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Algiers – Algiers CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
The debut LP by Algiers is haunted by promises of the past: the rapturous call and response of millenarian gospel, the bellowing urgency of ‘60s protest soul, the scene-searching intensity of DC hardcore and the smeared viscosity of post-punk and no wave.
A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP CD (RCA)
Second solo studio album by the rapper. At.Long.Last.A$AP is the follow-up to his 2013 gold-selling debut album, Long. Live. ASAP. Includes the singles “Everyday” and “What's Beef.”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah [10th Anniversary/Reissue/2005] CD/LP+MP3 (CYHSY, Inc./The Orchard)
“Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has stockpiled a mass of oft-trampled influences, including what amounts to a 12-course meal of in-vogue '80s acts. What's interesting is the manner in which the players assemble this source material. The Cure and The Smiths, for instance, are probed for neither nostalgic angst nor fashion cues. The Reagan-era creepiness that often surfaces when contemporary acts dabble in such sounds in curtailed by Clap Your Hands' apparent affinity for The Clean and other indie slouchers, to say nothing of the harmonica strapped in front of singer Alec Ounsworth's mouth. (Republicans play keyboards, but it takes a socialist to pull of the consecrated harmonica holder)” -- Jay Ruttenberg Timeout NY. (Vinyl version includes custom download card redeemable for twelve new solo acoustic cassette recordings by Alec Ounsworth.)
The Darkness – Last Of Our Kind CD/LP (Canary Dward)
The Darkness, formed in 2000 by The Brothers Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and (now departed) Ed Graham, have had good years and bad. And some years where they didn't actually do anything. To bring Last Of Our Kind to life, the band decamped to the craggy paradise that is Valentia Island in Ireland, which had a certain kinda magic for the band -- songs came, riffs grew, creative juices flowed. Lead singer Justin Hawkins describes the album humbly, "Last Of Our Kind is a collection of 10 magnificent songs that The Darkness are extremely proud of. It is the best rock album you will hear this year. It is the best rock album you will hear until next time The Darkness makes an album."
Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands CD/LP+MP3 (Hub)
Intimacy has always been a defining trait of folk music—it’s music of the folk, after all. There’s a more palpable connection between artist and observer because, at its heart, folk music is the manifestation of the strife and traditions and pleasures of the people. Couple that with the ubiquity and accessibility of its acoustic instruments and you have something inimitably relatable. Still, just because you can play four chords in a row doesn’t mean we want to hear you—it's human nature to want to be impressed by things that are actually impressive. Such is the case for Dawes, a talented band the Chicago Sun-Times just described as perhaps the “most satisfying American band of its generation.”
Zella Day – Kicker CD/LP (Hollywood)
Raised in Pinetop, Arizona, a small mountain town of 7,000, Zella embraced creativity early on inspired by a vast backdrop of natural beauty. Surrounding herself with other musicians, Zella's family-owned Mor Mor Coffee House became a sanctuary for budding artists where she first performed sets of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and Bobby Darin songs with only a guitar. Pulling dually from such songwriting legends and her old-West, Clint Eastwood-clad surroundings, Zella began writing songs with distinct raw grit that continues to define her sound today.
Eternal Summers – Gold And Stone CD/LP (Kanine)
Nicole Yun of Roanoke, Virginia based noise pop, power rock trio Eternal Summers has this to say: “On this self-produced album, we wanted to target lusher and radiant textures, some classic rock riffs, some jazzier elements and some full-on punk snarl.” Nicole isn’t exactly sure how influence happens, “Whether it creeps in or just bashes you on the head, I think we made it a point to be as open as possible. We love to listen to bands and think about how their albums came together. We were listening to a lot of Blur, early Radiohead, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Echo And The Bunnymen, Ryan Adams, Lush, Dinosaur Jr., Cleaners From Venus and Stereolab in the van on tour before writing Gold And Stone.” You’ll have to give Gold And Stone a spin to see whether you can pick out those influences or even find traces of the early Eternal Summers “dream punk.”
Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful CD/2xLP (Republic)
Fans of Welch's most expansively raving anthems won't go wanting here. Songs including ‘Queen Of Peace’ and ‘Third Eye’ offer all the sky-high layered harmonies, rolling and echoing drums, and orchestral exclamation points one could desire, with horn arrangements by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp. But the intensity is relieved by sparse, restrained songs like the organ-led meditation ‘St. Jude’ or ‘Long & Lost,’ which, with its hovering guitar and strings and clunks of electronic percussion, evokes the dreamy swells of mid-1990s Kate Bush B-sides, or maybe even Cocteau Twins” – Billboard. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe adds five bonus tracks.
Daughn Gibson – Carnation CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
Daughn Gibson of Carlisle, PA is a singer/songwriter and musician possessed of a singular and strange vision. Carnation, his third album, is the latest exhilarating and dark embodiment of that vision. It’s an album that’s more elegant and sophisticated than anything he’s done to date, and which sees the elements of country music, more prominent on 2012’s All Hell on The White Denim label and 2013’s Me Moan on Sub Pop, undone to extraordinary effect by ambient textures and sounds. Shot through with a deep sensuality, Carnation is a high-wire balancing act, at times sexual, emotionally intense and comforting.
Girlpool – Before The World Was Big CD/LP (Wichita)
“If you caught Girlpool's Bill Murray-approved set at The Fader Fort, or have seen any of their recent shows opening up for Waxahatchee, you'll recognize ‘Before the World Was Big,’ the hard-to-shake title track from the teenage duo's forthcoming debut album. It's deceptively simple in melody and structure, with episodic lyrics shouted like fragmented scenes from their recent childhood: firetrucks, snowballs, sidewalks, trashcans. ‘Mom and dad, I love you/ Do I show it enough?’ It actually reminds me a lot of young, accidental outsider icons The Shaggs, except with significantly more existential angst. Even the title is reminiscent of that band's cheaply recorded debut record, Philosophy Of The World.” – The Fader
Holychild – The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come CD/LP (Glassnote)
Holychild is comprised of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller. They met in college in 2011, have been writing music ever since and call their genre, “brat pop.” On their debut album The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come, Holychild takes on nothing less than the idea of power dynamics and inequality be it racial, social status, or gender-motivated. The beats are wild (thanks in no small part to Diller’s stint in Cuba studying Afro-Cuban drumming), and the tongues are placed firmly in cheek. Nistico assures that while their message is clear, it’s not definitive. After all, we’re all humans, right? At the end of the day Holychild is about posing questions not providing answers.
Indigo Girls – One Lost Day CD/2xLP (Welk/Vanguard)
New album by the veteran fok/pop/rock duo. This follow-up to 2011's Beauty Queen Sister features more of the stunning, well-wrought folk, pop, and rock that we've come to expect from Indigo Girls.
Jaga Jazzist – Starfire CD/LP+MP3 (Ninja Tune)
The long-running, skronked-out Norwegian jazz octet returns with a beautiful, visceral, utterly exhilarating piece of work that keeps spiraling up and away, structurally complex, musically rigorous, but without ever losing touch with a certain earthy sensuality and human sympathy.
Jamie xx – In Colour CD/2xLP/3xLP (XL)
In Colour comes on the back of an incredible six year creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between his role as founding member and producer of The xx, and creator of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single ''Far Nearer,'' remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus We're New Here -i Jamie's reworking of Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album i- hinted at what was to come. With In Colour -- a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft (“Seesaw” and “Loud Places”) and Oliver Sim (“Stranger In A Room”), Young Thug and Popcaan (“Good Times”) and Four Tet (“Seesaw”) -- Jamie delivers his definitive artistic statement. (Vinyl version is available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe is cut at 45 rpm with three randomly colored 12”s and three random color inner sleeves, plus two bonus tracks.)
Jedi Mind Tricks – The Thief The The Fallen CD/LP (Enemy Soil)
After a six year hiatus, the original Jedi Mind Tricks frontman, Vinnie Paz, and producer, Stoupe, have reunited to record the group's eight studio album. For two decades, the name Jedi Mind Tricks has become synonymous with raw, gritty underground hip-hop.
Kinski – 7 (Or 8) CD/LP (Kill Rock Stars)
For a band whose extensive discography has historically been primarily instrumental and prone to modifying adjectives like “post” and “space,” the last couple of years have been a left turn down a twisted alley of fuzz pedals, blown tube amps, and a kind of raw power befitting of The Stooges. 7 (Or 8) fins Kinski sounding heavier, faster, and even more self-assured, picking up where 2013's Cosy Moments left off but also punching their sound into even more singular territory.
Ben Lee – Love Is The Great Rebellion CD (WB)
“Ben Lee is celebrating his tenth studio album, Love Is The Great Rebellion, and with it, a return sonically, to the glorious pop stylings of Awake Is The New Sleep. Prolific as well as profound, Lee resides in Laurel Canyon with his wife and child. A musical mecca, Laurel Canyon has been home to some of Lee’s greatest influences. From David Crosby and Joni Mitchell to Carole King, this spiritual home has reconciled the way Lee has progressed on his own journey. Finding his way through multiple genre’s, exploratory paths and experiences, Lee has, surprisingly, settled back into where he found his most widely acclaimed success – in the land of pop.” -- Mindfood
Major Lazer – Peace Is The Mission CD (Mad Decent)
Major Lazer is the digital reggae/dancehall project of Diplo (Philadelphia's Wes Pentz) and Switch (London's Dave Taylor), two globetrotting, tastemaking DJ/producers whose previous collaborations notably included production work for M.I.A. and Santigold. Peace Is The Mission is the first of what is expected to be two new albums for the year, and features Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Ellie Goulding, Chronixx, Wild Belle, Travi$ Scott, and more. Vinyl version due June 9.
Melvins – The Bulls & The Bees + Electroretard [Reissue/2001/2012] CD (Ipecac)
Melvins’ 2001 album Electroretard is paired with 2012’s Scion A/V’s digital EP The Bulls & The Bees on this CD reissue. “The pairing feels quite natural, with odds and ends dovetailing satisfyingly. The Bulls & The Bees features tracks like the Sabbathy ‘The War On Wisdom’ which makes great use of dual drummers Dale Crover and Big Business percussionist Coady Willis. The five-song collection offers a surprisingly versatile bit of material: ‘We Are Doomed’ is vintage Melvins sludge with a killer riff from frontman/guitarist Buzz Osborne, ‘A Really Long Wait’ is spectral space rock, and ‘Friends Before Larry’ offers epic Middle Eastern soundscapes.” – Smells Like Infinite Sadness
Modern Baseball – Sports [Reissue/2012] CD/LP (Lame-O)
“Modern Baseball is of the Midwest emo ilk, however they veer more to the pop punk side of the spectrum. Sports is filled with twelve ‘average kid from an average town’ anthems, but they certainly aren’t average. Whether its the off kilter, conversational vocals, the intelligent but accessible lyrics or the bouncy but unique instrumentation, Modern Baseball have managed to create an almost perfect debut.” – Absolute Punk
The Mothmen – Pay Attention [Reissue/1981] CD/LP+MP3 (On-U Sound)
Lost post-punk classic from 1980 is a unique mixture of noisy riffs, angular pop melodies and dubwise production aesthetic. Features former members of Durutti Column and future members of Simply Red.
Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Django And Jimmie CD (Sony Legacy)
Helmed by Nelson's longtime producer, collaborator and friend Buddy Cannon, Django And Jimmie premieres 14 brand-new studio recordings including: “Django And Jimmie,” a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, country music's mythic “Singing Brakeman;” the reflective and meditative “Live This Long;” “Missing Ol' Johnny Cash,” an homage to country music's original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; a sublime interpretation of Bob Dylan's “Don't Think Twice, It's Alright;” and the future outlaw country classic “Unfair Weather Friend,” written by rising songsmiths Marla Cannon-Goodman (Buddy Cannon's daughter) and Ward Davis.
Nozinja – Nozinja Lodge CD/2xLP+MP3 (Warp)
Shangaan electro innovator Nozinja presents his debut album on Warp Records, an invigorating blast of future-facing dance music from Limpopo, South Africa. Nozinja Lodge sees the producer test the frantic upper limits of Shangaan electro on white-knuckle, rave-channeling cuts like “Baby Do U Feel Me” and “Vatswelani,” while enjoying the freedom to take his foot off the gas and bring a deeper, lilting touch to his trademark sound on “Vomaseve Hina” and closing track “Jaha.” Featuring a community of Shangaan vocalists alongside Nozinja, the songs take in themes of love, faith and tribal customs – while endlessly chasing the visceral thrill of the dance.
Old Crow Medicine Show – Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer CDEP (ATO)
The Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer EP contains the title track plus “Mother Church,” a live version of “The Warden,” and “I Done Wrong Blues” which was previously released on a limited edition 7”.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Betty’s Blends: Best Of The West Volume Two CD/2xLP (Silver Arrow)
Vinyl will be in on Monday of next week! Recorded and mixed by the legendary Grateful Dead archivist Betty Cantor-Jackson, the nine-track collection features performances captured on The CRB's 2014 summer tour throughout the western United States, including “Rosalee” from the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, “Shore Power” from Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, “Burn Slow” from Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver and a standout 15-minute plus version of “Vibration & Light Suite” from Theatre Deville in Vacaville, CA. In addition to CRB originals, the set includes a pair of covers: “They Love Each Other” by The Grateful Dead and “Driving Wheel” by Tom Rush, which are invariably highlights of The CRB's live shows.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – The High Country CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
A raw pop record infused with undeniable hooks, distortion pedals, passion, grit, and maybe a little insanity, The High Country is the first SSLYBY album to truly capture the power and energy the group exudes when performing live. SSLYBY recorded The High Country as a power trio consisting of Dickey, guitarist/vocalist Will Knauer, and bassist Tom Hembree, a founding member of the group who left after Broom, but returned to (as Dickey describes it) “stir things up in the best way possible and demand we play louder and faster.” (Also available on white vinyl.)
Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes CD (Caldo Verde)
“The Benji follow-up was recorded over this year and last in San Francisco and Hoboken, and features percussion from Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth. The album will contain last year’s one-off ‘The Possum,’ and its B-side ‘Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues.’ And the tracklist also contains some more Kozelek gems like ‘With A Sort Of Grace I Walked To The Bathroom To Cry’ and ‘This Is My First Day And I’m Indian And I Work At A Gas Station.’ Thankfully, no War On Drugs diss tracks made the cut” – Stereogum. Vinyl version TBA.
Vaadat Charigim – Sinking As Stone CD (Burger)
Sophomore record from Israeli shoegaze and dream pop trio. Vinyl version due July 10.
Rocky Votolato & Chuck Ragan – Kindred Spirit CD/10” (Side One Dummy)
Seattle singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato and Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan team up with appearances from Dave Hause, Ben Nichols, Jon Snodgrass, and Chad Price.
Clutch – From Beale Street To Oblivion  2xLP (Weathermaker Music)
First time on vinyl. Considered on of the fiercest, catchiest and overall best sounding blues rock releases of our generation.
iji – Whatever Will Happen LP+MP3 (Team Love)
iji’s own brand of pop pushes the genre comfort zone of a punk community and embraces a desire for rack-a-chack, ethereal and naivist sounds often unexplored by their contemporaries. They are “Seattle’s best pop band” according to the Seattle Weekly, and the Stranger says: “Open and laid-back, music made for no reason other than that music is the best…Uninhibited and original.”
Maribou State – Portraits LP+MP3 (Counter)
With a sound as quintessentially British as the picturesque Hertfordshire village that they call home, Maribou State release their debut album. Portraits sees Chris Davids and Liam Ivory exemplify the sort of rare but precious sonic harmony that has made their name so far: equal parts emotive instrumentation and sturdy rhythms, stark soundscapes and rich textures. Featuring longtime collaborator Pedestrian (2nd Drop/Born Electric) as well as vocalists Holly Walker and Jono McCleery, the album takes on a subtle dynamism and natural warmth redolent of Gold Panda and Sohn. CD version due June 16.
Mastodon – Crack The Skye [Reissue/2008] LP (Reprise)
Baby blue color vinyl reissue of the Atlanta metal band’s fourth album.