by Leilani Polk
Week three of new releases in January is a giant one with more than 50 albums listed here alone! I've put together 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.
Gary Allan, Set You Free (MCA Nashville)
Adam Ant, Adam Ant Is The BlueBlack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner's Daughter (self-release)
Aeon Zen, Enigma (Nightmare)
Alasdair Roberts & Friends, A Wonder Working Stone (1-2-3-4-GO!)
Arbouretum, Coming Out Of The Fog (Thrill Jockey)
Bad Religion, True North (Epitaph)
According to Revolver magazine, Bad Religion's 16th album "represents the band’s fastest, angriest, and most visceral collection of songs in over a decade." Listen to the title track below.
Birdy Nam Nam, Defiant Order (Owsla)
Brokeback, Brokeback and the Black Rock (Thrill Jockey)
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Wild Child (Carved Records)
Camper Van Beethoven, La Costa Perdida (Savoy)
This year, indie rock vets Camper Van Beethoven celebrate their 30th anniversary and issues a 10th LP. Sounds pretty rad from what I've heard so far - rather more psychedelic than I expected. Check out second single "Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out" below.
Clubfeet, Heirs & Graces (Plant Music / Illusive)
Diamond Youth, Orange (Top Shelf)
Fall City Fall, Victus (Victory)
FaltyDL, Hardcourage (Ninja Tune)
Fidlar, Fidlar (Mom + Pop Music)
This raging garage-punk rock band has been buzzing hard. Listen to the full album stream at Pitchfork.com, but in the meantime, check out the video for rah-rah first single "Cheap Beer" after the jump, along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Foxygen, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)
Los Angeles native songwriting duo Sam France (vocals) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keyboards) deliver lightly vintage/psychedelic odes, a sort of post-Kinks sound that is quite intriguing. Check out the kitschy video for "San Francisco" below.
Giant X, I (Steamhammer/SPV)
Gliss, Langsom Dans (Modern Outsider)
a Danish/American three-piece that describes their lovely, hazy down-tempo atmospherics as "late night fucked up art pop." Video for "Weight of Love" below.
Growlers, Hung At Heart (Everloving)
Guided by Voices, Down By The Racetrack (GBV)
Petra Haden, Petra Goes to the Movies (Ant-/Epitaph)
Helloween, Premium Edition (The End)
He's My Brother, She's My Sister, Nobody Dances in This Town (Park the Van)
Hilly Eye, Reasons To Live (Don Giovanni Records)
Holy Grail, Ride the Void (Prosthetic)
Randy Houser, How Country Feels (Stoney Creek)
Billy Joel, She’s Got A Way: Love Songs (Sony)
A comp disc of love songs and ballads.
Jose James, No Beginning No End (Blue Note)
The Lone Bellow, The Lone Bellow (Descendent Records)
Love And Death, Between Here & Lost (Tooth & Nail)
The solo project of Korn's Brian Welch.
Mixed Blood Majority, Mixed Blood Majority (self-release)
Mountains, Centralia (Thrill Jockey)
Aaron Neville, My True Story (Blue Note)
Nick and The Ovorols, Telegraph Taboo (self-release)
Nightlands, Oak Island (Secretly Canadian)
The Night Marchers, Allez Allez (Swami)
Nosaj Thing, Home (Innovative Leisure)
Oliver, Mechanical EP (Fool's Gold)
Otep, Hydra (Victory)
Pillowfight, Pillowfight (Bulk)
Dan The Automator and Emily Wells threatened to release this album all last year, even put out some good hype with trailer videos and the like. It's finally out today and so far, it's everything I'd hoped - sample-studded, groove-driven hip hop style production with Wells' velvety vocals sliding luxuriously overtop. Kid Koala adds some turntable stuff, Lateef The Truthspeaker some flat-toned rhymes. Review forthcoming; in the meantime, listen to "Used to Think" below.
Alasdair Roberts & Friends, A Wonder Working Stone (Drag City)
Carrie Rodriguez, Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus)
Daniel Romano, Come Cry With Me (Normaltown)
Say Anything, All My Friends Are Enemies: The Early Rarities (Equal Vision Records)
Speck Mountain, Badwater (Carrot Top)
The Shadowboxers, Red Room (Vanguard)
Stick Against Stone Orchestra, Get It All Out (MediaGroove)
This Town Needs Guns, 220.127.116.11.0 (Sargent House)
Shugo Tokumaru, In Focus? (Polyvinyl)
Toro y Moi, Anything In Return (Car Park)
The third album from the post-disco dance music/chillwave project of musician/producer Chazwick Bundick. Video for "So Many Details" below.
Various Artists, Dual Form (Stones Throw / Leaving Records)
A 53-minute comp curated by Leaving Records, one of LA's hand-curated boutique cassette labels, and featuring new original recordings by up-and-coming artists that will start getting wider distribution via Stones Throw, which is partnering with Leaving to issue select releases. This is the LP and digital form of the cassette.
Widowspeak, Almanac (Captured Tracks)
Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas are Widowspeak, and their compositions are haunting, roots-folk rock marked by the ethereal vocals of Hamilton. This is their second album. Take a listen to "Thick as Thieves" below.