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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 06, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

14KT – A Friendly Game of KT (Mello Music Group)
Todd Agnew – How to be Loved (Columbia)
The Alchemist – Rapper’s Best Friend 2 (Decon Inc)
Biipiigwan – Nibaak [EP] (Handshake Inc)
Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself (MOM & POP MUSIC) – Keelan H.
Bowerbirds – The Clearing (DEAD OCEANS)
Ceremony – Zoo (Matador Records)
Chaundon – The Jammington (Golden Era Music)
Copywrite – God Save The King (Man Bites Dog)
Cuddle Magic – Info Nympho (FYO Records)
Dance Hall Pimps – Beast for Love (Lakeshore Records)
DATgirl – Slutstep (DATGirl Media)
Dry the River – Shallow Bed {UK} (RCA)
Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Every Time I Die – Ex Lives (Epitaph)
Fireflight – Now (Provident)
Tim Fite – Ain’t Ain’t Ain’t (Anti-)
Fort Remeau – Kingdoms (100% Silk)
Good Old War – Come Back as Rain [2(Sargent House)
Julia Holter – Ekstasis (RVNG International)
Junior Toots – A Little Bit of Love (Crown of Fire Records)
Kaiser Chiefs – Start The Revolution Without Me (Cooperative Music)
Ava Luna – Ice Level (Infinite Best)
The Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Merge Records) – Robin Smith
The Men – Open Your

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 28, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

A Hero’s Fate – Terms and Conditions (SoundFire Entertainment)
Asphyx – Deathhammer (Century Media)
Autopsy – All Tomorrow’s Funerals [2 CDs] (Peaceville)
Lee Bannon – Fantastic Plastic (Plug Research)
Black Country Communion – Live Over Europe (J&R Adventures)
Caliban – I Am Nemesis (Century Media Records)
Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)
Chiddy Bang – Breakfast (Virgin/EMI)
Christian Mistress – Possession (Relapse)
Copywrite – God Save the King (Man Bites Dog Records)
Corrosion of Conformity – Corrosion of Conformity (Candlelight Records) – Joseph Viney
The Cranberries – Roses (Downtown)
Dark New Day – New Tradition (Goomba Music)
Dead Fingers – Dead Fingers (Big Legal Mess)
Gensu Dean – Lo-Fi Fingahz (Mello Music Group)
Degradead – Live At Wacken And Beyond [DVD] (Metalville)
Demdike Stare – Elemental (Modern Love) – Deviant
Ecid – Werewolf Hologram (Fill in the breaks)
Eluveitie – Helvetios (Nuclear Blast)
Estelle – All Of Me (Atlantic)
Everything Goes Cold – The Tyrant Sun (Metropolis Records)
For King and Country – Crave (Fervent Records)
Robert Glasper – Black Radio (Blue Note Records)
The Intersphere – Hold on Liberty (Long Branch)
Inure – The Offering (Metropolis Records)
I, The Breather – Truth and Purpose (Sumerian Records)
Ja Rule – Pil 2 (Fontana)
Kutless – Believer (Bec Recordings)
Little Barrie – King…

Imminent Sonic Destruction – Monster

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I’ve pretty much said everything that I can about this album on my review, but here is an abridged version. Imminent Sonic Destruction play a version of progressive metal that mixes a large dose of modern metal riffing along with some different vocal styles. The main style sounds like a cross between Voivod and Mudvayne, but there are also black metal shouts, death grows and even some Hetfield-ish parts. As far as the song goes, it is actually one of the weaker tracks on the album but it can, at least, give listeners a decent idea of what to expect from the album.

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 Imminent Sonic Destruction – Recurring Themes
Release Date: Feb 24th, 2012
http://www.imminentsonicdestruction.com

 

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 21, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Olafur Arnalds – Another Happy Day (Erased Tapes)
Blood Sweat & Tears – In Concert (Wounded Bird Records)
Bonobo – Black Sands Remixed (Ninja Tune)
Buckethead – Electric Sea (Metastation)
Busdriver – Beaus$Eros (Fake Four Inc.)
Cheap Girls – Giant Orange (Rise Records)
The Chieftains – Voice of Ages (Hear Music)
Cursive – I am Gemini (Saddle Creek)
Davidian – Our Fear is Their Force (Massacre Records)
Dodgy – Stand Upright in a Cool Place (Strikeback)
Drudkh- Eternal Turn of the Wheel (Season of Mist)
Elmsfire – Thieves of the Sun (Massacre Records)
Eluveitie – Helvetios (Nuclear Blast)
Farewell Republic – Burn the Boats (Self Released) – SowingSeason
Field Music – Plumb (Memphis Industries) – SowingSeason
fun. – Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen) – Adam Knott
Galactic – Carnivale Electricos (ANTI-)
Grimes – Visions (4AD) – Conrad Tao
Gary Husband – Dirty And Beautiful: Volume 2 (Abstract Logix)
Jeff Hamilton Trio – Red Sparkle (Capri)
Imminent Sonic Destruction – Recurring Themes (Self Released) – Trey Spencer
Infinito 2017 – Conquest of the More v.1 (Joe Left Hand Rec.)
Jonquil – Point of Go (Dovecote Records)
Damien Jurado – Maraqopa (Secretly Canadian)
Lambchop – Mr. M (Merge Records)
Terry Malts – Killing Time (Slumberland

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 14, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Barry Adamson – I Will Set You Free (Central Control)
Anvil – Pound for Pound [ReIssue] (The End Records)
Audrey Assad – Heart (Sparrow Records)
Audra Mae and The Almighty Sound – Audra Mae and The Almighty Sound (Side One Dummy)
Avatar – Black Waltz (Entertainment One)
Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour (Vagrant Records)
The Beauty of Gemina – Iscariot Blues (Metropolis Records)
Beneath the Massacre – Incongruous (Prosthetic Records)
Sean Born – Behind the Scale (Mello Music Group)
Burial – Kindred (Hyperdub) – Deviant
Caliban – I Am Nemesis {EU} (Century Media)
Dawn Of Ashes – Farewell To The Flesh [EP] (Metal Blade Records)
Lee DeWyze – What Once Was (Wuli)
Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II (Southern Lord)
Eisbrecher – Die Holle Muss Warten (Metropolis Records)
Eisley – Deep Space [EP] (Equal Vision Records)
Exdetectives – Take My Forever (Post Planetary)
The Explorers Club – Grand Hotel (Rock Ridge Music) – SowingSeason
Field Music – Plumb (Memphis Industries)
The Frozen Autumn – Chirality (Metropolis Records)
Goatwhore – Blood for the Master (Metal Blade)
Heartless Bastards – Arrow (Partisan Records)
Hillsong – Live in Miami (Hillsong)
Belle Histoire – I Can Tell (InVogue Records)
Hopes Die Last – Trust No One (Standby Records/Red)

Lindsey Pavao – Say Aah (Live on The Voice)

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When I learned that Dia Frampton had participated on season one of NBC’s The Voice, I decided that I would give season 2 a chance when it finally aired after the Superbowl. The episode that ran after the Superbowl was better than the crap that American Idol had been pushing, but, despite the talent, nobody really caught my attention — today was different. Lindsey Pavao is a bartender out of Sacramento, California that counts Radiohead, Bjork and Fiona Apple among her influences and it totally shows on her rendition of “Say Aah” by Trey Songz. The song on the video is an abbreviated version of her full performance, but it was enough to convince me to buy the full version on iTunes.

Lindsey Pavao definitely has a unique look and voice, and her take on “Say Aah” shows that she also has a bit of a creative side too.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 07, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Air – Le Voyage Dans La Lune (Astralwerks) – Deviant
A Place to Bury Strangers – Onwards to the Wall (Dead Oceans)
Dierks Bentley – Home (Capitol Nashville)
Tim Berne – Snakeoil (ECM Records)
Beth Jeans Houghton & Hooves Of Destiny – Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (Mute)
Big Sir – Before Gardens After Gardens (Rodriguez Lopez Productions)
Archer Black – Forgiveness Is A Weapon (Post Planetary)
Casting Call – Life Goes On (Casting Call)
Robert Deeble – Heart Like Feathers (Dead Letter Records)
Departures – Green Turns To Red, Then Turns To Gold (Fist in the Air Records)
Die Antwoord – Ten$Ion (Downtown)
Dr. Dog – Be The Void (Anti-) – SowingSeason
Eluveitie – Helvetios {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Feed Me – Escape From Electric Mountain (Mau5trap) – Deviant
The Fray – Scars & Stories (Epic) – SowingSeason
Hyper Crush – Night Wave (RPM)
Kiros – Lay Your Weapons Down (Century Media Records)
Ben Kweller – Go Fly a Kite (The Noise Company)
The Law – Trigger (Local Boy Records)
The Lemonheads – Hotel Sessions (CBRA)
Liam The Younger – After the Graveyard (Underwater Peoples Records)
Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral (4AD Records)
Scott Matthew – Gallantry’s Favorite Son (Riot Bear Recording)
Paul McCartney…

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 31, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The 2 Bears – Be Strong (DFA)
Alcest – Les Voyages de L’Ame (Prophecy Productions) – Kyle Ward
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Out Of Frequency (B.A.R. Music)
Astral Doors – Jerusalem (Metalville)
Black Bananas – Rad Times Xpress IV (Piccadilly Records)
Bleeding Through – The Great Fire (Rise Records)
Cirith Ungol – Servants of Chaos [Re-Issue] (Metal Blade)
Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas (Columbia)
The Doozer – Keep It Together (Woodsist)
Candy Dulfer – Crazy (Razor & Tie)
Lana del Rey- Born to Die (Interscope) – Adam Downer
Matt Flinner – Winter Harvest (Compass Records)
Ruthie Foster – Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music)
Aretha Franklin – Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998 (Sony Legacy)
Jacques Greene – Concealer (Self Released) – Deviant
Gotye – Making Mirrors (Universal Republic)
Grimes – Visions (4AD) – Conrad Tao
Hit The Lights – Invicta (Razor & Tie) – DaveyBoy
Imperial Teen – Feel The Sound (Merge Records)
The Internet – Purple Naked Ladies [Physical Version] (Odd Future) – Deviant
The Jealous Sound – A Gentle…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 24, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Aborted – Global Flatline (Century Media)
Archetype – Red Wedding (Dekagon Records)
Atomic Forest – Obsession [Remastered] (Now Again)
Battle Beast – Steel {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Bhi Bhiman – Bhiman (Redeye Label)
Biohazard – Reborn In Defiance (Nuclear Blast)
Blessed By a Broken Heart – Feel the Power (Tooth & Nail Records)
Bleubird – Cannonball!!! (Fake Four Inc.)
Chairlift – Something (Columbia)
Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory (Carpark Records) – Adam Downer
Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks (Savoy Label Group)
Dead Icons – Condemned (Bullet Tooth)
Dion – Tank Full of Blues (Blue Horizon Ventures)
Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant Records) – Adam Knott
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (Wichita Recordings)
Foxy Shazam – The Church of Rock and Roll (EMI)
Gangrene – Vodka and Ayahuaska (Decon Inc)
Gonjasufi – MU.ZZ.LE. (Warp Records) – Deviant
Graffiti6 – Colours (Capitol)
Irdorath – Dekonstrukteur Des Fleisches {EU} (Massacre Records)
Kari Jobe – Where I Find You (Sparrow/EMD)
Lacuna Coil – Dark Adrenaline (Century Media) – Trey Spencer
Lamb of God – Resolution (Epic) – Steve M.
Madchild – Little Monster (Suburban Noize Records)
Tim McGraw – Emotional Traffic (Curb Records)
Ingrid Michaelson – Human Again (Cabin

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 17, 2012. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Anabasis – Back From Being Gone (10T Records)
Steve Aoki – Wonderland (Ultra Records)
Attack Attack! – This Means War (Rise Records)
Jessie Baylin – Little Spark (Blonde Rat)
The Big Pink – Future This (4AD Records) – Steve M.
Bombay Bicycle Club – Different Kind of Fix (A&M)
Cate Le Bon – CYRK (The Control Group) – Robin Smith
Roger Creager – Surrender (Thirty Tigers)
The Devil’s Blood – Thousandfold Epicentre (Metal Blade)
Ani Difranco – Which Side Are You On (Righteous Babe)
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur (Zoe/Rounder)
Matt Elliot – The Broken Man (Ici d’ailleurs)
Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood of Colour (Hopeless Records)
Farsot – Insects (Prophecy)
Girls Generation – Boys (Interscope Records)
Anthony Green – Beautiful Things (Photo Finish)
Guided By Voices – Let’s Go Eat the Factory (Guided By Voices) – Robin Smith
Howler – America Give Up (Rough Trade)
Kells – Anachromie (Season of Mist)
Koncept – Awaken (Soulspazm Records)
Lantlos – Agape (Prophecy Productions)
The Life & Times – No One Loves You Like I Do (Slimstyle Records)
Loincloth – Iron Balls of Steal (Southern Lord)
Martina McBride – Hits and More (Sony Nashville)
Modern English – Ricochet Days (4AD Records)
Amaia Montero – 2…

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10. Touche Amore – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me

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A few months ago I made my way down from the San Fernando Valley ‘burbs which I call home to the city of Echo Park, which is situated half way in between the seedy faux-glamour of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles, to see Touche Amore’s homecoming show at the Echoplex. As I drove past the venue in my feeble attempts to find a parking spot it hit me just how big they have become since the release of Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me. The show that night, also featuring La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth, was a microcosm of the current rebirth of and the post-hardcore scene that some have been calling “The Wave” and others like myself just call a welcome change of pace. And just like that night, with Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me Touche Amore have positioned themselves at the front of this movement.

Taking influence from early 2000’s post-hardcore bands such as Thursday, the 90’s emo underground, and the last 20 years of indie scene, Touche Amore’s Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me is a quick burst of artful yet emotional punk rock. Driven…

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30. Givers – In Light

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In the ever-changing world of the music industry, indie-pop is no longer the flavor of the month. Even its stalwart mainstays from New York City, California and England are expanding their instrumental palette in order to open up new sounds, vibes and textures. Who knew that it would be the Cajun and Zydeco hotbed of Louisiana which would produce one of the most promising talents that the genre has seen in years: Lafayette’s Givers. Their debut LP ‘In Light’ takes you on a trip around the musical world, with subtle Cajun & funk influences differentiating the band from the pack. The finger-picked acoustic guitar of ‘Saw You First’ adds a Southern feel, ‘Ripe’ has a decidedly Asian flavor, ‘In My Eyes’ and ‘Ceiling of Plankton’ contain some Caribbean calypso, while the beautiful ukulele boasting ‘Atlantic’ convincingly carries a Celtic vibe! With all 5 members being multi-instrumentalists and a brilliant boy/girl vocal dynamic, an expansive array of sounds and influences are apparent. Creative and experimental without sacrificing accessibility, ‘In Light’ is without filler and begs for repeated listens to explore its numerous layers, rhythms & melodies. Recommended Tracks: Meantime, Up Up Up, Atlantic, Noche Nada & Ceiling of Plankton. – Davey Boy

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50. FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain

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Despite its title, Drew Lustman’s follow-up to 2009’s Love Is A Liability is anything but; it’s an album built upon an almost obsessive dedication, one that sees itself rising far above his debut LP because this time Drew wisely chooses to pursue just one of his many personalities. And he follows that trajectory almost aggressively, to the point where each song plays out as a natural extension of everything that’s come before it. You Stand Uncertain is a definitive statement of sorts for Falty, one that sees his affinity for doe-eyed house and garage absorbed to the point where one becomes wholly inseparable and almost indefinable from the other. It’s an album that sounds completely at odds with its surroundings; recorded in New York, it rebels against the timpani of a bustling city, the skyline framed by towering concrete monoliths by opting instead for more open climes, the kind defined by porcelain-white beaches and oceans that stretch out far beyond the line on the horizon. As such, You Stand Uncertain is a muggy, almost sweaty affair, coated in a thick haze of melting percussion and teary-eyed wonky synths, that dips from the junglist hardcore of ‘Lucky Luciano’ through the robotic…

Welcome to a new year and a new, quick-as-shit server. As we count down to our eventual extinction on December 21st,  you might consider checking out a few of these new releases. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Acretongue – Strange Cargo (Metropolis Records)
Aesthetic Perfection – Inhuman (Metropolis Records)
Gabrielle Aplin – Home EP (Self Released) – Steve M.
Joshua Bell – French Impressions (Sony Masterworks)
Cyanotic – MedPack Vol. 1 (Glitchmode Records)
David Crowder*Band – Give Us Rest (Six Step Records)
KG Omulo – Ayah Ye! Moving Train (KG Omulo)
Lil Wayne – I’m Back (Deep Distribution)
The Little Willies – For the Good Times (Milking Bull/EMI)
Van Morrison – Live on Air (IMV BLUELINE)
Eric Nicolau – Won’t You Stay (Still Sails Music)
Nightwish – Imaginaerum (Roadrunner Records)
Rebelution – Peace of Mind (Controlled Substance Recordings)
Red Wanting Blue – From The Vanishing Point (Fanatic)
Safetysuit – These Times (Universal Republic Records)
SITD – Icon:Koru (Metropolis Records)
Snow Patrol – Fallen Empires (Universal Music Group)
Yo Gotti – Live From the Kitchen (J-Records)

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Album Streams:

KG Omulo – Ayah Ye! Moving Train

Eric Nicolau – Won’t You Stay

Rebelution – Peace of Mind

Red Wanting Blue – From The Vanishing Point

Yo Gotti – Live From the Kitchen

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