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Latest Additions:

South Rail - Stars EP (5/6)
PHOX - S/T (6/24)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Johnossi - Transitions (4/29)
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean (5/20)
Birdy - Fire Within (6/3 U.S.)
The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD (4/29)
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Challenger - Back to Bellevue (5/27)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
The Shilohs - S/T (5/13)
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/19)
Amber States - Saratoga EP (4/28)
Mimicking Birds - Eons (5/13)
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment (6/16)
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love (6/10)
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (5/6 UK)
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (5/26)
Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (6/17 UK)
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War (6/3)
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff (5/12)
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (6/9 UK)
George Ezra - TBA (6/23 UK)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie (6/10)
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me (6/3)
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics (6/3)
Daughter - Live @ Air (4/15)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (5/19)
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (5/19)
Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP (6/3)
Ed Sheeran - x (multiply) (6/23)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)

April 15

Afghan Whigs - Do To the Beast
Amatorski - From Clay Figures
Amaya Laucirica - Sway (4/18 AUS)
Bobby Bare Jr. - Undefeated
Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty EP (4/19)
Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear
 Daughter - Live @ Air
Dinah Thorpe - Lullabies & Wake Up Calls
Elizaveta - Hero EP
Emerson Hart (Tonic) - Beauty In Disrepair
Horse Thief - Fear In Bliss
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) - Homo Erraticus
Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing...
Jim Kroft - Lunatic Lullabies (UK)
Justin Currie - Lower Reaches
Justin Nozuka - Ulysees
Marika Hackman - Deaf Heat EP
Matthew & The Atlas - Other Rivers (UK)
Needtobreathe - Rivers In the Wasteland
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (UK)
Ramona Lisa (Chairlift's Caroline Polachek) - Arcadia
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky
The Bee Gees - The WB Years 1987-1991 Box
The Both (Aimee Mann, Ted Leo) - S/T
The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down
Thee Oh Sees - Drop
Vaudeville Etiquette - Debutantes and Dealers
Wallis Bird - Architecture (UK)
Woods - With Light & With Love

April 22

Black Prairie (Decemberists) - Fortune
Dwight & Nicole - Shine On
EELS - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Fear Of Men - Loom
 G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
Hedley - Wild Life
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil (Tragically Hip Songs)
Keb' Mo' - BLUESAmericana
Little Daylight - TBA
Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976
Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Sling Shot to Heaven
Sharon Corr - The Same Sun
The Madden Brothers (Good Charlotte) - TBA
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Days of Abandon
To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery (U.S.)
Tom and Hebron - Zoyugo

April 29

Amber States - Saratoga EP
Archie Powell & The Exports - Back In Black
Ben Watt - Hendra
Brigitte DeMeyer - Savannah Road (4/29)
Broken Twin - May
Caitlin Park - The Sleeper (5/2 AUS)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Phosphorescent Harvest
Curtis Stigers - Hooray For Lovers
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) - Everyday Robots
Dave Keller - Soul Changes
Edward David Anderson - Lies & Wishes
Fiona Bevan - Talk To Strangers
Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon) - Midnight Sun
Hafdis Huld - Home
Johnossi - Transitions
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red (U.S.)
Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
Sam Morrow - Ephemeral
The Currys - Follow
The Howlin' Brothers - Trouble
 The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD
The Old 97's - Most Messed Up
Tommy Malone (Subdudes) - Poor Boy
Wye Oak - Shriek 

April TBA

Imogen Heap - Sparks
Neil Young - A Letter Home

May 6

Ben Harper/Ellen Chase-Verdries - Childhood Home
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde - Someday World
Current Swell - Ulysses
Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain EP (U.S.) 
  Gregg Allman & Various Artists - All My Friends (CD/DVD)
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Jenny Scheinman - The Littlest Prisoner
Kina Grannis - Elements
Leisure Cruise (Dave Hodge, Leah Segal) - S/T
Liam Finn - The Nihilist
Lily Allen - Sheezus
Luke Elliot - Provisions
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Natalie Merchant - S/T
Nikki Lane - All or Nothin'
Pacifika - Amor Planeta
Papercuts - Life Among the Savages
Rachel Taylor Brown - Falimy
Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? EP (UK)
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) - Seven Dials (UK)
Sarah McLachlan - Shine On
South Rail - Stars EP
The Horrors - Luminous
Thomas Dybdahl - What's Left Is Forever (US)
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Willie Watson - Folk Singer, Vol. 1
Wooden Wand - Farmers Corner
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (UK)

May 13

Amen Dunes - Love
Braid - No Coast
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt - For Keeps
Collin Herring - Some Knives
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff
Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids EP (UK)
Jeremy Fisher - The Lemon Squeeze
Jesse Denaro - Dear, Love
Joseph Arthur - Lou (Lou Reed Tribute)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test
La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
Little Dragon - Nabuma Underground
Megson - In A Box 
Mimicking Birds - Eons
Mirah - Changing Light
Molly Beanland - Night Dreams
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Rhodes - The Morning EP (5/11 UK)
Swans - To Be Kind 
Sylvan Esso - S/T
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
The Shilohs - S/T
The Trouble With Templeton - Rookie
Tom The Lion - Sleep
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Walter Martin (The Walkmen) - We're All Young Together

May 20

Bry Webb - Free Will
Cara Dillon - A Thousand Hearts (UK)
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) - Upside Down Mountain
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean
Haley Bonar - Last War
Hundreds - Aftermath
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Going Home
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye: Live @ Madison Sq. Garden
Malka Spigel - Gliding EP
Nightmare & The Cat - Simple
Oasis - Definitely Maybe 20th Anniv. Ed.
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light
Smoke Fairies - S/T
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/18)
Yann Tiersen - Infinity

May 27

Amy LaVere - Runaway's Diary
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks
Challenger - Back to Bellevue
John Fullbright - Songs
John Illsley (Dire Straits) - Testing the Waters
Little Barrie - Shadow
Madison - The Bright Light EP
Matthew Barber - Big Romance
Miniature Tigers - Cruel Runnings
moe. - No Guts, No Glory
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Teleman - Breakfast
The Ghost Wolves - Man, Woman, Beast
Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - World of Strangers

May TBA

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - New Skin
Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience) - Legao
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 3

Alice Boman - EP II
BANKS - Goddess (Full Length Debut) 
Birdy - Fire Within (U.S.)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites (4/28 UK)
Ethan Johns - The Reckoning (Prod: Ryan Adams)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) - Black Hours
Howling Bells - Heartstrings
James - La Petite Mort
JD McPherson - TBA
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
Josh Record - Pillars (UK)
Kan Wakan - Moving On
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War
Matisyahu - Akeda
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics
Peter Murphy - Lion
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Sleep Party People - Floating
The Donkeys - TBA 
   The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP
The Pierces - Creation
The Shoe (w/ Jena Malone) - I'm OK

June 10

Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
Cowboy Mouth - Go
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Glass Aniimals - Zaba
Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (UK)
Jose James - While You Were Sleeping
Jack White - Lazaretto
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love
O.A.R. - The Rockville LP
Passenger - Whispers
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
The Who - Quadrophenia Live In London
Tomas Barfod - Love Me

June 17

Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (UK)
Glass Towers - Halcyon Days
Lewis Watson - The Morning
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment
The Antlers - Familiars
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress      

June 24

Ed Sheeran - x (multiply)
George Ezra - TBA (UK)
PHOX - S/T

Beyond

Allen Stone - TBA (Summer)
As Animals - S/T
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) - Rattlebag (TBA)
Charlene Soraia - Love Is The Law (TBA)
Dear Plastic - The Thieves Are Babes (TBA)
Deluka - BONDS EP (Spring TBA)
Don Henley - Cass County (TBA)
Ellis Paul - Chasing Beauty (TBA)
Empires - Orphans (TBA)
Haroula Rose - Here The Blue River (TBA)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
Jonah Tolchin - Clover Road (Summer TBA)
Kite Club - Fresh Air for Humans (TBA)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test (Spring TBA)
Little Daylight - TBD (7/15)
Miranda Lee Richards - Echoes of the Dreamtime (TBA)
Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business (Summer)
  Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
Peter Himmelman - The Boat That Carries Us (TBA)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)
Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) - The Ceaseless Sight (TBA)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Sasha Siem - Most of the Boys (TBA)
Scott Matthews - Home Pt. 1 (TBA)
Slow Club - Complete Surrender (7/14)
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress
The Good Natured - Prism (Summer TBA)
The Vespers - Sisters and Brothers (TBA
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One (TBA)
Toby Lightman - Every Kind of People (TBA)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (Summer TBA)
Wakey! Wakey! - All It Takes Is A Little Love (TBA)
Winterpills - Echolalia (Covers) (TBA) 
Woman's Hour - Conversations (7/15)

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Wednesday
Nov142012

DC November 13 New Release Recap

As is often the case in our look at the week's new releases, the tried and true bump up against the upstarts: The Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years with their new GRRR! collection (with two new songs), we dig deep into some stellar live performances from the late, great Amy Winehouse (Live at The BBC) and Paul McCartney does some Live Kisses on the DVD front. We get some promising new voices: Brooklyn's Sophie Auster, a solo project from Romantica's Ben Kyle, a remarkable new album from Bear Colony and a sterling U.K. debut from English neo-folk trio The Staves. In between, we take a listen to New York songwriter Ari Hest, Sweden's alterno-popping El Perro del Mar, SoCal tunesmith Nels Andrews and New Orleans roots rockers Ben Labat and the Happy Devil. Also out this week: new music from Lana Del Rey, Soundgarden, Big Boi, Brian Eno, Christina Aguilera, Trent Reznor's new side project Hot To Destroy Angels, a Sufjan Stevens' holiday collection and a new Mark Kozelek longplayer. Read about our featured artists and link to music and videos as well as peruse our complete listing of artists and titles below...

Over the course of her all-too-brief career, Amy Winehouse's live performances ranged from the rhapsodic to the wretched, a commanding and charismatic performer riddled with the excess of ego, drugs and self-destruction. Sixteen months after her tragic death, Winehouse is now remembered in her best light in Amy Winehouse: At the BBC, an expansive 4-disc box set for the U.K. market that has been trimmed, at least for now, to a 2-disc set for America. The full Brit box contains 3 DVD's and one CD, including the Tribute to Amy Winehouse from Jools Holland DVD, featuring ten performances from Holland's praised BBC show "Live With..." as well as an excellent 14-track BBC One Sessions Live at Porchester Hall (2007) DVD...more DC

"We tend to fall into the trap of thinking too much about where we expect to be in our lives instead of embracing where we are," says New York songwriter Ari Hest. "I am a black belt in such thinking." That double sided psychological challenge is summed up in the lyrics "I play with fire/and the fire plays with me" from the title track off Hest's fine new The Fire Plays (November 13). It is also, not surprisingly, the most personal of his seven albums. Produced by Gerry Leonard, The Fire Plays has Hest's husky vocals and distinctive way with a flawless melody on prime display coupled with introspective lyrics that have been described as a "journey of self-exploration"...more DC

It probably doesn't hurt that 25-year-old Brooklyn singer/songwriter/actress Sophie Auster has a few genetic things going in her favor. Her dark-eyed, model-ready good looks for one, her famous literary parents -- Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt -- for another. But Auster has worked to carved out her own career in music and her new EP Red Weather (November 13), arriving nearly a decade after she recorded her first, indicates she's put all that time -- and experience -- to good use. Auster has embraced writing and performing, working with legendary guitarist and songwriter Barry Reynolds (Marianne Faithful, Rufus Wainwright) and laying down her own self-produced tracks...more DC

Five years after Twin Cities alt/country band Romantica released their well-received album America, frontman Ben Kyle returns with his self-titled solo debut, a feat made even more rewarding considering the many starts, stops and reboots along the way. "For me it wasn’t about getting the next marketable product out to keep the train rolling and the career climbing, so I could spend more years on the road," says Kyle. "But it was about not settling for something that my heart wasn’t behind 100%, and making sure I made a record that I felt was beautiful and that I believed in..."more DC

London-based acoustic trio The Staves -- early 20-something sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor -- have been creating something of a serious buzz on both sides of the big pond lately, touring with The Civil Wars, Ben Howard, Mumford & Sons and Michael Kiwanuka along with releasing a pair of exquisitely delicate nu-folk EP's. Produced by the father and son studio dream team of Glyn and Ethan Johns, the siblings' full length Dead & Born & Grown (November 13, UK) collects selected songs from those EPs as well as a batch of fine new tracks for an album brimming with what we've described as a "masterful bit of sublime harmony that spans the chilly confines of England and balmier surroundings of 70's L.A. folk/pop..." more DC

Some bands try to keep things short, simple, stripped and direct. Not Arkansas music amalgam Bear Colony. Sophomore indie album Soft Eyes (November 13, Esperanza Plantation) is one densely layered, headspinning mash-up of styles and atmospherics: imaginative art/rock, big-melodied pop, grandiose post-rock instrumentalism topped off with dark dollop of unpretentious proggy touches. The recent passing of frontman Vincent Griffin's mother after a battle with cancer serves as the sobering inspiration for Soft Eyes' thematic direction, thirteen songs and instrumental bridges that dig beneath the emotional surface for reflection and, ultimately, a celebration...more DC

Also -- listen to tracks from Nels Andrews ("Barroom Bards") and Ben Labat and the Happy Devil ("Revival").

More November 13 New Releases:

Ben Labat & The Happy Devil - The Revival
Big Boi - Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors
Brian Eno - Lux
Carrie Newcomer - Kindred Spirits: A Collection
Christina Aguilera - Lotus
Clinic - Free Reign
Crystal Castles - III
El Perro del Mar - Pale Fire
Eva Cassidy - Best of
Green Day -  ¡Dos!
How To Destroy Angels (Trent Reznor) - An Omen (EP)
Joe Cocker - Fire It Up
Lana Del Rey - Paradise & Born to Die (Paradise Edition)
Mark Kozelek - On Tour: The Soundtrack
Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep (w/ book)
Nels Andrews - Scrimshaw
Paul McCartney - Live Kisses DVD
Peter Frampton - The Best of FCA! 35 Tour (3-CD)
Punch Brothers - Ahoy (EP)
Radical Face - Always Gold EP
School of Seven Bells - Put Your Sad Down EP
Soundgarden - King Animal
Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Vol.6-10 (Box)
Susan McKeown - Belong
Sylver Tongue (Charlotte Hatherly) - Something Big EP
The Rolling Stones - GRRR! (Collection, 2 new songs)
Various - Twilight:The Breaking Dawn 2 (Sndtk)

 

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