Like last week (and pretty much every week), we have a big batch of new releases for you again. This time around there a hair over 30 new albums coming out so hopefully there is something for you. We get, yet another useless, re-release of Motley Crue’s big albums. Seriously guys, can you give us new albums or maybe even bonus tracks that haven’t been released…something to justify this. A few others I want to hear (but not running out to buy) are P!nk, Skillet and Creye. I like all three so happy for some new stuff. What do you want to hear this week? Let us know and also tell us if we missed anything. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Motley Crue – Crucial Crue: The Studio Albums 1981-1989 – (BMG Rights Mgmt)
P!nk – Trustfall – (RCA Records / Sony Music)
Skillet – Dominion: Day of Destiny – (Atlantic Records / WEA)
Creye – III: Weightless – (Frontiers Records)
Robin McAuley – Alive – (Frontiers Records)
First Signal – Face Your Fears – (Frontiers Records)
All My Shadows – Eerie Monsters – (Frontiers Records)
Jesse Malin – Fine Art of Self-Destruction (Anniversary Edition) – (Melody Catalog)
Annett Louisan – Babyblue – (Ariola / Sony Music)
Jordan Davis – Bluebird Days – (MCA Nashville / UMG)
Screaming Females – Desire Pathway – (Don Giovanni Records)
Matthew West – My Story Your Glory – (Story House Music / Provident Label Group)
Inhaler – Cuts and Bruises – (Polydor Records / Universal Music)
Solence – Hope is a Cult – (Hopeless Records)
Grade 2 – Grade 2 – (Hellcat)
Orbital – Optical Delusion – (Orbital Recordings / London Music Stream)
Welcome to Friday and guess what it is Valentine’s Day!! The worst holiday ever invented. It puts undo pressure on everyone. The trick is show the one you love how much they mean to you every day of the year and then this day doesn’t mean shit!! It is just another. So blame Hallmark and all the chocolate companies and the florist companies and the restaurants for forcing this upon us. Wow, I went off on a tangent there. It is Friday, so that means new music. Not a whole lot here for me, but hopefully there is enough that you find something for you or the one you love. My listens are in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear and what I might have missed from the list because believe it or not…it happens all the time. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!!
Hollywood Undead – New Empire, Vol 1 – (BMG Rights): I am excited for their new album which is now their 6th studio release. I really enjoy their rap-rock / nu-metal sound and I love the angst as well. It is usually great to blast driving down the road…so here is warning to you Charlotte Drivers that I might be a little reckless today with this cranked up.
Huey Lewis & the News – Weather – (New Hulex LLC / BMG Rights): I am really anxious and sad to hear this one. It could quite possibly be Huey’s last record and he is even unable to perform anymore. If you haven’t heard, Huey was diagnosed with a disorder of the inner ear called Meniere’s disease. It brings hearing loss, vertigo, ringing in the ear and a feeling of fullness. My thoughts and prayers are with him and selfishly I always would like new music from him.
Another Friday is upon us and another day of new music. There is a little of everything on tab for this week so hopefully there is something you can find you want to give a spin. I have quite a few this week and they are highlighted in Blue as usual.
Black Country Communion – BCCIV – (J&R Adventures): BCC is back with their 4th album. I thought they might have been done after their last one so I am thrilled to see a new release. If you don’t know who they are, the band consists of some quite talented musicians you might have heard about…Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. Not a bad line-up. Definitely worth checking out.
H.E.A.T – Into the Great Unknown – (Frontiers Records): This Swedish rock band brings us their 5th release and first after losing original guitarist Eric Rivers. I am interested to hear it despite 2 of the original members now gone including the lead singer. That usually really bothers me when you lose the singer, but Erik Gronwell can hold his own and has done a fine damn job since taking over. Here is to hoping for more of the same greatness from these guys.
The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful – (Island Records): For some reason, I really like The Killers. When they are good, they are really good and Brandon Flowers has been sounding great lately. I am digging the new song “Run for Cover” so hoping the rest of the album is on par with that one.
Mastodon – Cold Dark Place E.P. – (Reprise Records): It is only an E.P., but anything from this Atlanta Metal band is worth grabbing. Bring it on.
Fergie – Double Duchess – (Retrofuture Productions): Okay, yes I am interested in hearing Fergie. I have my guilty pleasures. She proved she can rock out when she did a song for Slash so I definitely want to hear what she brings to the table this time around.
Otherwise – Sleeping Lions – (Century Media)
Macklemore – Gemini – (Bendo LLC)
Matthew West – All In – (Sparrow)
Josh Ritter – Gathering – (Pytheas Recordings)
Midland – On the Rocks – (Big Machine)
Van Morrison – Roll With The Punches – (Exile Productions)
Leon Russell – On A Distant Shore – (Palmetto)
Chris Hillman – Bidin’ my Time – (Rounder)
Steve Martin / The Steep Canyon Rangers – “The Long-Awaited Album” – (Rounder)
Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay – (Nuclear Blast)
Lecrae – All Things Work Together – (Reach Records)
Haley Reinhart – What’s That Sound? – (Concord Records)
Brian Wilson – Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology – (Rhino/Warners)
Over the last 10 years, the quality of Christian Music is a vast improvement over where it had been. There are so many great bands and artists now that wear the Christian Music label.
Many of the songs could be and should be played on mainstream radio, but sadly will not. There are so many different musical styles and Christian Music has them all pop, rock, metal, singer/songwriter, hip-hop, dance and indie.
As I get older, the Christian Music genre gets to be more important in my life and tends to hold more meaning for me. I follow bands out of this genre just as passionately as I do any other type of music. If I like it, I am going to listen to it…it doesn’t matter what style or message the music might be expressing.
Below are my favorite songs by Christian artists:
Sanctus Real – “Lead Me”– This song is so powerful and the lyrics are so moving. I listen to it and I want to be a better man.