First wave of June hits hard with new releases. 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) and a quick note on releases that came out on May 21, with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Brent Amaker and The Rodeo, Year of The Dragon (Fin Records)
Deep-voiced alt country troubadour Amaker with his band — Tiny Dancer, Sugar McGuinn, Ben Strehle, and Bryan Crawford — present a fourth LP. Listen to "Country Sky" below.
Avidya and the Kleshas, Tree of Series (Self-Release)
Barenaked Ladies, Grinning Streak (Vanguard)
Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds Five Live (ImaVeePee Records/Sony Music Entertainment)
Recorded in 2012-2013 on the trio's first tour in more than a decade, supporting new album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind.
George Benson, Inspiration (A Tribute To Nat King Cole) (Concord Jazz)
Camera Obscura, Desire Lines (4AD)
The tunefully cooing retro pop band from Glasgow, Scotland presents a fifth full-length.
City and Colour, The Hurry and The Harm (Dine Alone)
Demon Lung, The Hundredth Name (Candlelight Records)
Dead Stars, High Gain EP (Uninhabitable Mansions)
The Dig, Tired Hearts EP (Self-Release)
Disclosure, Settle (Cherrytree/Interscope Records)
Dream Panther, Beyonce's Child EP (Chill Mega Chill Records)
Rising out of the FMLY DIY art collective, LA duo Dream Panther present a debut of down-tempo, hazy-dreamy electronica and R&B. Listen to "Chutes and the Ladder" after the jump and check out the rest of this week's new releases...
Melissa Ferrick, The Truth Is (MPress)
Filter, The Sun Comes Out Tonight (Wind-Up)
Frankie & The Heartstrings, The Days Run Away (Pop Sex Ltd./Wichita Recordings)
Eleanor Friedberger, Personal Record (Merge)
Remember the Fiery Furnaces? Been a while since they released new material, because the siblings who run it (Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger) have been doing their respective solo things. This is her sophomore LP. Video for "Stare at the Sun" below.
GRMLN, Empire (Carpark)
High Wolf, Kairos: Chronos (Not No Fun)
Jon Hopkins, Immunity (Domino)
Houndmouth, From the Hills Below the City (Rough Trade)
iamamiwhoami, bounty (towhomitmayconcern/Cooperative Music)
Joy Kills Sorrow, Wide Awake EP (Signature Sounds Recordings)
Lenka, Shadows (Skipalong/INgrooves)
Danny Malone, Balloons (Modern Vintage)
Megadeth, Super Collider (Tradecraft/Universal)
Matthew Morrison, Where It All Begins (222 Records)
Naam, Vow (Tee Pee Records)
Sean Nelson, Make Good Choices (Really Records)
Oblivians, Desperation (In The Red)
Phonat, Identity Theft EP (OWSLA)
Polly Scattergood, Arrows (Mute)
Portugal. the Man, Evil Friends (Atlantic)
Danger Mouse produced the latest record from the psychedelic-progressive pop rock outfit. Listen to "Someday Believers" below.
Pressed And, Stone Candles (Mush Records)
Quadron, Avalanche (Vested in Culture/Epic)
Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork (Matador)
The much-anticipated sixth studio album from the grinding California rock band was self-produced and is the first to feature full contributions from bassist Michael Shuman and keyboardist and guitarist Dean Fertita, who both joined the band in 2007 to tour in support of their fifth studio album, Era Vulgaris. The video was previewed in a 15-minute beautifully animated film filled with blood, death and bar fights. Check it out below if you have some time to burn...
Savoir Adore, Our Nature (Nettwerk)
Sleeping with Sirens, Feel (Rise)
Splashh, Comfort (Kanine)
The Tablets, The Tablets Special Edition and Live EP (self-release)
Thundercat, Apocalypse (Brainfeeder)
The sophomore release from the post-disco psychedelic dance project of bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, who teams with co-writers/co-producers Mono/Poly and Flying Lotus to kick up the funk. Listen to the wet bass-drven “Oh Sheit It’s X” below.
Western Lows, Glacial (JAXART)
Cory Williams, The Outcome (Self-Release)
Young Hunting, Hazel (Gold Robot)
The Young Things, Hello Love/Goodbye Sexual (Battle Worldwide)
Frank Zappa, A Token of His Extreme (Eagle Rock Entertainment/Zappa Family Trust)
Eagle Rock and the Zappa Family Trust present this official DVD release, an original program created by Zappa for TV and originally recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood. Zappa is joined by the Mothers of Invention lineup - George Duke (keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals), Napoleon Murphy Brock (sax, vocals), Ruth Underwood (percussion), Tom Fowler (bass) and Chester Thompson (drums) in a musical extravaganza includes cuts like "The Dog Breath Variations/Uncle Meat," "Montana," "Stink-Foot" (video below) "Pygmy Twylyte," "Son Of Orange County," "More Trouble Every Day" and the track for which the DVD is named, "A Token Of My Extreme."
“This was put together with my own money and my own time and it’s been offered to television networks and to syndication and it has been steadfastly rejected by the American television industry," Zappa said when he appeared on the Mike Douglas Show in 1976. "It has been shown in primetime in France and Switzerland, with marvelous results. It’s probably one of the finest pieces of video work that any human being has ever done. I did it myself. And the animation that you’re gonna see in this was done by a guy named Bruce Bickford, and I hope he is watching the show, because it’s probably the first time that a lot of people in America got a chance to see it.”