May gets off to a rousing start with a host of new music! 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.
Austin Lounge Lizards, Home and Deranged (Blue Corn Music)
AM & Shawn Lee, La Musique Numérique (Park the Van)
The sophomore LP from the twosome is described as "a sun-filled, space-funk masterwork that blends early digital technology with decade-blurring songwriting, transporting listeners deeper into the sonic crates from which the music was born ... Taking fans in and out of faded memories of disco, funk, soul and reggae but never colonizing one style." Check out their spacey rendition of Joe Jackson's 1982 hit "Steppin' Out" off the album after the jump and check out the rest of this week's new releases ...
Beware of Darkness, Orthodox (Bright Antenna)
Bracher Brown, Broken Glass and Railroad Tracks (Rock Ridge Music)
Co La, Moody Coup (Software)
James Cotton, Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator)
Mikal Cronin, MCII (Merge)
Creative Adult, Bulls in the Yard (Run For Cover Records)
Dailey & Vincent, Brothers Of The Highway (Rounder)
Deerhunter, Monomania (4AD)
Destroid, Destroid: The Invasion (Destroid Music)
Devour the Day, Time & Pressure (Fat Lady Music)
Fall Out Boy, Save Rock and Roll (Island)
Harry Fraud, High Tide EP (Scion A/V)
Gambles, Far From Your Arms EP (GMBLS)
Mark Gartman, Fever Dream (Chaperone Records)
Goo Goo Dolls, Magnetic (Warner Bros.)
Grandchildren, Golden Child (Ernest Jenning Recording Co.)
Patty Griffin, American Kid (New West)
Havoc, 13 (Nature Sounds)
Tess Henley, High Heels & Sneakers (self-release)
Joshua James, Beware! EP (Intelligent Noise)
Justice, Access All Arenas ( Ed Banger/Because Music/Vice/Elektra)
The 14-track live album features the French electronic duo in the Nîmes arenas last July, offering a taste of the live effervescence that makes them such an exciting live act. In the latest episode of The Blueprint, JAY Z's Life + Times joins the duo, Gaspard Auge and Xavier De Rosnay — as well lighting designer Vincent Lerisson and sound engineer Malik Malki — on the Chicago stop of their recent world tour for an intimate, behind-the-scenes look of the Justice experience. Video below.
Lady Antebellum, Golden (2013)
Lights, Siberia Acoustic (Last Gang)
Little Boots, Nocturnes (Repeat/Kobalt)
Natalie Maines, Mother (Columbia)
Mylets, Retcon (Sargent House)
Pentimento, Pentimento (Paper + Plastick)
Phaseone, If I Tell You (William Street)
Pinkunoizu, Second Amendment EP (Full Time Hobby)
Joshua Radin, Wax Wings (Self-Release)
Retox, YPLL (Epitaph)
Joe Satriani, Unstoppable Momentum (Epic/Sony)
Savages, Silence Yourself (Matador/Pop Noire)
Shannon Wright, In Film Sound (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
She & Him, Volume 3 (Merge)
The two-piece made up of two of my favorite people — actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M. Ward — present their third full-length album as roots-pop-twangy She & Him. Simply darling. Listen to "Never Wanted Your Love" below.
Rod Stewart, Time (Capitol)
Still Corners, Strange Pleasures (Sub Pop)
Straight No Chaser, Under the Influence (Atlantic)
Styx, The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live (Eagle Rock)
Sun Angle, Diamond Junk (New Moss)
Talib Kweli, Prisoner of Conscious (Blacksmith/EMI)
The release date was moved from April 23 to today, May 7.
The Uncluded, Hokey Fright (Rhymesayers)
The much-anticipated collaboration between rapper Aesop Rock and anti-folk songstress Kimya Dawson finally sees the light of day; all 16 tracks were written, performed, and recorded entirely by the duo, save for a guest drum appearance by James McNew of Yo La Tengo on "Delicate Cycle." Watch Aesop and Kimya enjoying a game of squash in the "Alligator" video below.
Various Artists, Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby (Interscope)
There's been alot of buzz about the modern soundtrack and updated adaptation of of F. Scott Fitzgerald's vintage work, namely, what would happen when Baz Luhrmann teamed up with Jay-Z, who served as an executive producer for both the album and film, and along with primary producer and Luhrmann right hand man Anton Monsted, called on a wide pool of musicians to help him produce a soundtrack that brought sparkle to Luhrmann's vision and features includes new music by Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Fergie, Jay-Z, Nero, The xx, and will.i.am, as well as covers of songs like Roxy Music's "Love Is the Drug" by Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" by Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, U2's "Love Is Blindness" by Jack White and Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" by Beyoncé Knowles and André 3000 (featured in the preview below).
We Are Loud Whispers, Suchness (Hardly Art)
Vinyette, Every Little Mouse Run (Self-Release)
Yuna, Sixth Street EP (Verve/Indie-Pop Music)
The pop songstress from Malaysia presents her first release with Verge, a digital EP and the follow up to her self-titled debut that dropped last year. Check out "Live Your Life" below.