It's a doozie for the first week of February, with lots out this week from a range of artists. 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.
The Bronx, The Bronx (IV) (White Drugs/ATO Records)
Brotha Lynch Hung, Mannibalector (Strange Music)
Joe Budden, No Love Lost (eOne)
The Cheetahs, Extended Plays (Witchita)
Coheed and Cambria, The Aftermath: Descension (Hundred Handed)
Combichrist, No Redemption (Out of Line)
Companion, Companion (self-release)
Harry Connick Jr., Smokey Mary (Sony)
Darkstar, News From Nowhere (Warp)
Dog Bite, Velvet Changes (Carpark Records)
Eels, Wonderful, Glorious (Vagrant)
The 10th studio album from Eels is a double LP.
Elephant Stone, Elephant Stone (Burger Records)
Everything Everything, Cough Cough EP (Cult Records/Kemosabe Records)
The quirky British prog-pop/indie dance act issues an EP version of the full-length they dropped in the UK earlier this year. Video of the awesome title track after the jump along with the rest of this week's releases...
Focus, X (Four Worlds USA)
Frightened Rabbit, Pedestrian Verse (Canvasback/Atlantic)
The Scottish indie rock band presents their debut on Atlantic and fourth overall. According to lead songwriter Scott Hutchison, it's the best album they've produced thus far because of its more practiced feel, as the tracks were performed on the road before taken into the studio. Pedestrian Verse has already reached an 82 rating on Metacritic with 13 positive reviews. Check out the video for "Dead Now" below.
Josh Groban, All That Echoes (Reprise)
Grouper, The Man Who Died in His Boat (Kranky)
Pitchfork.com approves of this ambient music by Portand electro-acoustic ambient/noise musician Liz Harris.
Guards, In Guards We Trust (Black Bell Records)
Pitchfork.com approves of this upbeat 60s-inspired indie pop rock threesome, which issues their debut full-length today. Check out the video that premiered on IFC, "Silver Lining," below.
Heaven's Basement, Filthy Empire (Red Bull Records)
Hell Or Highwater, Begin Again (Pavement)
Horsehands, Sirs (self-release)
Totally weirdo/freaky psych-prog pop by a Boston threesome; like Ween meets Rush. Listen to "Tin Horn" below.
IFÉ, Fire Inside of Me (self-release)
Jim James, Regions of Light and Sound of God (ATO)
My Morning Jacket's haunting howling frontman presents a solo LP under his own moniker (as opposed to his collaborative moniker, Yim Yames). Listen to "A New Life" below.
Jenny O., Automechanic (Holy Trinity)
Ladyfinger (ne), Errant Forms (Saddle Creek)
La Luz, Damp Face (Burger Records)
An organ grooving, all-girl psych rock/dream pop foursome from Seattle band. Listen to "Call me in the Day" below.
Tim McGraw, Two Lanes of Freedom (Big Machine Records)
Misfits, DEA.D. ALIVE! (Misfits Records)
Pascal Pinon, Twosomeness (Morr Music)
Matt Pond, The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand (BMG)
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Matt Pond and regular collaborator guitarist/singer Chris Hansen present a new full-length album. Matt Pond's live band features a virtual cavalcade of Orlando musicians, namely Tierney Tough of The Pauses, Rawnson Forpahl of Saskatchewan and Loud Valley, and Tre Hester of The Great Deceivers. Take a listen to "Love to Get Used" below.
Night Beds, Country Sleep (Dead Oceans)
Bettie Serveert, Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion)
Ron Sexsmith, Forever Endeavour (Mri Associated)
The Shilohs, So Wild (Light Organ Records)
The debut from this Vancouver outfit is bouncy retro-flavored indie rock recorded by the prolific Dave Carswell (The New Pornographers, Destroyer) at the legendary JC/DC studios. Listen to "Get Ready Now" below.
Silverstein, This Is How The Wind Shifts (Hopeless Records)
Ballaké Sissoko, At Peace (Six Degrees)
Chris Stamey, Lovesick Blues (Yep Roc)
The SteelDrivers, Hammer Down (Rounder)
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, We The Common (Ribbon Records)
One of my new favorite artists, only flying into my radar this year but active since 2003, and this is the San Francisco-based outfit's fourth LP. Multi-instrumentalists Thao Nguyen and Adam Thompson are its songwriters, Thao's luscious vocals taking center stage amid richly-textured alt folk tunes with bright pop appeal. Check out "Kindness" featuring Joanna Newsome below.
Richard Thompson, Electric (New West Records)
Umberto, Confrontations (Not Not Fun)
UUVVWWZ, the trusted language (Saddle Creek)
Townes Van Zandt, Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972 (Omnivore)
Various Artists, Kitsuné Parisien III (Kitsuné)
The third installment in the French electro label's compilation series that spotlights up and coming artists from around the world.
Holly Williams, The Highway (Georgiana Records)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, // (Jagjaguwar)
The American-New Zealand lo-fi psych rock trio debuted in 2011 with a well-received self-titled full-length that earned the Taite Music Prize for the best album from New Zealand. This is the much-anticipated follow-up, which finds them moving from Fat Possum to Jagjaguwar. Listen to "So Good at Being in Trouble" below, given a "Best New Track" rating from Pitckfork.com.