A smaller set of releases for week two of March. 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.
Devendra Banhart, Mala (Nonesuch)
More freaky folk music from the leader of the genre.
Biffy Clyro, Opposites (Warner Bros.)
Bon Jovi, What About Now (Island)
David Bowie, The Next Day (Columbia)
Bowie fans have been on a nonstop buzz ever since the iconic art rocker announced he'd be releasing an album of new material, finally, after 10 years with nothing new. (His last album was 2003's Reality... The actual release date was March 8, because he's motherfucking David Bowie and he can do what he wants.) This is his 24th studio album. Video for first single "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases, with lots of audio & video included...
Chalk and Numbers, Parade EP (self-release)
Charlotte Church, ONE &TWO (Alligator Wine Records)
Eric Clapton, Old Sock (Bushbranch / Surfdog)
Another big time Brit who's releasing an album after a long wait.
Ellen Allien, LISm (BPitch Control)
Fit for a King, Creation/Destruction (Solid State Records)
Girls Names, The New Life (Slumberland)
Golden Grrrls, Golden Grrrls (Slumberland)
Gracie, Bleeder EP (Small Plates Records)
Kaleidoscope Jukebox, Infinite Reflection (self-release)
Lady, Lady (Truth & Soul Records)
Lady is the new project from South Londoner Terri Walker and Atlanta-based Nicole Wray; the former has worked with the likes of Mos Def and T. Williams, and has been hailed as Britain’s answer to soul stars while the latter was discovered by Missy Elliott at 17, has collabed with Q-Tip and Kid Cudi, and was been tapped for several records by the Black Keys. Together, they makes '60s retro soul-pop with hip-hop and R&B sonic flavors. Listen to "Get Ready" below.
The Mary Onettes, Hit the Waves (Labrador)
Natural Self, Neon Hurts My Eyes (Tru Thoughts)
Off With Their Heads, Home (Epitaph)
Pete Swanson, Punk Authority EP (Sofware Recording Co)
Quiet Parade, Old Haunts EP (Acadian Embassy)
Southern Hospitality, Easy Livin' (Blind Pig Records)
Three rising stars of the Southern blues scene cook up a blend of funky, grooving, get-you-moving Delta blues, Memphis soul and boogie woogie as Southern Hospitality: Bradenton-Tampa Bay area slide guitar and lap steel whiz Damon Fowler; Boca Raton-based JP Soars, another string-sliding axeman whose gear includes a homemade two-stringed cigar box Diddley bow; and Memphis keys-banger Victor Wainwright. All three can howl or croon, lead or offer support... More below.
Various Artists, Sound City, Real to Reel (Roswell Records)
The soundtrack to the documentary film, Sound City, which was originally conceived by Grohl after he purchased the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The 1972-era board is considered a fine piece of analog recording equipment, and over the past 40 years years, numerous seminal artists have used it, among them, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Nirvana and NIN. This collection of new, original songs was composed and recorded exclusively for the film during a 24-hour session on the aforementioned console after it was re-installed in Grohl's own 606 Studios. Collaborators include Paul McCartney, Grohl's former Nirvana and current Foo Fighters bandmates, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, Trent Reznor, Joshua Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine, and others. Preview below...
The Virgins, Strike Gently (Cult Records)
Wild Belle, Isles (Columbia)
"Keep You" below.
Rachel Zeffira, The Deserters (Paper Bag Records)
The UK's dreamy, hazy, shoegazy pop artist with the pretty sighing vocals presents her debut in the U.S. Watch the Yuval Hen-directed video for "Here On In" below.