New Releases – June 21, 2011

Acacia Strain – Most Unknown: Live 2xCD (Prosthetic)
Double-disc full-length concert recorded December 28th, 2008.

Dave Alvin – Eleven Eleven CD/LP (Yep Roc)
On his new album, the man who many credit with pioneering what has come to be known as roots rock revisits the burning, guitar-centered blues rock that initially defined his career along with his band The Blasters in the late ‘70s.

Atomic Bitchwax – Local Fuzz CD/LP (Tee Pee)
A mix of ’60s psychedelic rock and ’70s riff rock filtered through the progressive rock influences of today.  And a kickass band name.

August Burns Red – Leveler CD/LP (Solid State)
Available in three editions on CD: Regular, Deluxe (digipak/four bonus tracks) and white metal “Survival Kit” box set, which contains: extended booklet, two fold out posters, circle fan sticker, mini pencil, survivors journal, flashlight/ compass, Band-Aids in plastic case, credit card multi-purpose tool, and the digipak Deluxe edition of the CD.

Matt Bauer – The Jessamine County Book Of The Living CD/LP (Crossbill)
At times intensely spare, but more often blooming into sweeping orchestral arrangements, The Jessamine County Book Of The Living is a vision of central and eastern Kentucky as if arranged by Moondog and filtered through Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke.

The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual CD/LP (Metal Blade)
Fifth album from the Detroit death metal quintet.

Bodies Of Water – Twist Again CD/LP (Secretly Canadian)
The fuzzed out guitar lines and heavy organs of previous BoW recordings have morphed into a J.C. Vannier-inspired stew of buzzing reeds and rich brass. The choral blasts have been replaced by cascades of strings and driving pianos a la Roy Orbison or Ennio Morricone.

Bon Iver – Bon Iver CD/LP (Jagjaguwar)
Justin Vernon returns to former haunts with a new spirit. The reprises are there — solitude, quietude, hope and desperation compressed — but always a rhythm arises, a pulse vivified by gratitude and grace notes. The winter, the legend, has faded to just that, and this is the new momentary present.

Cody Canada & The Departed – This Is Indian Land CD (Apex Music)
In the wake of Cross Canadian Ragweed’s decision to part ways, Cody Canada has resurfaced with an armament of musicians and a mission in mind. With his long time Ragweed bandmate, Jeremy Plato (bass), the two made a seamless transition into the world of The Departed.

Laura Cantrell – Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen Of Country Music CD (Diesel Only)
Kitty Wells Dresses was prompted by Cantrell’s invitation in May 2009 from the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville to present a musical program for their “Kitty Wells: Queen Of Country Music” exhibit.

Centro-Matic – Candidate Waltz CD (Undertow Music)
It used to be, and may be again, that Centro-Matic records were the ones you put on for long, late-night drives into the pitch-black oblivion, soundtracks to the getaway. The atmospheric anthems remain on the album, but they’ve been supercharged. Candidate Waltz is widescreen and cinemascope and surround sound. This is the record that stands up to bright summer’s sunlight.

Danko Jones – Below The Belt CD (Bad Taste)
Fifth studio album by the Canadian hard rock band.

The Dayton Family – Charges Of Indictment CD (Psychopathic)
New from the Flint, Michigan hip-hop group.

Death – Human [Reissue/1991] 2xCD (Relapse)
20th anniversary reissue of 1991 album from the death metal legends features a bonus disc of album demos.

Dekapitator – We Will Destroy… CD (Relapse)
New from the thrash metal band.

Idrissa Diop – Cheikh Tidiane Tall CD/2xLP (Teranga Beat)
This compilation of music created by one of Senegal’s most important and highly respected artists highlights Diop’s recordings made from 1969 thru 1976, which was the last made in Senegal before leaving to live in France.

Ed Gein – Bad Luck CD (Black Mark)
Spazzy, metallic-grind, laced with punk sensibility and political and socially driven lyrical content.

Esham – DMT Sessions CD (Aknu Media)
New from Detroit’s number-one selling independent rap artist of all time.

Liam Finn – Fomo CD/LP (Yep Roc)
Just as on his auspicious debut I’ll Be Lightning, Finn delivers an amalgam of dense sonic flourishes and hummable melodies, a dichotomy that has quickly become his hallmark. A tightly coiled 36 minutes of dreamy pop, visceral, thumping experimental funk, and near perfect studies of early ‘60s pop classicism.

Gomez – Whatever’s On Your Mind CD/LP (ATO)
Over the course of their 15-year career, the guys from Gomez have continued to span genres from pop/rock to country to blues, earning them a strong fan-base and critical acclaim with their unique, versatile sound. Free 6-song bonus CDEP with purchase — while supplies last!

Paul Hardcastle – Hardcastle VI CD (Trippin & Rhythm)
New album featuring the mash-up single of Hardcastle’s “Rainforest” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

Stefon Harris/David Sanchez/Christian Scott – Ninety Miles CD (Concord Picante)
Recorded entirely in Havana, Cuba, with the help of some highly talented Cuban players — this nine-song set is an experiment that examines the fascinating chemical reaction that takes place when musicians from different cultures come together and converse in a common language that transcends mere words. Also includes a DVD that is a sneak peek of the forthcoming documentary of the same name that chronicles the recording process of the album in Cuba.

Hot Chelle Rae – Tonight Tonight CDEP (Jive)
New single from the Nashville-based pop/rock quartet features three videos.

In Flames – Sounds Of A Playground Fading CD (Century Media)
New from the metal band — available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a bonus DVD featuring in the studio and behind the scenes footage in a digipak. Vinyl version due July 12.

I Set My Friends On Fire – Astral Rejection CD/LP (Epitaph)
A unique blend of boy-band pop, Timbaland electrobeat and grindcore.

Jagged Edge – The Remedy CD (Slip N Slide)
Having both soulful and gospel backgrounds, the R&B group Jagged Edge maintains they’ve always been fans of groups like New Edition, NEXT, Play and Jodeci.

Jeff The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions CD/LP (Infinity Cat)
“The secret weapon on their second album is an un-ironic embrace of the elegant, harmony-rich hooks and wide-eyed lyrics of rock forebears the Righteous Brothers, which gives the Orralls’ blistering tunes their own earnest, romantic edge.” — Spin

Jungle Rot – Kill On Command CD (Victory)
Thrash-inspired, old school death metal with a touch of hardcore.

Jim Lauderdale – Reason And Rhyme CD (Sugar Hill)
“This one’s back to total bluegrass,” Jim Lauderdale says of his latest collaboration with lyricist Robert Hunter.

LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rocking CD (Interscope)
New release from the electro hip-hop duo consisting of rappers and DJs Redfoo and SkyBlu.

Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly – Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Soul CD (Capitol)
2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the band’s signing with Capitol.

Justin Moore – Outlaws By Me CD (Valory)
New album from the country rock star.

Matt Nathanson – Modern Love CD/LP (Vanguard)
New album from the San Francisco-based singer/songwriter.

OK Go – 180/365 CD (Paracadute)
19-song, 74-minute live collection.

Paleo – Fruit Of The Spirit CD/LP (Partisan)
Sophomore album from experimental folk artist David Andrew Strackany.

Pitbull – Planet Pit CD (RCA)
Sixth album from the Cuban-American hip-hop star features guest appearances from Chris Brown, T-Pain, Sean Paul, Kelly Rowland, Marc Anthony, Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe version adds four bonus tracks.

Reel Big Fish – A Best Of Us, For The Rest Of Us [Bigger Better Bonus Deluxe Version] 3xCD (Rock Ridge)
60 tracks on three discs (The Hits, Skacoustic, The Best Songs We Never Wrote) packaged in a digipak with peel off re-usable stickers, additional liner notes and photos — more fun than humans should be allowed.

Roxy Music – Manchester Manifesto CD+DVD (Audio Visual Fidelity)
Originally recorded by Granada TV in May 1979, this concert from Manchester Apollo was part of the band’s comeback UK tour following their three-year hiatus.

Jill Scott – The Light Of The Sun CD (BBE)
Executive produced by Jill Scott and J.R Hutson (Pharell, Faith Evans), The Light Of The Sun features appearances by rappers Paul Wall, Doug E. Fresh, and Eve.

Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread CD/LP (Drag City)
“Ty Segall can kick out jams with the best of them, but there’s more to the 23-year-old garage rock wunderkind than fuzz riffs and Cro-Magnon bashing. He has a sensitive side, too. On ‘Goodbye Bread,’ the title track from his Drag City debut, Segall reconnects with his roots as a Laguna Beach surfer dude, dialing down the distortion in favor of chill and chiming guitar chords. Best New Music.” — Pitchfork

Simple Plan – Get Your Heart on CD (Atlantic)
Pop-punk quintet’s new album features guest vocals by Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), British songstress Natasha Bedingfield, Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low) and Canadian rapper K’Naan.

Skysaw – Great Civilizations CD/LP (Dangrebird)
New band featuring drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan).

Corey Smith – The Broken Record CD (Average Joe’s Entertainment)
New from the country artist features the single “Twenty-One.”

Symphony X – Iconoclast CD/2xCD2xLP (Nuclear Blast)
Eighth studio album from the progressive metal band.

Peter Tosh – Legalize It [Reissue/1976/Legacy Edition] 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
Peter Tosh – Equal Rights [Reissue/1977/Legacy Edition] 2xCD (Sony Legacy)
Legacy Editions of the legendary reggae artists’ first two albums add a wealth of bonus material, including alternate mixes, demos, outtakes and more.

Devin Townsend – Deconstruction CD/2xCD (Inside Out US)
New from Canadian sound wizard/musician/producer Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Steve Vai, Lamb Of God, Darkest Hour).

The Deanna Varagona Trio – The Goodbyes Have All Been Taken, Hello CD (Gadfly)
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Deanna Varagona (Lambchop) cuts a wide swath with this collection that ranges from folk to twang.

Viva Voce – The Future Will Destroy You CD/LP (Vanguard)
“Like steam rolling off of the summer blacktop, bubbling slow, thick and sticky is the psychedelic glow and rumbling growl of Viva Voce’s The Future Will Destroy You. Its got that Floyd kinda space touch in soaring guitar riffs tucked under the covers of reverb as hip-hop beats dance above your head as you count and you drift into the delusional dream.” —

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Apocalypse CD/CD+DVD (Volcano)
Yankovic’s first full-length studio album in nearly five years features parodies of Lady Gaga (“Perform This Way”) Miley Cyrus (“Party In The CIA”), Taylor Swift (“TMZ”) and B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars (“Another Tattoo”). Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds a DVD featuring ten videos. Vinyl version due July 26.

ZZ Top – Live In Germany 1980 CD (Eagle)
Live In Germany was recorded at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany for the Rockpalast TV series.

DVDs + Blu-ray:

Miles Davis – Live At Montreux: Highlights 1973-1991 DVD (Eagle)
This DVD brings together some of the highlights of Davis’ Montreux shows stretching back to his first appearance in 1973 and up to his final concert there in July 1991, just a couple of months before his death.


Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two 3xLP (Capitol)
Recently released on CD — now available on triple-vinyl.

Deicide – Once Upon The Cross [1995] LP (Roadrunner)
Deicide – Serpents Of The Light [1997] LP (Roadrunner)
A pair of albums from Deicide — available on vinyl for the first time.

Graveyard – Hisingen Blues LP (Nuclear Blast)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Graveyard’s natural understanding of both rock and the blues lends itself to a fluid sound that instantly transcends any retro tags.

Ben Harper – Give Till It’s Gone LP (Virgin)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Harper’s tenth album — and first in five years — features two tracks co-written with Ringo Starr and a guest appearance by Jackson Browne.

Levon Helm – Ramble At The Ryman 2xLP (Vanguard)
Recently released on CD — Now available on vinyl. On September 17, 2008, Levon Helm performed at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, accompanied by such luminaries as Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, George Receli, Sam Bush and Billy Bob Thornton.

Origin – Entity LP (Nuclear Blast)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Fifth album from the death metal band.