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‘New Music Tuesdays’ – ‘Opening Day’ Edition

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Musicheads,

April has finally arrived, and with the Spring weather also comes LOTS of new music.  When I say LOTS, I mean LOTS.  Here is the album release list just for this week:

April 1, 2013:

  • Haim – The Falling [EP] [National Anthem/Polydor]
  • T.E.N. – T.E.N. [EP] [Self-Release]
  • Vondelpark – Seabed [R&S]

April 2, 2013:

  • A Hawk and a Hacksaw – You Have Already Gone To The Other World: Music Inspired By Paradjanov’s Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors [LM Duplication]
  • Alkaline Trio – My Shame Is True [Epitaph]
  • Andrew Leahey & The Homestead – Summer Sleeves [EP] [Self-Release]
  • Authority Zero – The Tipping Point [Hardline Entertainment]
  • Barren Girls – Hell Hymns [EP] [Merge]
  • The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO [Outside/Jagjaguwar]
  • The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow [Blue Horizon]
  • Bleached – Ride Your Heart [Dead Oceans]
  • Bobby Browser – “Still Browsing” [12″] [100% Silk]
  • Bombino – Nomad [Nonesuch]
  • Bonobo – The North Borders [Ninja Tune]
  • British Sea Power – Machineries Of Joy [Digital Release] [Rough Trade]
  • Caveman – Caveman [Fat Possum]
  • Charles Bradley – Victim of Love [Dunham]
  • Child Bite – Vision Crimes / Monomania [Joyful Noise]
  • Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonely Hearts [Downtown]
  • Dark Horses – Black Music [Last Gang]
  • The Dear Hunter – Migrant [Equal Vision]
  • Dutch Uncles – Out of Touch in the Wild [Memphis Industries]
  • Empress Of – Systems [EP] [Terrible Records]
  • EmptyMansions – snakes/vultures/sulfate [Riot House]
  • Etienne de Crécy – Beatcrush [EP] [Pixadelic]
  • Generationals – Heza [Polyvinyl]
  • Halsan Bazar – Space Junk [Crash Symbols]
  • Heavy Hawaii – Goosebumps [Art Fag]
  • Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine – White People and the Damage Done[Alternate Tentacles]
  • The Juan MacLean – “You Are My Destiny” [12″] [DFA]
  • Killswitch Engage – Disarm the Descent [Roadrunner]
  • Kinski – Cosy Moments [Kill Rock Stars]
  • Kopecky Family Band – Kids Raising Kids [Reissue] [ATO]
  • Larra Skye – Wishing Tree [Self-Release]
  • The Laurels – Plains [Self-Release]
  • Lewis Watson – The Wild [EP] [Warner Music]
  • The Lonely Wild – The Sun As It Comes [The Echo]
  • Mad Season – Above [Box Set] [Self-Release]
  • Milk Music – Cruise Your Illusion [Fat Possum]
  • The Mongoloids – Mongo Life [Six Feet Under]
  • Mudhoney – Vanishing Point [Sub Pop]
  • Ólafur Arnalds – For Now I Am Winter [Mercury Classics]
  • Owel – Owel [Self-Release]
  • Paint It Black – Invisible [No Idea]
  • Port St. Willow – Holiday [Deluxe Reissue] [Downtown]
  • Rilo Kiley – RKives [One Little Record Co.]
  • RxGibbs – Contact [Cascine]
  • Shovels & Rope – “Johnny 99″/”Bad As Me” [7″] [Third Man Records]
  • Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep [InsideOut]
  • Telekinesis – Dormarion [Merge]
  • Tyler, the Creator – Wolf [Odd Future Records]
  • Various Artists – The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver [ATO]
  • Vondelpark – Seabed [R&S]
  • WALL – Shoestring [EP] [Big Picnic]
  • Willy Moon – Here’s Willy Moon [Cherrytree/Island]
  • Zeus – Busting Visions [Deluxe Edition] [Arts & Crafts]

Obviously, not all of these are worth picking up, but here are a few worth checking out in my opinion (tell me if I missed any).

  • Haim – The Falling [EP]
  • The Besnard Lakes – Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
  • The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
  • Charles Bradley Victim of Love
  • Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonely Hearts
  • Etienne de Crécy – Beatcrush [EP]
  • Kopecky Family Band – Kids Raising Kids [Reissue]
  • Mudhoney – Vanishing Point
  • Telekinesis – Dormarion
  • Rilo Kiley – RKives
  • Willy Moon – Here’s Willy Moon

and THAT is just this week.

On another note, this week marks the start of Major League Baseball and therefore this week is affectionately named Opening Day/Week.  Although this side-note seems unrelated, baseball has actually included music into many of its major operations.  With warm-up and batting music for each team and their players, as well as thematically chosen pop songs for the playoffs and clever one-offs for each team (such as The Orioles ‘Camden Style’) which bring both the fans and the players closer together.  Not only this, but there have been songs forever ingrained in our minds as linked directly to baseball; from the classic ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ to the Yankees’ post game song by the legendary Frank Sinatra – New York, New York, baseball is a part of music history.  (See there was a point!)

I also want to give a shout out to the Orioles who started their season off strong today in a big way with a win against a very tough and talented squad down in Tampa against the Rays. Starting the Orioles Magic early!

Alright, so onto my musical acquisitions for today.  Shall I go with a soulful R&B artist who has had a rocky past to inspire his music, or maybe a 90’s grunge band keepin’ on keepin’ on?  How about I go with this lovely psychedelic rock band out of Austin, The Black Angels.  There newest album that was released today, Indigo Meadowis a psych-rock album reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane and The Doors, with a psychedelic album cover, lead singer Alex Maas’ heavy use of low-fi vocal distortion, the trippy guitar sounds, and even the organ to boot!  When instruments used on the album include: harmonium, autoharp, multiple organs and Tibetan singing bowl, you know you are gonna get that late 60’s vibe.  The lead single off of Indigo Meadow is Don’t Play With Guns which is currently receiving airplay on radio, but there are numerous other tracks deserving of a listen on this album as well: Broken SoldierTwisted LightIndigo Meadow and Black Isn’t Black.

Apart from the aforementioned album, here is my complete list of musical acquisitions for this week:

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and for now, I bid you all adieu …

-Akwitz

Now Playing: Charles Bradley/Menahan Street Band – The World (Is Going Up In Flames)

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