The second week of new jams for June. 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 see releases from the past several weeks…
Anathema, Distant Satellites (Kscope)
The Atlas Moth, The Old Believer (Profound Lore Records)
Tomas Barfod, Love Me (Secretly Canadian)
Big Wreck, Ghosts (Zoe/PGD)
Selwyn Birchwood, Don't Call No Ambulance (Alligator Records)
The Bradenton-based blues guitar slinger got a record deal with Alligator Records, and this is his debut on the label. He played a release show at Skipper's Smokehouse; stay tuned on Ear Buds for Andy Warrener's review of the show, which will post later today...
Body Count, Manslaughter (Sumerian)
Chief Keef, Bang 3 (Interscope)
Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm (Caroline)
Clipping., CLPPNG (Sub Pop)
Hollie Cook, Twice (Mr. Bongo)
Craft Spells, Nausea (Captured Tracks)
Breezy piano-and-guitar-fueled Pavement/Sea and Cake-influenced indie rock from California by resident soundmaker Justin Paul Vallesteros, formerly rolling solo in his bedroom, currently joined by a full band. This is his sophomore full-length. Check first single "" after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases ...
Death Grips, Niggas on the Moon (Harvest)
The actual release date for the avant punk rap group was yesterday, a free downloadable surprise, and it features collabs with none other than Icelandic megastar Bjork. Click here for more info.
Dub Thompson, 9 Songs (Dead Oceans)
Dub Thompson is the fresh project of Cali-bred Matt Pulos (guitar) and Evan Laffer (drums) draws on lo-fi indie rock, rocksteady and groovetronica, and cite influences that include Big Black, Can and Kraftwerk. Full album streaming now at Hypemachine. Check the mildly ominous organ-howling drive of "No Time" in the video below.
First Aid Kit, Stay Gold (Columbia)
The Swedish folk duo made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg deliver a third full-length produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk).
The Fresh & Onlys, House Of Spirits (Mexican Summer)
Glass Animals, ZABA (Harvest Records/Wolf Tone)
There's something very Alt-J sounding in the vocal quality of Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley — but perhaps that's because they're both British and have that velvet brushed timbre. The group was one of the first signings to biggie producer Paul Epworth's Wolf Tone label, the title of their album taken from Bayley's favorite childhood story, William Steig's The Zabajaba Jungle. He describes the sound on his band's debut as "like a backdrop of man-made wilderness..." and it definitely has an exotic percussive touch influenced by, apparently, the New World scenarios found in Apocalypse Now, The Island of Dr Moreau, Heart of Darkness, The African Queen and Mosquito Coast. Listen to "Pools" below.
Hellyeah, Blood for Lust (Eleven Seven Music)
Lust for Youth, International (Sacred Bones Records)
Mayday X Murs, Mursday (Strange Music)
Memory Map, The Sky As Well As Space (Joyful Noise)
O.A.R., The Rockville LP (Vanguard)
Old Monk, Posing as Love (Eenie Meenie Records)
Passenger, Whispers (Nettwerk)
Popcaan, Where We Come From (Mixpak Records)
Quantic, Magnetica (Tru Thoughts)
Quantic is Will Holland, a UK-born, Columbia-based producer and multi-instrumentalist versed on guitar, bass, double bass, piano, organ, sax, accordion and percussion. His latest record draws on elements of soul, funk and jazz along with cumbia, salsa and bossa nova, and combines eclectic live instrumentation with samples. Video for "Duvidó" featuring Pongo Love below.
Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie (Earache)
Rebelution, Count Me In (Easy Star/87 Music)
Sole & DJ Pain 1, Death Drive (Black Canyon Music / Africantape)
Indie rapper Sole teams up with platinum-certified producer DJ Pain 1 mix modern pop/hip hop aesthetics with politics and social awareness. This is their first collab. Check "Old Gods Ain't Dead" featuring Sean from Andrew Jackson Jihad below.
Stagnant Pools, Geist (Polyvinyl)
Tesla, Simplicity (Tesla Recording Company)
Tiny Victories, Haunts (The Sleepover Party)
The Toxic Avenger, Romance & Cigarettes (Ultra)
Trap Them, Blissfucker (Prosthetic Records)
Various Artists, Electronic Saviors Vol. III (Metropolis)
A comp put together for industrial scene promoter, musician and DJ Jim Semonik, who was diagnosed with a deadly form of stage 2B colorectal cancer in 2008. The Electronic Saviors project was created as a result of his need to raise awareness. The third installment features cuts by Combichrist, 16 Volt, Hate Dept, Aesthetic Perfection and many others.
Walter Trout, The Blues Came Callin' (Mascot Records)
Umphrey's McGee, Similar Skin (Nothing Too Fancy Music)
The Chicago-bred prog jam sextet with virtuoso chops has finally formed their own label, and issues their eighth studio album on the imprint. The 11 tracks include a few cuts from the live repertoire recorded for the first time, including "Bridgeless." Shedding the grand production of 2011’s Death By Stereo, the band gets more concise and melodic in their latest. Umphrey's hits Jannus Live on the tour supporting the album Sun., Aug. 31.
Unicycle Loves You, The Dead Age (Highwheel Records/Mecca Lecca)
Tom Vek, Luck (Moshi Moshi)
Seth Walker, Sky Still Blue (Royal Potato Family)
Jack White, Lazaretto (Columbia)
Yep, it's another high quality solo outing from Jack White. If you haven't heard the guitar-riffing title track yet, you probably don't listen to the radio much. It's one of the best things on right now. New video for the track below...
WIFE, What's Between (Tri Angle Records)
The Word Alive, Real (Fearless)