311 – Stereolithic - The band's 11th album is their first on their own label after leaving the major labels. Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit - New album from the soul singer/rapper best known by me as the singer of "I Need A Dollar", but apparently known best to the rest of the world as the singer on Avicii's "Wake Me Up", which was a #1 song in 22 countries. Dean Wareham – Dean Wareham - ex-Galaxie 500/Luna/Dean and Britta singer/guitarist's first solo album. Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything - UK alt.rock band's sixth album. kxm – kxm - Hard Rock super(?)-group featuring Korn's drummer, George Lynch on guitar and Dug Pinnick on bass and vocals, which makes it sort of worth a small shot. OST – After The Dark [Soundtrack] - This is mostly score work by Korn's (there they are again) Jonathan Davis, however, it also features four new (?) songs by Glen Phillips. Note: I do not like Korn. Ozomatli – Place in the Sun - Sometimes I feel like a sucker because any band that puts out an album as good as Ozomatli's 1998 self-titled debut hooks me into listening to everything they ever put out after that. Rough Francis – Maximum Soul Power - Debut album from the band formed around the children of Bobby Hackney, who was one of the members of Death. As featuring in one of 2013's best films, A Band Called Death.
Originally posted by theremin Ozomatli – Place in the Sun - Sometimes I feel like a sucker because any band that puts out an album as good as Ozomatli's 1998 self-titled debut hooks me into listening to everything they ever put out after that.
Awesome band - and yeah, that self-titled album is terrific. Back then, they did have two unfortunate issues: 1) An appearance on Sex & The City, and 2) A horrible frat-bro following that made no sense given the political overtones of their music. I saw them live-in-concert 3 or 4 times after that album came out, and there were always drunken idiots fighting at their shows (during which they would stop playing to tell them to knock it off, but still...).
I need to add some code to allow their embeds through, looks like. All the kids are using iframes these days! (I had to rewrite the Dailymotion code just today for the same problem) I do plan on listening to the Spotify playlist (because I'm getting too lazy to program my own tunes at work) and hope to be inspired to respond.
EDIT: Wow, I can't even use the string of characters i-f-r-a-m-e on this board? I probably knew that.
Oh god, even I don't commit to listening to the whole playlist. I try to hit a couple of tracks and if it sucks, screw it. If I'm lucky, I like one out of twenty. Although probably ten out of twenty I will find ok enough to make it all the way through.
I thought about expanding the 311 to say, "released on March 11 - 311 Day, but I still expect this to suck".
And yes, that's why I called them interesting releases, and not good
Ozomatli clearly suffered mortal injuries by the departure after the first album of Chali 2na and Cut Chemist. I'm surprised that they have been soldiering on with their injuries for a decade and a half.
Another album that you might want to check out that came out on 03/04 is Thrash Rock Legacy, the debut by Mounties. A Canadian indie-rock supergroup of sorts (my favourite guy Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays from Hot Hot Heat, and Ryan Dahle from Limblifter and Age of Electric), Mounties has (have?) released a few tracks online over the past year (I don't know how they haven't got a cease-and-desist letter over their name yet) and finally put out their first record. It's catchy dancey pop, closer to Hot Hot Heat than any other the other acts listed.
It was streaming online on the CBC site prior to launch but it looks like that's gone now, so here are a few videos instead (embedding is disabled, BOO):
Ok, I've got some time on my hands before I start writing new syllabi. Breakthrough: Bright Eyes Worst Cover: Tough category, but anything that involves Clay Aiken is inherently evil so I'll pick his. Best Cover: