New Releases for July 13, 2010
M.I.A. – /\/\ /\Y/\ CD/Deluxe CD/LP (XL)
New album featuring singles “Born Free” and “XXXO.” Deluxe version adds bonus tracks and lanticular cover.
Various Artists – Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands CD/LP (Numero)
The second in Numero’s series of peeks into the world of regional studios hones in on Mickey Rouse’s Lowland operation out of Beaumont, TX. The songs themselves run the gamut; Southern boogie rock, CSNY clones, British blues thunder, garage psych hangovers, Morricone-esque supper club instrumentals, yacht rock, and what can only be described as Bobby McPherin fronting the Velvet Underground.
Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse – Present: Dark Night Of The Soul CD/2xLP+MP3/2xLP+2xCD (Capitol/EMI)
This will stand as a tribute to Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, who recently passed away. Featuring contributions by Flaming Lips, Julian Casablancas, Black Francis, Iggy Pop, David Lynch, James Mercer, and more. Also available: Regular and Deluxe Edition vinyl versions. Deluxe Edition includes an additional instrumental CD, 48-page book, lobby cards and a poster. Free lithograph with purchase — while supplies last!
Panda Bear – Tomboy 7” (Paw Tracks)
Paw Tracks is excited to present the first in a series of limited edition 7” singles by Animal Collective’s Panda Bear. There will be several limited singles total (on different labels), and each one will bring us closer and closer to the much anticipated release of the Tomboy full length.
Sun Kil Moon – Admiral Fell Promises CD (Caldo Verde)
An all-acoustic album, Admiral Fell Promises is played entirely by Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters) on nylon string guitar.
The Love Language – Libraries CD (Merge)
Among the moments captured on Libraries are Spector-esque walls of reckless sound, cavernous drums, middle-school percussion, and moody swells of stringed instruments, all decorated hastily with stray leads that bleed beautifully over it all.
School Of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire CD/2xLP (Vagrant)
The dream-pop trio returns with their highly anticipated sophomore album.
R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction [25th Anniversary Edition] 2xCD/LP (Capitol)
Lavishly expanded reissue of the band’s 1985 classic includes a bonus disc of previously unreleased demos (including three non-album tracks), packaged in a lift top box with postcards.
Sting – Symphonicities CD/LP (Deutsche Grammophon)
The companion CD to accompany Sting’s highly anticipated world tour, which is underway and features the Royal Philharmonic
The Adicts – Life Goes On CD (People Like You/EMI)
2009 album from the veteran British punk outfit, still featuring all four original members.
Autechre – Move Of Ten CDEP (Warp)
On the heels of their most well received album in several years (Oversteps), experimental electronic music producers Autechre drop an EP of 10 new tracks.
Blue Giant – Blue Giant CD/LP (Vanguard)
Features members of Viva Voce, The Decemberists, and Swords. Blue Giant combines the traditional sounds of American music — country, bluegrass, and folk — with driving, straight-ahead rock.
Carissa’s Weird – They’ll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003 CD (Hardly Art)
Retrospective compilation from much-beloved and sorely missed Seattle band, which featured members of Band of Horses, Grand Archives, S, and Sera Cahoone.
Chatham County Line – Wildwood CD/LP (Yep Roc)
“Wildwood offers rich vocal harmonies reminiscent of such legendary pre-Americana outfits as Poco and Pure Prairie League, while the instrumental sound remains firmly rooted in traditional bluegrass and folk.” — Goupstate.com
Crowded House – Intriguer CD/CD+DVD/LP (Fantasy/Concord)
Produced by Jim Scott (Wilco), Intriguer brings together singer/guitarist and chief songwriter Neil Finn with original Crowded House bassist Nick Seymour and keyboardist/guitarist Mark Hart. Says Finn: “Intriguer is exotic in parts, traditional in origin. It may just be the best thing we’ve done.” Deluxe Edition adds a bonus DVD of videos and live performances.
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs – All Our Own Work CD (Witchwood Media)
These historic recordings have every claim to be called the first British folk-rock album, comprising all original material recorded in Copenhagen in July 1967. Fairport Convention first recorded in November 1967; they did not start recording with Sandy until June 1968.
(Eliza) Gilkyson/(John) Gorka/(Lucy) Kaplansky – Red Horse CD (Red House)
Red Horse’s sparse instrumentation allows these three distinctive voices to carry the magic of the music that is awash in great harmonies and songwriting.
Great Big Sea – Safe Upon The Shore CD (Great Big Sea)
New album from veteran folk/pop outfit features guest contributions by Russell
Crowe, Canadian singer/songwriters Randy Bachman, Jeremy Fisher and Joel Plaskett.
Hellyeah – Stampede CD/CD+DVD (Epic)
New album from supergroup featuring members of Pantera, Mudvayne, Nothingface, and Damageplan. Deluxe Edition adds a DVD of live performances.
The Innocence Mission – My Room In The Trees CD (Badman)
With lyrics that often evoke feelings of solitude and images of the natural world, My Room In The Trees sonically progresses along the path begun with 2003’s Birds Of My Neighborhood. Spacious and warmly grounded with baritone and nylon string guitars and upright bass, and lit from above by electric guitar and piano.
Korn – Korn III: Remember Who You Are CD/CD+DVD (Roadrunner)
Ninth studio album by the Platinum-selling metal band. Deluxe Edition includes three bonus tracks, a DVD featuring 10 in-studio videos and expanded artwork.
Mad Sin – Burn & Rise CD (Century Media)
A mix of psychobilly, rockabilly, ‘50s rock & roll, country, punk and surf.
The Maine – Black & White CD (Sire)
From unexpectedly dark pop gems like “Inside Of You” to nostalgic summertime ballads like “Growing Up,” each track on Black & White defies categorization.
Morcheeba – Blood Like Lemonade CD (PIAS America)
“Reunited again with original vocalist Skye Edwards, Morcheeba’s Paul and Ross Godfrey have managed to re-locate the band’s classic trip-hop chill-out vibe without sacrificing the growing eclecticism of albums like Charango and Dive Deep.” — The Independent
Matt Morris – When Everything Breaks Open CD (Interscope)
Co-produced by Justin Timberlake and Charlie Sexton, When Is Everything Breaks Open contains elements of rock, soul, pop and folk.
Mystery Jets – Serotonin CD/LP+MP3 (Rough Trade)
Serotonin sees the Mystery Jets mapping out entirely new musical territories with the synthesizer-fueled perfect pop of “Dreaming Of Another World” and “It’s Too Late,” which begins as an aching soft-rock ballad before unexpectedly heading somewhere infinitely weirder. In the dark, hallucinatory grind of vocalist Lorna Doone, you can hear echoes of ELO, 10CC, Fleetwood Mac and Supertramp rubbing up against the band’s own idiosyncratic, very British, psychedelic sensibility.
New Politics – New Politics CD (RCA)
Debut album from the Brooklyn-based/Denmark-born rock band.
Jerrod Niemann – Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury CD (SME Nashville)
Jerrod Niemann may be a fresh voice on the country airwaves, but this Kansas native has already been making a name for himself, both as a performer and a respected songwriter, best known for co-writing Garth Brooks’ #1 hit “Good Ride Cowboy.”
Norma Jean – Meridional CD (Razor & Tie)
New album revisits the abrasive and chaotic roots of classic Norma Jean while stretching out with moody, slow-burn jams.
Tim O’Brien – Chicken & Egg CD (Howdy Skies)
The thirteenth solo album from Grammy-winner Tim O’Brien mixes originals, collaborations, and a handful of outside compositions.
Lee “Scratch” Perry – The Mighty Upsetter CD/LP (On-U Sound)
Lee Perry and Adrian Sherwood’s first new recording together in two decades.
Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood – Dub Setter CD/LP (On-U Sound)
10-track collection of heavyweight dubs comprised of both radical re-workings of Mighty Upsetter tunes alongside brand new material.
Soilwork – The Panic Broadcast CD/CD+DVD (Nuclear Blast)
New album from the Swedish metal band. Deluxe Edition includes a bonus track and a DVD featuring extended studio footage, a high-definition drum video, and photo gallery.
Sun Ra Arkestra – Egypt Strut LP (Vinyl Lovers)
1983 compositions performed with the godfather of Egyptian jazz, percussionist Salah Ragab.
Various Artists – Putumayo Presents: A Tribute To A Reggae Legend CD (Putumayo)
A multi-genre Bob Marley tribute album — features artists from around the world performing his most popular and best-loved songs.
Paul Wall – Heart Of A Champion CD (Asylum)
New album includes guest appearances by: Jim Jones, Yelawolf and Raekwon, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Devin The Dude and Lil’ Keke.
Darrell Webb Band – Bloodline CD (Rural Rhythm)
Darrell Webb has been an integral part of the Lonesome River Band (at age 19), J.D. Crowe & The New South, Rhonda Vincent And The Rage and Michael Cleveland And Flamekeeper over the past 20 years.
Otis Williams & His Charms – It’s A Treat: The King/De Luxe Recordings 1959-63 CD (Ace)
It’s A Treat covers the last four years of the group’s tenure with De Luxe/King, and finds the group comfortably coping with the evolution of doo-wop into early soul.
Zero 7 – Record CD (Atlantic/WEA)
A retrospective collection of the last ten years with tracks and remixes from their previous four albums and a track from their very first EP that was originally released on limited vinyl.
Zoroaster – Matador CD/LP (E1 Music)
Sophomore album from the Atlanta, GA sludge/doom/stoner metal band.
Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig LP+CD (Nonesuch)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl.
Vic Chestnutt – About To Choke LP (Plain)
Vinyl version of Chestnutt’s only album for Capitol Records (originally released in 1996).
Mississippi John Hurt – Blessed Be Thy Name (The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings) LP (Monk)
The only existing recordings prior to the early 1960s when he was “rediscovered” by blues revivalists. Today he is one of the most appreciated of the Delta blues musicians, perhaps because his unique style makes him particularly accessible to modern audiences.
Blind Lemon Jefferson – See That My Grave Is Kept Clean LP (Monk)
His most popular tunes include, “Black Snake Moan,” “Matchbox Blues” and his songs can often be considered veiled protest songs decrying the condition of the rural and urban poor.
Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid 2xLP (Bad Boy)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl.
Charlie Poole – I’m The Man Who Rode The Mule ‘Round The World LP (Monk)
This influential singer and banjo player is often considered to be one of the fathers of bluegrass and one of country music’s first stars. Although he did not write his own material — relying mainly on minstrel, vaudeville and burlesque songs of the day — his genius lay in his unique ability to rework a song to make it his own.
Various Artists – Son House And The Other Great Delta Blues Singers 2xLP (Monk)
This 24-track collection of historic Delta blues recordings kicks off with 7 of Son House’s earliest recorded songs. The remaining 17 tracks feature some lesser-known Delta bluesmen, including: Rube Lacy, Garfield Akers, Joe Callicott, Jim Thomkins, Blind Joe (Willie) Reynolds, Kid Baley and Willie Brown.
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