The first small wave of May releases. 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 ...
Atari Teenage Riot, Collapse of History EP (Dim Mak Records)
Blockhead, Interludes After Midnight (Ninja Tune)
B.o.B., Strange Clouds (Atlantic)
The NC native rapper issues his sophomore LP and follow-up to his smash 2010 debut. The album features guest spots by Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, T.I., Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Nelly, Roscoe Dash and others.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Aufheben (A Records)
Ane Brun, It All Starts With One (PIAS America)
The Norwegian indie pop singer, songwriter and guitarist finally sees a U.S. release for her fourth album; check out the video for single "Worship" after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases.
Callaghan, Life In Full Colour (Green Town Music)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz)
Dot Hacker, Inhibition (ORG Music)
The experimental rock project of friends and founding musician members Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Clint Walsh and Eric Gardner (Gnarls Barkley), and Jonathan Hischke. Title track below.
Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
The new band led by former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman.
Gravenhurst, The Ghost In Daylight (Warp)
George Harrison, Early Takes Volume 1: Music From The Martin Scorsese Picture Living In The Material World (Ume)
Hey Rosetta, Seeds Deluxe and Sing Sing Sessions EP (ATO)
Hurt, The Crux (Carved Records)
Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (ANG)
Naama Kates, The Unexamined Life (self-release)
K-Holes, Dismania (Hardly Art)
Kwes, Meantime EP (Warp)
The 24-year-old London-based musician and producer presents an EP of his self-styled free-pop, "pop music without boundaries." Check out "Bashful" below.
Lazer Sword, Memory (Monkeytown)
Light Asylum, Light Asylum (Mexican Summer)
little hurricane, Homewrecker (Unknown Breakthrough)
In this garage rock duo from San Diego, a gal (CC) bangs drums, a dude (Tone) sings and plays guitar. Check out the twosome playing "Haunted Heart" live in the studio below.
Loquat, We Could Be Arsonists (Nacional Records)
Lower Dens, Nootropics (Ribbon Music)
Second record from the Pitchfork darlings. "Propagation" below.
Marriages, Kitsune (Sargent House)
Moby, Destroyed Remixed (Mute)
A two-disc collection of remixes of songs from Moby's 2011 studio album, Destroyed, including remixes by Holy Ghost!, System Divine, Paul van Dyk, Yeasayer, Photek, a new remix of the single "The Poison Tree" by longtime friend and collaborator David Lynch, and a brand new 30-minute ambient track by Moby called "All Sides Gone."
The Mowgli, Sound The Drum (self-release)
Anders Osborne, Black Eye Galaxy (Alligator)
Pennywise, All Or Nothing (Epitaph)
SoCal punks Pennywise present a new record with new vocalist Zoli Téglás, who replaced Jim Lindberg in 2009. Check out the title track below and decide for yourself if they still have it with the new guy.
Archie Powell & the Exports, Great Ideas in Action (Good Land Records)
Ramona Falls, Prophet (Barsuk)
Singer/multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf quit the acclaimed art rock trio Menomena last year to devote his time full to his Ramona Falls project. Knopf has said it's more organic and personal than anything he ever contributed to Menomena, "it's more of a rapid transit line between my sleeve and my heart." Artwork and two tracks below.
Carina Round, Tigermending (Dehisce Records)
The British singer presents her first new material in five years, which includes collaborations with Brian Eno, Maynard Keenan, Billy Corgan and Dave Stewart, among others.
Santigold, Master of My Make Believe (Atlantic)
Sea of Bees, Orangefarben (Team Love Records)
Skip The Foreplay, Nightlife (Epitaph)
Soso, That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up In China (self-release)
Swedish native Soso issues her debut, which includes her pop version of Cody Chesnutt's song, "My Women My Guitars." Check out the video for "Happy People (Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt)" below.
The Spinto Band, Shy Pursuit (Spintonic Recordings)
A new record from the Delaware indie rock band. Check out the music video for the song "Take It" below.
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (Sony Music Nashville)
Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game (Decca)
Nick Waterhouse, Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure)
Patrick Watson, Adventures in Your Own Backyard (Domino)