged, addictively tuneful garage pop. They performed with props and costumes, putting on elaborate shows for scanty punk crowds. A fixture in the Memphis scene of the late aughts, their recorded output was, up until now, a 7″ single put out by Goner in 2010. The a-side, “Summertime Road,” got a fair amount of blog love, its bleary good cheer nearly drowned in distortion and bottom-of-a-deep-well sonics.
Andrew Bird – Hands Of Glory CD (Mom + Pop)
Andrew Bird – Hands Of Glory/Break It Yourself 2xCD (Mom + Pop)
Companion to Break It Yourself features a brand new original track, a pair of re-worked tracks from that album, and covers of songs by The Carter Family, The Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer and others.
Black Country Communion – Afterglow CD (J&R Adventures)
New from the supergroup featuring guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater).
Black Marble – A Different Arrangement CD/LP+MP3 (Hardly Art)
A Different Arrangement surveys a wide variety of sounds, from radiant, bouncing ebullience to layers of sentimental synth melodies and main vocalist Chris Stewart’s resonant, reverb-smeared baritone that is at times so distinctly manipulated and sculpted, it sounds otherworldly.
Jesse Boykins III/MeLo-X – Zulu Guru CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
Zulu Guru is the first full-length collaboration from singer/songwriter Jesse Boykins III and producer/emcee MeLo-X. Both Jesse and MeLo-X have critically acclaimed self-released albums and duets. With Zulu Guru, they bring together a solid collection of songs that reflect and define a new direction in hip-hop and R&B, both lyrically and musically.
Cody Chesnutt – Landing On A Hundred CD/2xLP (Vibration Vineyard)
An unvarnished collection of songs from the soul troubadour that alchemize his love of a multitude of styles: classic rock, R&B, pop, punk and gospel. Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002.
The Coup – Sorry For Your Brother CD/2xLP+CD (Anti)
The Coup consists of vocalist-writer and activist Boots Riley accompanied by a versatile cadre of musicians, with guests including Anti-Flag, Das Racist, Killer Mike, Vernon Reid, Jolie Holland, and Joe Henry. With this eclectic guest list, The Coup have created an album that merges danceable beats, punk urgency and the astute social commentary of hip-hop.
Cowbell – Beat Stampede CD/LP (Damaged Goods)
“Hard-hitting, bold, but as buzzy as proper rock & roll should ever be, the music thrills to its influences: Stax, Motown, Mississippi blues, The Zombies, with The Troggs filtering through. Taking a cue from the White and Auerbach approach, in showing that retro guitars and vintage gear doesn’t necessarily mean being out of time, it deftly sidesteps the pitfalls and clichés of the genre past and present. By way of gifted phrasing and clever songwriting, combined with the kind of innocent love affair with ‘50s R&B, that Ray Davies would approve of.” — Louder Than War
Cradle Of Filth – Manticore & Other Horrors CD (Nuclear Blast)
10th album from the extreme metal band — available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds two bonus tracks.
Cusses – Cusses CD/LP (Ha!/CD Baby)
This Savannah, GA three-piece delivers a blend of raw, forceful and energetic rock.