Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Music Tuesday! (April 1): Thievery Corporation, Manchester Orchestra, Leon Russell & more

Music out this week; audio & video included.

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM

It’s the first week of new releases for April! On April Fool’s Day! But none of this is a joke, don’t worry. Info and links for the releases 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 see releases from the past several weeks…

Arc Iris, Arc Iris (ANTI-)

Architecture In Helsinki, NOW + 4EVA (Casual Workout)
Australia’s saccharine dance pop band delivers a follow-up to 2011's Moment Bends and fifth full-length overall.

Austrian Death Machine, Triple Brutal (Artery)
The third full-length from the metal side project of As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis. The name references Ahnold films and the vocals on the album ape his infamous accent.

Band of Skulls, Himalayan (Electric Blues Recordings/Kobalt)
English alt rock trio Band of Skulls — which hits big Guava Music Festival on May 3 — presents a third full-length album produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arcade Fire); hard grinding debut single “Asleep At The Wheel" is a definite attention grabber (NME gushed “Like The Black Keys at their meanest, it stomps away before propelling itself into a riff of Black Sabbath standards”) while second single "Nightmares" is a slow-burner with a more shoe-gazy late '80s feel. Check out the video for the former after the jump and find out about the rest of this week's new releases...

Black Pistol Fire, Hush or Howl (Modern Outsider)
As if there weren't enough guitar-drums duos, here's another one from Austin that's already earned comparisons to White Stripes (though it's made up of two dudes). 'Course, there's something inherently charming in their raw, raucous sound and apparent exuberance. Check out first single "Dimestore Heartthrob" below.

The Body, I Shall Die Here (RVNG)

BOYFRNDZ, Breeder (Brutal Panda Records)
I'll admit to being totally creeped out by the cover of Boyfrndz's new 12" release, Breeder (see right). Weird, right? I even sent an email to a few of my co-workers. The message: "WTF is happening on this album cover? And, ew." (It has a sort of Seurat/A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte meets Storm Thorgerson feel.) But, I will admit to liking their distinctly dark and off-kilter progressive/math rock persuasions. They've earned comparisons to The Mars Volta, and producer/engineer Erik Wofford worked with two other credible acts (The Black Angels and White Denim namely), so that should tell you something, too. Despite the freakish cover art. Check out "Moving Parts" below.

S. Carey, Range Of Light (Jagajaguwar)

Chiodos, Devil (Razor & Tie)

Cloud Nothings, Here And Nowhere (Carpark/Mom + Pop)
The indie punk favorites drop their latest. More info here.

Robert Cray, In My Soul (MRI)

Dan Croll, Sweet Disarray (Capitol)

Delain, The Human Contradiction (Napalm)

Mac DeMarco, Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
The Canadian singer-songwriter is a laid back dude, kind of like his lethargic rambling rock odes that, on his second full-length, still remind me of Ween. Probably why I'm automatically inclined to like him. Check out "Passing Out Pieces" below.

A.J. Ellis, Bury The Devil (Glaze Records)

The Holmes Brothers, Brotherhood (Alligator Records)

Inventions, Inventions (Temporary Residence)
Mark T. Smith (of Explosions in the Sky) & Eluvium/Matthew Cooper musical project.

Jamaica, Ventura (Control Freak/PIAS)

The Jones Family Singers, The Spirit Speaks (Arts+Labor)

Kaiser Chiefs, Education, Education & War (ATO)

Lacuna Coil, Broken Crown Halo (Century Media)

Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Here Be Monsters (Bloodshot)

Malachai, Beyond Ugly (Double Six / Domino).

Manchester Orchestra, Cope (Favorite Gentlemen/Loma Vista)

Mobb Deep, The Infamous Mobb Deep (Infamous Records/RED)

Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line (Nonesuch)

Nostalghia, Chrysalis (110 Records/INgrooves)

Mike Oldfield, Man On The Rocks (Mercury)

Pattern Is Movement, Pattern Is Movement (Hometapes)

Christina Perri, Head Or Heart (Atlantic)

Pure X, Angel (Fat Possum)

RAC, Strangers (Part 2) (Cherrytree/Interscope)

Leon Russell, Life Journey (Universal)
The five-decades piano-playing singer-songwriter with the rusted vocals, snowy white beard and five-gallon hat presents a new studio album the day before his 72nd birthday, which includes new material as well as Leon Russell-branded re-imaginings. “This is a record of my musical journey through life,” Russell wrote in a package essay for Life Journey. “It reflects pieces of things that I have done and things I never did, for one reason or another.” Among those, Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen,” Haven Gillespie and Beasley Smith’s “That Lucky Old Sun,” John Davenport and Eddie Cooley’s “Fever,” Mike Reid’s “Think Of Me,” Duke Ellington and Paul Francis Webster’s “I Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good” and Billy Joel’s “New York State Of Mind," among others.

Saintseneca, Dark Arc (ANTI-)

The Singles, Look How Fast A Heart Can Break (Sound Artifacts)
The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Detroit rock n' roll twosome The Singles (guitarist/vocalist Vince Frederick and former Gore Gore Girls drummer Nicky Veltman) bring their T. Rex glam influence into full play in first single "Inamorata" below, though they also call on psych, blues, punk and garage and power pop sonic flavors.

Smoke DZA, Dream.ZONE.Achieve (Cinematic Music Group/Surf School Recordings/Priority Records)

Split Single, Fragmented World (Inside Out)
A post-Divine Fits side project featuring Spoon's Britt Daniel on bass and backing vox with Jason Narducy (Verboten, Bob Mould, Robert Pollard) fronting the band and singing lead, Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats) on drums.

Thievery Corporation, Saudade (ESL Music)

Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts)

The Used, Imaginary Enemy (Anger Music Group/Hopeless Records)

Various Artists, Looking into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne (Music Road Records)
A tribute album featuring a mix of vet artists and peers of Browne along with younger admirers and up-and-comers, who deliver readings of Browne's material from his 1972 self-titled debut through 1996's politically-charged Looking East. Among noteworthies: Keb' Mo' ("Rock Me On The Water"), Bonnie Raitt and David Lindley ("Everywhere I Go"), Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa ("Linda Paloma"), Ben Harper ("Jamaica Say You Will") and Lyle Lovett ("Rosie").

Various Artists, This Is Your Life (Rhino)
A tribute to iconic metal musician Ronnie James Dio, who lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010 but lives on in his recordings with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell or leading Dio. The powerful vocalist gets a suitable send-off in this 13-track tribute album to raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. (Can I just comment on the absurdity of the cover and how much I hope it was done in earnestness?) Among the performers are Metallica (a nine-minute "Ronnie Rising Medley" that combines the Rainbow songs “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King”), Motörhead with Biff Byford from Saxon (“Starstruck”), Anthrax (“Neon Knights”), and Tenacious D (“The Last In Line”).

Wild Ones, Keep It Safe (Topshelf Records)

Hank Williams III, Ramblin' Man (Curb Records)

White Hinterland, Baby (Dead Oceans)

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