The last round of releases in April. I've included info and links for the 4/17 releases 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 ...
Josh Abbott Band, Small Town Family Dream (Pretty Damn Tough)
Ryan Adams, iTunes Session (EMI)
An eight-song set of solo performances by Adams that were recorded at the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood; includes classics from his 2000 solo debut Heartbreaker, the Whiskeytown era “Houses On The Hill,” songs from his acclaimed new album Ashes & Fire, and a cover of Bob Mould’s “Black Sheets of Rain.”
Anathema, Weather Systems (The End)
Theresa Andersson, Street Parade (Basin Street Records)
The Swedish born, New Orleans-based soul songstress and multi-instrumentalist presents a lush joyful ode to the city she's called home for nearly two decades. Directed by Petter Ringbom and shot during Mardi Gras, the video for "Hold On To Me" (below) features Andersson riding in the parade atop a giant bird float designed by sculptor Jacques Dufforc and renowned puppeteer Arthur Mintz (Fantastic Mr. Fox). She debuted both the album and the float surrounded by a 40-piece band of singers, drummers and horn players as part of the all-female Krewe Of Muses in this year's Mardi Gras parade.
Bad Veins, Mess We've Made (Modern Outsider Records)
Brendan Benson, What Kind Of World (Readymade Records)
The musician best known for his time playing with The Raconteurs has been playing music long before he joined up with Jack White, and he plays bass, keys and drums in addition to guitar. This is his fifth solo full-length and first album on his own imprint. Check out the title track after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Bereft, Leichenhaus (The End Records)
Brian Scary, Daffy's Elixir (Paper Garden Records)
Brian Scary's latest album is described as "grandiose 70's inspired experimental indie pop." Check out "Ziegfield Station" by the self-styled prog-pop storyteller below.
Lee Brice, Hard 2 Love (Curb)
Cabinet, Eleven (Ropeadope)
Cancer Bats, Dead Set On Living (Metal Blade)
Crystal Fighters, Star of Love (Atlantic)
A synthtronic/Spanish band that fuses dance music with Basque country folklore, Crystal Fighters, finally releases their debut LP, with bonus tracks, in the U.S. Check out the video for "Plage" below.
Death Grips, The Money Store (Epic/Sony)
Deuce, Nine Lives Deluxe (Eleven Seven Music)
Diamond Rugs, Diamond Rugs (Partisan)
Electric Guest, Mondo (Downtown)
Eve 6, Speak In Code (Fearless)
Frames, In Via (SPV/Steamhammer)
Peter Gabriel, New Blood Live In London (Eagle Rock)
A Genuine Freakshow, Oftentimes (Ok!Good)
Warren Haynes, Live At The Moody Theater (Stax)
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The Hudson Branch, World Kid (self-release)
Sarah Jaffe, The Body Wins (Kirtland)
Jamiroquai, Rock Dust Light Star (Executive Music Group)
Carole King, Legendary Demos (Hear Music)
Greg Laswell, Landline (Vanguard)
Gordon Lightfoot, All Live (Rhino)
Loquat, We Could Be Arsonists (Nacional Records)
L.P., Into The Wild: Live At EastWest Studios (Warner Bros.)
LA-by-way-of-NYC singer-songwriter-whistler Laura Pergolizzi aka L.P. gained some fame when the song she co-wrote, "Afraid To Sleep," was performed by NBC's The Voice finalist Vicci Martinez and reached No. 10 on iTunes Top Singles Chart. This is a live release precluding a full-length album later this year. Performance of "Into the Wild" below.
The Maccabees, Given To The World (Cooperative / Fiction)
Magic Wands, Aloha Moon (Bright Antenna/ILG)
The buzzworthy synth pop duo present their much-anticipated full-length debut, described as "a cosmic dance through a universe where voices echo, keyboards shimmer and guitars splash like giant waves on a distant planet's shores." Check out first single "Space" below.
Kip Moore, Up All Night (MCA Nashville)
Orcas, Orcas (Morr Music)
Prong, Carved Into Stone (Long Branch)
Prozak, Paranormal (Strange Music)
The Raveonettes, Into The Night EP (self-release)
Megan Reilly, The Well (Carrot Top)
Rocky Loves Emily, Secrets Don't Make Friends (Tooth & Nail)
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Radio Salone (Cumbancha)
Smash Palace, Do It Again (Zip Records)
Todd Snider, Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker (Aimless)
Suckers, Candy Salad (Frenchkiss)
Torche, Harmonicraft (Volcom)
Toro Y Moi, June 2009 (Carpark Records)
Walter Trout, Blues for the Modern Daze (Mascot)
Ty Segall & White Fence, Hair (Drag City)
Various Artists, Putumayo presents African Blues (Putumayo World Music)
Waco Brothers & Paul Burch, Great Chicago Fire (Bloodshot Records)
The Wanted, The Wanted EP (Mercury)
Jack White, Blunderbuss (Third Man Records)
Yuna, Yuna (Fader)
The velvety-voiced a Malaysian singer-songwriter with unique indie folk rock-tronic appeal. Check out the video for "Live Your Live" below.
John Zorn, Nosferatu (Tzadik)
Created for a modern Polish stage production of Bram Stoker's classic vampire tale, Zorn's score was written to create a sense of nostalgia, tenderness, violence and mystery; also featuring Bill Laswell, Ro Burger and Kevin Norton.