New Music Monday: Pitbull, Alan Jackson, Jason Isbell, Sublime, and More!!

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Happy Monday music maniacs! Like new stuff? Great! You’ve come to the right place. Each week all sorts of audiolicious goodies are unleashed onto the masses and this is where they come to be judged. I’ll tell ya what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s a waste of your time. Thanks for stopping by!

The Big News!
So I took last week off, sorta. I still posted, and y’all were kind enough to read, and for that I’m grateful. So I wish I had better news for you upon my return, but it is what it is: the biggest new release for the upcoming week is a new Pitbull record. It’s called Dale.┬áIt’s the rappers ninth overall release, and first release in Spanish in five years.

Solo Country Stuff
Legendary legend and country music icon Alan Jackson returns with his 20th release, Angels and Alcohol. Nashville Gab says that the album is “really good”. Rolling Stone says that it is “presumably a return to his country roots”, after a couple of detours into gospel and bluegrass, and Jackson wrote seven of the ten songs on the album. I don’t know why that’s a big deal but all of the reviews mention it, so I thought I’d pass it on.

One time Drive By Trucker, and current contender for most important songwriter alive, Jason Isbell returns with his fifth solo effort, Something More Than Free. This is the highly anticipated follow up to Isbell’s outstanding Southeastern release from 2013 and it has “important” written all over it. Stereogum calls it “a heavy record that projects the kind of sadness that comes along with feeling unfulfilled”. That’s a hefty sounding criticism. Look for this to be on year end lists.

Indie Rock Still Matters
Deep down in the land down under psychelic unit Tame Impala keep doing great things. Or do they? This review in The Independent of Currents, the band’s first effort since 2012’s hypnotic Lonerism, says that the band has moved into “electropop”, and talks of “a mousse of heavily-reverbed voices and keyboards” and “oceanic, enveloping waves of synth” and claims that “the absence of guitar wig-outs may disappoint some fans.” Hmmm, we shall see…

New York indie pop duo Ms Mr unveil their second dreamy effort, How Does it Feel this week. Drunken Werewolf calls the album “an extremely enjoyable, well crafted sophomore effort”, noting that the record is “a strange chameleon”. I really dug the first Ms Mr record, Secondhand Rapture, especially the single “Hurricane” and Lizzy Plapinger’s intoxicating voice, so I’m excited for this one.Got some competition with that new Beach House record coming up.

Hippy Msc
New Orleans jam masters Galactic join up with Macy Gray, JJ Grey, and Mavis Staples, for their “soulful and groovy without ever being overly flashy” eleventh effort, Into the Deep.

Sublime with Rome will release Sirens, the band’s second release.

Each week we say goodbye to somebody from the music world. These are those that pogoed off this mortal coil in the last week or two.

Camille Bob of Lil’ Bob and the Lollipops died at the age of 77.

Fairport Convention drummer Bruce Rowland died in June. He was 74. Another chance to post MY FAVORITE SONG OF ALL TIME!!!

Chris Squire, bassist for Yes. He was 67.

My Recommendation
I’ll go out on a limb and reckon that this Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) and Iron and Wine covers record, Sing Into My Mouth, is going to be great.

Next Week
Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel, for new stuff from The Chemical Brothers!!

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