Last week's new release crop was light but interesting, so naturally I pulled a nutty and didn't get it done. I'm going to retroactively refer you to Screaming Trees' final album, available digitally, as well as new releases from Kenny Wayne Shepherd (How I Go) and Keb' Mo' (The Reflection). I'm doing that partially to appease my guilt for not having written about them at the time and partially because this week's crop isn't all that interesting to me.
The big title this week has to be the collaboration between Jay Z and Kanye West. The hip hop tradition of collaboration is well established but this is a pretty big deal because we're not talking about a headliner and a lot of wannabes or up-and-comers. This is a project featuring two of the genre's heavyweights. These guys are as big as there is in contemporary rap music and they're probably two of the biggest stars in rap music history. Rock has had plenty of supergroups and many of those records sucked, collapsing under the weight of expectations. I'll be curious to see how this is received by rap fans.
Let's also throw in a plug for the new album from famed Stax guitarist Steve Cropper. Our good buddy Donald Gibson interviewed Cropper about the album. We've also got a review the latest album from Cropper's former boss, Booker T. Jones.
Beyond that, did I mention how much I love Screaming Trees' final album?
Ace Hood - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Against Me! - White Crosses
Airto - Fingers
Arsis - Celebration Of Guilt,A (Dlx)
Banda Culicacancito - En Vivo Desde Culiacan
Barenaked Ladies - Snacktime!
Black, Michael Ian - Very Famous
Bryan, Luke - Tailgates & Tanlines
Cain, Jackie, & Roy Kral - A Wilder Alias
Culture Club - Miss Me Blind - Greatest Hits Live!
Diamond Plate - Generation Why?
Dom - Family Of Love
Dream On Dreamer - Heartbound
Drive A - World In Shambles, The
Elam Mcknight/Bob Bogdal - Zombie Nation
Eyes Set To Kill - White Lotus
Farrell, Joe - Outback
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
Glee Cast - Glee The 3d Concert Movie (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Greeley Estates - The Death Of Greeley Estates
Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame - 1017 Bricksquad Presents...Ferrari Boyz
Horrors, The - Skying
Into It. Over It - Twelve Towns
Jay Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne
Karmakanic - In A Perfect World
Las Marti - Mas Acaramela'o
Lawrence, Donald, & Company - Yrm (Your Righteous Mind)
Maron, Marc - This Has To Be Funny
Mickey Gilley - Stand By Me / [3 Cd]
Motels, The - Apocalypso
New Mastersounds - Breaks From The Border
Now 39 - Now 39
Nu-Blu - The Blu-Disc
Paul McCartney - Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
Richter, Max - Sarah S Key
Russell, Leon - Live In Japan
Sadek, Nader - In The Flesh
Sainthood Reps - Monoculture
Scattered Trees - Sympathy
Sexappeal - Porque No Vienes
Skalmold - Baldur
Ski Beatz - 24 Hour Karate School Part 2
Soundtrack - Cowboys & Aliens (Harry Gregson-Williams)
Soundtrack - Final Destination 5 (Brian Tyler)
Soundtrack - Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Patrick Doyle)
Soundtrack - The Ward (Mark Kilian)
Steve Cropper - Dedicated
Svartsot - Maledictus Eris
Trivium - In Waves
Vale Of Pnath - Prodigal Empire, The
Various Artists - Fool's Gold Vol. 1
Various Artists - Christmas Magic / [3 Cd]
Various Artists - The Voice: Season 1 Highlights
Weston, Randy - Blue Moses