Clear your afternoon, and get ready to fill up your Rdio queue. This week’s New Music Tuesday is full of remarkable new albums, EPs and catalog gems. With an open mind and some earnest listening, who knows what you’ll find for your collection or playlist?
(While we have your attention, be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post where we reward playlist creators and the people who love them with a month of free Rdio.)
Paying homage to Bob Dylan, Mirah, The Morning Benders, Sea Wolf, Asobi Seksu and 12 other musicians contribute tracks toward re-creating the classic Bringing it All Back Home in
a compilation entitled Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home
Listening to Eskmo’s self-titled album, it’s easy to understand how audiophiles came to be. It’s impossible to fully appreciate each organic and electronic sound, texture and layer without serious listening props. Don’t let that keep you from trying this music out—it’s plenty pleasurable to be simply plugged in with earbuds.
With an undetectable Scottish accent, you can’t help but wonder if Fran Healy’s singing is influenced by his native country. The effect is a voice at once smooth but also like sandpaper, gliding between falsetto and a conversation. Stepping out from behind Travis, Wreckorder is Healy’s first solo album. Listen for guests like Neko Case, Noah and the Whale’s Tom Hobden and Paul McCartney.
Sit Ben Harper, George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur in a room and ask them to create three songs a day for three days. The result of this trio of trios, named Fistful of Mercy, is a debut album entitled As I Call You Down.
The man behind B.o.B, Flo Rida, and Travie McCoy’s breakout songs, producer and song-writer Bruno Mars, is ready with his own hand-crafted debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans.
The comforting indie rock sounds of +/- and Pulled Punches make a good soundtrack for the changing of summer to fall. A little melancholy, it retains their well-established habit of catchy melodies.
KT Tunstall’s third album, Tiger Suit, is energetic, earnest, and we’re pretty sure she’s singing straight to you. It’s too boisterous to be intimate, but KT is hinting at what’s just below the surface.
If you’re on the fence or simply unaware of The Avett Brothers’ particular brand of folk and Americana rock, their shows are fun for all sorts of musical tastes. It’s a special treat to have their third live album, appropriately named Live, Volume 3, ready to fill your ears with foot tapping and exuberant storytelling.
The ever fan-focused and humorous bunch of fellows that comprise the band Guster are adding another studio album to their discography, the aptly named Easy Wonderful.
Music business veteran Alain Johannes, has worked with bands like the Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, and No Doubt as a studio musician, sound engineer, producer and more jobs too numerous to mention. He brings that variety of experience to create his own album, Spark. Dark with hints of the modern madrigal, it’s easy to hear why he’s been creating music for more than 25 years.
Quiet, glitchy, amped-up and other-worldly, Ghostly allowed their artists’ catalog songs to be artistically flexed by musicians such as Flying Lotus, Juan Maclean, Junior Boys and Atlas Sound in Ghostly Essentials: Remixes One.
SINGLES + EPs
With two singles out, Power and the brand new Runaway, ‘Ye fans are anxiously awaiting the full album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, next month.
The laid back, haunting voice and guitar meanderings of Sharon Van Etten are on display in her two new songs, gathered in I’m Giving Up On You.
Take That alumni Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow team up for their first song, Shame, since Williams made it big internationally.
New Mad Decent DJ and mixtape artist Mumdance has unleashed his first Mad Decent EP, Mum Decent.
Rye Rye’s first album single, Sunshine, is accompanied by M.I.A. If you’ve ever been an M.I.A. fan, her protégé will be to your liking.
Liar X 3 might not sound like the typical music from rapper Lyrics Born, but we think his turn to sultry singing looks good on him.
Ninja Tune, the label home for many electronic, instrumental hip-hop and drum and bass musicians, just turned twenty years old. To celebrate, they’re releasing a collection of their top Ninja Tunes XX: Volume 2.
The influential Tropicalia album Estudando A Bossa by Tom Zé is now available in its entirety.
It isn’t until you see Louis Armstrong’s greatest songs from 1963-1969 collected in Hello Louis: The Hit Years that you realize how prolific he was.
If Groove Is In Your Heart, than this Deee-Lite album, World Clique should surely be in your collection.
Marking his 70th birthday, some John Lennon classics are being re-released. Included in this batch is a new take on Double Fantasy comprised of reworked songs, called Double Fantasy Stripped Down.