This week hits hard with releases issued the last day of September and the first day of October, on Monday and Tuesday. 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.
Mickey Avalon, I Get Even EP (Ragtop Records )
Benoit & Sergio, Adjustments EP (Culprit)
The Blind Boys of Alabama, I’ll Find a Way (Sony Masterworks)
The blind gospel vocal ensemble with more than seven decades of experience bring on a virtual who's who of indie music among many others to make cameos in their latest recording — including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (who produced I’ll Find a Way), Megafaun‘s Phil Cook, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden. "Every Grain of Sand" with Vernon after the jump along with the rest of this week's releases (audio & video included).
Black Moth, The Killing Jar (New Heavy Sounds)
An indie rock band breakin gout from the UK, Spin magazine wrote: "Punishing, pummeling riff-rock that splits the difference between Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath. Better yet, singer Harriet Bevan can growl and howl with the best of 'em, but she also packs a wicked riot-grrrl shout..."
Blitzen Trapper, VII (Vagrant)
Love me some Blitzen Trapper - the Oregon five-piece always writes such solid, groove-strutting alt country rock tunes, and their seventh album A video peek with track commentary for "Shine On" below.
Blue Sky Black Death, Glaciers (Fake Four)
Boogarins, As Plantas Que Curam (Other Music)
Broken Hope, Omen of Disease (Century Media Records)
Basia Bulat, Tall Tall Shadow (Secret City Records)
Brendan Canning, You Gots 2 Chill (Draper Street Records/SQE)
A founding member of Broken Social Scene, Canning steps out for a second solo outing.
The Crookes, Hold Fast (Modern Outsider)
Awesome Sheffield, England indie rock act that calls on the sounds of Brit Invasion, Dark Wave and modern indie pop. Video for "Dance in Colour" below.
Deep Dark Woods, Jubilee (Sugar Hill Records)
Deltron 3030, Deltron 3030: Event II (Bulk Recordings)\
Finally, after more than a year's worth of hype surrounding its release, the new project from a three-part powerhouse of alt-rap super-stars: rapper Del The Funky Homosapien, producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ Kid Koala. Among the long roster of guests - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Bruno of AWOL Nation, Zach De La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), The Lonely Island, Mike Patton and Jamie Cullum. "Melding Of The Minds" with De La Rocha below.
Alexander Ebert, All Is Lost Soundtrack (Community Music)
The lead singer of Ima Robot and more famously, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, presents his solo score work on the survivor film by J. C. Chandor, All is Lost starring Robert Redford.
Echosmith, Talking Dreams (Warner Bros Records)
Fates Warning, Darkness In A Different Light (InsideOutMusic)
The Field, Cupid’s Head (Kompakt)
Johnny Flynn, Country Mile (Transgressive)
FUZZ, FUZZ (In the Red)
The Ty Segall-led proto-metal project presents a full-length first.
HAIM, Days Are Gone (Columbia)
A rad all-grrl, all-sisters trio (sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim) out of LA that I had the ironic pleasure of being introduced to when they played on the UK show, Later...With Jools Holland. I dig the mix of grinding and grooving. You might've heard first single "Forever," which actually dropped last summer. Take a listen below for a refresher.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Unvarnished (Blackheart Records)
Jucifer, 3а волгой для нас земли нет (There Is No Land Beyond The Volga) (self-release)
K-Ci & JoJo, My Brother's Keeper (eOne)
KELELA, CUT 4 ME Mixtape (Fade to Mind)
Korn, The Paradigm Shift (Prospect Park)
Lorde, Pure Heroine (Lava/Republic)
Likely you've heard "Royals," the rather stripped-down yet super sticky hit by Lorde that's crossed over from Top 40 into Hip Hop and Alt Rock radio; heard it on 93.3FLZ, 97X and 95.7 The Beat. This is the official release date of the 16-year-old New Zealand songstress' full-length debut.
Machinedrum, Vapor City (Ninja Tune)
Matt and Kim, Lightning Remixes (FADER)
Melt-Banana, Fetch (A-Zap)
Moby, Innocents (Little Idiot/Mute)
From what I've heard so far, the new output from Moby is pretty tame, dare I say yawn-worthy? A few tracks off the album are noteworthy, however, those featuring Damien Jurado and Wayne Coyne. The video for the latter below.
Agnes Obel, Aventine (Again Sam)
Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven (Warp)
Nelly, M.O. (Republic)
The Parson Red Heads, Orb Weaver (Fiesta Red Records)
Phantogram, Phantogram (EP) (Republic)
Some much-anticipated new material from the electro-fizzy rock outfit. Check out "Blackout Days" below.
Polvo, Siberia (Merge)
Pretty Lights, A Color Map of the Sun (Pretty Lights Music)
Quasi, Mole City (Kill Rock Stars)
Raccoon Fighter, ZIL (Papercup Music)
The Red Paintings, The Revolution Is Never Coming (The End Records)
Saint Rich, Beyond the Drone (Merge)
Shark?, Savior (Old Flame)
Smile Empty Soul, Chemicals (Pavement)
Sons of the Morning, Speak Soon Volume One (Yellow Year Records)
The new collaboration between Prefuse 73 and Teebs.
Static Jacks, In Blue (Old Friends)
Teen Daze, Glacier (Lefse Records)
Those Darlins, Blur The Line (Oh Wow Dang / Thirty Tigers)
Girl group doo-wop harmonies meets punk-garage fuzz and attitude in the music of Those Darlins. This is their third album. Check out the video for "Optimist" below..
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 (RCA)
Various Artists, Mondo Zombie Boogaloo (Yep Roc)
The Wood Brothers, The Muse (Southern Ground Artists)
Brothers Oliver and Chris Wood present a new full-length produced by country-music legend Buddy Miller and featuring new full-time member, drummer Jano Rix.
The Young Leaves, Alive and Well (Baldy Longhair Records)
Yuck, Glow & Behold (Fat Possum)