The last new releases out this February! I've included info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may never 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 ...
Ava Luna, Ice Level (Inflated Records)
Black Country Communion, Live Over Europe (J&R Adventures)
The British-American rock supergroup that includes bassist/singer Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (son of John, Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) presents a double live album to go with the DVD/Blu-Ray release filmed and recorded in Germany in the summer of 2011.
Caravan of Thieves, Mischief Night (self-release)
Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)
Cavo, Thick as Thieves (Eleven Seven Music)
Celtic Thunder, Voyage (Celtic Thunder Ltd.)
Chiddy Bang, Breakfast (Virgin)
The outrageous alt hip hop duo finally drops their debut full-length (released via iTunes 2/21). Check out the video for second single "Ray Charles" below.
Corrosion of Conformity, Corrosion Of Conformity (Candlelight)
The Cranberries, Roses (Downtown)
The Irish rock band featuring vocalist Dolores O'Riordan present their sixth studio album and first in nearly a dozen years.
Dark New Day, New Tradition (Goomba Music)
Dead Fingers, Dead Fingers (Fat Possum)
An alt country boy-girl duo featuring the quirky harmonies of enchanting drawler Kate Taylor (sister and bandmate to Maria) and brassy crooner Taylor Hollingsworth (of Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band). Check out "Another Planet" after the jump along with the rest of the week's new releases...
Deer Tick, Tim EP (Partisan Records)
A digital release taken from the same sessions that produced the band's highly acclaimed latest full-length, Divine Providence, Tim is made up of four previously unreleased songs as well as an acoustic version of the single, "Main Street." Deer Tick plays Gasparilla Music Fest Sat., March 10, at Curtis Hixon Park.
Dot, Calliope (Alpha Pup)
Dot is Kate Ellwanger, a 20-year-old pianist, composer and opera singer-turned-producer from Olympia, Wa. This is Dot's debut EP, its sound influenced by "Nosaj Thing, Portishead, James Blake, Four Tet, Sufjan Stevens, Steve Reich, Beethoven, Tim Burton and Salvador Dali." Title track below.
Estelle, All Of Me (Atlantic)
Fanfarlo, Rooms Filled With Light (Canvasback Music/Atlantic)
UK five-piece Fanfarlo returns with their Ben Allen-produced sophomore record, incorporating more experimental instrumentation, electric guitars, synchs and samplers, and other electro-splats amid the folk pop bounce and string drama. Listen to it in full all day at NPR.
Geographer, MYTH (Modern Art Records)
A San Fransisco-based electro indie rock band presents their sophomore debut and just debuted a new video for synth-fuzzy single, "Kites," one of five chosen for mtvU's Freshman Five.
Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio (Blue Note Records/EMI)
A fusion album drawing on jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, featuring Grammy-nominated keyboardist Glasper’s band (saxist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Chris Dave) along with a star-studded roster of guests, among them, Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), Chrisette Michele, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild and Meshell Ndegeocello. Check out the video EPK below.
Great Cynics, In the Valley EP (Kind of Like Records)
Green River Ordinance, Under Fire (Good Time)
The Honeydogs, What Comes After (Grain Belt Records)
The 10th album from the Minnesota indie pop band led by Adam and Noah Levy. Check out the video for uplifting horn-driven single "Aubben" below, produced by Ryan Paul Plewacki.
House Of Blondes, Clean Cuts (Glowmatic Records)
Hunx, Hairdresser Blues (Hardly Art)
Ja Rule, Pain Is Love 2 (Mpire Records)
The Johnny Ill Band, Ask All The Doctors (Urinal Cake Records)
Juveniles, Ready Ambitions EP (Kitsuné)
Sophia Knapp, Into The Waves (Drag City)
Little Barrie, King Of The Waves (Tummy Touch)
Loreena McKennitt, Troubadours On The Rhine Live (Quinlan Road)
Anais Mitchell, Young Man In America (Wilderland)
Memoryhouse, The Slideshow Effect (Sub Pop)
Moonlight Bride, Twin Lakes (self-release)
Mouse On Mars, Parastrophics (Monkeytown)
After a six-year absence, Mouse on Mars returns with this huge bombastic electro dance record. Listen to "Polaroyced" below.
New Multitudes, New Multitudes (Rounder)
Son Volt's Jay Farrar, Centro-matic's Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Jim James of My Morning Jacket interpret the unrecorded lyrics of American icon Woody Guthrie in this collaborative Americana project.
Nitrogods, Nitrogods (Steamhammer/SPV)
Nneka, Soul Is Heavy (Yo Mama’s Recording / Decon)
The Nigerian-German hip hop/soul arist is an underrated talent who lays socially conscious songwriting against a mix of hip hop beats, reggae grooves, brass riffs and African-pop in her third album, which features guest collabs with The Roots' Black Thought ("God Knows Why") and others. Check out "My Home" below.
Nova Social, For Any Inconvenience (Big Sleep Records)
Opera Diabolicus, + 1614 (Metalville Records)
Pink Floyd, The Wall (EMI)
The series of enhanced Pink Floyd re-issues finishes with The Wall. The seven-disc Immersion edition includes, among other things, a DVD featuring a film clip from the 1980 tour and a Behind The Wall documentary, excerpts from Roger Waters’ original demos and work-in-progress versions of songs on the final album. Additionally, among these previously unheard versions are David Gilmour’s original demos of “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell,” and The Wall Live, compiled from the 1980-1981 original tour.
Planet Asia, Black Belt Theatre (Green Streets Ent.)
Plants and Animals, The End Of That (Secret City)
Canadian indie psyche rock outfit Plants and Animals - which play Crowbar Tues., April 10 - issue their third full-length. Listen to "Lightshow" below.
Amy Ray, Lung Of Love (Daemon Records)
Rotary Club, Second Year In Swine (Woodside)
School of Seven Bells, Ghostory (Vagrant)
The synth rock band issues their first album as a duo of Benjamin Curtis (Secret Machines) and Alejandra Deheza (twin sister Claudia left the band in 2010). Check out first single "Lafaye" below.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Pound of Dirt (Modern Vintage Recordings)
The Brooklyn nine-piece purveys a "rollicking blend of soul, funk and backwoods Americana rock 'n' roll" (NY Daily News), and is a featured act at this year's Tropical Heatwave Sat., May 12.
Soft Swells, Soft Swells (Modern Outsider/Ume)
Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians, F**K All The Perfect People (Train Wreck Records)
Songwriter Chip Taylor ("Wild Thing," "Angel of the Morning") issues his first ever full band album. Check out the dry and mournful title track's video below, directed by four-time Juno Award winner Jeth Weinrich.
Tiny Victories, Those Of Us Still Alive EP (BirdDog Records)
UFO, Seven Deadly (SPV/Steamhammer)
Anna Vogelzang, Canary In A Coal Mine (Paper Anchor Music)
Alex Winston, King Con (V2 / Cooperative Music)
We Have Band, Ternion (Naïve)
Amelia White, Beautiful and Wild (White-Wolf Records)
The Wooden Sky, Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun (Black Box Recordings)
WZRD, Wzrd (Universal Republic)
A rock departure as put together by two hip hop music makers - rhyme-slinging emcee Kid Cudi and record producer Dot da Genius; in part inspired by "The Wizard" as performed by Black Sabbath. This is their debut collaboration as WZRD.