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New Music Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Occasionally an album isn’t just an album and new music is synonymous with a short story. Beyond listening, many of this week’s new releases have an interesting bit of information associated with their creation. So pick something from New Releases and try applying your best Google-fu—we’ll get you started with the Rdio Playlist Notes.

Playlist Notes

  • Tech N9ne, All 6’s And 7’s: Proudly boasting to be the “#1 Independent Rapper in the World”, Tech N9ne uses his notoriety to recruit big-name guests Lil Wayne, B.O.B., Busta Rhymes, Yelawolf, and Snoop Dogg on his eighth studio album.

  • Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy: Both Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo emerged from musical families to become influential jazz musicians. The main difference in their paths? Their choice of instrument—Marsalis dedicated himself to the saxophone while Calderazzo committed to the piano. Half of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, this duo recorded a technically impressive, musically superior collection of old and new songs.

  • Brent Hinds Presents, Fiend Without A Face/West End Motel Don’t Shiver, You’re A Winner: As one of the singers from intense metal band Mastodon, Brent Hinds did some experimenting with other styles of music. In this double-debut album, listen to his two other bands—surf rockers Fiend Without a Face and loose, hard-partying West End Motel.

  • Okkervil River, Rider b/w I Guess We Lost: Texas rockers Okkervil River released another single from their upcoming LP, I Am Very Far. Queue up this dark, romantic track to gear up for the band’s 2011 summer tour.

  • Beyonce: Best Thing I Never Had: The latest single from Beyonce’s upcoming album, 4, is the perfect vehicle to show off her impressive vocals—this is why she’s a pop superstar.

∞  June 7, 2011 — 12:00AM