The last week of May brings some much-anticipated releases. 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) and a quick note on releases that came out on May 21, with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Aceyalone, Leanin’ On Slick (Decon)
The legendary emcee and founding member of seminal rap groups like Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D'Etat and Project Blowed delivers a follow-up to 2009's Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones, moving from the doo-wop tones of the last album to the soulful, funky beats backing his tight rhymes and bouncing-ball flow on this one. Leanin’ On Slick features appearances by frequent collaborator BIONIK, as well as Daniel Merriweather, Treasure Davis and perhaps most notably, singer Cee Lo Green. Title track video below.
Alice In Chains, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Virgin/EMI)
All Tiny Creatures, Dark Clock (Hometapes)
Anvil, Hope in Hell (The End Records)
Animal Collective, Monkey Been To Burn Town EP (Domino)
ASG, Blood Drive (Relapse)
Baths, Obsidian (Anticon)
Bennett & Brubeck, The White House Sessions, Live 1962 (RPM/Columbia/Legacy)
The Tony Bennett-Dave Brubeck White House Seminar performance came about when the artists — each already on the bill with his own ensemble — seized the moment with an impromptu set. While the Bennett-Brubeck recording of "That Old Black Magic" has surfaced on the occasional compilation, the recording of the rest of the Bennett and Brubeck set (an hour's worth of music) were thought lost until being rediscovered in the Sony Music Entertainment vaults last December, very coincidentally just weeks after Brubeck's passing on December 5, 2012.
Big Farm, Big Farm (New Amsterdam)
Terence Blanchard, Magnetic (Blue Note)
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, How Far Away (Woodsist)
Brazos, Saltwater (Dead Oceans)
Cloud Boat, Book of Hours (Apollo Records)
CoCoRosie, Tales Of A GrassWidow (Redeye)
Crystal Fighters, Cave Rave (Atlantic)
The UK/Basque outfit Crystal Fighters capture the carefree SoCal spirit perfectly in newest single “LA Calling,” off their latest, which effortlessly combines an eclectic international appeal with a feel-good beat to create a track bathed in sunlight that will make you feel on top of the world. Listen after the jump, and find out what else came out this week, and the noteworthy albums that dropped last week, too...