On the Record 04.11.13

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If you missed last week’s On the Record, you can find it here.

A few standouts here: new music from James Blake, Kurt Vile, Paramore, and the controversial new Brad Paisley album. There’s a little something for everyone this week.

Tyga Hotel California (Universal Republic)
Tyga’s tribute to his home state of California, featuring Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Wiz Khalifa, Future, Game, Chris Brown and 2 Chainz.

Child Bite Vision Crimes/Monomania (Joyful Noise)
Hardcore Punk/Art rock from Michigan.

Molly Ringwald Except Sometimes (Concord)
The actress’ singing debut.

Brad Paisley Wheelhouse (Arista/Sony)
Contemporary country/pop. Featuring the controversial track Accidental Racist (but it’s OK, LL Cool J is in it) currently taking the internet by storm.

Device Device (Warner Bros.)
Disturbed vocalist David Draiman’s industrial metal debut, with features including Tom Morello and Serj Tankian, among others.

Drowning Pool Resilience (Eleven Seven)
The fifth release from the heavy metal rockers since 2001’s Sinner and the death of singer Dave Williams, with yet another new vocalist — Jasen Moreno.

Eric Church Caught in the Act: Live (EMI/Wrasse)
The country star performing live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Dawes Stories Don’t End (Hub Records/Relativity)
West coast Americana from Los Angeles. The group’s third release, taking its name from a line in Joan Didion’s 1984 novel “Democracy.”

Todd Rundgren State (Esoteric Antenna/MVD Audio)
Art-pop from the prolific do-it-yourselfer.

Deap Vally Get Deap! (Cherry Tree/Interscope/Island)
Four-track EP preview of the female garage rock duo.

M83 Oblivion [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Universal Studios)
A blend of M83’s synth-dominant sound with orchestral elements, providing a solid soundtrack for the Tom Cruise film.

The Knife Shaking the Habitual (Mute/Brille)
One hundred minutes of indie experimental electronic music. Their fourth official release, the album features thought-provoking lyrics and sounds.

The House of Love She Paints Words in Red (Cherry Red)
The second reunion album from the melodic guitar pop group and their sixth since 1988.

Rokia Traoré Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)
On her fifth release, the singer/guitarist offers up an energetic African rock album.

White Fence Cyclops Reap (Castle Face)
Trippy but catchy neo-psychedelia.

Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)
The follow-up to the well received Smoke Ring for My Halo (2011), his fifth album further explores deeply introspective themes. I am personally looking forward to giving this one an extended listen.

Young Man Beyond Was All Around Me (French Kiss)
The fourth release from the dorm room dream pop indie rock group led by Colin Caulfield.

Steve Mason Monkey Minds in the Devil’s Time (Domino Recording/Double Six)
The third solo album by Mason — formerly of the Brit-pop duo The Beta Band— it provides an incredibly thoughtful indie/experimental album.

Paramore — Paramore (Fueled by Ramen Records/Atlantic)
The emo pop rockers’ fourth release pairs them with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Neon Trees, M83) and already has critics hailing it as their best work yet.

James Blake Overgrown (Universal/Polydor)
The follow up to his 2011 debut, Blake offers a more atmospheric approach to his popular R&B rooted dubstep.


AlexCordovaAlex Cordova is a staff writer for Little Utopia.

Previously from Alex Cordova:
On the Record 04.03.13
New Music Tuesday

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