Michael Burks, Ry Cooder, Yeasayer, Plan B Release New Albums; Kiss and Los Lobos Update Past Classics

The final album from blues great Michael "Iron Man" Burks is our signature release for Aug. 21, 2012...
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The music world is still reeling from the shocking passing of blues guitarist Michael "Iron Man" Burks on May 6 of this year and today, Alligator Records releases his final studio album, an album he'd all but finished. He'd wrapped Michael recording on the 12 songs for Show Of Strength and had approved of most of the final mixes for the record. All he had left was to approve a few mixes and sequence the record, but collapsed at the Atlanta airport returning from some European dates before that could happen. There may have been a few minor changes but this is very likely the album as he'd have released it.

Guest contributor and friend of the site Tom Johnson (read is fantastic review of Rush's latest album Clockwork Angels) told me I should check out Los Lobos' Kiko and that album turns 20 this year. The veteran rockers are issuing a 20th anniversary edition of the album this week as well as a DVD and Blu-ray of them performing the record in its entirety.

Also in the re-issue department, Kiss' studio album Destroyer has been remixed and remastered from the original tapes by the album's producer Bob Ezrin. I'm not sure why this is being done and who was dissatisfied with the studio version as initially presented, but Destroyer Resurrected is out this week and Gene Simmons will once again get paid.

Veteran guitarist Ry Cooder has a new record out and subtlety is not part of the master's plan. The album is called Election Special and the first track is called "Mutt Romney Blues." I guess this is going to be a soundtrack for a Keith Olbermann show with slogans MoveOn.org rejected. Yawn. I like music with a message and an agenda but I think we should demand better and expect more. This is the moral and musical equivalent of referring to President Obama by his middle name for shock value or reasons far more nefarious and distasteful. If you want to take on the world, have something to say and say it well. The rest should stick with "moon" and "June." Cooder is an extraordianary talent. I'm disappointed.

Let's also throw some shoutouts for new Yeasayer and Plan B and do our best to ignore The Darkness and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Those are just a few of the albums coming out this week. Here is a list of several other titles for your consideration:

  • Alan Singley - Audiobicyclette
  • Ariel Pink S Haunted Grafitti - Mature Themes
  • Bailterspace - Strobosphere
  • Bailterspace - Strobosphere
  • Billy Cobham - Warning
  • Brooke Toia - How To Love
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - Dance With Gladness
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - Further Journeys
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - Eye On The World
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - Heart Of The Beast
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - A Time Of Peace
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - Hope
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - Hands Of A Thousand Dances
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - Presence Of The Past
  • Brothers Of The Baladi - Just Do What's Right
  • Burks, Michael - Show Of Strength
  • Call Of The Wild - Leave Your Leather On
  • Caminiti, Evan - Dreamless Sleep
  • Chris August - The Upside Of Down
  • Darkness, The - Hot Cakes
  • Derose, Dena - Travelin Light
  • Dispatch - Circles Around The Sun
  • DJ Khaled - Kiss The Ring
  • Dykeritz - Rearrangerologyistics
  • Dylan Leblanc - Cast The Same Old Shadow
  • Fay, Bill - Life Is People
  • God Gave Me You - God Gave Me You: 12 Inspirational Hits From Today's Top Country Artists
  • Harry Taussig - Fate Is Only Twice
  • Heavy, The - The Glorious Dead
  • Holly Near - Peace Becomes You
  • Holly Near - Early Warnings
  • Holly Near And Ronnie Gilbert - Lifeline Extended
  • Holly Near, Arlo Guthre, Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger - Harp: A Time To Sing
  • Horse Feathers - Words Are Dead
  • Howard Crosby - Once Upon A Time
  • Howard Crosby - Pennies From Heaven
  • I Was Totally Destroying It - Vexations
  • Imelda May - More Mayhem
  • J. Michael Kearsey - Silverthaw
  • J. Michael Kearsey - Suite For The Columbia Gorge
  • James Ingram - It's Your Night
  • Jeff Finlin - Live Songs For The Ice Age
  • Jj Doom - Keys To The Kuffs
  • Johnny Taylor/Ted Taylor - The Super Taylors
  • Jt Hodges - Jt Hodges
  • Kelly Joe Phelps - Brother Sinner & The Whale
  • Kiss - Destroyer - Resurrected
  • Los Lobos - Kiko (20Th Anniversary Edition)
  • Los Lobos - Kiko Live
  • Lynch, Dustin - Dustin Lynch
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last Of A Dyin' Breed
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last Of A Dyin' Breed (Special Edition)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Last Rebel (Limited Editio
  • Mikelle Morgan - Mama Don't Take No S***
  • Nihill - Verdonkermaan
  • Old Ceremony, The - Fairytales And Other Forms Of Suicide
  • Our Last Night - Age Of Ingorance
  • Owl City - The Midsummer Station
  • Pepper, Gregory And His Problems - Escape From Cyrstal Skull Mountain
  • Plan B - Ill Manors Music From And Inspired By The Original Motion Picture
  • Prodigy, The - More Music For The Jilted Gene
  • Revolt Revolt - Latah Nights
  • Ry Cooder - Election Special
  • Sherwood, Adrian - Survival & Resistance
  • Soundtrack - Samsara (Stearns/Gerrard/De Francisci)
  • Soundtrack - The Apparition (Tomandandy)
  • Taj Mahal - Hidden Treasures / Live From Royal Albert
  • Talkdemonic - Mutiny Sunshine
  • Teresa James And The Rythhm Tramps - Come On Home
  • The Kennedys - Closer Than You Know
  • The Kennedys - Retrospective
  • The Sir Douglas Quintet - Border Wave
  • Trey Songz - Chapter V
  • Van She - Idea Of Happiness
  • Various Artists - Adventure Music - Ten Years
  • Various Artists - Merry Christmas
  • White Matthew E. - Big Inner
  • Yeasayer - Fragrant World
  • Young Fresh Fellows - Tiempo De Lujo