New Album Release Highlights: Tuesday, July 6
(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.)
*Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Big Boi's highly anticipated new album, Sir Lucious Left Foot
Big Boi's debut solo album has been years in the making and created lots of hype. Here's how The Guardian's Alexis Petridis described the album in a recent review:
It offers a kaleidoscopic range of musical influences, some familiar -- the Hendrix-influenced guitar with which the album opens, the massed Funkadelicesque vocals and electro-influenced rhythmic thud -- others straining at the boundaries of what you might expect: The Train Part 2 sets Philly soul horns over twinkling abstract techno; Tangerine opens with the low growl of an early-90s grunge track, before improbably bursting into something that most closely resembles a P-Funk take on the mid-60s Batman theme. The lyrics, meanwhile, come in a breathless blur of druggy non-sequiturs and pop-culture references, some of it frankly baffling.Check out Sir Lucious in its entirety here.
*Fol Chen, Part II: The New December
Maintaining its mysterious style, Fol Chen has only one song from its new album streaming on its MySpace page. You can also check out the video for said song below.
*Official video for "In Ruins"
*How to Destroy Angels, How to Destroy Angels EP
How to Destroy Angels
How to Destroy Angels is a new project from Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor; his wife, Mariqueen Maandig; and Atticus Ross. The trio initially released their self-titled EP as a free download from their Web site, with an optional "hi-def upgrade." Check out Angels here.
*Enrique Iglesias, Euphoria
Iglesias' twelfth album is largely in Spanish, with a couple of English-language tracks featuring Pitbull and Usher. Check out the first single, "I Like It," here.
*Juvenile, Beast Mode
Juvenile's Beast Mode
According to Prefixmag.com, "This album is, in Juvenile's own words, a summer album made for his fans, especially his female fans being asked to 'Drop That Azz' on this record's lead single."
*Kelis, Flesh Tone
Kelis is nothing if not diverse: she's made soul records and hip-hop records, and her latest dives into the world of electro-pop. Stream Flesh Tone in its entirety on Kelis' MySpace page, and check out her timely video for "4th of July (Fireworks)" below.
*Official video for "4th of July (Fireworks)"
*Ed Kowalczyk, Alive
Ed Kowalczyk, formerly of Live
The former Live frontman is releasing his first solo work, Alive. Check out the first single, "Grace," here.
*Bret Michaels, Custom Built
The latest solo album from Poison's lead singer features a duet with Miley Cyrus called "Nothing to Lose" (I'm not making this up). Listen to it here.
*Kylie Minogue, Aphrodite
According to NPR, which is streaming Minogue's new album in its entirety, "The Australian pop superstar is like soccer: worshipped everywhere in the world except the U.S." This year World Cup soccer fever definitely reached the U.S. -- maybe it's Kylie's turn as well. Her sexy video for "All the Lovers" has been receiving a lot of attention; below is a clip (embedding of the full video has been disabled).
*The trailer for "All the Lovers" (check out the full video here)
*Picture Me Broken, Wide Awake
A few tracks from the California screamo group are available here.
*Robert Pollard, Moses on a Snail
Robert Pollard's latest release
The Guided by Voices leader releases a twelve-track solo record today, reviewed here.
*Thieves Like Us, Again and Again
Check out the multinational group's new album here.