A curated breakdown of albums out this week. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know) – with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure.
10 Years, From Birth To Burial (Palehorse)
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams: Live at Carnegie Hall (Pax-Am/Blue Note)
Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (ATO)
The much-anticipated follow-up to the Southern garage/blues rock band's 2012 debut, Boys & Girls.
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, Loved Wild Lost (Little Sur Records)
Built To Spill, Untethered Moon (Warner Bros.)
It's been about six years since we've seen a new album from Midwestern indie rock favorites Built to Spill, and the day has finally arrived, as has the album. Built to Spill arrives in town to support May 14, State Theatre. Listen to "Living Zoo" below...
Daktyl, Cyclical (Mad Decent)
Death, N.E.W. (Triangle/Drag City)
Dfalt, Blackbook EP (Plug Research)
Filligar, Keepsakes of the Interior (Communion Music)
Flosstradamus, Soundclash EP (Ultra Music)
Joywave, How Do You Feel Now? (Cultco Music/Hollywood Records)
Dustin Kensrue, Carry The Fire (Staple/Vagrant)
A solo outing from the vocalist, lyricist and guitarist of post-hardcore/experimental rock quartet Thrice.
Miami Horror, All Possible Futures (Haven Sounds/Dine Alone Records)
Mylets, Arizona (Sargent House)
OOFJ, Acute Feast (Ring The Alarm / Fake Diamond)
Passion Pit, Kindred (Columbia)
Peach Kelli Pop, III (Burger Records)
Video game twinkling, punchy-fast, teeth-hurting punk-garage project led by Ottawa, Canada multi-instrumentalist Allie Hanlon. New video for “Princess Castle 1987!” was directed, shot and edited by Eddie Ruiz. Here's what Hanlon had to say about the video: “We dressed up as Princess Toadstool and ran through LA in search of a Castle. Costumes were created by Jessica Owen and Vanessa Gonzalez, our guitar player and keyboardist who also happen to be costume designers. Running around in a group of princesses was extremely fun and I hope to have the opportunity again some day.”
Kermit Ruffins, #imsoneworleans (Basin Street Records)
Shark?, Becky and Debbie EP (Old Flame)
Digital release of gritty, jagged, fuzzed-out Dark Wave/post punk-glazed indie rock EP that leads off with the traditional Shark? "girl" song — "Hate Crime Girl," apparently inspired by a recent Chris Burden retrospective at the New Museum, a chance encounter between a member of Shark? and a girl at the site of a horrific crime, and exploring the duality of love and hate that exists in every relationship. Take a listen below.
Skinny Lister, Down On Deptford Broadway (Ingrooves)
Speedy Ortiz, Foil Deer (Carpark)
Squarepusher, Damogen Furies (Warp)
The first LP from UK electro-pushing artist otherwise known as Tom Jenkinson drops his first LP since since 2012's Ufabulum, which finds him not only continuing to hone the unique software system he created to make his music, but using it exclusively. All songs were recorded in one take, sans edits. A live session featuring "Rayc Fire 2" below.
They Might Be Giants, Glean (Idlewild)
Turbo Fruits, No Control (Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers)
Actual release date 4/20.
Various Artists, The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos (Mass Appeal)
A genre-spanning collection of music inspired by the world of Grand Theft Auto V, with tracks by, among others, Gangrene featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Sam T. Herring of Future Islands, Ab-Soul featuring Aloe Blacc, and Tunde Adebimpe (of TV on the Radio). The latter sings the lead on "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" with guest spots by Sal P & Sinkane. The three songs on the Soundcloud playlist (including two mentioned above) sound pretty righteous to me. Take a listen below.
Rocky Votolato, Hospital Handshakes (No Sleep)
Keller Williams, Vape (self-release)
Actual release date 4/20; as if you couldn't already tell by the name of the album (wink wink, nudge nudge).
Wire, Wire (Pink Flag)
Yelawolf, Love Story (Slumerican/Shady/Interscope)
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK
As It Is, Never Happy, Ever After
Black Rob, Genuine Article
Bright Like The Sun, Bright Like The Sun
Danko Jones, Fire Music
Tom DeLonge, To The Stars...Demos, Odds and Ends
Dead Waves, Natural
Donn T, Flight Of the Donn T
Girl Band, The Early Years EP
Good Riddance, Peace In Our Time
Great Lake Swimmers, A Forest of Arms
Matt Jaffe’s, Blast Off EP
KB, Tomorrow We Live
Dustin Kensrue, Carry The Fire
Lawless Hearts, Creatures Of Habit
Sam Lewis, Waiting On You
Low Cut Connie, Hi Honey
Drew Lustman, The Crystal Cowboy [FaltyDL]
The Muscadettes, Side A EP
Rob Nance, Signal Fires
San Fermin, Jackrabbit [Downtown]
Terra Lightfoot, Every Time My Mind Runs Wild
The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, Tempus Fugitives
Ben Williams, Coming of Age
Zebrahead, The Early Years Revisited