Welcome to the potpourri edition of the New Release Report, where we have new music coming out from artists in pretty much every genre conceivable!
If you like your rock and roll grandiose and epic, you might want to give the new one from Explosions in the Sky a shot. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care just might be the Texas band’s American breakthrough. They’ve received some great press (and some notice in the UK), but they haven’t quite caught on here on these shores. With a release schedule bereft of A+ names, this might be the time to make some chart noise. Similarly epic indie rockers The Airborne Toxic Event are also releasing an album today. All at Once is the follow-up to their well-received 2008 debut.
If you like some country in your folk or some folk in your country, then the legendary Emmylou Harris‘s new one, Hard Bargain, might be for you. It’s the first album in three years from the twelve-time Grammy Award winner. You might also want to pick up Steve Earle‘s latest, called I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. If your tastes run more towards funk, you’re also in luck. Bootsy Collins‘ latest, The Funk Capitol (sic) of the World features one of the most influential bassists of the rock and roll era doing his signature shtick with guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Buckethead and…Jimi Hendrix (yes, you read that right.) Celebrated Motown funk brother Dennis Coffey has a self-titled joint in stores and online today as well. This one features guest appearances from fellow Motor City soulman Mayer Hawthorne as well as U.K. vocalist Paolo Nutini.
One of my current favorites, Of Montreal, is releasing The Controllosphere EP today (and I’m going to see them at the end of the week…psyched!), while the “you still make records?” releases of the week go to one-hit wonders Augustana (remember the song “Boston”?) and electronic act Dirty Vegas (“Days Go By”-it was in a car commercial). They both have new albums out today that very few people will probably care about.
On the reissue tip, you can go big with an expanded edition of Florence & the Machine‘s Grammy-nominated Lungs. The British act’s excellent debut is being repackaged with bonus live tracks and remixes. You can go bigger with Robert Johnson‘s The Complete Recordings-The Centennial Edition, which packages the entire oeuvre of the seminal blues guitarist. If that’s not your speed, why don’t you try Roy Orbison‘s The Monument Singles Collection (1960-1964), a 2-CD/1-DVD set? What’s that you say? You want “biggest”? Well how about a 45-CD set from The Rolling Stones? The Complete Singles (1971-2006), which ostensibly covers everything from “Brown Sugar” through…whatever crappy singles they released in 2006. Obviously, this is for Stones freaks, collectors and people with money to burn only.
As always, check out Pause and Play for a full list of this week’s new releases and all others for the foreseeable future.