Archive for July, 2011

New CD Album Releases, 7-26-2011: Joss Stone, Kelly Rowland

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Nothing in the new stuff this week looks of any likely interest to anyone interested in actual music. However, there are a number of groovy looking Verve jazz re-issues. Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins/And John Coltrane certainly sounds interesting.

Music update
One Night Lyrics
Cobra Starship
High For This Lyrics
The Weeknd
Can’t Get Enough Lyrics
J. Cole
Shut Up Lyrics
Mike Posner
Crazy Girl Lyrics
Eli Young Band
I Won’t Let You Go Lyrics
James Morrison
More Than I Can Say Lyrics
Nas
Hustle Hard Lyrics
Ace Hood
Long Hot Summer Lyrics
Keith Urban
Open Road Lyrics
Chris Brown

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Vanessa Carlton
Rabbits on the Run
Razor & Tie
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

The Horrors
Skying
XL
Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Kelly Rowland
Here I Am
Universal Motown
Contemporary R&B, Pop

Joss Stone
LP1
Surfdog Records
Neo-Soul, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soul

America
Back Pages
E One
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Atari Teenage Riot
Is This Hyperreal?
Downtown
Hardcore Techno, Techno, Gabba, Breakcore, Club/Dance

Albert Ayler
Love Cry/The Last Album
Verve
Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
Jazz Messengers/A Jazz Message
Verve
Hard Bop

Bohren & Der Club of Gore
Beileid
PIAS
Instrumental Rock, Avant-Garde Jazz, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental, Alternative Pop/Rock

Gabriel Castagna
Fiesta Criolla: Latin American Orchestral Works
Chandos
Modern Orchestral Music

Eric Church
Chief
Liberty
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country

Terri Clark
Roots and Wings
Humphead

Nicholas Collon
Nico Muhly: Seeing Is Believing
Decca
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Alice Coltrane
Universal Consciousness / Lord of Lords
Verve
Avant-Garde Jazz, Structured Improvisation, Modern Composition, Free Improvisation, World Fusion

Duke Ellington
Meets Coleman Hawkins/And John Coltrane
Verve
Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Post-Bop

Falling in Reverse
Drug in Me Is You
Epitaph
Post-Hardcore, Screamo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop

Fever Tree
Live 1969
Sundazed
Psychedelic, Garage Rock

Jim Ford
Harlan County
Edsel
Country-Rock

Curtis Fuller
Soul Trombone/Cabin in the Sky
Verve
Trombone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Hard Bop, Modern Big Band

Coleman Hawkins
Today and Now/Desafinado
Verve
Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Straight-Ahead Jazz

Iwrestledabearonce
Ruining It for Everybody
Century Media/EMI
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Grindcore

Ahmad Jamal
Poinciana Revisited/Freeflight
Verve
Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Elvin Jones
Illumination!/Dear John C.
Verve
Post-Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

Emma Kirkby
Salzburg Barock
Berlin Classics
Baroque Vocal and Chamber Music

Little Dragon
Ritual Union
Peacefrog
Indie Electronic

Nikolai Lugansky
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2; Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Piano Classics
Modern Piano Music

Maggini Quartet
Peter Maxwell Davis: Naxos Quartets
Naxos
Contemporary Chamber Music

Metronomy
The English Riviera
Because
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock

Ronnie Milsap
Country Again
Bigger Picture Group
Urban Cowboy, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Neighb’rhood Childr’n
Acta
Psychedelic, Psychedelic Pop, Garage Rock

Oscar & the Majestics
No Chance Baby!
Sundazed
Garage Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Psychedelic

Augustus Pablo
This Is Augustus Pablo
Heartbeat
Roots Reggae, Dub, Dub Poetry, Ambient

Gappy Ranks
Thanks & Praise
VP
Dancehall

The Nothing Special
Fabric 58: The Nothing Special
PIAS
Club/Dance, Techno

Sonny Rollins
On Impulse!/There Will Never Be Another You
Verve
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Bop, Saxophone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Mainstream Jazz, World Fusion

Dex Romweber Duo
Is That You in the Blue?
Bloodshot
Rock & Roll, Roots Rock, Retro-Rock, Punk Blues, Alternative/Indie Rock, Psychobilly

Pharoah Sanders
Village of the Pharoahs/Wisdom Through Music
Verve
Modal Music, Saxophone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Avant-Garde Jazz, World Fusion, Free Jazz

Shirley Scott
For Members Only/Great Scott!
Verve
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Orchestral Jazz

Archie Shepp
For Losers/Kwanza
Verve
Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Saxophone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Experimental Big Band, Vocal Jazz, Modal Music, Soul Jazz

Sizzla
Welcome to the Good Life
VP

Gabor Szabo
The Sorcerer/More Sorcery
Verve
Guitar Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Modern Creative

Jimmie Vaughan
Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites
Shout! Factory
Regional Blues, Modern Electric Texas Blues, Roots Rock, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Contemporary Blues

Wu-Tang
Legendary Weapons
Entertainment One Music
Underground Rap, Alternative Rap, East Coast Rap

New CD Album Releases, 7-19-2011: They Might Be Giants, Ricky Skaggs

Monday, July 25th, 2011

They Might Be GiantsThere’s a very good new album out this week from They Might Be Giants. Join Us shows basic skills in hook making and pop tune manufacturing undiminished after 25 years of making albums. This won’t likely make you forget Flood or No! That is to say that there’s no song here with quite the transcendent soul of “Birdhouse in Your Soul” or “Lazyhead and Sleepybones”. But there’s no denying the basic pop songwriting skills of the Johns.

This has perhaps an even higher than average TMBG batting average of memorable songs. I was a little disappointed on the first listening, but the hooks started kicking in on that second listen. That’s generally a sign of an album that will stick with me. Soon I was walking the streets singing “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” and waiting for the reluctant singing raindrop in “Cloissone”. My favorite at this point is “The Lady and the Tiger” for the sake of the horn parts (whether they’re real or keyboard horns). This is one of the catchier songs they’ve ever written, which is saying something. I’m also somewhat haunted by the image of the narrator smothering his older, wiser self with a pillow in “2082.”

Looking forward to…
The Mack Lyrics
Mann
Headlines Lyrics
Drake
Au Revoir Lyrics
Cascada
Flowers Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
Uncle Otis Lyrics
Game
Weed Brownies Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
Dark Side Lyrics
Kelly Clarkson
Lay You Down Lyrics
Crishan
Suavemente Lyrics
Nayer
Down For Whatever Lyrics
Kelly Rowland

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
3 Doors Down
Time of My Life
Republic
Post-Grunge, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Imelda May
Mayhem
Decca
Alternative/Indie Rock, Rockabilly Revival, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Rahsaan Patterson
Bleuphoria
Artistry Music
Adult Contemporary R&B

They Might Be Giants
Join Us
Concord
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

311
Universal Pulse
ATO
Rap-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock

40 Watt Sun
The Inside Room
Metal Blade
Doom Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Martha Argerich
Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos
EMI Classics
Romantic & Modern Piano Concertos

Big Talk
Big Talk
Epitaph
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock

Brilliant Colors
Again and Again
Slumberland
Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Khatia Buniatishvili
Franz Liszt [Limited Edition]
Sony Classical
19th Century Piano Music

The John Butler Trio
Live at Red Rocks
ATO
Jam Bands, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Terri Lyne Carrington
The Mosaic Project
Concord
M-Base, Crossover Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

Chelsea Grin
My Damnation
Razor & Tie
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal

Cold
Superfiction
Eleven Seven Music
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Crystal Antlers
Two-Way Mirror
Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Demonical
Death Infernal
Metal Blade
Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Scandinavian Metal

DJ Khaled
We the Best Forever
Motown
Hardcore Rap, Pop-Rap, Southern Rap

Horse Meat Disco
Horse Meat Disco III
Strut
Post-Disco, Club/Dance, Disco

Carol Kleyn
Love Has Made Me Stronger
Drag City
Acid Folk, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Gidon Kremer
Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Victor Kissine: Piano Trios
ECM
Romantic Chamber Music

Lost Sounds
Blac Static
Fat Possum
Garage Punk, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Malfunkshun
Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story
Hip-O Select

Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman
Union Town
New West
Protest Songs, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Political Folk

Theophilus London
Timez Are Weird These Days
Reprise
Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap

Lawrence Zazzo
Lunarcy: Songs of Madness and the Moon
EPR-Classic
Renaissance to Modern Songs with Lute

Original Soundtrack
Captain America: The First Avenger
Buena Vista
Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Eternal Tapestry/Sun Araw
Night Gallery
Thrill Jockey
Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Space Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Portugal. The Man
In the Mountain in the Cloud
Atlantic
Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

REO Speedwagon
Hi Infidelity: 30th Anniversary Edition
Sony Legacy
Album Rock, Arena Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hard Rock

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Live in France
ATO
Finger-Picked Guitar, Instrumental Rock, Western European Traditions, Mexican Traditions, Guitar Virtuoso, Andalus Classical, Contemporary Flamenco, Flamenco

Ricky Skaggs
Country Hits: Bluegrass Style
Skaggs Family
Bluegrass-Gospel, Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Contemporary Bluegrass

Sole and the Skyrider Band
Hello Cruel World
Fake Four
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap

Strung Out
Top Contenders: The Best of Strung Out
Fat Wreck Chords
Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal

The Summer Set
Everything’s Fine
Razor & Tie
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Unwritten Law
Blue Room
Breaksilence
Skatepunk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cedar Walton
The Bouncer
Halfnote
Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Straight-Ahead Jazz

Wiley
100% Publishing
Big Dada
Garage Rap/Grime, Garage

New CD Album Releases, 7-12-2011: Levon Helm, Blake Shelton,

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The bestest looking thing in the pile is a collection of old Levon Helms recordings, Take Me to the River 1978-1982. Among other groovy things, this has his recording of the Al Green classic title song and “Money.”

Brian McKnight has a new album Just Me. It has a CD of new songs, and a bonus live album. That part sounds more interesting to me from what I’ve heard, including some gospel piano playing and talk about his early musical learning. Plus, he sounds pretty good singing Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.”
 

new tunes
Favorite Song Lyrics
Colbie Caillat
Otis Lyrics
Kanye West And Jay-Z
Make You A Believer Lyrics
Cassie
Starving Lyrics
Kesha
Guardian Angel Lyrics
JoJo
Faith Lyrics
Taking Back Sunday
The Greatest Thing Lyrics
Cher
Dare To Dream Lyrics
Eminem
Racks Lyrics
Lil’ Wayne
Body 2 Body Lyrics
Ace Hood

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Colbie Caillat
All of You
Universal Republic
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Nikki Jean
Pennies in a Jar
S-Curve
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Blake Shelton
Red River Blue
Warner Bros.
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Washed Out
Within and Without
Sub Pop
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock

Alkaline Trio
Damnesia
Epitaph
Punk Revival, Emo, Punk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Army Navy
The Last Place
The Fever Zone
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Tony Bennett
The Best of the Improv Recordings
Concord
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Contemporary Jazz Vocals

David Bromberg
Use Me
Red House Records
Contemporary Folk

Cali Swag District
The Kickback
Capitol Pop-Rap, West Coast Rap

Karine Deshayes
Fauré: La bonne chanson, Op. 61; Quatuor avec piano, Op. 15
Zig Zag Territoires
Modern Vocal and Chamber Music

Joyce DiDonato
Handel: Ariodante
Virgin Classics
Baroque Opera

Thomas Dybdahl
Songs
Decca
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fair to Midland
Arrows & Anchors
Season of Mist
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal

Ingrid Fliter
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 17, 23
EMI Classics
19th Century Piano Music

Eleanor Friedberger
Last Summer
Merge
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Get Scared
Best Kind of Mess
Universal Motown
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Post-Hardcore, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock

Alice Gold
Seven Rainbows
Polydor
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock

Alexandre Desplat
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2
Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Levon Helm
Take Me to the River 1978-1982
Raven
Roots Rock, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll

Incubus
If Not Now, When?
Epic
Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Funk Metal, Rap-Metal

Stephen Jerzak
Miles and Miles
Universal Republic
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

Carlos Kalmar
The Pulitzer Project
Cedille Records
Modern Choral and Orchestral Music

Mark Kirschenmann
This Bionic Trumpet
Block M Records
Contemporary Music for Trumpet & Electronics

Brian McKnight
Just Me
Entertainment One Music
Adult Contemporary R&B

Megadeth
Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?
Capitol
Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal

MellowHype
BlackenedWhite
Odd Future
Underground Rap, Alternative Rap, Hardcore Rap

Chitose Okashiro
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” (Piano Transcription)
Pro Piano
19th Century Orchestral Music Transcribed for Piano

Augustus Pablo
Message Music: Digital Productions 1986-1994
Pressure Sounds
Dub, Roots Reggae

R.E.M.
Lifes Rich Pageant
Capitol American
Underground, College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Jangle Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Real Tuesday Weld
The Last Werewolf
Six Degrees Records
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Britpop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Electronica

Ashton Shepherd
Where Country Grows
MCA
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Sons and Daughters
Mirror Mirror
Domino
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Theory of a Deadman
The Truth Is…
Roadrunner Records
Post-Grunge

George Thorogood & the Destroyers
2120 South Michigan Ave.
EMI Catalogue
Blues-Rock, Boogie Rock, Slide Guitar Blues, Rock & Roll, Album Rock

Various Artists
The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2011
VP
Smooth Reggae, Contemporary Reggae, Lovers Rock

We the Kings
Sunshine State of Mind
S-Curve
Emo-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

William Elliott Whitmore
Field Songs
Epitaph Neo-Traditional Folk, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Alternative/Indie Rock, Folk-Blues, Alternative Pop/Rock

Yes
Fly from Here
Frontiers/EMI
Album Rock, Prog-Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Chris Young
Neon
RCA
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country

Zomby
Dedication
4AD
Dubstep, Experimental