Michael Kiwanuka, Smashing Pumpkins, Nas, Cee Cee James, Old Crow Medicine Show Top New CD Releases

July 17 brings some must-have new music our way...
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It's an exciting day for new music releases, amigos. The big thrill for me is the release of the amazing album from Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again. I'd never heard of him until he opened for Gary Clark Jr. in Nashville back in June and I was astonished by the beauty of his music. The MP3 edition was available at Amazon and I downloaded it right away. Today, we have the domestic release of the CD and my copy is on its way, having pre-ordered it more than a month ago.Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

If you haven't heard Michael's music, I have been obsessively listening to it for some time now. It was a magical discovery for me you can get a free download of a live performance of one of the songs from Home Again. I should have written my review of this before now but got busy (read: lazy) and haven't finished it yet but now that it's available everywhere, we'll be talking about this record for awhile.

The other big release for me this week is a re-release, the latest in the Smashing Pumpkins re-issue campaign Pisces Iscariot. This was originally a B-sides and rarities collection released following their breakthrough album Siamese Dream, with some material dating back to the Gish sessions. Billy Corgan has gone digging through the archives and found an entire second disc's worth of rarities from this period and added it to the set, both discs having been remastered by Bob Ludwig. Not only that- there's a DVD included with the set featuring live performance footage from the Pumpkins original lineup (featuring D'Arcy, James Iha, and underrated drummer Jimmy Chamberlin). Again, yes, my order is on the way.

We also have the release of Old Crow Medicine Show's latest album Carry Me Back, which we've already reviewed.

Rapper Nas has a new set out, Life Is Good. As with many hip hop records, this one is available in the standard (read: explicit) version as well as an edited one and there is also a deluxe edition of the record. I can't speak intelligently on the particular virtues of Nas as a rapper other than I've heard of him, which is significant because hip hop is an area I largely ignore. I'll be surprised if this one doesn't do it big on the charts (but I've been surprised before).

Blues vocalist Cee Cee James has her latest album Blood Red Blues in stores this week, produced by Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Luther Allison, Joanne Shaw Taylor's first two CDs). Gaines called her one of the finest blues-rock singers working today after working with her on the new album. James is backed on the record by Rob “Slideboy” Andrews on rhythm and slide guitar, Rocky Athas on lead guitar, Chris Leighton on drums, Dan Mohler on bass and Susan Jillian on keyboards. Her popularity on the blues circuit has grown steadily and she'll be looking to capitalize on that as she hits the road in support of this latest album.

Those are the records attracting my attention. Here's the list of new album releases for July 17, 2012. What's on your itinerary (and it better include Michael Kiwanuka's Home Again or we are fighting).

New Music Tuesday | Smashing Pumpkins, Nas, Michael Kiwanuka, Cee Cee James, Old Crow Medicine Show, Black Francis Be Good Tanyas

  • 31 Knots - The Curse Of The Longest Day
  • 31 Knots - Worried Well
  • 3Pillmorning - Black Tie Love Affair
  • '60s Music Revolution - 60S Music Revolution (9Cd)
  • A Hero A Fake - The Future Again
  • Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra - Last Odyssey
  • Alberta Cross - Songs Of Patience
  • Aloha - Here Comes Everyone
  • Aloha - Light Works
  • Aloha - Sugar
  • America - Perspective/In Concert
  • And One - S.T.O.P.
  • Angus Stone - Broken Brights
  • Animal Kingdom - The Looking Away
  • Ataraxia - Simphonia Sine Nomin
  • Band, The - The Band
  • Baroness - Yellow And Green
  • Baroness - Yellow And Green
  • Be Good Tanyas, The - A Collection (2000 - 2012)
  • Beatles Tribute - 25 Piano Tributes To The Beatles
  • Belle Histoire - Dreamers
  • Beneath - Enslaved By Fear
  • Bermuda - The Wandering
  • Bestial Holo - Into The Goat Vulva
  • Black Francis - Live In Nijmegen
  • Blacklodge - Machination
  • Blindside Blues Band - Generator
  • Bovell, Dennis - Mek It Run
  • Bridges, Eugene - Born To Be Blue
  • Bromberg, Brian - Bromberg Plays Hendr
  • Bromberg, Brian - In The Spirit Of Job
  • Bury Tomorrow - The Union Of Crowns
  • Calypso Rose - Queen Of Trinidad / [Cd/Dvd Combo]
  • Can - Flow Motion
  • Can - Unlimited Edition
  • Capital Lights - Rhythm 'N' Moves
  • Cee Cee James - Blood Red Blues
  • Chubby Tavares - Jealousy
  • Citizen Cope - One Lovely Day
  • Coleman, Ornette - The Music Of/Skies Of America
  • Contortionist, The - Intrinsic
  • Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger
  • Country Mix Usa - Country Mix Usa
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash - Daylight Again
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash - Csn 2012
  • Da Fonseca, Duduka - Samba Jazz - Jazz Samba
  • Dave Harding - You Came Through
  • David Greenberger & Bangalore - How I Became Uncertain
  • David Greenberger & Mark Greenberg With Paul Cebar - Tell Me That Before
  • David Greenberger & Ralph Carney - Oh, Pa
  • David Greenberger With Jupiter Circle - Never Give Up Study
  • Davies, Debbie - After The Fall
  • Deathronation - Exorchrism
  • Defrancesco, Joey - Wonderful! Wonderful!
  • District 97 - Trouble With Machines (Cd/Dvd)
  • Dj Eclipse - Remixed And Reloaded: 80'S
  • Dj Kris O'neil - In Trance We Trust 19
  • Drowning Men - All Of The Unknown
  • Duncan, Craig - Country Mtn. Tributes: The
  • Durand, Richard - In Search Of Sunrise 10 'Australia'
  • Eddy, Mckenzie - Slow Your Horse Down, Son
  • Enabler - All Hail The Void
  • Exotic Animal P - Tree Of Tongues
  • Fixx, The - Beautiful Friction
  • For The Fallen - Wasted Youth
  • Frank Ocean - Channel Orange / [Explicit]
  • Fraze Gang - 2
  • Frozen Autumn - Is Anybody There?
  • Galahad - Battle Scars
  • Gerber, Guy - Fabric 64: Guy Gerber
  • Grant Geissman - Bop! Bang! Boom!
  • Hathaway, Donny - Live + In Performance
  • Headlights - The Enemies Ep
  • Heartcakeparty - Mock Heroic
  • Hellyeah - Band Of Brothers
  • Hellyeah - Band Of Brothers (Cl
  • Hexen - Being And Nothingnes
  • Hoffs, Susanna - Someday
  • Hordes Of The M - Consummatum Est
  • Hull, Jordan - Who's Gonna Teach Yo
  • Icky Blossoms - Icky Blossoms
  • Inanimate - Liberation Through H
  • Jarboe - Alchemic
  • Jeff The Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights
  • Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
  • Jjamz - Suicide Pact
  • Joan Of Arc - Boo Human
  • John Vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
  • Judge Smith - The Climber
  • Kansas - Freaks Of Nature
  • Kelly, Paul - Comedy
  • Kelly, Paul - Post
  • Kelly, Paul - Wanted Man
  • Kinky - Sue„O De La Maquina
  • Lagrene, Bir┼żli & Luc, Sylvain - Best Moments
  • Lantz - Waiting To Die
  • Lee, Shawn & The Ping Pong Orc - Reel To Reel
  • Let Me Run - Mad/Sad
  • Lossing, Russ - Drum Music - Music Of Paul Motian
  • Marcy Playground - Lunch, Recess & Detention
  • Mastamind - Last Temptation Of Christ
  • Mastamind - N - Toxsication
  • Mates Of State - My Solo Project
  • Matisyahu - Spark Seeker
  • Matt Pond Pa - The Nature Of Maps
  • Maus, John - A Collection Of Rarities And P
  • Mcgrath Project - Love Is A 4 - Letter Word Volume 1
  • Mcgrath Project - Love Is A 4 - Letter Word Volume 2
  • Miaoux Miaoux - Light Of The North
  • Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
  • Michael Occhipinti & Shine On - The Universe Of John Lennon
  • Milo Greene - Milo Greene
  • Ministry Of Lov - A Promise For Foreve
  • Missy Higgins - The Ol' Razzle Dazzle
  • Monday Michiru - Soulception
  • Nas - Life Is Good
  • Natur - Head Of Death
  • Nerell, Loren - Slow Dream
  • Now British - Now British
  • Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back
  • Orphaned Land - The Beloved's Cry - 20Th Anniversary Edition
  • P.M. Dawn - Dearest Christian
  • Perkins, Pinetop - How Long?
  • Phillip Phillips - American Idol Season 11 Highlights
  • Phillips, Sam - Martinis & Bikinis
  • Piano Overlord - Aninha Mission
  • Pierce The Veil - Collide With The Sky
  • Poisonous - Perdition's Den
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails Live 1969
  • Rafael, Joel - America Come Home
  • Rainer Maria - Better Verison Of Me, A
  • Rainer Maria - Ears Ring Ep
  • Rainer Maria - Look Now Look Again
  • Reid, Irene - The Queen Of The Party
  • Ridgway, Stan - Mosquitos... Plus
  • Rivera, Robbie - Dance Or Die
  • Rogers, Stan - Between The Breaks..Live (Reissue)
  • Rogers, Stan - Turn Around - Reissue
  • Sara Jackson - Holman - Cardiology
  • Sassi, Yossi - Melting Clocks
  • Satanic Blood - At The Mercy Of Sata
  • Saving Abel - Bringing Down The Giant
  • Schleiermacher, Steffen (Piano); Seidel, Andreas (Violin) - Feldman: Violin & Piano
  • Shaw, Woody - Woody Plays Woody
  • Shintaro - How To Live With A P
  • Shuffle Demons - Clusterfunk
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Pisces Iscariot (Deluxe Edition)
  • Snowgoons - Snowgoons Dynasty
  • Soul Asylum - Delayed Reaction / [Explicit]
  • Soundtrack - Step Up Revolution
  • Src - Src/Milestones/Travelerõs Tale
  • Stam1Na - Nocebo
  • Steve Roach & Dirk Serries - Low Volume Music
  • Szobel, Hermann - Szobel
  • The Chicharones - Swine Flew
  • The Farm Inc. - The Farm Inc.
  • The Green Pajamas - Death By Misadventure
  • The Mommyheads - Vulnerable Boy
  • The Treatment - This Might Hurt
  • The Very Best - Mtmtmk
  • Tombstones - Year Of The Burial
  • Various - Strange Passion
  • Various Artists - Grand Ole Opry Live Classics Volume Ii
  • Various Artists - Grand Ole Opry Live Classics Volume I
  • Various Artists - Even More Songs Of Route 66: From Here To There
  • Various Artists - Spokanarchy! Original Soundtrack
  • Various Artists - Shake It Up! Shake It Off!
  • Various Artists - Black On Blues - A Tribute To The Black Keys
  • Various Artists - Buttons: From Champaign To Chicago
  • Various Artists - The Roots Of Adele
  • Various Artists - Electric Daisy Carnival Volume
  • Vayo - Tangos And Milongas Of The World
  • Verse - Bitter Clarity, Uncommon Grace
  • Virgin Steele - Life Among The Ruins (Re - Issue)
  • Waits, Tom - Tom Waits: Second Hand Stories
  • Wilson, Charlie Tribute - Smooth Jazz Tribute To Charlie Wilson
  • Witchcraft - Firewood
  • Witchcraft - The Alchemist
  • Witchcraft - Witchcraft
  • Woe Is Me - Number[S] Deluxe Reissue
  • Your Memorial - Redirect
  • Z - Ro & Lil C - I Ain't Takin No Loss 2
  • Zimmer - The Dark Knight Rises: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / [Enhanced]