Van Halen, Paul McCartney, Mark Lanegan Band, The Fray Headline Feb. 7, 2012 New Release CDs

New Music Tuesday for February 7, 2012...
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Van Halen 2012 David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Wolfgang Van Halen

February's first batch of new CDs is a big haul and I am so excited about a couple of these titles. Before we take a closer look and get to the full list, let's just mention a few of the names: Van Halen, Paul McCartney, Mark Lanegan Band, The Fray, Sharon Van Etten... That's a pretty good list of newbies. We've also got some John Coltrane and Queen re-issues out this week as well. If you've got money, I can help you spend it. If you've got money, it would please me if you would send it my way. In God We Trust, everyone else pays cash. Now... let's get down to business and look at what New Music Tuesday has in store for us.

It's a great day for freedom, boys and girls! We have new music from Van Halen for the first time since I was a wee me and for the first time since I was a very wee me, David Lee Roth is back on the mic. Can I get an amen? Can I get a hallelujah? Can I get a "Daaaaaaaaave TV?" Sorry, that was a DLR solo vid, not a Van Halen cut. How about a "I don't feel tardy?" C'mon, kids! Get your rock hands out and let's do this thing.

It's New Music Tuesday and we are so very excited about A Different Kind Of Truth, the first new record from Van Halen since Gary Cherone's ill-fated attempt to front the band on Van Halen III. We've already seen the video and heard the first single "Tattoo" and now we have the full set. I'm listening to mine as I write this and I feel young all over. Sort of.

There's been a lot of talk about the origins of this record. It's been more or less confirmed several of these new songs are actually updated demos from before Rother's split in the mid '80s, leading some to question the authenticity and creativity of the band. I don't know about you but a good idea doesn't necessarily have an expiration date. If the songs are good, I don't care how long they sat around waiting to be finished and released. The point is, they're here now. I'm going to give this a right good listening and we'll get back together and talk about how good it all is. David Lee Roth is back in front and I'm ready to be rocked in all the best ways.

What else do we have this week? Ah, yes. Kisses On The Bottom. I'm sure I could come up with a worse album title than this latest from Beatle great Paul McCartney if I actually spent time thinking about it but right now, this is the hands-down winner. Brutal. Paul just can't help himself. He's going to do it to you every time. For every work of genius, for every great song and performance, he's going to do something embarrassing and silly that makes you cringe. He's so brilliant and frustrating. I know the title of the record shouldn't interfere with the ability to enjoy it, but it's such a stupid title and completely unnecessary. This is a collection of love songs, mostly covers, that Sir Paul has loved throughout the years. Love Songs wouldn't have been an original title but wouldn't you much rather buy Love Songs by Paul McCartney as opposed to Kisses On The Bottom? Damn it, Paul!

The other title of note for me is the first solo-ish Mark Lanegan record since 2004's Bubblegum. Blues Funeral is billed to Mark Lanegan Band as opposed to his SubPop solo records recorded under just his own name, but the Band part is a tad misleading as he has no regular band, instead collaborating with a disparate group of talented musicians. The first single is "Gravedigger's Song" and we move out from there. This is still one of the great vocalists of the '90s and one of my favorite singers ever. I am eager for my copy to arrive on the doorstep later today. You can bet your ass we're going to be discussing this one at length as well.

Those are the titles I'm most excited about. What are you looking at today? Check out the list below...

  • Ammo- Arnold, Martin, Morrow - Can't Smile Without You-1966-1977
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Phantom Of The Opera At The Royal Albert Hall / [2 Cd]
  • Bahamas - Barchords
  • Baker, Chet - Plays And Sings Ballads For Lovers
  • Baker, Chet - The Legendary Sessions
  • Balke/Batagraf - Say And Play
  • Basie, Count - One More Time
  • Bc Wilson - So Proud
  • Berry, Chuck - In The 1950S
  • Big James & The Chicago Playbo - The Big Payback
  • Big Sir - Before Gardens After Gardens
  • Brubeck, Dave (With Carmen Mcr - Tonight Only!
  • Buried At Birth - Force/Quit
  • Chick Corea - Corea: The Continents - Concerto For Jazz Quintet & Chamber Orchestra / [2 Cd]
  • Choo Choo Soul - Choo Choo Soul / [Cd/Dvd Combo]
  • Coltrane, John - Plays Ballads
  • Conspiracy Channel - Welcome To The Conspiracy Channel
  • Contino - Back Porch Dogma
  • Corea/Economou - On Two Pianos
  • Crysalys - The Awakening Of Gaia
  • Davis, Miles - Ballads
  • Dicrosta, John - Multi Character Disorder
  • Die Antwoord - Ten$Ion / [Explicit]
  • Diffuzion - Winter Cities
  • Diffuzion - Winter Cities (Limited)
  • Disney Songs & Story - Sleeping Beauty
  • Dj Food - The Search Engine
  • Dj Food - The Search Engine (Ltd Ed)
  • Dolphy, Eric - Out There + Looking Ahead
  • Dr. Dog - Be The Void
  • Du Cann, John - The Many Sides Of: 1967 To 1980
  • Edith Piaf - Edith Piaf / [3 Cd Limited Edition]
  • Ernie Haase And Signature Sound - Here We Are Again
  • Escape Club - Celebrity
  • Farmer Jason And Buddies - Nature Jams / [Cd/Dvd Combo]
  • Fray, The - Scars & Stories
  • Garner, Erroll (Trio) - The Most Happy Piano The 1956 Studio Sessions
  • Giovanna Pessi - If Grief Could Wait
  • Goodman, Benny (And His Orches - The Sound Of Music
  • Hackett, Bobby - Bobby Hackett Quartet
  • Harley's War, Cromags - 2012
  • Hearts - Hearts Across Texas
  • Hines, Earl (Quartet) - Earl's Pearls
  • Holiday, Billie - Ballads For Lovers
  • Iconic Tonic - Rock And Roll
  • Iron Fire - Voyage Of The Damned
  • James & The Shondells, Tommy - Live! At The Bitter End, New York
  • John Coltrane - Concert In Japan
  • John Coltrane - Cosmic Music
  • John Coltrane - Expression
  • John Coltrane - Infinity
  • John Coltrane - Live At The Village Vanguard Again!
  • John Coltrane - Live In Seattle
  • John Coltrane - Om
  • John Coltrane - Selflessness Featuring My Favorite Things
  • John Coltrane - Sun Ship
  • John Coltrane - Transition
  • Johnson, J.J. (And Kai Windind - The Great Kai & J.J.
  • K, Kevin - New Toys: Made In Buffalo
  • Knepper, Jimmy And Pepper Adam - Quintet
  • Krupa, Gene - Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements
  • Kweller, Ben - Go Fly A Kite
  • Latimore - Ladies Choice
  • Lewis, John - European Windows
  • Lincoln, Abbey - Affair
  • Love Potion - Love Songs
  • Manne, Shelly (& His Men) - Play Peter Gunn + Son Of Gunn!!
  • Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
  • Mc Cann, Les - The Shout
  • Montgomery, Wes - The Montgomery Brothers
  • Mulligan, Gerry - Meets Johnny Hodges
  • Neikka Rpm - Chain Letters
  • Neikka Rpm - Chain Letters (Limited)
  • Nelson, Willie - On The Road Again: Live On Air
  • O'day, Anita - Cool Heat
  • O'neal, Patrice - Mr. P
  • Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks
  • Paul Mccartney - Kisses On The Bottom
  • Pearl Jam - The Document
  • Peter Hook And The Light - 1102/2011 Ep
  • Peterson, Oscar - Sings The Vocal Styling Of Oscar Peterson
  • Phase Reverse - Phase Reverse
  • Phillips, Natalya - Whisper
  • Place To Bury Strangers, A - Onwards To The Wall
  • Plimsouls, The - Beach Town Confidential: Live At The Golden Bear 1983
  • Prima Donna - Bless This Mess
  • Profusion - Rewotower
  • Prophet, Chuck - Temple Beautiful
  • Proverbial - Proverbial
  • Psy'aviah - Introsepction / Extrospection
  • Psy'aviah - Introsepction / Extrospection (Limited)
  • Queen - 40 Limited Edition Collector?S Box Set Volume 2 / [10 Cd Box Set]
  • Queen - A Kind Of Magic / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
  • Queen - Innuendo / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
  • Queen - Made In Heaven / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
  • Queen - The Miracle / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
  • Queen - The Works / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
  • Rampart - Soundtrack
  • Residents - Coochie Brake
  • Reveling, The - Tributaries
  • Richard Marx - Stories To Tell / [2 Cd/1 Dvd Combo]
  • Rihanna - X-Posed
  • Roberta Flack - Let It Be Roberta - Roberta Flack Sings The Beatles
  • Russell, George - Jazz In The Space Age
  • Saltillo - Monocyte
  • Scarecrow - Blood, Sweat And 20 Years
  • Shaggy - Summer In Kingston
  • St. Patrick All-Stars - Irish Party Music
  • Steve Tyrell - I'll Take Romance
  • Stitt, Sonny - Plays Jimmy Giuffre Arragements
  • Strokes - The Lowdown
  • The Duke Spirit - Bruiser
  • Theatres Des Vampires - Moonlight Waltz
  • Tim Berne - Snakeoil
  • Tony Bennett - Isn't It Romantic?
  • Tord Gustavsen Quartet - The Well
  • Trailer Trash Tracys - Ester
  • Twilight Sad, The - No One Can Ever Know
  • Two Fisted Law - Late Nights And Bar Fights
  • Ultra Dance - Ultra Dance 13
  • Unthanks, The - The Songs Of Robert Wyatt And
  • Van Etten, Sharon - Tramp
  • Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth
  • Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth / [Cd/Dvd Combo] [Deluxe Edition]
  • Various - American Pinup/Lost In Society Split
  • Various - Wild @ Heart: The Return Of Metal/Rock Ballads
  • Various - Dancing, Food & Entertainment: German Neopsych Classics
  • Various - Deep Roots Of The Ramones
  • Various - Sharam: Warung Beach Club Brasil
  • Various Artists - Smooth Jazz Hits: For Lovers
  • Various Artists - Fania - Recuerdos Románticos Vol. 1
  • Various Artists - Fania - Recuerdos Románticos Vol. 2
  • Vazquez, Roberto - Between Two Worlds
  • Way Of Purity - Crosscore
  • Wire - The Black Session: Paris, 10 May 2011
  • Wright, John - Just Left Of Center
  • Young, Lester - In Paris