New Music Tuesday: Bowie, Bon Jovi, Clapton, Sound City, Jellyfish, Cash Box Kings

A slew of great new CDs (and also one from Bon Jovi) hit stores March 12, 2013...
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There are so many interesting new releases this week but we must begin with The Return Of The Thin White Duke. It's been 10 years since David Bowie released a studio album and it was beginning to look as though Reality would be the final chapter but we 19may2007-david-bowie-fashion-evolution-600.jpgrejoice because The Next Day is out today and Bowie is sounding as good as ever- at least from what I've heard from the two singles he's already released ("Where Are We Now?" and "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"). There is a standard and deluxe edition of the record, the deluxe including three bonus tracks. Why on earth would you not get the one with more Bowie? My deuxe copy was preordered weeks ago and is making its way to my front door. The world is a better place today. There will be many listenes. There will be a review forthcoming. Bowie is back and that is cause for celebration.

What else do we have, boys and girls? Lots. And most of it's good.

Eric Clapton is following his most recent studio disc, Clapton, with an album called Old Sock. There are two Clapton originals and a fistfull of covers including songs by Leadbelly, J.J. Cale, Peter Tosh, George Gershwin, Gary Moore, and Taj Mahal. Clapton was a surprisingly strong, assured effort after a few lackluster records that had me questioning how much EC still had in the tank. I haven't gone all-in on this one but I'm curious about it. I put this on my wishlist for a week when there aren't so many other albums I simply have to hear.

dave-grohl-cover-story-2-990-410new.jpgAnother of those must-hear sets comes from our pal Dave Grohl with the soundtrack to his Sound City - Reel To Reel documentary. The film is about a famed Los Angeles studio and equipment where a host of classic albums were cut. Among the musicians who join Grohl on this project? How about Paul McCartney, Nirvana cohorts Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick, and Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford from Rage Against The Machine. That's a lot of firepower under Grohl's direction. I haven't seen the film (yet) or heard a note of this but I've got a really good feeling about it so I bit. I look forward to chatting this one up soon, too.

There's a "new" Jellyfish release today: Stack-A-Tracks. It's a 2-CD set of instrumental versions of the two studio albums this criminally underappreciated band made in the early '90s (Bellybutton and Spilled Milk). The harmonies and vocal melodies were key to what made Jellyfish special but they were also excellent musicians and the layers of musical magic in their complex power-pop arrangements are pure joy- joy that can be experienced in a whole new way this week. This is something only hardcore 'fish fans are going to want so of course it's on its way to my house. Glory!

Another release I'm excited about comes from our friends the Cash Box Kings with their new album for Blind Pig Records, Black Toppin'. These guys are among the finer blues acts on the circuit. Their records are all about ensemble playing and honesty in what they do. I'm making it a point to hear this one.

That's just some of the good but I suppose I have to take a moment to deal with the travesty that is another album from Bon Jovi. Early reports are Jon has been thinking again and is continuing his quest to be taken seriously on What About Now. Somehow this meathead think we want a State Of The Union address from him and he is obliging. So many good albums this week and yet some of you will buy this instead. Don't be that guy.

Here's the list of new music hitting stores this week.

  • Above & Beyond - Anjunabeats Volume 10
  • Adrenaline Mob - Coverta / [Ep]
  • Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics - Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics
  • Aina Haina - Aina Haina
  • Ardinghello Ensemble; Kar; Kaiser (Flute) - Danzi: Flute Quartets Op. 56
  • Arkona - Decade Of Glory
  • Atlantis Chronicles - Ten Miles Underwater
  • Audio Adrenaline - Kings & Queens
  • Biffy Clyro - Opposites
  • Blackburner - Drop Bass Not Bombs
  • Bleed The Man - Ashes From The Past
  • Bon Jovi - What About Now
  • Bowie, David - The Next Day
  • Capital Kings - Capital Kings
  • Cash Box Kings, The - Black Toppin'
  • Cash, Johnny - Threads & Grooves (Classic Album + T - Shirt)
  • Cenotaph - Saga Belica Deluxe Reissue
  • Cenotaph - Epic Rites Deluxe Reissue
  • Chesky, David - Chesky: The New York Rags
  • Chicago - Chicago III - Expanded & Remaste
  • Clapton, Eric - Old Sock
  • Damnation Plan - The Wakening
  • Davey, Shaun - The Brendan Voyage (Book/Cd Gift Set)
  • Davis, Miles - Threads & Grooves ("Skecthes Of Spain" Cd + T - Shirt)
  • Davy Spillane Band - Out Of The Air
  • Dean, Elton - Into The Nierika
  • Devendra Banhart - Mala
  • Durag Dynasty - 360 Waves
  • Dylan, Bob - Threads & Grooves ("Highway 61 Revisited" Cd + T - Shirt)
  • Earth Wind & Fire Tribute - Smooth Jazz Tribute To Earth Wind & Fire
  • Ehrhardt, Sena - All In
  • Family Force 5 - The Third
  • Fifth On The Floor - Ashes & Angels
  • Fit For A King - Creation/Destruction
  • Francesca Battistelli - Hundred More Years (Deluxe Edition)
  • Gavin, Frankie With Hibernian Rhapsody - The Full Score
  • Good, Matthew - Old Fighters
  • Hall, Daryl & John Oates - Threads & Grooves ("H2o" Cd + T - Shirt)
  • Heart - Threads & Grooves (Cd & T - Shirt)
  • Heart - Threads & Grooves (Classic Album + T - Shirt)
  • Heavatar - All My Kingdoms
  • Heimdall - Aeneid
  • Hill, Noel & Linnane, Tony - Noel Hill And Tony Linnane
  • Hilty, Megan - It Happens All The Time
  • Hipower Entertainment - Hoodlife Music
  • Howelldevine - Jumps, Boogies & Wobbles
  • Ivan La Voz - Rosas Y Diamantes
  • Jaimee Paul - Bonded: A Tribute To The Music Of James Bond
  • Jellyfish - Stack - A - Tracks / [2 Cd]
  • Jennings, Shooter - The Other Life
  • Jimmie Davis - The Very Best
  • Justin Wilson - How Y'all Are?
  • Killian, Stan - Evoke
  • Labelle, Patti Tribute - Smooth Jazz Tribute To Patti Labelle
  • Maloney, Heather - Heather Maloney
  • Mindless Behavior - All Around The World
  • Moignard, Adrien - Between Clouds
  • Mortillery - Origin Of Extinction
  • Mr. Shadow - All Bout Me
  • Mustasch - Sounds Like Hell, Feels Like Heaven
  • Mustasch - The New Sound Of The True Best
  • Mysticum - In The Streams Of Inferno ( Cd & Dvd )
  • Natural Self - Neon Hurts My Eyes
  • Nelson, Willie - Threads & Grooves ("Stardust" Cd + T - Shirt)
  • Neroargento - Underworld
  • O'flynn, Liam - The Piper's Call
  • O'leary, Diarmuid & The Bards - Classic Irish Ballads
  • Off With Their Heads - Home
  • Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For The Fans  -  Orange Goblin Live 2012 / [Cd/Dvd Combo]
  • Orbison, Roy - Threads & Grooves ("Crying" Cd + T - Shirt)
  • Orianthi - Heaven In This Hell
  • Paris Combo - 5
  • Pedro Del Mar - Mellomania 22
  • Perry, Phil - Say Yes
  • Pieranunzi, Enrico - Live At The Village Vanguard
  • Polwart, Karine - Traces
  • Presley, Elvis - Threads & Grooves (Classic Album + T - Shirt)
  • Quiet Riot - Threads & Grooves (Classic Album + T - Shirt)
  • Red Rose - On The Cusp Of Change
  • Revere, Paul & The Raiders - Here They Come / Just Like Us / Midnight Ride / The Spirit Of Ô67 / Revolution (Double Cd)
  • Sisk, Junior & Ramblers Choice - Story Of The Day That I Died
  • Snap - Her - Queen Bitch Of Rock & Roll
  • Solarstone & Orkidea - Pure Trance
  • Sound City  -  Real To Reel
  • Sound Storm - Immortalia
  • Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin'
  • Spencer Day - The Mystery Of You
  • Stockton's Wing - The Stockton's Wing Collection
  • Stone, Sinaed & Gerald Farrelly - Legacy Of A Quiet Man
  • Sylvian, David - Uncommon Deities
  • Tepfer, Dan & Wendel, Ben - Small Constructions
  • The Bible: Music Inspired By The Epic Mini Series - The Bible: Music Inspired By The Epic Mini Series
  • The Foreign Exchange Presents - #Name?
  • The Mary Onettes - Hit The Waves
  • Third World All Stars - Rebel Rock
  • Tosh, Peter - Threads & Grooves (Cd & T - Shirt)
  • Tosh, Peter - Threads & Grooves ("Legalize It" Cd + T - Shirt)
  • Trapt - Headstrong
  • Various - Eccenric Soul: The Dynamic Label
  • Various Artists - Folk Legends / [3 Cd]
  • Various Artists - Motown  -  The Musical  -  Originals
  • Voice Squad, The - Many's The Foolish Youth
  • Watsky - Cardboard Castles / [Explicit]
  • Whispers Tribute - Smooth Jazz Tribute To The Whispers
  • Wild Belle - Isles
  • Woggles,The - The Big Beat
  • Yukmouth Presents The Regime - Dragon Gang
  • Zoo Brazil - Any Moment Now