New Music Tuesday! (April 3): Bear In Heaven, Nicki Minaj, Orbital, Jethro Tull

This week's new releases, with lots of audio & video included


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Clark, Iradelphic (Warp)


Adam Cohen, Like a Man (Decca)
The son of legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen (and frontman of Low Millions) releases his third solo LP.


Elvis Costello & the Imposters, The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook CD/DVD (Universal)
A live album/concert documentary culling select performances from Elvis Costello’s two-night stand at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles last year as part of his "Spinning Wheel" tour, which had him spinning a wheel of songs to decide which ones to play each night. The DVD includes a special guest appearance by the Bangles along with bonus footage. Trailer below.



De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2, First Serve (Duckdown)


Dr. John, Locked Down (Nonesuch)
The new record by funky bluesy NOLA keys maverick Dr. John is produced and co-written by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Is your interest piqued yet? Listen to first single "Revolution," which actual features vocals by Auerbach, below.



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Enter the Haggis, Whitelake (Firebrand Entertainment)


Filastine, £00T (Soot)


First Aid Kit, The Big Black & The Blue (Wichita)


The Funk Ark, High Noon (ESL Music)


Great Lake Swimmers, New Wild Everywhere (Nettwerk)


High On Fire, De Vermis Mysteriis (eOne)


Ben Howard, Every Kingdom (Universal Republic)


Al Jardine, A Postcard From California (Waterfront/Robo)


Jethro Tull, Thick As A Brick 2 (Capitol)
The sequel to Jethro Tull's 1972 album, Thick as a Brick, asks “Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?” in the same conceptual style as its predecessor.


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The Jezabels, Prisoner (Mom & Pop)


Lightships, Electric Cable (Domino)
Lightships is the name given to the solo project of Teenage Fanclub bassist and songwriter Gerard Love.


Love On A Real Train, Love On A Real Train (Aeronaut)
The first full fledged ''solo'' record by Joachim Cooder (son of Ry) who created the instrumental tracks for his musician friends to write lyrics and sing over, among them, Inara George (The Bird and the Bee), Matt Costa, Petra Haden (The Decemberists), Robert Francis, Frank Lyon, Jon Hassell, and wife Juliette Commagere.


The Lumineers, The Lumineers (Dualtone)


Lux, We Are Not The Same (Lux)


Midnight Magic, What The Eyes Can't See EP (RCRD LBL)


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Wasted (Tone Tide Records)


New Build, Yesterday Was Lived and Lost (Lanark)
Featuring members of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. Album sampler below.



Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal)
Hip hop's new rhyme-spitting IT girl presents her much-anticipated sophomore record. Check out the candy-coated video for the album's second single, Nicki's autobiographical anthem "Stupid Hoe" below, directed by Hype Williams. It's already racked up more than 42 million views on YouTube.



MXPX, Plans Within Plans (Rock City)


Morgan Page, In The Air (Nettwerk)


Obie Trice, Bottoms Up (Black Market Entertainment)


Of Monsters and Men, My Head Is An Animal(Republic)


Orbital, Wonky (ACP)
The British electronic music pioneers issues their first new album in eight years features a guest appearance by Zola Jesus. Check out the video for “Never” below.



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Robert Pollard, Mouseman Cloud (Guided By Voices, Inc.)
The GBV frontman issues a solo LP.


Quantic & Alice Russell, Look Around The Corner (Tru Thoughts)


Rascal Flatts, Changed (Big Machine Records)


Ravens & Chimes, Holiday Life (Better Looking Records)


Screaming Females, Ugly (Don Giovanni Records)


Paul Van Dyk, Evolution (Vandit)


The Vespers, The Fourth Wall (Black Suit Records)


Rocky Votolato, Television Of Saints (self-release)
A new record from the Seattle-based singer-songwriter, the first time Votolato's been without a label since he joined Barsuk three albums ago. He raised funds to record the 10-track album a via Kickstarter campaign. Listen to "Little Spring" below.



White Fence, Family Perfume, Vol. 1 (Woodsist)


Whitejacket, Hollows and Rounds (self-release)
The newest alias for Chris McDuffie, formerly the keyboardist of The Apples In Stereo; his solo debut is inspired by pop music from the late '60s and early '70s. Listen to "The Modern" below.



Wilson Phillips, Dedicated (Sony Masterworks)
Inspired by their parents’ musical legacy, this record finds Wilson Phillips perform their three-part vocal harmonies renditions of songs by The Beach Boys and Mamas & The Papas.


World Blanket, 2012 (No Applause)


Zammuto, Zammuto (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
The former frontman of the now-defunct Books, Nick Zammuto, presents the fruits of his current labors, an experimental electro LP; watch a video about the musician and his making of the album below.


The first big series of April releases. I've included 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. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months ...

Addison Groove, Transistor Rhythm (50 Weapons)

AU, Both Lights (Hometapes)

Avalanche City, Love Love Love EP (Roadrunner)

Beak, Eyrie (Someoddpilot Records)
The post-metal quartet formed by local Chicago luminaries Chris Eichenseer and Jason Goldberg (previously of The Timeout Drawer)

Willis Earl Beal, Acousmatic Sorcery (XL)

Bear In Heaven, I Love You, It's Cool (Dead Oceans/Hometape)
Brooklyn's electro-psyche trio issues their third album. Check out the dizzying video for the single "Reflection Of You," directed by John Lee (from the art collective PFFR of Wonder Showzen fame) and featuring a cameo by one of their cohorts, Michael Mahalchick.

Black Mountain, Year Zero: The Original Soundtrack (Jagjaguwar)

Breton, Other People's Problems (FatCat)
The electro-experimental Brits issue their first full-length and it debuts in the U.S. today. I am stoked - I downloaded the band's free Blanket Rule EP in January and have been anticipating the release of a full-length ever since. Check out the video for "Interference" below.

Candlebox, Love Stories & Other Musings (Audionest)

Johnny Cash, Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth (Columbia/Legacy)
The fourth album in the bootleg series takes an intimate look at Cash's passion for gospel music and his own spiritual path via three rare albums: A Believer Sings The Truth, Johnny Cash—Gospel Singer, and Believe In Him. Also included: 15 unreleased tracks and outtakes from the original recording sessions.

Céu, Caravana Sereia Bloom (Six Degrees)
I think I'm in love with the lazily lovely sounds of Brazilian songstress Céu. Apparently, her self-titled international debut was laid-back, loungey electro-bossa nova and samba that sold in Starbucks, but I won't hold it against her because what I've heard of her third and latest is just so good. Still languid but in a psyche-heady Tropicalia sort of way, and her voice is sexy, velvety, supple - a sweet caress of Portuguese... I have no idea what she's saying but I'm buying it. Check out the video for "Retrovisor" after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases...

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