Rush, Dexy, Albert Castiglia, Metheny, Usher, Josh Turner, Grace Potter Headline Huge June 12 New CD Release Week

Something for everyone this week!
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We have another week of huge new releases- more than I can possibly hope to cover in any depth but we need to highlight a few of them. We have Dexy's (Midnight Runner) and their new album One Day I'm Going to Soar and new albums from Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Pat Metheny, Josh Turner, Albert Castiglia, and Ed Sheeran. At least one of my nieces won't forgive me if I don't mention the new Usher record. And then there's that new album from Rush.Rush - Clockwork Angels

Rush fascinates me. Their work is imbued with so many of the qualities I love in music and yet I've never connected with them. I don't know why that is and yet despite having never bought a single one of their albums, I've joined with millions of outraged Rush fans and right-thinking people that it's a farce they've not been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They'll get in and it will be embarrassing to wonder why anyone even debated their merits in the first place. I've never bought a Rush record and yet I'm ridiculously excited they've released one today and equally ebullient my amigo Tom Johnson, Rush fan and music writer extraordinaire, has taken time to share his thoughts on the album with us.

I have a blood feud with Dexy's Midnight Runner and "Come On, Eileen" but I've been told I'm completely wrong about that and this band by another brilliant writer, friend, and musician Aaron McMullan. Sir Aaron is, as we speak, penning his thoughts on this latest from Dexy and will soon share them with us, as well. He's got a tougher job of selling me on Dexy than Tom did with Rush. I must also mention Aaron's second full-length album Angus is set for release later this year, perhaps late summer/early autumn. We posted some clips from songs likely to make the final cut for the record and you can check out more from his web site as well as listen to an EP and his full-length debut Yonder! Calliope?.

Pat Metheny - Unity Band - New CDs June 12, 2012All that, and wait- there's more. We've got albums from a couple of outstanding guitarists. Pat Metheny has a record called Unity Band that finds the guitar virtuouso with the bad hair working with Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass on an album of all new compositions. I've slowly become an enthusiastic casual Metheny fan, if such a term makes sense, having fallen in love with his Orchestrion and What It's All About records. Blues-rocker Albert Castiglia's Living The Dream follows his Keepin On record from 2010. There were some really great numbers on that record and I'm eager to discuss this new album from a terrific talent in the contemporary blues world.

It's a huge week this week, boys and girls. Dive right in and tell us what you're buying!

  • 2Econd Class Citizen - The Small Minority
  • 3 Brave Souls - 3 Brave Souls
  • 31 Knots - The Days And Nights Of Everyth
  • Aloha - Some Echoes
  • Architecture In Helsinki - Like It Or Not Ep
  • Banks, Paul - Julian Plenti Lives... Ep
  • Berni - Soundtrack
  • Billy Cobham - Picture This
  • Blunt, Dean And Inga Copeland - Black Is Beautiful
  • Bodeans - American Made
  • Bouncing Souls, The - Comet
  • Brian Culbertson - Dreams
  • Call Me No One - Last Parade
  • Chet Baker - The Very Best Of Chet Baker
  • Clarke, Stanley - The Complete 1970S Epic Albums Collectio
  • Cooke, Sam - The Rca Albums Collection
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet, The - The Columbia Studio Albums Collection 19
  • Db S, The - Falling Off The Sky
  • Dean Martin - Collected Cool / [3 Cd/Dvd Box Set]
  • Denver, John - The Rca Albums Collection
  • Desmond, Paul - The Complete Rca Albums Collection
  • Drivin N Cryin - Songs From The Laundromat
  • Duke, George - The Complete 1970S Epic Albums Collectio
  • Dva - Pretty Ugly
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - The Columbia Masters
  • Ed Sheeran - +
  • Edens Edge - Edens Edge
  • Electric Light Orchestra - The Classic Albums Collection
  • Epic Soundtracks - Wild Smile... An Anthology
  • Far East Movement - Dirty Bass
  • Fly (Ballard/Grenadier/Turner) - Year Of The Snake
  • Freddie King - The Blues Live! / [Expanded Edition]
  • Future Of The Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
  • Getz, Stan - The Classic Columbia Albums Collection
  • Giant Sand - Tucson
  • Gordon, Dexter - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - The Lion The Beast The Beat
  • Hathaways - Parasol Sessions Volume One
  • Hive Dwellers, The - Hewn From The Wilderness
  • Holiday, Billie - Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday On
  • Hot Chip - In Our Heads
  • Humbert, Ryan - Sometimes The Game Plays You
  • Hundred In The Hands, The - Red Night
  • Invisible, The - Rispah
  • Jaill - Traps
  • Janusz, Thom - Ron Forella Moves
  • Jb Lenoir - The Blues / [Expanded Edition]
  • Jimmy Fallon - Blow Your Pants Off
  • Joan Of Arc - Joan Of Arc,Dick Cheney,Mark T
  • John Coltrane - The Very Best Of John Coltrane
  • Jonathan Boulet - ?We Keep The Beat Found The Sound See The Need To Start The Heart?
  • Josh Turner - Punching Bag
  • Judas Priest - The Complete Albums Collection
  • Jukebox The Ghost - Safe Travels
  • Kandodo - Kandodo
  • Kansas - The Classic Albums Collection 1974-1983
  • Laurel Halo - Quarantine
  • Lola Versus - Score
  • Lola Versus - Soundtrack
  • Magic Trick - Ruler Of The Night
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra W/ John Mclaughlin - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
  • Markovic, Boban & Marko - Golden Horns - The Best Of
  • Marsalis, Wynton - Swingin' Into The 21St
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter - Ashes And Roses
  • Mates Of State - All Day
  • Mates Of State - Team Boo
  • Matt Pond Pa - Green Fury, The
  • Matt Toka - Matt Toka
  • May, Dent - Do Things
  • Metric - Synthetica
  • Mice Parade - Live: England Vs. France
  • Mighty Mo Rodgers - Cadillac Jack
  • Miles Davis Quintet - The Very Best Of The Miles Davis Quintet
  • Miles, Wymond - Under The Pale Moon
  • Miss May I - At Heart
  • Motion City Soundtrack - Go
  • Nada Surf - Karmic Ep (Re-Issue)
  • Nouela - Chants
  • Pat Metheny - Unity Band
  • Pop Etc - Pop Etc
  • Rainer Maria - Atlantic Ep
  • Rainer Maria - Long Knives Drawn
  • Return To Forever - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
  • Rolf Julius - Raining
  • Rush - Clockwork Angels
  • Ryat - Totem
  • Saturday Looks Good To Me - Cold Colors
  • Scheidt, Mike - Stay Awake
  • Seeking - Soundtrack
  • Shaw, Woody - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
  • Shorter, Wayne - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
  • Simone, Nina - The Complete Rca Albums Collection
  • Sinatra, Frank - Sporting Club: Monte Carlo, Monaco June 14, 1958
  • Sonny Rollins - The Very Best Of Sonny Rollins
  • Soundtrack - Let It Shine / [Enhanced]
  • Soundtrack - Hemingway & Gellhorn (Javier Navarrete)
  • Soundtrack - Touchback (William Ross)
  • Spaceghostpurrp - Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicl
  • Stepdad - Wildlife Pop
  • Sunday S Best - Californian, The
  • Tallest Man On Earth, The - There S No Leaving Now
  • Tech N9Ne Presents Stevie Stone - Rollin' Stone / [Explicit]
  • The Byrds - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
  • The Constellations - Do It For Free
  • The Heptones - Good Vibes / [2 Cd]
  • Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
  • Usher - Looking 4 Myself
  • Variety Lights - Central Flow
  • Various Artists - That's My Jam
  • Various Artists - Ace Records Blues Story / [2 Cd]
  • Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Country , Vol. 5
  • Various Artists - Top 40 Country V.1 / [3 Cd]
  • Various Artists - Greatest Songs Of The 1940'S / [3 Cd]
  • Various Artists - All Time Greatest Jazz Vocal Standards / [3 Cd]
  • Various/Dj Numark - Wonderwheel Spins 2012
  • Visioneers - Hipology
  • Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family
  • Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family (Amended)
  • Washington Jr., Grover - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
  • Weather Report - The Columbia Albums 1976-1982
  • Welcome Wagon, The - Precious Remedies Against Sata
  • Wes Montgomery - The Very Best Of Wes Montgomery
  • Wilkins, Walt - Plenty
  • Wintersleep - Hello Hum
  • Womack, Bobby - The Bravest Man In The Univers
  • Xbxrx - Wars
  • Young, The - Dub Egg