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Jeff Beck, Janiva Magness, Shakura S’Aida, MGMT Headline 4/13/10 New Releases

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We don't have as deep a set of releases this week in sheer volume nor do we have the same depth of quality we've recently seen but there are some gems we should spend some time discussing.

First up, we have new music from Jeff Beck. It's been awhile since the guitar legend released a studio album of new material and there's been a good amount of buzz about Emotion and Commotion. As big a fan of GuitarGod music, I've never been a passionate Beck fan. I'm not silly enough to suggest he's anything but genius but I've always had a more casual relationship to his music than some of my peers and colleagues. I confess I'm curious about this release, though. This is a definite maybe.

Next up we have a couple of hot releases in the blues universe, both from talented women. First up we have the new album from perpetual BMA nominee Janiva Magness. The Devil Is An Angel Too is the followup to her smash What Love Will Do and marks her second effort for Alligator Records. I know the blues cognoscenti completely buys into Magness. I wasn't a huge fan of her Do I Move You CD and I haven't been back since. I'm going to have to listen to this one if for no other reason than it's going to be a player at next year's BMAs. Bet that.

Also coming to us this week is a new album from Shakura S'Aida. S’Aida was born in Brooklyn, raised in Switzerland, and has been based in Toronto. Brown Sugar has already been released in Europe and is now getting a North American release through Ruf Records. S'Aida has had success on stage and with previous records in Canada and is now looking to expand her audience in the U.S.

The other two records I'm hearing a lot about come from two very different corners. MGMT's Congratulations is getting a big promotional push and I'm seeing a lot of coverage devoted to former American Idol contestant Jason Castro's CD. I'm a lot more curious about the new set from MGMT than I am Castro.

A Silent Film
The City That Sleeps

Amber Pacific
Virtues

Astral Doors
Requiem Of Time

Bison B.C.
Dark Ages

Bleeding Fist
Macabrum Bestia Ex Abyssus

Bleeding Through
Bleeding Through

Braid
Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five

Child Abuse
Cut And Run

Child Abuse
Cut And Run

Coheed And Cambria
Year Of The Black Rainbow

Cohen, Anat
Clarinetwork-Live At The Villa

Condell, Sonny
Camouflage

Dance Nation
Dance Nation

Deep Purple
Live At Long Beach 1976 (2Cd)

Devo
Duty Now For The Future

Edguy
The Savage Poetry

Eulorhythmics
Green St. & Avers

Flying Lotus
Dj Kicks

Gloriana
Gloriana

Goldberg, Aaron
Home

Gucci Mane
Burrrprint 2 Hd

Hopkins, Clutchy
The Storyteller

Iggy & The Stooges
Raw Power (Legacy Edition)

Jason Castro
Jason Castro

Jeff Beck
Emotion & Commotion

Jenny Arnau
Chasing Giants

Jon Oliva S Pain
Festival

Jordan, Lorraine & Carolina Ro
Carolina Hurricane

Justin Nozuka
You I Wind Land And Sea

Lehrer, Tom
The Tom Lehrer Collection

Letlive
Fake History

Magness, Janiva
The Devil Is An Angel Too

Mantler
Monody

Matt Pond Pa
The Dark Leaves

MGMT
Congratulations

Nada Surf
If I Had A Hi-Fi

Natalie Merchant
Selections From The Album Leave Your Sleep

Natalie Merchant
Leave Your Sleep (2Cd)

Nortec Collective Presents: Cl
Corridos Urbanos

Parkins, Zeena
Between The Whiles

Passion Pit
Manners

Pavlov S Dog
At The Sound Of The Bell

Pavlov S Dog
Pampered Menial

Pureka, Chris
How I Learned To See In The Da

Rafter
Animal Feelings

Shakura S'Aida
Brown Sugar

Sightings
City Of Straw

Soundtrack
The Back-Up Plan

Steve Vai
Where The Other Wild Things Are

Straight No Chaser
With A Twist

Tallest Man On Earth, The
The Wild Hunt

The Ocean
Heliocentric

Tony Allen
Secret Agent

Various Artists
No One Knows About Persian Cat

War Of Ages
Eternal

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  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/josh-hathaway Josh Hathaway

    Best Buy has an exclusive on the Beck pkg.

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    the new Natalie Merchant double set is out today. easily the best and most musically wide-ranging thing she’s ever done.

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    For anyone interested, my review of the Jeff Beck album can be read here.

    -Glen

  • http://www.reservationsoftwareinfo.com/reservationsoftware.html Gary

    Beck is amazing. His web site has a link to amazon with special pricing (top right of jeffbeck.com)