CDs + Vinyl:
18+ – Collect CD/2xLP (Houndstooth)
Recorded collaboratively between Justin and Samia’s respective Berlin and Honolulu residences, Collect is a product of each band member’s physical geographical distance and autobiographical individual growth: the fragmented meeting of displaced minds, reflecting on society’s interaction in a variety of contexts, from platonic, to professional, to economic.
50 Foot Wave – Bath White CDEP/12” (Happy Happy Birthday To Me)
50 Foot Wave is a side-project to Throwing Muses, created in 2003 to satisfy the noisy, mathy side of Kirsten Hersh’s creativity without throwing the Muses off course. They achieve their sixth release with Bath White, which sounds as energized and free-flowing as ever.
Architects UK – All Our Gods Abandoned Us CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
“AOGHAU is a solid metalcore release, and the band has done a good job of sustaining themselves in the genre. The record sounds like Architects, but it doesn’t sound exactly as they have in the past. They seem to have a little more aggression or passion behind them this time around (or maybe that’s just me). – Sputnik Music
Band Of Skulls – By Default CD/LP+MP3 (BMG Rights Management)
Gritty English trio Band Of Skulls craft bluesy and ballsy slabs of atmospheric indie rock that echo the work of contemporaries like the Kills, Duke Spirit, and the Black Keys. Their latest album, By Default, was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters).
Peter Baumann – Machines Of Desire CD/LP+CD (Bureau B)
Peter Baumann (Tangerine Dream) presents his first solo album since 1983. From 1971 to 1977 Baumann was a member of the legendary German band Tangerine Dream, the inventors of the Berlin School of electronic music; he produced many seminal records in his Paragon studio (eg. works by Conrad Schnitzler, Cluster, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and released several successful solo albums.
Olga Bell – Tempo CD (One Little Indian)
Olga Bell has made some incredibly forward-thinking music in the past, but her new album, Tempo, is a new direction for her. The songwriter, who recently caught a lot of attention as a collaborator on Dirty Projectors’ last studio album Swing Lo Magellan, revealed that her new songs are focused more on the physical aspect of music. [Vinyl version due June 10.]
Dierks Bently – Black CD (Capital Nashville)
New release from the multi-platinum selling country singer/songwriter. The slow-smoked grit of Bentley’s voice keeps the album rooted in country music, while it also appeals to audiences far beyond the boundaries with fresh sonic textures that flourish on the edge of arena rock. [Vinyl edition due July 8.]
Big Thief – Masterpiece CD/LP+MP3 (Saddle Creek)
Big Thief’s music, rooted in the songs of Adrianne Lenker, paints in vivid tones “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting go, looking into your own eyes through someone else’s, and being okay with the inevitability of death,” says Lenker. Masterpiece, Big Thief’s debut album, is filled with characters and visceral narratives, songs that pivot in the space of a few words. Adrianne’s voice and guitar playing speak of rich emotional territory with grace and insight. In her words, the record tracks “the masterpiece of existence, which is always folding into itself, people attempting to connect, to both shake themselves awake and to shake off the numbness of certain points in their life. The interpretations might be impressionistic or surrealistic, but they’re grounded in simple things.”
Bonnie Bishop – Ain’t Who I Was CD/LP (Plan BB)
“Bonnie Bishop fires twin barrels of Dusty In Memphis-worthy soul and Bible Belt country-blues with ‘Ain’t Who I Was.’ Produced by Dave Cobb, the title track to Bishop’s first album in nearly half a decade finds the Texan singing over B3 organ, strings and electric guitar, with Cobb focusing the spotlight on her sultry swoon of a voice.” – Rolling Stone
Black Rainbows – Stellar Prophecy CD/LP (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Italy’s stoner rock torchbearers Black Rainbows present their fifth album. Black Rainbows’ frontman Gabriele Fiori says, “You’ll be able to enjoy two long suites (‘Golden Widow’, ‘The Travel’), a couple of super fuzzy classics (‘Electrify’, ‘It’s Time to Die’), as well as a ‘70s-sounding hit (‘Woman’). Spacey, psychedelic and blistering.” For fans of: Fu Manchu, Black Sabbath, Monster Magnet, Motorpsycho.
Boyfrndz – Impulse CD/LP (Brutal Panda)
Complete with celestial melodies, propulsive rhythms and the soaring, ethereal falsetto of vocalist/guitarist Scott Martin, Boyfrndz have created a dark, cerebral work of chilling atmosphere and timeless soulful majesty.
Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy – Songs From The Garage CD (Metal Blade)
Whether it’s Spinal Tap gloriously losing the plot, the escapades of Tenacious D getting them into trouble, or the phenomenon that is Dethklok tearing up the album charts, comedy and heavy music have long made for great bedfellows. Jim Breuer is a man who understands this, and with Songs From The Garage he delivers both in his inimitable style.