New Releases June 7, 2011

Amorphis – The Beginning Of Times CD (Nuclear Blast)
New from the melancholic dark rock/metal masters.

Jill Andrews – The Hill CD (Thirty Tigers)
Knoxville based Jill Andrews crafts beguiling, startlingly intimate songs that merge her voice with her effortless, classic-pop sensibility and keen eye for human drama-all the unspoken truths between lovers, devastating confessions whispered to friends, silent prayers offered up during the longest, loneliest nights.

Appleseed Cast – Middle States CDEP/12” (Graveface)
Two new singles — an interlude, and a 14-minute improv piece.

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It & See CD/LP+MP3 (Domino)
Arctic Monkey’s fourth album is light and airy, filmic but intimate, carefully arranged but deceptively powerful. They’ve perfectly meshed their hard and soft sides on this one.

Battles – Gloss Drop CD/2xLP (Warp)
A bewitching, entrancing album that defies both categorization and easy analysis. Just as Mirrored was a massive leap on from the early EPs, this is truly another seismic shift, propelling them once more into uncharted territory. It is a sheer sense of fun, unpredictability and inventiveness that sets them apart.

Bedouin Soundclash – Light The Horizon CD (Nat Geo Music)
West-friendly, world-pop.

Behemoth – Abyssus Abyssum Invocat 2xCD (Metal Blade)
Double-CD release from the Polish extreme metal band. This double disc set combines the band’s Conjuration (2003) and Slaves Shall Serve (2005) EPs in an-all new package.

Justin Bieber – My Worlds Acoustic CD (Island)
Features brand new acoustic versions of the singles from My World and My World 2.0 along with a new single “Pray.”

Black Lips – Arabia Mountain CD/LP/LP+7” (Vice)
The founding fathers of Atlanta’s “flower punk” movement’s sixth album is produced by Mark Ronson, Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter and a human skull with a mic jammed into it. Limited edition vinyl version contains bonus 7”.
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Dandelion Gum [Deluxe] CD/LP+MP3 (Graveface)
Reboot of the immensely popular 2007 album features all the songs you’ve grown to love plus 14 bonus “extra flavor” tracks, six of which have never been heard before. Also available on picture disc vinyl.

David Bowie Vs KCRW – Golden Years CDEP (Virgin)
To celebrate the 2010 reissue of David Bowie’s classic Station To Station four KCRW DJs, Jeremy Sole, Anthony Valadez, Eric J Lawrence, and Chris Douridas, each remixed the album’s lead single, “Golden Years.”

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Heritage [Reissue/2008] CD (Music Maker)
Heritage isn’t exactly a proper album; it’s more of a compilation of various songs, both in studio and live from concerts, from the well from which the Carolina Chocolate Drops dip to showcase their love for and homage to early American roots music.

Tommy Castro – Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue CD (Alligator)
Highlights from the Revue’s recent live performances. “Tommy Castro can do no wrong…soulful, heartfelt vocals, and exquisite, stellar guitar work. A seamless blend of blues, gospel-flavored R&B, soul and roadhouse rock.” — Blues Revue

City And Colour – Little Hell CD (Vagrant)
Alternately sparse and inviting, intense and delicate, Little Hell shows music fans another side of Candian singer/songwriter Dallas Green’s incredible songwriting skills, and features some of his finest songs to date.

Nels Cline/Tim Berne/Jim Black – Veil CD (Cryptogramophone)
Combining elements of avant-garde jazz, skronk rock, heavy metal, and other uncategorizable influences, BB&C is a collaboration between three international jazz pioneers.

Cults – Cults CD/LP (Columbia)
Self-titled debut from enigmatic, pop duo Cults was recorded and self-produced in the band’s hometown of New York City. Working with engineer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) the album is chock full of some of the most deliciously offbeat, slanted and enchanted songs you’re likely to hear all year.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World CD (WB)
“DEJJ’s sound is the best of indie rock infused with ’60s pop psychedelia, which could easily be two irreconcilable styles. Their music splits the difference between The Beach Boys and Beach House. It’s dreamy rock with nostalgic roots.” — Vinyl version due June 28.

Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong CD/LP (ATO)
Sophomore album from the L.A. folk-rock quartet..

Depeche Mode – Remixes 2: 81-11 CD/3xCD (Reprise)
Collection of new and classic mixes of material covering their entire career, Remixes 2 includes remixes of tracks from their 1981 debut Speak And Spell, through to 2009’s Sounds Of The Universe. Expanded triple-disc edition expanded editions include exclusive remixes by former band members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder.

Ronnie Dunn – Ronnie Dunn CD (Sony Nashville)
Debut solo album by the country singer/songwriter best known as half of multi-platinum selling duo Brooks & Dunn.

Joe Ely – Satisfied At Last CD (Rack ‘Em)
A unique mix of traditional Tex-Mex rhythms, outlaw country, Texas blues and good old-fashioned American rock & roll.

Esmerine – La Lechuza CD (Constellation)
Co-founded in 2001 by percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and cellist Rebecca Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), Esmerine enters its second decade with an expanded line-up: harp-player Sarah Page and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Barr. Vinyl version due June 21.

The Farewell Drifters – Echo Boom CD/LP (Heart Squeeze)
The Farewell Drifters’ third album displays a growing maturity both musically and thematically, as the band considers the pressures and expectations placed on their generation by the previous one, and the ramifications of some of the vague self-actualization advice passed on by the boomers to their latchkey kids.

F##ked Up – David Comes To Life CD/2xLP (Matador)
“An 80-minute odyssey of flailing and howling that could be the most epic punk album ever. [9/10 stars].” — Spin

Marvin Gaye – What’s Goin’ On [Super Deluxe Edition] 2xCD+LP (Motown)
This 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition contains two CDs, the vinyl LP, and gatefold booklet with rare photos, lyrics and new essays.

The Grascals – Dance Til Your Stockings Are Hot & Ravelin (A Tribute To The Music Of The Andy Griffith Show) CD (Time Life)
Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The Grascals pay tribute to one of America’s most-beloved television programs.

Hammerfall – Infected CD (Nuclear Blast)
New from the Swedish power metal band.

Hospital Ships – Lonely Twin CD/LP (Graveface)
Lonely Twin
alights in AM pop, doom rock, and dusty folk territory.

Idiot Glee — Paddywhack LP (Hop Hop)
Yes! We have the new LP (CD coming soon) from Lexington’s James Friley, aka Idiot Glee. “As you delve deeper into Paddywhack, you discover a haze surrounding the otherwise cheery lo-fi Beach Boys-influenced sunshine pop.” — Drowned in Sound.

Iron Maiden – From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010 2xCD (Universal)
Double-disc best-of collection spanning 20 years.

Karma To Burn – V CD/LP (Napalm)
The trio from West Virginia remains extremely reliable in delivering first-class stoner rock.

Ladybug Transistor – Clutching Stems CD (Merge)
A lush collection of potent refrains and ballads. Set to an invigorated soundtrack of wave-pop arrangements, the songs detail stories of humbling heartbreak, profound longing, undoing distress, nagging regret, and coming-of-age awakenings.

Sondre Lerche – Sondre Lerche CD/LP (Mona)
Here the Norwegian-born artist relishes in exploring friendships and creative alliances forged in his new Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood. The album features longtime producer/collaborator Kato Adland, Dave Heilman, drummer for Lerche-collaborator Regina Spektor, and co-producer, mixer and owner of Rare Book Room Studio, Nicolas Verhnes (Spoon, Animal Collective).

Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
First Morbid Angel album in over ten years featuring founding member David Vincent.

Peter Murphy – Ninth CD (Nettwerk)
Peter Murphy’s first solo album in seven years and the first since the permanent dissolution of Bauhaus in 2009. Vinyl version due July 12.

Youssou N’Dour – Dakar-Kingston CD (Decca)
For more than 30 years the highly charismatic singer Youssou N’Dour has been at the forefront of Senegalese music, and is Africa’s most celebrated combination of musician and statesman. His latest, Dakar-Kingston, is something of a new departure — a reggae album.

Nick 13 – Nick 13 CD (Sugar Hill)
Nick 13 is best known as the singer, songwriter, guitarist and founder of the band Tiger Army.

Poison Control Center – Stranger Ballet CD/LP (Afternoon)
Smart, fun, and ass-kicking third full-length from Iowa band.

The Rosebuds – Loud Planes Fly Low CD/LP+MP3 (Merge)
The Rosebuds “break-up album” has been called their more inventive effort yet as it features the Rosebuds dabbling in soul, R&B, and straightforward rock.

Diane Schuur – The Gathering CD (Vanguard)
Schuur’s new album features special guests Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler, Larry Carlton and Kirk Whalum.

Duncan Sheik – Covers ‘80s CD (Megaforce)
Features twelve of Duncan Sheik’s highly personalized takes on the synth-pop era, including hits and obscurities from The Cure, New Order, Tears For Fears, The Smiths, The Psychedelic Furs, The Thompson Twins, Love & Rockets, Howard Jones, Japan, Talk Talk, and The Blue Nile.

Paul Simon – Paul Simon [Reissue/1972] CD (Sony Legacy)
Paul Simon
– There Goes Rhymin’ Simon [Reissue/1973] CD
Paul Simon
– Paul Simon In Concert: Live Rhymin’ [Reissue/1974] CD
Paul Simon
– Still Crazy After All These Years [Reissue/1975] CD
Deluxe remastered reissues featuring bonus tracks and expanded packaging.

Tea Leaf Green – Radio Tragedy! CD (Thirty Tigers)
Tea Leaf Green evolve from a jam heavy outfit to more of a rock band driven by hook-heavy compositions.

Tech N9ne – All 6’s And 7’s CD (Strange Music)
New album featuring Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, B.o.B., Yelawolf and others.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator CD (Sony Masterworks)
is the long-awaited, song-oriented debut album by the husband-wife team of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks along with their 11-piece backing ensemble. Vinyl version due June 17.

Tombs – Path Of Totality CD/LP (Relapse)
New from the metal band.

Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones CD/LP (Epitaph)
Turner’s fourth album features contributions from Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay, folk singers Emily Barker and Chris TT, and Unbelievable Truth’s Andy Yorke.

Tyr – The Lay Of Thrym CD (Napalm)
New from the Viking metal band unites classic heavy metal riffs with impressive drumming, traditional melodies, and powerful choruses.

Various Artists – Warped Tour 2011 2xCD (Side One Dummy)
Featuring new and unreleased music from 50 bands playing the 2011 Warped Tour.

Watermelon Slim & Super Chikan – Okiesippi Blues CD (Northern Blues)
Two of the hottest bluesmen join forces.

Gene Watson/Rhonda Vincent – Your Money And My Good Looks CD (Ingrooves)
A collection of new songs combined with familiar classics by two of the greatest voices in both country and bluegrass music.

DVDs + Blu-ray:

AC/DC – Let There Be Rock DVD/Blu-ray (WB)
This legendary concert film, covering a 1979 Paris concert during the Australian heavy metal band’s Highway To Hell tour showcases the power and precision that the quintet bring to vicious rockers like “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Let There Be Rock.” 95 minutes.

Sheryl Crow – Miles From Memphis Live at the Pantages Theatre DVD/Blu-ray (Eagle Rock)
Filmed in November 2010 in the palatial surroundings of the wonderful art deco Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this DVD captures Sheryl Crow on tour in support of her recent album 100 Miles From Memphis.


Grateful Dead – Blues For Allah [Reissue/1975] LP (Audio Fidelity)
Grateful Dead
– Shakedown Street [Reissue/1978] LP (Audio Fidelity)
HQ-180 vinyl reissues now available

Okkervil River – Rider b/w I Guess We Lost 7” (Jagjaguwar)
The second single from I Am Very Far.

Neil Young – Neil Young [Reissue/1968] LP (Reprise)
Neil Young
– Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere [Reissue/1969] LP (Reprise)
Neil Young
– After The Gold Rush [Reissue/1970] LP (Reprise)
HQ-180 vinyl reissues of Young’s first three albums.