The Gaslight Anthem, Passion Pit Release New Albums, Booker T And The MGs Classic Gets 50th Anniv. Release

New Music Tuesday for July 24, 2012...
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It's that time again where we take a look at the new releases hitting store shelves and digital download retailers and this week's roster is a little bit light on titles overall. Oh, there are some interesting ones worth looking at but this week isn't likely to make your wallet bleed.

The Gaslight Anthem - HandwrittenThe two titles most likely to ignite the passions of music fans are from the indie circuit and I have to confess I really only know these two artists by name rather than their music. We have Gaslight Anthem's latest, Handwritten, out this week as well as the latest from Passion Pit, Gossamer.

The Gaslight Anthem teamed with Brendan O'Brien for this record which sets off warning bells for me because of what he did to Bruce Springsteen's records. Oh, sure, he was behind the console for a couple really good ones (The Rising, Magic) and one of his absolute worst (Working On A Dream) but that's not what causes my concern. O'Brien made horrible sounding records for Springsteen, regardless of the quality of the material. Those records sound atrocious with the loudness, static, and compression all over the place. I hope that's not the case here.

I'll always think of Loony Toons when I hear the word/name Gossamer, thinking of Marvin The Martian's critter compatriot but this week it's an album title for Passion Pit. I know, I know, you're shocked I'm writing for a music site when I'm making Loony Tunes references instead of waxing about the virtues of your Passion Pit. I'll give the record a listen and get back to you.

There is a title out this week that excites me and I'd say it shows my age except for it's older than I am so that's not exactly fair. Booker T & The MGs' classic Green Onions turns 50 years Booker T & The M.G.s - Green Onions - 50th Anniversary Editionold this year and this Stax classic has been remastered and expanded to include a couple bonus tracks. If you're rolling your eyes and thinking you don't know this band or song, go hit it up on YouTube or check it on Spotify; trust me, you've heard it. It's classic and I can't wait to get my copy of this to relive the glories. We'll be talking about this remaster and the bonus tracks soon so stay tuned.

That, amigos, is about it as far as I can see but maybe I'm too busy watching cartoons to know so take a look at the full list and tell me what you see. Anything catching your ears this week? Let's discuss!

  • 8Ball - Life's Quest
  • Alan O'Day - Appetizers
  • Barry, Todd - Super Crazy
  • Blood Red Shoes - In Time To Voices
  • Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife
  • Booker T. & The MGs - Green Onions
  • Colossal Gospel - Circles
  • Constants - Pasiflora
  • Cooly G - Playin' Me
  • Culture - Natty Dread Taking Over / [2 Cd/Dvd Combo]
  • Dark Time Sunshine - Anx
  • Family Band - Grace & Lies
  • Fang Island - Major
  • Foals - Tapes
  • Golden Bomber - The Golden Best For The United
  • Golden Retriever - Occupied With The Unspoken
  • Grasscut - Unearth
  • Guardian Alien - See The World Given To A One Love Entity
  • Heavenly Beat - Talent
  • Jacka - Jacka Presents: Artist Records Compilation / [Explicit]
  • Jae, Jeremiah - Raw Money Raps
  • James - Live At Montreux 1975-1993
  • Jerry Lee Lewis - The Killer Live (1964 To 1970)
  • JJ Doom - Keys To The Kuffs
  • Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrow
  • Lopez, Jennifer - Dance Again...The Hits
  • Los Galakticos - Flow 3D
  • Love And Theft - Love And Theft
  • Magic Sam - All Your Love
  • Micachu & The Shapes - Never
  • Monkey House - Headquarters
  • Neil Sedaka - The Show Goes On
  • Of Mice And Men - The Flood-Deluxe Reissue
  • Passion Pit - Gossamer
  • Peter Green Splinter Group - Blues Don't Change
  • Purity Ring - Shrines
  • Reverend Horton Heat, The - 25 To Life
  • Robert Lockwood Jr. - Sweet Home Chicago
  • Rodriguez - Searching For Sugarman Soundtrack
  • Saint Saviour - Union
  • Shawn Lee - Synthesizers In Space
  • Slipknot - Antennas To Hell (Amended)
  • Slug Guts - Playin In Time With The Deadb
  • Sofrito - International Soundclash
  • Soundtrack - The Chorus (Les Choristes)
  • Sugar - Copper Blue/Beaster (Delux Edi
  • Sugar - File Under: Easy Listening (De
  • Summer Camp - Always Ep
  • The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
  • The Heptones - Good Vibes / [2 Cd]
  • The Royal Concept - The Royal Concept / [Ep]
  • Three Mile Pilot - Maps
  • Urata, Nick - Ruby Sparks
  • Various Artists - Keb Darge & Little Edith's Legendary Wild Rockers 2
  • Various Artists - Bickershaw Festival Box Set: 40Th Anniversary
  • Various Artists - Smooth Jazz Hits: Ultimate Grooves
  • Young Moon - Navigated Like The Swan