Monday, March 4, 2013

Quick Spins

David Bowie The Next Day
The Thin White Duke returns with his first album in a decade and one of classic rock’s greatest enigmas and shape-shifters does not disappoint. The Next Day is a rock and roll cabaret that hears Bowie with some of his finest work. With chomping guitars, lyrical stabs at pop culture and paparazzi, pounding drums, and even the occasional sci-fi ballad here and there, The Next Day proves that age is just a number and the reason why fans had to wait was for something this special.

Ill Bill The Grimy Awards
On his third album Brooklyn via Queens rapper Ill Bill holds nothing back and brings forth one of the years best hip-hop records, so far. With inspiration from hip-hop’s heyday of the 1990’s and a lyrical delivery that will make anyone stand up and pay attention, The Grimey Awards is Ill Bill’s cathartic expression of his love of all music, his family, and the people that helped shift him to become the man he is. With special guests like A-Trak, Jedi Mind Tricks, Meyhem Lauren, Cormega, El-P, and even H.R. from Bad Brains and many more and featuring flawless production from Pete Rock, DJ Premier, El-P, DJ Muggs, Large Professor, and many more, Ill Bill shows his furious skills as an emcee, producer, and curator. The Grimy Awards is a MUST listen for any fan of real hip-hop.

SexMobSexMob Plays Fellini
The iconic jazz outfit, Sex Mob, released an album of their take of Nino Rota’s famous scores from his time working with iconic Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. A band with a unique and fresh jazz sound like the Mob could only take on a score as unique and fresh as Rota’s.

Taking inspiration from 1980’s pop culture like Miami Vice, Knight Rider and a Sega video game called OutRun, the French house DJ tells a story through sound and slick style that will have fans of early Daft Punk smile. OutRun is a concept record about a man who crashes his Ferrari Testarossa resulting in him becoming a zombie who produces electronic music. As much fun as that storyline may seem, listening to the record and imaging that is just as good.

Johnny MarrThe Messenger
The legendary guitarist returns with his latest solo album and while it is traditional Johnny Marr music – jangling guitars, progressive chord changes, and very catchy riffs, it shows that if the formula is broke, do not mess with it. It is what made his work in The Smiths so iconic. Marr sings and plays on The Messenger and seems to be having a blast still making music. Though, the last few records he has made he has been playing guest guitarist on, from Oasis’ 2002 Heathen Chemistry, Modest Mouse’s 2007 We Were All Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and The Cribs 2010 release Ignore The Ignorant, Marr comes back front and center and shows that he still has it.

Jared EvanBoom, Blap, and Blues
Long Island R&B singer Jared Evan returns with a fresh new outlook on his music. Linking up with Statik Selektah for quality production, Evan is underground R&B’s answer to someone like Miguel. With guest appearances from Action Bronson, Boom, Blap, and Blues shows that Selektah is hooking Evan up with all the right friends.

Atlas Genius When It Was Now
Australian buzz band Atlas Genius finally release their long awaited debut and it does not dissapoint. When It Was Now is a cross between bouncy electronic-rock like Phoenix and Gold Fields to indie rock like Local Natives.

How to Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion
After two EP’s in three years, Trent Reznor’s other band finally brings their debut to the table. What fans have heard and known about Angels through the years still holds true on Welcome Oblivion, it contains many of the same elements Reznor and his Oscar winning composing partner Atticus Ross have made with their music scores and with NIN, yet, this time, Mrs. Trent Reznor is on vocals making their music now sound as seductive as it is aggressive.

The MenNew Moon
Brooklyn garage rockers The Men decide to bring down the decibel levels and distortion and begin to get personal and introspective. New Moon is the follow-up to last years acclaimed, Open Your Heart, the rockers went to the Catskills and crafted a very different record for themselves and their fans and the change may be a good change of pace.

JavelinHi Beams
Bouncy Brooklyn electronic duo, Javelin return with their latest record. Much like their 2010 album, No Mas, the duo take a swipe at pop culture and have fun making loopy and catchy beats.

Blue HawaiiUntogether
The Montreal duo bring together seductive electronic beats and sweeping songs on their debut album. While they spent two years making this record, longtime fans of the band may ask “Is this it?” while new ears may be turned on to their sound.

CappadonnaEryth, Wynd, and Fyre
The Wu-Tang member releases his seventh studio album and brings together Show Stopper, Soloman Childs, Lounge Mode and Sav Killz and one of the few Wu records to feature no other members of the Clan. Maybe Cappa is really trying to break free of the mold or trying to do something different? Something time will tell.

Youth LagoonWondrous Bughouse
Taking on topics like psychology and the universe, Trevor Powers aka Youth Lagoon brings together never ending deep discussions presented over pop music on Wondrous Bughouse. As SXSW approaches and a looming tour with The National comes about this Summer, this may be one of the years most talked about albums from one of the years most talked about artists.

Shout Out LoudsOptica
The Swedish garage rock band returns with much of the same rambunctious formula and music that fans around the world have loved for years.

Jamie Lidell
The English beatmaker and singer/songwriter brings early 90’s club pop and dance on his sixth release. While his vocals tend to be mismatched with the music, he does prove the early 90’s was and will always be remembered for grunge and gangsta rap and not its electronic music.