The second wave of new releases in 2013! I've included info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus one or two 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.
Jason Castro, Only A Mountain (Word Entertainment)
Criminal Hygiene, CRMNL HYGNE (Small Smile Records)
DJ Muggs, Bass For Your Face (Ultra)
Cypress Hill hip-hop DJ and producer Muggs offers up his Ultra debut, and mixes the sounds of dubstep, glitch and grimy electronics behind the rhymes and vocals of guests like Public Enemy's Chuck D, Danny Brown, Belle Humble and others. Muggs is joined by Dizzee Rascal & Bambu in "Snap Ya Neck Back" - check out the video after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases (video and audio included)....
Free Energy, Love Sign (Free Energy Records)
Upbeat indie band from Philly delivers a mix of hard rock riffage and '70s power pop drive in their second studio album. Video for "Electric Fever" below.
Half Hearted Hero, Whatever (Animal Style)
Holopaw, Academy Songs, Volume I (Misra Records)
The Misra Records debut from Holopaw (the project of singer-songwriter John Orth, now joined by identical twin brothers/musicians) is a 10-song cycle described as follows: "The close quarters of an all-boys preparatory academy and the world beyond its 'ivied walls' becomes the sites of devotion, betrayal, communion (or near-communion), and abject loneliness. The joys and thrills and dangers of both discovery and transgression are detailed. 'The rising and falling of their little lives'". Deep. Listen to "We Are the Virgin Snow" below.
Sean Lennon, Alter Egos Soundtrack (Chimera Music)
The song of John and Yoko presents his score to the superheroes comedy he also stars in on the same week that he issues his second LP with Mystical Weapons. More on that later in the post...
Ziggy Marley, Ziggy Marley in Concert (Tuff Gong Worldwide)
Willy Mason, Don't Stop Now EP (Communion Records)
The singer-songwriter offers up a taste of what's to come on his third studio album with this five-track EP, a mix of organic and electronic that is rather nice paired with surprisingly warm vocals that are a cross between Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and some sort of avant folk songwriter. Issued on the UK-based record label founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons) and Kevin Jones (Bears Den). New video for single "I Got Gold" below.
Erin McKeown, Manifestra (TVP Records)
Midnight Spin, Don't Let Me Sleep (Midnight Spin)
Mystical Weapons, Mystical Weapons (Chimera Music)
The instrumental noise-experimental rock project of Sean Lennon and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier; this is their second album. Listen to "Mechanical Mammoth" below to get an idea of just how weird this match-up can be.
Recovery Council, Plan-Do-Check-Act (Dot Ultra Records)
Pantha du Prince, Elements Of Light (Rough Trade)
The Plot In You, Could You Watch Your Children Burn (Rise)
Dawn Richard, Goldenheart (Altavoz Distribution)
The Danity Kane former presents a solo album.
Aly Tadros, The Fits (Lost Ridge Records)
The sophomore album from the Brooklyn-based indie folk roots songstress who sings in a sumptuous, dulcet croon as she picks, plucks and strums her Mexican Vihuela guitar that she acquired after an all-night drive through Mexico. Listen to the sublimely melodic, jazz-tinged "Sweet on Me" below.
Teena Marie, Beautiful (UMe)
The 14th studio and final studio album from the late Teena Marie was close to completion when she passed away in 2010, and finally sees the light of day thanks to her daughter Alia Rose.
Terra Terra Terra, The Space We Create (Round Kid Records)
Virals, Strange Fruit EP (Zoo Music)
Jamie Woolford, A Framed Life in Charming Light (Get Well Records)
Yo La Tengo, Fade Out (Matador)
The beloved indie rock trio from Hoboken, N.J. presents a new studio album, their 13th and first produced by John McEntire (Tortoise, Sea and Cake). Check out "Ohm" below.