The final wave of new releases in June is rather jam-packed. 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.
August Burns Red, Rescue & Restore (Solid State Records)
Ballyhoo!, Pineapple Grenade (Self-Release)
Baths, Obsidian (Anticon)
Singer, musician and electronic music producer Will Wiesenfeld is Baths, his ambient to mid-tempo glitch-studded electro rock compositions informed by his classical roots. Album number two came after a debilitating case of E. coli that left Wiesenfeld completely bedridden, starving, useless - or so he felt. He used his pent-up frustrations to fuel his sophomore album, Obsidian, which has been getting across the board rave reviews from Pitchfork, AllMusic and others. For fans of Radiohead.... Check out "Miasma Sky" below.
Booker T., Sound the Alarm (STAX)
Borgore, Legend EP (Buygore)
Bosnian Rainbows, Bosnian Rainbows (Sargent House)
Boys Noize, Go Hard EP (Boysnoize Records)
Actual release date June 24, 2013
Brandon Boyd, Compass EP (Self-Release)
The frontman of Incubus presents a four-song guitar-and-piano-driven EP co-written and recorded with longtime Incubus producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, The Killers, Rage Against the Machine); recording draws on the sounds of 1960s and '70s rock, was influenced by songwriting greats like The Beach Boys and Harry Nilsson while also reflecting current psych rock trends of today, and is a taste of what's to come in a forthcoming full-length, Son of the Sea. The album will be released this fall concurrently with his third book of paintings, ‘So The Echo’. "Space and Time" lyric video after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Candy Claws, Ceres & Calypso In The Deep Time (Two Syllable Records)
Fort Collins, Colorado's dreamy psych rock outfit Candy Claws present a new album; check out the dazzling washes of sound in first single “Transitional Bird (Clever Girl)” below.
The-Drum, Contact (Self-Release)
Elastic Bond, Real (Nacional Records)
Forever the Sickest Kids, J.A.C.K. (Fearless Records)
Jerry Garcia, GarciaLive Volume Two: August 5th, 1990 Greek Theatre (Rounder/ATO)
The a double-disc set and the second in a series of archival concert releases; this one captures a summer concert in Berkeley, California, with a few sit-ins by banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck.
Joe Goddard, Taking Over EP (DFA/Greco-Roman)
The husky low-toned vocalist and member of UK post-dance outfit Hot Chip issues a solo recording of his own grooving jams.
Stone Gossard, Moonlander (Monkeywrench Records)
Hausu, Total (Hardly Art)
Hawthorne Heights, Zero (Red River)
Jillette Johnson, Water In a Whale (Wind-up Records)
Stephen Kellogg, Blunderstone Rockery (Elm City Music)
Femi Kuti, No Place for My Dream (Knitting Factory Records)
Larry and His Flask, By the Lamplight (1-2-3-4-GO!)
Lesbian, Forestelevison (Translation Loss Records)
Light Heat, Light Heat (Ribbon Music)
Lightning Dust, Fantasy (Jagjaguwar)
Locrian, Return to Annihilation (Relapse)
London Grammar, Metal & Dust EP (Columbia)
Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend Remixed (Island/Tuff Gong/UME)
A re-imagined spin on the reggae classic with remixes of the 16 tracks by top DJs/producers, among them, Grammy-winning son Stephen, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Jason Bentley, Z-Trip with Lee "Scratch" Perry, Photek, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Beats Antique, and others, along with a brand new redux of "Redemption Song" by another Grammy-winning Marley son, Ziggy. Check out the trailer for the making of "Three Little Birds" below.
Bret Michaels, Jammin' With Friends (Poor Boy)
The bandana-sporting power ballad crooner and longtime Poison frontman delivers an album of collabs with artists that include Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Edwin McCain, Miley Cyrus, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup), and many others.
Mood Rings, VPI Harmony (Mexican Summer)
Mouth of the Architect, Dawning (Translation Loss Records)
Willie Nile, American Ride (Loud & Proud)
oOoOO, Without Your Love (Nihjgt Feelings)
Palms, Palms (Ipeac)
Dominique Pruitt, To Win Your Love EP (Merovee Records)
Queensryche, Queensryche (Century Media)
Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Get Thy Bearings (Royal Potato Family)
Royal Canoe, Today We’re Believers (Roll Call Records)
Sebadoh, Secret EP (Joyful Noise)
Selebrities, Lovely Things (Cascine)
Serengeti, Kenny Dennis (Anticon)
Set It Off, Cinematics (Equal Vision)
A re-issue of the 2012 album by the Tampa emo-punk band, with four additional tracks.
Skillet, Rise (Atlantic/Word)
Smith Westerns, Soft Will (Mom + Pop)
Mavis Staples, One True Vine (ANTI-)
Serj Tankian, Orca (Serjical Strike Records)
Singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet and political activist Tankian presents the first of two independently-released albums this summer. Orca was composed and demoed in Tankian's home studio and complete after a successful Kickstarter campaign that helped fund its recording and debut performance at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria the "Das Karussell Ensemble." Conductor Werner Steinmetz helms the four acts of Orca, which apparently mixes influences from early 20th century composers with modern film compositional dynamics with influences ranging from Ennio Morricone to Philip Glass. A sample of the first act below...
Treetop Flyers, The Mountain Moves (Partisan)
Wale, The Gifted (MMG/Atlantic)
The "Dig Dug (Shake It)" rapper from DC issues his third studio album, with guest spots by Meek Mill, Cee Lo Green, Yo Gotti, Lyfe Jennings, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Jerry Seinfeld, Tiara Thomas, French Montana, Dom Kennedy, and YG among others.
Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Bull Goose Rooster (NorthernBlues)
Wise Blood, id (Dovecote)
Daniel Wohl, Corps Exquis (New Amsterdam Records)
Nate Young, Blinding Confusion (NNA Tapes)
Young Fathers, Tape Two (Anticon)
David Yow, Tonight You Look Like a Spider (Joyful Noise)