Round three of new releases in August. 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.
Bloc Party, Four (Frenchkiss)
Michael "Iron Man" Burks, Show Of Strength (Alligator Records)
The final album and posthumous release from modern day blues guitar hero and vocalist Burks, who completed work on the album and died while changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport returning from a tour of Europe in May. He was 54 years old.
Evan Caminiti, Dreamless Sleep (Thrill Jockey Records)
Careful, Because I Am Always Talking (self-release)
Carrollhood, Afraid EP (self-release)
Carrollhood is made up of Reed Murray, former drummer of Tallhart, Anberlin drummer Nathan Young, and Underoath guitarist Tim McTague, three musician friends who decided to start the band a year ago, according to Murray, “as a means to create music that was different from our respective bands, and also as an effort to expand Tampa's promising music scene.” All three are heavily involved in songwriting and contribute vocals and instrumentals on guitar, keys and drums. Today marks their first official release, a digital three-song EP. If lead-off track "Remission" is any indication of what this trio is capable of, I'm extremely intrigued. Listen below.
Dispatch, Circles Around The Sun (Bomber Records/Universal Republic)
Eyes Lips Eyes, What You Want (If You Want) EP (Roll Call Records/ILG)
Fallulah, The Black Cat Neighbourhood (MBM Records)
Bill Fay, Life Is People (Dead Oceans)
The Fleshtones, Quatro X Quatro EP (Yep Roc)
Four Tet, Pink (Text Records)
Happy New Year, Happy New Year (Crikey! Records)
The Heavy, The Glorious Dead (Counter Records)
The UK funk and soul band has blown up since their track "How You Like Me Now?" was featured all over the place in the U.S. — from TV shows like Entourage, The Voice and Community, to films like The Fighter and 2011 film Horrible Bosses to commercials for Kia Sorento and Strongbow. Check out the video for "What Makes a Good Man?" off the foursome's third LP after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases.
JT Hodges, JT Hodges (Show Dog-Universal Music)
JJ Doom, Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)
The alt hip-hop group that includes Jneiro Jarel and MF DOOM present their first collab [album pictured right], which features appearances from Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Khujo Goodie (Goodie Mob), and Damon Albarn (Blur).
Jeff Kashiwa, Let It Ride (Native Language)
Dylan LeBlanc, Cast the Same Old Shadow (Rough Trade)
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Last Of A Dyin' Breed (Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records)
Ombre, Believe You Me (Asthmatic Kitty)
Onuinu, Mirror Gazer (Bladen County Records)
Our Last Night, Age Of Ignorance (Epitaph)
Owl City, The Midsummer Station (Universal Republic)
Actual release date August 17.
Gregory Pepper and His Problems, Escape From Crystal Skull Mountain (Fake Four Inc.)
A native of Guelph, Ontario, Pepper earned high marks for 2009 release With Trumpets Flaring, hailed as "conceptually minded and very, very clever" by The Torontoist. Follow-up Escape From Crystal Skull Mountain is a boisterous, darling, meticulously arranged album of retro-imbued pop orchestrations featuring performances by Toronto-area musical dignitaries from the ranks of Do Make Say Think and The Niagara Symphony Orchestra, among others. Check out the clever phrasings of "At Least I'm Not a Musician" below.
Ry Cooder, Election Special (Nonesuch)
Six Organs of Admittance, Ascent (Drag City)
Selah Sue, Selah Sue (Columbia)
The internationally-acclaimed, Belgium-born recording artist with the velvety-big voice debuts her blend of pop, soul, funk and reggae in the U.S. Video for first single "Raggamuffin" below.
Martin Solveig, SMASH (Big Beat)
Teengirl Fantasy, Tracer (True Panther Sounds/R&S)
Trey Songz, Chapter V (Atlantic)
The fifth studio album by popular young R&B recording artist Trey Songz, which features guest spots by Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Diddy, and others.
Van She, Idea Of Happiness (Nu Yacht Rock)
Matthew E. White, Big Inner (Hometapes/Spacebomb Records)
Yeasayer, Fragrant World (Secretly Canadian)
Sometimes Yeasayer's world-psych electro pop sound works; sometimes, it doesn't, and ends up sounding like New Age ishness. Not sure yet about their third full-length, but it has it's decent moments. Check out "No Bones" below and make your own judgements.