New music Tuesday! (June 26): Joe Jackson pays tribute to The Duke, plus releases from Flaming Lips, Beachwood Sparks + more


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Blues Traveler, Suzie Cracks The Whip (429 Records)
The Grammy-winning multi-platinum rockers commemorate their 25th anniversary as a band with their 10th full-length studio record produced by Sam Hollander (Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Katy Perry), and featuring a guest appearance by American Idol's Crystal Bowersox. Blues Traveler hits 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre on July 17 as part of the "Last Summer on Earth" tour with Barenaked Ladies, Cracker, and Big Head Todd & The Monsters.


Bright Light Bright Light, Make Me Believe in Hope (The Blue Team / Aztec Records Ltd)


Jimmy Buffett, Welcome To Fin City Mailboat Live CD/DVD (Mailboat)


The Cinematic Orchestra, In Motion #1 (Ninja Tune)


Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Old Believers (Readymade / Thirty Tigers)


Rachel Crow, Rachel Crow EP (Columbia Records)


The Devil Wears Prada, Dead & Alive (Ferret/Roadrunner)
The first live album from the Christian metalcore band is also the last album to feature keyboard player James Baney before he left the band on February 22, 2012.


DIVE, Oshin (Captured Tracks)
DIVE (sometimes stylized DIIV) is the nom-de-plume of Brooklyn's Z. Cole Smith as well as the name of his four-piece, which crafts dark-tinged New Wave-influenced psych and post-punk. Listen to "How Long Have You Known" below.



Jerry Douglas, Traveler (eOne)


Dynasty Electric, Dynasty Electric (No Shame)
Brooklyn duo Dynasty Electric features sexy siren Jenny Electrik and multi-instrumentalist bandmate Seth Misterka, who crafts a retro-futuristic mix of electro pop, garage rock, and trip-hop. Video for "Eyes Wide Open" below.



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Everclear, Invisible Stars (eOne)


Everest, Ownerless (ATO)


Exray, Trust a Robot (Howells Transmitter)


The Flaming Lips, The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends (Warner Bros)
Due to popular demand, the Flaming Lips issued their Record Store Day exclusive vinyl release on disc and digitally today; the guest list includes a who’s who of indie rock, pop and beyond, including Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Prefuse 73, Tame Impala, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Nick Cave, Lightning Bolt, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, Neon Indian, Erykah Badu, Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory, and New Fumes, which appears in the song "Girl, You're So Weird" (NSFW video below).



Future of What, Moonstruck EP (self-release)


The Henry Clay People, Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives (TBD Records)
Spin magazine wrote: "The Henry Clay People specialize in raggedy power chords and desperately boyish vocals - what Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would sound like if they'd taken temp work and listened obsessively to Crazy Horse." Check out "Friends are Forgving" below.



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Icebreaker with BJ Cole, Apollo (Cantaloupe Music)
"An Ending (Ascent) II"
Innovative 12-piece ensemble Icebreaker is joined by pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole in their electronic/acoustic re-imagining Brian Eno's Apollo album, which was originally composed by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for Al Reinert's 1983 documentary on the Apollo space missions, For All Mankind. Described as “52 minutes of transcendently lovely music, mysterious soundscapes, eerie electronics and the sweet lilt of pedal steel guitar, a combination that feels almost as if it were the very sound of the cosmos itself."


Infantree, Hero's Dose (Vapor)


Jeans Wilder, Totally (Everloving Records)
The performing moniker of Andrew Caddick (formerly of Fantastic Magic with Wavves' Nathan Williams) offers up rays-kissed surf jangle, 1960s pop and resin-scraping grunge on his sophomore LP. Listen to "Limeade" below.



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Joe Jackson, The Duke (Razor & Tie)
A classy iconoclastic British singer-songwriter who’s always leaned to jazz pays tribute to one of his icons and takes15 Ellington classics in an unconventional direction with select guests. R&B diva Sharon Jones lends a soulful shine to "I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues while "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" finds Jackson trading vocals with punk icon Iggy Pop.


Kasabian, Live At The O2 [CD/DVD/Blu-ray] (Eagle Rock)


Left Lane Cruiser and James Leg, Painkillers (Alive Naturalsound)
Punk blues duo Left Lane Cruiser teams up with keyboardist/howler James Leg of Black Diamond Heavies for this album of cover tunes by the likes of Junior Kimbrough, Bob Seger, Hound Dog Taylor, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker, and others. They are also joined by bassist Jim Diamond and 66-year-old bluesman Harmonica Shah on harp.


Lil Scrappy, The Grustle (Bonzi / G's Up / S Line)


Linkin Park, Living Things (Warner Bros./Wea)


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Little Feat, Rooster Rag (Rounder)


Lorn, Ask The Dust (Ninja Tune)


A Lull, Meat Mountain EP (Lujo Records)


Maroon 5, Overexposed (Octone)


Maybach Music Group, Presents Self Made v2 (Warner Bros.)


Memphis May Fire, Challenger (Rise)


Mixtapes, Even On The Worst Nights (No Sleep)


The Offspring, Days Gone By (Columbia)


A Place to Bury Strangers, Worship (Dead Oceans)
First album for Dead Oceans, third overall from the noise-space rock outfit


Pink Floyd, The Story of Wish You Were Here [DVD/Blu-ray] (Eagle Rock)


R. Kelly, Write Me Back (RCA)


Ty Segall Band, Slaughterhouse (IN the Red)


Sonny and The Sunsets, Longtime Companion (Polyvinyl Records)


The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Throw It To The Universe (Yep Roc)


Stone Temple Pilots, Alive In The Windy City [DVD/Blu-ray] (Eagle Rock)


Two Wounded Birds, Two Wounded Birds (Holiday Friends Recording Company)
This debut blends New Wave and pop, and is released on Jacob Graham of The Drums’ label, under the Frenchkiss imprint; actual release date was June 24. Listen to "To Be Young" below.


The last batch of new releases out this June. 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 ...

Casey Abrams, Casey Abrams (Concord)
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American Idol season 10 finalist Casey Abrams recorded his debut in London with acclaimed producers Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, KT Tunstall), Rune Westberg (Daughtry, Adam Lambert) and Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Herbie Hancock).

Admiral Fallow, Tree Bursts In Snow (Nettwerk)

Air Traffic Controller, Nordo (Sugarpop Records)

Alexander and the Grapes, Hemispheres (New Granada Records)
The Tampa Bay’s own young indie folk rock quartet presents their debut full-length. Click here to read CL's review.

Beachwood Sparks, The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop)
LA's much-beloved sunshine roots outfit Beachwood Sparks – which features the Bay area's own singer/bassist Brent Rademaker along with singer/guitarist Chris Gunst, singer/multi-instrumentalist Farmer Dave Scher, and singer/drummer Aaron Sperske – return with their first new album in 11 years. The band discusses their reasons for coming back together with live clips of songs from the album in a video after the jump. Check it along with the rest of this week's new releases...

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