It didn’t make sense to organize this week’s New Music Tuesday in terms of new albums, EPs and singles. Instead, you’ll find an excellent and eclectic collection of brand new music, new songs from already legendary and careered musicians, and some newly available catalog gems. If you want to see for yourself what’s new in Rdio, browse through the New Releases and queue, review and add new finds to your collection.
Brand New Music
Producer and TV on the Radio member Dave Sitek, strikes out on his own as Maximum Balloon. With the help of famous friends like TVotR’s lead singer, Little Dragon and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, his album is both funky and danceable.
The sound of Frankie Rose and The Outs’ self-titled album is likely a product of Frankie Rose’s impressive musical history. Her previous experience as the drummer for the Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and Crystal Stilts has helped her and the band create a sound delicately balanced between surf rock and dream pop.
When one of the country’s top music supervision firms gets behind a record, you give it a listen. In this case, it’s easy to see why Chop Shop might love the ethereal and easy electronic flare of Portland’s Mackintosh Braun. Want to listen to more from Chop Shop? Check out their music projects such as the soundtracks for The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy and The Twilight Saga.
Multi-talented musician and poet Michael Franti joins forces with his band, Spearhead, for one more upbeat and conscientious album, The Sound of Sunshine. Mixing reggae, rap, and elements of rock, saving the world never sounded so good.
New Music from the Already Legendary
Culled from the annals of hard rock history, Black Country Communion was formed by some serious notables—guitarist Joe Bonamassa, bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Jason Bonham (son and recent stand-in of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham), and keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Alice Cooper). The effect isn’t a bloat of talent but the interwoven virtuosity of 4 men.
Popular hip-hop and R&B label Uptown Records remixes are now available for your auditory enjoyment:
- Jodeci- Freek’n You
- Mary J. Blige- Love No Limit
- Bobby Brown- Don’t be Cruel and Every Little Step
- Jody Watley- Friends
Originally a member of the backing group for Ike & Tina Turner, Gloria Scott’s album What Am I Gonna Do, is hotly sought in vinyl markets. Produced by Barry White in 1974, you can listen to the whole thing in its heart-wrenching entirety.
1980 saw the pairing of Sly Dunbar with The Revolutionaries. Dunbar, better known as one half of the long-running and wildly influential production team Sly & Robbie, created 10 solid dub tracks in Black Ash Dub.
Pop Culture Bonus:
Are you a Gleek? You can revisit tonight’s music in the season opener by checking out the latest from the Glee Cast.