New Releases — August 16, 2011

Amen Dunes – Through Monkey Jaw CD/LP (Sacred Bones)
“Amen Dunes is not something you put on to just listen to. It is an invitation to possession. Somewhat in the vein of Exuma, Death In June, or Sam Ashley, Damon McMahon (the ‘mind’ behind Amen Dunes) seems to have an intimate relationship with songwriting as a medium to conjure spirits and recording as a way to capture and exorcise them.” — WFMU

Kyle Andrews – Robot Learn Love CD (Thirty Tigers)
Despite its walls of electric guitars, raw synths and blasting drums, Robot Learn Love was conceived and recorded almost exclusively by Kyle himself. Genre seems to shift between dance, pop-rock and indie electro-pop more effortlessly than Andrews’ previous albums.

Attila – Outlawed CD (Razor & Tie)
While Attila certainly evokes thoughts of partying, the band is trying to expand the public’s immediate thoughts about party metal.

Blue October – Any Man In America CD (Up/Down)
A cathartic tale of heartbreak and healing through thirteen distinct songs, Any Man In America is a musical journey told with unbridled lyrical honesty, anthemic modern rock hooks, and melodic soundscapes. Vinyl version due September 27.

Bottle Rockets – Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening With Bottle Rockets CD (Bloodshot)
Bottle Rocket’s first live document in their storied 19-year career. Recorded live on their home turf in St. Louis, MO in a hundred-plus year old school house, this intimate show captures 13 classic tracks played acoustically for a small audience.

Braid – Closer To Closed CDEP/12”+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
First new material in over a decade from the emo rockers. Three new tracks and a cover of Jeff Hanson’s “You Are The Reason.”

Breaking Benjamin – Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin CD/2xCD (Hollywood)
15 hit songs from the alt-rockers. Two-disc version includes an 11-song bonus disc of rarities, demos, and live songs, as well as special artwork.

Jeff Bridges – Jeff Bridges CD (Blue Note)
A musician before his acting career took off, Bridges’ award-winning and critically acclaimed role in 2009’s Crazy Heart introduced his musical talents to a wider audience. Working with producer T-Bone Burnett again, this self-titled album picks up where Crazy Heart left off. Vinyl version due August 23.

The Cool Kids – When Fish Ride Bicycles CD (Green Label Sound)
This duo’s irresistible, hooky rhymes, and club cramming beats seamlessly bridge the old and new schools of hip-hop. 14 tracks including collaborations with Travis Baker, Bun B, Ghostface Killah, and Asher Roth.

Chimaira – Age Of Hell CD (E1)
New from the Ohio metal band.

Guy Clark – Songs And Stories CD (Dualtone)
Captures his best songs and the stories behind them including new versions of classics like “The Cape,” “Randall Knife,” “L.A. Freeway,” “The Coat,” and “Stuff That Works.”

Cut Off Your Hands – Hollow CD/LP (French Kiss)
While everything from the moonlit melodies of Echo & The Bunnymen to the shimmering 12-string guitars of the Go-Betweens can be heard in the light and dark shades, Hollow is especially rooted in breakout ’60s artists like The Byrds and Bob Dylan.

Dead Man Winter – Bright Lights CD (Thirty Tigers)
Dead Man Winter is Trampled By Turtles lead vocalist and songwriter, Dave Simonett. Bright Lights shows off his rock & roll chops in this collection of heartfelt, warm songs. Vinyl version due August 30.

Gold Leaves – The Ornament CD/LP (Hardly Art)
A collection of songs that tip the hat to Richard Hawley, Scott Walker/Walker Brothers, and the sound of late-‘70s AM radio pop.

Hercules & Love Affair – Blue Songs 2xCD/2xLP (Moshi Moshi)
Sophomore album from the electronic pop outfit. Contains a bonus disc featuring seven remixes.

Hotel Lights – Girl Graffiti CD (Bar None)
Hotel Lights is Darren Jesse of Ben Folds Five along with members of Sparklehorse and Tiff Merritt’s band. Girl Graffiti features majestic soundscapes, melodic ease, and sigh-inducing lyrics.

Dan Levy – Congrats On Your Success! CD+DVD (Comedy Central)
Judged “Comic Of The Year” for 2011 at the Young Hollywood Awards. Congrats On Your Success features an hour of Levy’s fantastic standup routine. Features a DVD of his Comedy Central Presents special as well as various digital shorts.


Mister Heavenly – Out Of Love CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Comprised of Nick Thornburn (Islands/Unicorns), Ryan Kattner (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), Mister Heavenly is a threesome drawing inspiration from a shared love of 1950s vocal-based R&B classics by ensembles like The Penguins, The Platters and The Moonglows and also a fascination with ill-fated romance.

Ollabelle – Neon Bluebird CD (Thirty Tigers)
Innovative arrangements of old gospel songs.

Revocation – Chaos Of Forms CD/LP (Relapse)
Revocation blends world class musicianship with a pronounced technical flair; songs twist, turn, and stop on dime as dizzying solos dance with thrash metals razor-sharp precision.

Maria Taylor – Overlook CD/LP+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
For her new album, Maria Taylor (Azure Ray) sought to capture the sound of her native Alabama and its music scene, enlisting a host of local musicians to flesh out the music and lend their personalities to the songs.

Today Is The Day – Pain Is A Warning CD/LP (Black Market Activities)
New from the experimental noise rock/metal/grindcore band.

Various Artists – Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute To John Martyn 2xCD+DVD (Liaison Music)
Among the contributors are Robert Smith, Beck, Swell Season, Lisa Hannigan, Beth Orton, Phil Collins, David Gray, Snow Patrol, Joe Bonamassa, and Paolo Nutini. In the late ‘60s, the late British guitarist and songwriter broke ground by leaping from acoustic folk into highly successful experiments with tape delay, wild recording scenarios, and jazz-inspired arrangements.

Various Artists – Kompakt Total 12 CD/2xLP (Kompakt)
Twelfth volume in Kompakt’s annual electronica/house/techno series. Features exclusive tracks from Jurgen Paape and Superpitcher.

War On Drugs – Slave Ambient CD/2xLP+MP3 (Secretly Canadian)
War On Drugs sophomore album is a brilliant 47-minute sprawl of rock & roll, conceptualized with a sense of adventure and captured with seasons of bravado.

Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress CD (Barsuk)
“When I think of Alex Schaaf, the immensely talented individual behind Yellow Ostrich, I’m reminded of the little engine that could… Of all the bedroom projects in recent years none has seemed more organic and earnest than this one. He seems completely unswayed by the micro-trends of the last few years, veering away from blog-house, chill-wave, and lo-fi punk.” — I Guess I’m Floating

Yob – Atma CD (Profound Lore)
Epic, crushing heaviness. If The Great Cessation was a punishing crawl through the darkness to ultimately resurrect the group, Atma is a step forward to more dynamic and uplifting territories. Vinyl version due September 20.

Eli Young Band – Life At Best CD (Universal Republic)
New album features the country hit “Crazy Girl.”


Animal Collective – Sung Tongs [Reissue/2004] 2xLP+MP3 (Fat Cat)
The first-ever domestic pressing of Avey Tare and Panda Bear’s classic pop-inflected wild-child masterpiece.

Bob Dylan – Oh Mercy [Reissue/1989] LP (4 Men With Beards)
Oh Mercy is often considered to be Dylan’s greatest comeback record, as it came after a long string of badly reviewed albums. Produced by Daniel Lanois in New Orleans, it was hailed by most critics as a triumph.

Hard Skin – Hard Nuts And Hard C##ts LP (Broken Rekids)
Vinyl reissue of 1996 debut album from one of the fiercest oi! bands to emerge from the streets of London.

John Hiatt – Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns LP (New West)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Produced by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Silverchair, Aerosmith, Joe Bonamassa), Hiatt’s timeless songwriting is paired with the aggressive blues guitar.

Tame Impala – Innerspeaker 2xLP (Modular/Interscope)
The 2010 debut album from this popular Australian psychedelic group is now available on vinyl.

Zounds – Curse Of Zounds! 2xLP+MP3 (Broken Rekids)
Deluxe vinyl reissue of classic post-punk band’s complete ‘80s output. Includes material previously released on Rough Trade and Crass Records. Zounds were influential on ’80s political punk, right up there with Crass and Subhumans.