Thursday, November 8, 2012


SoundgardenKing Animal
Two years after reforming and 16 years since their last record, the grunge titans return with one of the best comeback albums ever made. King Animal is not just Soundgarden rediscovering their ability to go balls-to-the-wall, it hears a band finding the confidence and camaraderie within themselves to make a new record so many years after they said goodbye. It takes droplets of the bands history from their Sub Pop days with Louder than Love and Ultramega OK and mixes it with their  powerful 90's major label heyday from Superunknown and Down on the Upside. While King Animal hears the band crafting “Grunge for the 21st Century,” it takes little droplets of the bands long career and blends them together with a new twist. King Animal roars and will not only gain the band new fans but elevate the respect and please their older ones. Now, if only Soundgarden and Pearl Jam do a co-headlining stadium tour together…. 

Kendrick Lamar good kid in a m.A.A.d city
The Compton rapper ignites a lyrical firestorm on his sophomore LP. Lamar, a protégé of Dr. Dre, proves he has the chops, skill, and delivery to stay in the spotlight for a very long time. Not since the NWA’s heyday as a rapper come from Compton to describe what the struggling youth face day in and day out. This is a musical document that will be looked at for years to come.

Green DayDos!
The second of three albums Green Day are releasing this year, while Uno! was a throwback to the bands Lookout Record days, Dos! dabbles more into the bands 90’s range that we heard with albums like Dookie, Insomniac, and Warning.

Larry and His Flask Hobo’s Lament EP
The folk / punk / blue grass maniacs return with a new EP and manage to pack in the incredible energy and raw talent that their live shows display. While the band works on a new full length, this EP is one to hold fans (old and new) over until their next release.

Tame ImpalaLonerism
Australia’s psychedelic melody makers return with album number two and combine the beauty and lush colors of The Beatles and toss them over hip-hop inspired beats. Recorded in Paris, France, and various parts of Australia, Tame Impala double their money and prove they are more than just a buzz band, but a band that is very serious about what they do.

Boys NoizeOut of the Black
Germany’s Alexander Ridha aka Boys Noize  returns with his new album of adventurous beats and dance party crazyness. Being a beatmaker or any electronic act coming from Germany has to be a hard job thanks to artists like Kraftwerk, KMFDM, Atari Teenage Riot, laying the groundwork of the ever changing electronic landscape and pioneering various sub-genres of electronica, with Out of the Black, Boys Noize can now add himself to that echelon of pioneering electronic acts.

Ellie Goulding -  Halcyon
The second record from William and Kate’s favorite singer comes with a much more dramatic and mature fashion. While Gouldings debut, Lights, was a fun and fancy-free dance record, Halcyon is dark and much more complex. Featuring production by  Jim Eliot, Starsmith, Billboard, Justin Parker, MONSTA and Mike Spencer and special guests like Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris, Halcyon brings Goulding to the next level.

Public EnemyThe Evil Empire of Everything
The pioneering Long Island hip-hop legends return with one of their finest records in years. Just turn on the news and look outside your window at the world these days and it is enough to make anyone an inspired writer, however, for the lyrical brilliance of Chuck D, he proves he still has got it and takes on every social and economic issue that has shaped society today. With guests ranging from Tom Morello, Henry Rollins, Ziggy Marley, The Invincibles, and many others, D and Flava Flav serve up something old school P.E. fans can be proud of.

Murs and 9th Wonder -  The Final Adventure
The fifth and final record from one of hip-hops most dynamic duos will bring tears to some fans eyes and sadness to their ears, but, it will close a chapter in the creative career of some of the finest teams of emcees since Blackstar.

MadnessOui Oui Si Si Jah Jah Da Da
The British ska legends return with their first album in three years and translates in various languages as Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes. After the success of their 2004 reunion, Madness have been cranking out new albums nearly every four years and have fans (old and new) at their feet.

K’NaanCountry, God or the Girl
The Canadian via Somalia rapper and singer returns with his new album of passionate lyrics, socially conscious messages and brings along some heavy hitting collaborators like Bono, Nas and Nelly Furtado to lend their skills to K’Naan’s growing talents.

Gary Clark Jr.Blak and Blu
The first major label debut from blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. hears him channeling Hendrix, Sly Stone, and Jimmy Page in one of the finest records of his career. While the blues rock genre has seen a renaissance thanks to Jack White, The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Clark needs to be recognized into the pack.

MikaThe Origin of Love
The third record from the flamboyant British singer Mika hears him going for less of the complexities of his 2009 album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, but still fails to hit the pop brilliance of his 2005 debut, Life in Cartoon Motion. The Origin of Love is a record that lies somewhere in between both.

Matt & Kim Lightning
Matt & Kim are a duo whose records really do not matter, they make their chops as a live band and Lightning fails to capture the live vibe these two put on.

Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
California’s epic storytellers return with their 14th studio album that is loosely based off a group of people living in Washington state and deals with the topics of outcasts, recluses, the mentally ill, and others struggling in ordinary society. While the subject matter is heavy and serious, musically it is a depressing and almost dull record to listen to.

The 20th album from the rock and roll painted legends hears KISS being KISS, the only surprising thing is that it took them 20 years to call a record “Monster.”