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.
Alex Cordova is a staff writer for Little Utopia.