Blind Guardian – Memories Of A Time To Come 2xCD (Virgin)
This double-disc career spanning collection gathers together songs from the German metal band, who are celebrating their 25 year anniversary.
Joe Bonamassa – Driving Towards The Daylight CD (J&R Music Adventures)
A balanced back-to-basics album that highlights Joe Bonamassa’s signature style of roots blues with rock & roll guts, while honoring the traditions of the original blues musicians.
Cory Branan – Mutt CD/LP (Bloodshot)
While Branan’s music tips its hat to roadmap influences from Motown to Mellencamp, the Delta bluesmen to folk pickers of ’60s Greenwich Village, the united result is a singular sound spurred on by years spent on tour honing something rare that is altogether its own.
Children Of Bodom – Holiday At Lake Bodom: 15 Years Of Wasted Youth CD+DVD (Fontana)
This career retrospective celebrates the Finnish metal band’s 15th anniversary. 20 tracks including two previously unreleased recordings. Added DVD includes candid touring and backstage footage plus the music video for “Shovel Knockout.”
The Cult – Choice Of Weapon CD/2xLP (Cooking Vinyl)
Choice Of Weapon is the follow up to the critically-acclaimed 2007 release Born Into This that the UK’s Mojo magazine called “a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record.” Produced by longtime collaborator Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush).
Delta Moon - Black Cat Oil CD (Red Parlor)
The dual slide guitars of Delta Moon transport the listener deep into the heart of the American South. In 2008, the American Roots Music Association named whiskey-voiced singer and guitarist Tom Gray Blues Songwriter Of The Year.
Electric Wizard – Witchcult Today [Reissue 2007] CD/2xLP (Metal Blade)
Reissue of the stoner-metal band’s sixth album.
El-P – Cancer For Cure CD/LP (Fat Possum)
First full length rap album since 2007′s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. Guests include Killer Mike, Danny Brown, Mr. Muthaf##kin’ Exquire, and Paul Banks (Interpol).
Expire - Pendulum Swings CD/LP (Bridge Nine)
Simple, stripped-down, super fun and heavy hardcore mixed with Suicidal Tendencies-style thrash.
Robert Francis - Strangers In The First Place CD/LP (Vanguard)
Robert Francis began taking piano lessons before his toes could reach the foot pedals. When he was seven years old, his mother encouraged him to learn guitar so he could play the traditional ranchera songs she’d grown up singing with her sisters. Two years later, Ry Cooder gave him his first guitar. In his teens Red Hot Chili Pepper’s John Frusciante took him on as his only student.
Robert Fripp/Andrew Keeling/David Singleton – Wine Of Silence CD (Discipline Global Mobile)
The Wine Of Silence is the first album to feature orchestral arrangements of legendary guitarist Robert Fripp’s solo Soundscapes work.
Garbage - Not Your Kind Of People CD/2xLP (Stun Volume)
First new release (with all original lineup) since 2005. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds four bonus tracks.
Gossip – A Joyful Noise CD (Columbia)
Gossip’s fifth album is a blend of soul, rock, disco, punk, passion and rebellion.
Kimbra - Vows CD (WB)
Originating from Hamilton, New Zealand, Kimbra has been performing her jazz-inflected pop since she was 14. Her Australian debut, Vows, has spawned three hit singles, is certified platinum, earned her a “one to watch” rave from Rolling Stone Australia and won Kimbra the ARIA (Australian Grammy) for Best Female Artist.
KMFDM – Amnesia CDEP (Metropolis)
Amnesia includes three remixes of three different songs, one brand-new exclusive song, and the album version of “Amnesia” for a total of five tracks.
Sonny Landreth – Elemental Journey CD (Landfall)
For his first all-instrumental album, slide guitar master Sonny Landreth assembled an extraordinary group of musicians that included guest guitarists Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, steel drum legend Robert Greenidge and members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro Mariusz Smolij.
Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker CD (LoS)
First new album in eight years from the jamgrass band.
John Mayer – Born And Raised CD/2xLP+CD (Columbia)
New album from Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. The first single, “Shadow Days,” Billboard calls “a gentle and shimmering confluence of mellow Southern rock.”
Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram [Reissue/1971] CD/2xCD (Hear Music)
Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram 4xCD+DVD+MP3 (Hear Music)
Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram [Mono] LP / [Stereo] 2xLP (Hear Music)
Remastered reissue of McCartney’s 1971 classic is now available in a variety of formats to satiate varying degrees of fandom: single CD; double-CD, which adds an 8-track bonus disc including rarities, B-sides and the first hit single of his solo career “Another Day,” which was recorded during the Ram sessions but not included on the original album; uber-deluxe box-set version, which adds the mono version on CD, the Thrillington CD, a bonus DVD, a 112-page side bound book, download card, and a smattering of collectable Ram ephemera. Stereo and mono versions are also available on HQ-180 vinyl (the mono version was previously issued to AM radio stations only; it has never before been commercially released).
Jon McLaughlin – Promising Promises CD (Razor & Tie)
Jon McLaughlin’s new album embodies McLaughlin’s irresistible songwriting style along with his sweetly melancholic approach to storytelling.
Niyaz - Sumud CD (Six Degrees)
Niyaz blends medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from Iran, the Indian sub-continent, Turkey, rich acoustic instrumentation, with modern electronics.
Joey Ramone – “…ya know?” CD/2xLP (BMG)
Tracks drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade-and-a-half of his life. But this is no half-baked grab-bag of odds and ends. It’s a riveting collection of previously unheard songs that embody his trademark intensity, wit and infectious hooksmanship, and that will stand proudly alongside his most beloved Ramones compositions.
Ned Rothenberg – World Of Odd Harmonics CD (Tzadik)
Drawing upon classical, jazz, improvisation and world music traditions his solo saxophone performances are passionate, virtuosic and hypnotic.
Saint Vitus - Lillie: F-65 CD/LP+MP3 (Season Of Mist)
The undisputed godfathers of American doom metal return after a 17-year hiatus. This is vintage ‘Vitus, with the unmistakable guitar sound and solos of co-founder Dave Chandler and the deeply resonant vocals of Scott “Wino” Weinrich, who returns to the band for the first time since 1989.
Slash (Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators) – Apocalyptic Love CD/CD+DVD (Dik Hayd)
New album from the featuring vocals by Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge). Available in Regular and Deluxe Editions. Vinyl version due June 5.
Smile Empty Soul – 3’s CD (E1)
The band’s post-grunge sensibilities, unstoppable work ethic and constant tour schedule, which has seen them performing alongside bands like Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Fuel, Cold and more throughout the years earned them a gold-selling album with 2003′s self-titled debut.
Soulsavers - The Light The Dead See CD (Mute)
Soulsavers is the music and production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover. The Light The Dead See is the bands fourth studio album, but the first to feature vocals from Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody’s Talkin’ 2xCD/3xLP (Sony Masterworks)
Everybody’s Talkin’ contains eleven live tracks cherry-picked by the group to serve as a musical look-back on their first band-building year.
Various Artists – Eccentric Soul: Red Black Green Production CD/2xLP (Numero)
The ultimate fantasy low-rider collection. 19 tracks cruise through soaring falsettos, luminous harmonies, and sweeping strings, all cultivated from pristine original master tapes. Tracked in Silver Springs, Maryland studio by the ears behind ‘70s soul staples Gil Scott-Heron, Soul Searchers, Van McCoy, and Hugh Masekela, Red, Black And Green Productions compiles the best of producer R. Hosea Williams’ most personal work.
Witch – We Intend To Cause Havoc 4xCD/6xLP (Now Again)
The complete works of Zambia’s legendary garage/psych/prog/funk/Afro-rock ensemble. 1972-1977.
John Zorn – Templars: In Sacred Blood CD (Tzadik)
Mike Patton’s legendary versatility has never been more evident, singing everything from Gregorian Chants and atonal melodies to hardcore screams and passionate whispers.