Wednesday , February 28 2024
A classic gets expanded and two living legends reunite for a new album...

New Music Tuesday: Christina Aguilera, Dierks Bentley, Lil Jon, The Cure, Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith

Against Me!, Christina Aguilera, Dierks Bentley, Lil Jon and his crunk rock- some big names this week and yet my excitement for this week’s New Album Releases is going to dip a bit below that surface. I will once again show my age when we get to the record that have me rejoicing, declaring my eternal love and gratitude to Tuesdays.

Before we get to the important part of this — namely me and the CDs I want — I thought I’d point you in the direction of some reviews of this week’s new music written by fellow Blogcritics’ writers. David Perry likes what he hears from Erasure frontman Andy Bell, Fitz digs the punk sounds of AM Taxi, and Tan The Man thinks you should check out Casiokids whether you speak the language or not.

The Cure
Disintegration Deluxe Edition

I am more excited about this release than any reasonable person should be, further confirming my suspicion I am neither. Disintegration is one of the most important and best albums of the past 30 years and it still stands up. The Cure is one of the few bands that has been doing these re-issue projects right, often filling their deluxe editions with interesting rarities and doing a proper job of remastering the original LPs. The current CD pressing of Disintegration sounds a bit flat. I have been told by one lucky, loyal Blogcritics writer that Robert Smith’s supervision of the Disintegration remaster helped continue that trend of updating what has aged while maintaining the integrity of the original we so dearly love. This is going to be epic, epic, epic!

Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
Joined At The Hip

Talking about Disintegration and it’s age makes me feel old… until I celebrate this new record and the men who made it. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith is the whippersnapper on this record at age 74, playing alongside the National Treasure that is Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, who will turn 97 next month. Yes, you read that right. Pinetop is 96 years-old, still tours, and is performing with Smith on this new record. Both men played as part of Muddy Waters’ great latter-day revival band and continued to work together on and off after Waters passed away. Smith has turned his drumsticks over to his son Kenny and has stepped out front, blowing harp and singing lead. I had the honor and privilege of seeing Perkins in Memphis at the BMAs and I won’t ever forget it. I am going to make every effort to see these guys touring in support of this record if for no other reason than the living history of it all.

That’s what I’m getting. What are you looking forward to?

Against Me! – White Crosses
Aguilera, Christina – Bionic
AM Taxi – We Don’t Stand A Chance
Angelich, Nicholas – Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Ariel Pink S Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Attack Attack – Attack Attack
Bell, Andy – Non Stop
Belles, The – Time Flies When You’re Losing
Bentley, Dierks – Up On The Ridge
Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer Of The Void
Blk Jks – Zol!
Cadillac Sky – Letters In The Deep
Caravan – The World Is Yours / [4 Cd]
Carey, Mariah – X2 (Daydream & Mariah Carey)
Casiokids – Topp Stemning Pa Lokal Bar
Ceremony – Rohnert Park
Chali 2na – Fish Market Part 2
Charlap, Bill/Renee Rosnes – Double Portrait
Cheap Trick – X2
Circle Of Dead Children – Psalm Of The Grand Destroyer
Clay Walker – She Won’t Be Lonely Long
Club 8 – People’s Record, The
Common Strings – Somewhere In Glory
Cuba, Alex – Cuba, Alex
Cypriano, Nohelani – Pulelehua (My Precious Butterf
Danko Jones – Below The Belt
David Holmes – The Dogs Are Parading – The Very Best Of [Remixes] / [2 Cd]
Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions
Delta Spirit – History From Below
DJ Clay – Book Of The Wicked Chapter 1
Due Voci – Due Voci
Elkins, Steve – Smoky Mountain Heritage
Eyes Set To Kill – Broken Frames
Fela! – Original Broadway Cast Recording: Fela!
Fleshgod Apocalypse – Mafia
Forever Jones – Get Ready
Francois, Samson – Icon
Gamelan Of Central Java – Xii. Pangkur One
Gamelan Of Central Java – Xiii. Pangkur Two
Ghost Inside, The – Returners
Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Guerra, Juan Luis – A Son De Guerra
Hackett, Steve – Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth
Hail The Villain – Population: Declining
Hanson – Shout It Out
Haskins, Taylor – American Dream
Hawk Nelson – Hawkology
Heaven Shall Burn – Invictus
Here We Go Magic – Pigeons
Hernandez, Myriam – Exitos Y Mas
Hot Hot Heat – Future Breeds
Hushabye Baby: Taylor Swift – Lullaby Renditions Of Taylor S
Ideal Bread – Transmit: Vol 2 Of The Music O
Indigenous – Acoustic Sessions, The
Jarvi, Paavo – Mahler Symphony No.2
Jewel – Sweet And Wild
Justin Roberts – Jungle Gym
Kansas – X2 (Leftoverture & Point Of Know Return)
Keane, Brian – Into The Deep
Keep Of Kalessin – Reptilian
Kennedy, Nigel – Shhh!
Kingdom Of Sorrow – Behind The Blackest Tears
Konono No. 1 – Assume Crash Position
Kupaoa – English Rose
Kutt Calhoun – Raw And Un-Kutt
Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy
Leng Tch’e – Hypomanic
Light Pollution – Apparitions
Lil Jon – Crunk Rock
Mychildren Mybride – Lost Boy
Nachtmystium – Addicts – Black Meddle Part Ii
Nada Surf – If I Had A Hi-Fi
Necronomicon – The Return Of The Witch
Negura Bunget – Maiastru Sfetnic
Negura Bunget – Sala Molksa
Nevermore – Obsidian Conspiracy, The
Off With Their Heads – In Desolation
Olga Tañon, Melina Leon & India – Las Reinas Del Caribe
Orianthi – Believe (Ii)
Pain – Cynic Paradise
Pain Of Salvation – Road Salt One
Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Joined At The Hip
Plies – Goon Affiliated
Rapture Ruckus – Rapture Ruckus
Ratatat – Lp4
Recoil – Recoil: Selected
Renee Fleming – Dark Hope
Rhymefest – El Che
Romain Virgo – Romain Virgo
Rooney – Eureka
Salif Keita – La Difference
Savage Grace – After The Fall From Grace / Ri
Savage Grace – Master Of Disguise / The Domin
Saving Abel – Miss America
Seinking Ships – Museum Quality Capture
Silverstein – 10 Years: Live At The El Mocambo
Since October – Life, Scars, Apologies
Sisk, Junior And Ramblers Choi – Heartaches And Dreams
Sister Sin – True Sound Of The Underground
Sly & The Family Stone – X2 (Fresh & Dance To The Music)
Soundtrack – The Addams Family / [Original Cast Recording]
Steve Winwood – Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood
Tarot – Gravity Of Light
Teenage Fanclub – Shadows
Tender Forever – No Snare
The Cure – Disintegration (Deluxe Edition)(3cd)
The La’s – Callin’ All / [4 Cd Box Set]
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Thulcandra – Fallen Angel?S Dominion
Tiesto – Magikal Journey (The Hits Coll
Tokyo Police Club – Champ
Travie Mccoy – Lazarus (Amended)
Travie Mccoy – Lazarus
Tricca, Emma – Minor White
Troccoli, Kathy – Heartsongs
Underdog – Matchless
Urgehal – Ikonoklast
Various – Best Verdi 100
Various – Celebrate America
Various – Classical Legends – In Their
Various – Guitar Praise Hits Volume One
Various – Twistable, Turnable Man: A
Various – 20 All-Time Favorite Hymns
Various Artists – 2010 Warped Tour Compilation
Various Artists – Disney Reggae Club
Various Artists – Hed Kandi: Twisted Disco / [2 Cd]
Various Artists – Just Dance! Vol. 3
Various Artists – Beyond Berkeley Guitar
Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
Vita Chambers – The Get Go
Wailing Wall, The – The Low Hanging Fruit
Warren Haynes – Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 3
Watain – Lawless Darkness
We Are The In Crowd – Guaranteed To Disagree
White Chapel – A New Era Of Corruption
William Control – Noir
Wormrot – Abuse
Wright, Gary – Connected
Wye Oak – My Neighbor / My Creator
Yo La Tengo – Here To Fall Remixes

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