July kicks off with a very small number of releases leading into the July Fourth weekend. 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 ...
Acid Mothers Temple, Son of a Bitches Brew (Important Records)
The freaky face-melting Japanese psychedelic rock outfit presents an electric jazz, funk and psych record inspired by the sounds of Miles Davis' seething electric era, and infused with AMT's cosmic acid vibe.
Asia, XXX (Frontier)
Chris Brown, Fortune (RCA)
Chrome Waves, Chrome Waves (Gravedancer)
Deathspell Omega, Drought (Season Mist)
Delain, We Are The Others (Sensory)
Donots, Wake The Dogs (Ok!Good)
James Luther Dickinson & North Mississippi Allstars, I'm Just Dead I'm Not Gone (Zebra Ranch)
Not only a blues and folk-rooted posthumous release, this is the late Jim Dickinson's first and only live album with sons Luther and Cody, plus bassist Chris Chew of the NMAs and Jimmy Davis on rhythm guitar; it was recorded at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis on Fri., June 2, 2006, and includes select cuts from the show.
Dub Pistols, Worshipping The Dollar (Sunday Best Recordings)
The London-based outfit that fuses ska, dub, hip-hop, electro and punk as led by Barry Ashworth present their fifth studio album. Single "Mucky Weekend" features guest vocals from UK hip-hop legend Rodney P, the video (after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases) a fast-paced ride through a night of mayhem.
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, One Wrong Turn (Alligator)
The Sacramento-based blues makers — led by singer, harmonica wailer and songwriter Estrin, and featuring guitarist Chris "Kid" Andersen, standing and singing drummer J. Hansen, and multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and piano). Video for the cheeky "I Met Her on the Blues Cruise" below.
Glass Cloud, The Royal Thousand (Equal Vision)
Icarus Witch, Rise (Cleopatra)
Stevie Jackson, (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson (eOne)
The debut solo record from the Scottish singer-guitarist best known for his role in Belle & Sebastian sees its U.S. release
Jellyfish, Live at Bogart's 1991 (Ominvore)
Lonesome River Band, Chronology 2 (Rural Rhythm)
Modeselektor, Modeselektion 2 (Monkeytown)
Motion Sickness of Time Travel, Motion Sickness of Time Travel (Spectrum Spools)
Mum, Early Birds (Morr Music)
Nile, At The Gates Of Sethu (Nuclear Blast America)
Periphery, Periphery II (Sumerian)
Prodigy, H.N.I.C. 3 (Infamous)
Not to be confused with the British electronica outfit, Prodigy is the rapper who serves as one-half of Queens hip hop duo Mobb Deep. This is his third solo LP; video for "Pretty Thug" below.
Noah Stewart, Noah (Verve)
Teenage Bottlerocket, Freak Out (Fat Wreck Chords)
Jimmie Van Zant, Feels Like Freedom (CYA)
Various Artists, Jeffree's Volume (Mad Decent)
A compilation series that features a diverse selection of new talent from across the electronic music landscap, including 19-year-old Phat Deuce, and the J-Wow (of Buraka Som Sistema) project dubbed Branko and featuring Dominique Young Unique. Video for "Going In Hard" with Unique below.
Keller Williams & The Travelin' McCourys, Pick (SCI Fidelity)
On this new recording, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams teams up with Nashville's much loved bluegrass family the Travelin' McCourys for a dozen originals and covers that offer a unique twist on the narrative traditions of Americana music.
The Word Alive, Life Cycles (Fearless)
Wolves at the Gate, Captors (Solid State)