DC October 9 New Release Recap

We were pondering some pretty heavy philosophical stuff today. Like whether or not an album released exclusively on iTunes a week prior to it's "regular" street date is actually "released". What about if it comes out early on vinyl? Is that the release date? Or when an album is released only to fans? Needless to say, things didn't go well from there. So when A Fine Frenzy's new Pines album arrives next week (or is it today?) we're going to plead insanity. Still, we've got plenty to point you to today including the new Freelance Whales album Diluvia, A.C. Newman's Shut Down The Streets and The Wallflower's excellent Glad All Over. From Down Under, we present the alt-pop wonder of Lisa Mitchell and from England, the fine new album of neo-soul/folk from Josephine. Also out today: Jeff Lynne's nostalgic covers LP, a new B.B. King box set and new music from Callers, Ellie Goulding, Dana Falconberry, Kaki King, ex-Eagle Don Felder, The Script, and Ty Segal. Take a look at the full DC listing below and peruse our features where you can link to read more and listen to streams...

Freelance Whales - Diluvia (Mom & Pop/French Kiss) - Sophomore album from New York's supremely esoteric and whip smart indie art-pop band is even more adventurous than their boldly thematic 2010 debut Weathervanes, an album we chose as one of the best of the year... frontman/songwriter Judah Dadone remains the main creative force but the new songs indicate a dramatic shift toward a real "group think" mentality in arranging...Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend) produced and engineered...anyone wondering whatever became of "progressive" music need look no further: r: this is music that is both epic and intimate...more DC

Wearing two hats -- inventive solo performer and frontman for Canada's indie darlings the New Pornographers -- A.C. Newman has proven to be a reliably unpredictable songwriter and pop visionary. But things get even bigger, darker, bolder and more personal on Shut Down The Streets (Matador), an album the comes after a period mixed with grief and elation via the death of his father and the birth of his son. It also reflects an embrace of the sheer power of a great pop song, whether addressing a heartthrob or a heartache, bemused by life's little twists or contemplating the essence of what it means to be human. As with all Newman songs, Street's diverse tracks are brimming with witty smarts and brisk and brash pop melodies...more DC

“It's been a while since we've felt this energized and creative," says Jakob Dylan of his first recordings of The Wallflowers after the band's nearly seven-year hiatus. "We haven't changed our stripes so much as we're continuing to redefine the animal." The stark country folk songwriting that marked Dylan's two solo recordings during the break -- one produced by Rick Rubin, one by T Bone Burnett -- has been jettisoned for the rich, rock-driven sound of their earlier "One Light" mid-90's period. Producer Jay Joyce (Brandi Carlile, The Whigs) certainly had a hand in helping shape The Wallflowers return to the full aural textures and spacious arena-friendly power but it's the groove and grit and Dylan's fine return to form as a songwriter -- and loose-gripped bandleader -- that make the Glad All Over (Columbia) such a welcome and inspired surprise...more DC

Lisa Mitchell Bless This Mess (AUS) - 22-year-old Aussie songstress makes her long-awaited return with the full-length follow-up to 2009's fine breakout album Wonder...a platinum seller Down Under, the delightfully quirky (sm)art/pop Wonder was the recipient of the Australian Music Prize and also brought Mitchell five ARIA nominations... "an unusual, dreamy and surprisingly mature collection of addictive hooks, sunny, unpretentious goofiness and her own left-of-center musical vision" we said at the time...longtime friend, co-writer and instrumentalist Dann Hume (Evermore) once again takes the production reins...more DC 

Manchester, England's Josephine Oniyama cites Fela Kuti, Odessa, The Isleys and King Sunny Ade as influences in her music but also Joanna Newsom, Johnny Cash, MGMT and Iron and Wine. Forthcoming full-length Portrait (ARK U.K.) promises an equally eclectic mashup of styles. "At school it was all about indie but when I went home it was African," admits the 29-year-old. "The rhythms and subjects were totally different to the Manchester sounds. I never try to cram all these influences in, hopefully they just come out in a natural way"...more DC

More October 9 Releases: 

AG (Adrianne Gonzalez) - The Beatles EP
Bad Books - II
Barbra Streisand - Release Me (Unreleased Tracks)
B.B. King - Mr. B.B. King (4 CD + 10 CD Box Sets)
Bertie Blackman - Pope Innocent X (10/12 AUS)
Beth Hart - Bang Bang Boom Boom (Eur; U.S: Jan.)
Black Marble - A Different Arrangement
Callers - Reviver
Charlie Bickers - Our Frail Hearts (UK)
Citizens! - Here We Are
Dana Falconberry - Leelanau
Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien - We're Usually A Lot Better Than This
Dog Is Dead - All Our Favorite Stories (UK)
Don Felder (Eagles) - Road to Forever
Ellie Goulding - Halcyon
Jeff Lynne (ELO) - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky
Kaki King - Glow
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
Lori McKenna - Heart Shaped Bullet Hole
Meshell Ndegeocello (and guests) - Dedication to Nina Simone
My Jerusalem - Preachers
Night Moves - Colored Emotions
Owleyes - Nightswim (10/12 Aus)
Ronnie Fauss - I Am the Man You Know I'm Not
Shiny Toy Guns - III
Suzanne Vega - Close Up Vol.4/Songs of Family
Tall Ships - Everything Touching (UK)
Tame Impala - Lonerism
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (DVD/Blu-Ray/CD Deluxe)
The Calm Blue Sea - Arrivals & Departures
The Script - #3 (US)
Ty Segal - Twins
Wanda Jackson - Unfinished Business
Yannick Noah - Hommage