New Music Tuesday – February 11 2014

Lo-Fantasy by Sam Roberts Band

Lo-Fantasy by Sam Roberts Band

Lo-Fantasy” is Sam Roberts Band’s first new album in 3 years. Working for the first time with producer Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) whose credits range from The Verve’s ”Urban Hymns” to Crowded House, as well as stints performing with Paul McCartney, The Orb, and post-punk outfit Killing Joke, ”Lo-Fantasy” infuses Sam Roberts Band’s rousing brand of rock n’ roll with elements of funk, house, electronic, and African music, resulting in their most dynamic and inventive album to date. ”This album is fundamentally different from anything we’ve ever done,” says Roberts. Youth recorded ”Lo-Fantasy” live on his Montreal studio floor in twelve days. ”We worked insanely long hours, and after three days of that you’re almost in a hallucinogenic state,” Roberts laughs. The combination of sleep deprivation, excitement, uncertainty, and adrenaline pushed the band outside any notion of comfort, resulting in tracks ranging from the slithery dance-rock album opener ”Shapeshifters” and anthemic single ”We’re All In This Together,” to the electro-remix of ”Chasing The Light.” Through it all, Sam’s lyrics grapple with questions of identity and self-discovery in the modern age. ”Lo-Fantasy” also captures the fiery, ”exceptionally dynamic” (LA Times) live power of the Sam Roberts Band, who have played theaters and arenas, performed on Letterman and Conan, and opened for the likes of The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and more.

Benji by Sun Kil Moon

Benji by Sun Kil Moon

2014 release, the sixth album from the Indie band led by former Red House Painters mainman Mark Kozelek. BENJI, Sun Kil Moons latest release was recorded between March and August 2012. Sun Kil Moon, led by Mark Kozelek is a reflection on Marks childhood years and his life today. Mark is joined by guest musicians Steve Shelley, Jen Wood, Will Oldham and Owen Ashworth.

Return to the 36 Chambers (Dirty Version) (Vinyl) by Ol' Dirty Bastard

Return to the 36 Chambers (Dirty Version) (Vinyl) by Ol’ Dirty Bastard

It’s safe to say that hip-hop has never seen an album like Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1995 solo debut Return to the 36 Chambers. The brief glimpses of ODB’s unhinged genius provided by Wu-Tang Clan’s landmark Enter the Wu-Tang album two years earlier were begging to be expanded on to a larger canvas, and, with RZA guiding production, the album promised to give Dirty the creative license to make one of the most bizarre, entertaining and original LPs in hip-hop history. With his raspy, drunken flow and dark sense of humor, Dirty fearlessly attacks from all angles, throwing himself fearlessly into punchy rhyme attacks (“Damage,” with GZA), drugged-out party jams (the monster singles “Brooklyn Zoo” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”) and bizarre, grimly hilarious fantasies of sex and violence (“Don’t U Know” and the R&B-tinged “Sweet Sugar Pie”). Backed by RZA’s appropriately gritty, dissonant beats and appearances from the Clan, Return became an instant hit, selling over 1 million copies and earning a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album in 1996.

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