SSION, Bent (Dovecote) Hailing from Kansas City, SSION is led by the charismatic avant gender outlaw Cody Critcheloe, and creates irreverent dance music. This enhanced hard copy re-release of Bent includes previously unreleased bonus tracks and remixes from MNDR, Grimes, Nightfeelings, Physical Therapy and more. Check out the video for the single "My Love Grows In The Dark," conceived and produced by Critcheloe, and featuring himself as a pop star, journeying through a surreal house of androgynous dancers and confronted with issues of representation, indifference and intimacy.
Sweet Valley, Stay Calm (Fool's Gold) The screwy experimental electro-break side project of Wavves' frontman Nathan Williams and brother Kynan. Listen to their riff on American Bandstand in "Total Carnage" below
Various Artists, We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash CD/DVD (Sony Legacy) A band of legendary musicians led by Was with Buddy Miller, Kenny Aronoff, Ian McLagen and Greg Leisz gathered at The Moody Theater in Austin on Fri., April 20, 2012, to pay tribute to the music of Cash and his influence. The DVD/CD release features an all-star roster of special guest sit-ins from the performance — Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow performing "If I Were A Carpenter," one of several duets originally recorded by Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash; while solo numbers include "Folsom Prison Blues" by Brandi Carlile, Lucinda Williams' reinterpretation of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" (performed by Cash on American IV: The Man Comes Around, the last album released during the artist's lifetime), and "Long Black Veil" by the acclaimed American singer-songwriter Iron & Wine.
Elle Varner, Perfectly Imperfect (RCA) The 23-year-old soul-pop songstress presents her full-length debut. Check out first single video "Refill" below.
The first set of new releases for August. 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.
10 Years, Minus The Machine (Palehorse Records/LLG)
Antibalas, Antibalas (Daptone) The Brooklyn Afrobeat ensemble (inspired and influenced by Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri's Harlem River Drive Orchestra) present their fifth full-length album [pictured right].
Antony and the Johnsons, Cut the World (Secretly Canadian) A collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band's four full-length albums, recorded in Copenhagen with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra.
Ape School, Junior Violence (Hometapes) The performing alias of experimental music maker of Michael Johnson, under which he creates acid-bounce pop music with lots of wall-of-sound synth texture. After the jump, listen to the freaky anthemic single "Marijuana's on the Phone," which apparently began as a drunken strum into a tape recorder that was filled out the morning after with Slick, an ARP 2600 analog synthesizer, and a swinging baritone sax. Pretty cool.
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