Thursday , April 18 2024
Robin Rogers releases a new record as she enters the fight of her life...

New Music Tuesday: Weezer, Linkin Park, Robert Plant, Kenny Neal, Brandon Flowers, Robin Rogers

This is going to be a pricey week for some of you out there as there are a number of really interesting releases for everyone- except maybe me.  Oh, there are a couple here that have my attention but most of these artists are famous for annoying me or stopped being interesting to me some time ago.  Best we go on and take a look at a few of them:


I’m more interested in the deluxe edition of Pinkerton scheduled for later this year than I am the new Weezer.  I stayed with these guys up through “Pork & Beans” and then finally had to accept I like Weezer better the way I remember them than what they’re doing now.  It’s fine.  I know Weezer is beloved by many and there is an audience for the early, mid, and current period of the band.  I’m going to stick with what has worked for me.  God bless Rivers Cuomo for carrying on with things and good luck with Hurley but I sat out Ratitude having been mostly unimpressed with “The Red Album.”  We’ve parted ways amicably.  Bring on the deluxe Pinkerton!

Linkin Park
A Thousand Suns

This is one of those bands I never liked.  Ever.  No, not even that one song.  I’m suspicious of the title of this record, too.  Whiny rap-rock never connected with me and these tough-but-sensitive, keep-it-real rockers will always be poster boys for that sound, style, and mentality.  I’ll be interested to hear what the band’s fans think.  I’m obviously not one so how do the folks who have supported them through the years feel about the new record?  I’ll keep an eye out for reaction.

Brandon Flowers

If you think I have a blood feud with Linkin Park, you ain’t heard nothing yet.  If I ever see Brandon Flowers or The Killers, I will fight them.  I will probably lose because I don’t think I could take a 4th grader at this point in my life (and let’s face it, I wasn’t exactly rough and tumble in the days of my youth) but that’s a fight worth fighting and losing on general principle.  Most of my hatred for this band comes in the form of Brandon Flowers voice, lyrics, and quotes from interviews.  We now get Brandon Flowers, on his own presumably with no filter.  Given the choice of this album or waterboarding, I’m taking the hose. 

Robert Plant
Band of Joy

Okay, this one I might have to check out.  I loved the collaboration with Allison Krauss so much.  I don’t know much about this project other than it is a new solo record from Plant and the album takes its title from the pre-Zeppelin band that Plant and John Bonham were in together. 

Kenny Neal
Hooked On Your Love

Bluesman Kenny Neal was part of Nick Moss’ All Star Jam in Memphis earlier this year at the BMAs and is one of the most popular bluesmen on the circuit.  I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to his latest for Blind Pig Records but it’s out just in time to be eligible for next year’s awards, so I’ll be giving it a careful listen. 

Robin Rogers
Back In The Fire

So I’ve had my fun making cracks about other bands and having a laugh but things turn somber as we turn to Robin Rogers.  This is a tough album to discuss because the award-winning blues singer is now in the fight of her life and the odds are seriously stacked against her.  According to a release from her label, Blind Pig Records, Rogers was admitted to the hospital on August 18th with serious liver problems and has been diagnosed with liver cancer.  A CT scan prior revealed an untreatable cancerous tumor and she is not a candidate for a transplant.  She has been sent home for hospice care. 

Many of Rogers’ friends have come together to support Rogers both emotionally and financially as she, like many independent artists, doesn’t have adequate health care coverage.  Award-winning blues artists Deb Davies, Bob Margolin, Bob Corritore, and many, many others have been doing their best to spread the word about Rogers’ condition and benefits are being held around the country to raise money for Rogers during this time.  Anyone interested in finding out more about the situation and how to help can access information on Facebook where a page has been created to coordinate information.

2am Club – What Did You Think Was Going To Happen?
Abney, Mario – Spiritual Perception
Afters, The – Light Up The Sky
Air Supply – All Out Of Love Live
Amely – Hello World
Amusement Parks On Fire – Road Eyes
Anat Fort Trio – And If
Armstrong, Louis – Playlist: The Very Best Of Louis Armstrong
Artist – Title
Atrocity – After The Storm (Feat. Yasmin)
Avenged Sevenfold Tribute – String Tribute To Avenged Sevenfold – Volume 2
Azure Ray – Drawing Down The Moon
Baby Lores – Mas
Bad Cop – Harvest The Beast
Baker, Dale – Canary In The Coal Mine
Barone, Richard – Glow
Beirach, Richie, Dave Liebman, – Quest For Freedom
Bel, Mbilia – Bel Canto – The Genidia Years
Ben-Tzur, Shye – Shoshan
Black Milk – Album Of The Year
Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart
Black Pacific, The – The Black Pacific
Black Ryder – Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride
Blonde Redhead – Penny Sparkle
Blood, Sweat & Tears – Mirror Image/New City
Brandon Flowers – Flamingo
Buck$ – Buckwild
Buke & Gass – Riposte
Burnette, Johnny – The Ballads Of Johnny Burnette
Cadence, Katie – On The Wings Of An Angel
Caligula – Divine Madness
Cap 1 – Amerika’s Nightmare
Carmen, Eric – Eric Carmen/Boats Against The Current/Change Of Heart
Chanticleer – A Chanticleer Christmas
Charles Lloyd – Mirror
Chromeo – Business Casual
Chromeo – Business Casual (Deluxe Edition)
Clare Burson – Silver And Ash
Cohen, Leonard – Songs From The Road
Crisp, James – Celtic Seas
Davis, Miles – Bitches Brew: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Defrancesco, Joey – Never Can Say Goodbye: The Mus
Deolinda – Dois Selos E Um Carimbo
Diaz Del Castillo, Maggie – Yoga: Eight Limbs To Bliss
Disciple – Horseshoes & Handgrenades
District 97 – Hybrid Child
Dj Dan – Dj Dan Presents Future Retro
Dobson, Bonnie – Vive La Canadienne
Donatelli, Denise – When Lights Are Low
Donnelly, Chris – Solo
Doro – Fear No Evil – The Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Dragonforce – Twilight Dementia (Live)(2cd)
Dungen – Skit I Allt
Earle, Justin Townes – Harlem River Blues
El Guincho – Pop Negro
Eldridge, Roy – Little Jazz Trumpet Giant
Electric Sunset – Electric Sunset
Ellington, Duke – Playlist: The Very Best Of Duke Ellington
Elliot, Cass – Cass Elliot/The Road Is No Place For A Lady/Don’t Call Me Mama Anymore
Eluvium – Leaves Eclipse The Light
First State – Changing Lanes
Flotsam & Jetsam – The Cold
Francis, Connie – Sings Jewish Favorites/Sings Irish Favorites
Gaillard, Slim – Laughing In Rhythm
Greg Koch Trio, The – From The Attic
Grinderman – Grinderman 2
Grinderman – Grinderman 2 (Deluxe Version)
Horton, Walter – Blues Harmonica Giant
Hull, David – David Hull
Ike And Tina Turner – Come Together/Workin’ Together
Infantree – Would Work
Iron Maiden Tribute – String Tribute To Iron Maiden
James – The Morning After The Night Before / [2 Cd]
James Otto – Shake What God Gave Ya
Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song / [2 Cd]
J-Dawg – Still Behind Tint
Jobim, Tom – My Soul Sings – The Great Brazilian Songbook
Kamelot – Poetry For The Poisoned
Kent, Enoch – Take A Trip With Me
King Crimson – The Collectable King Crimson:
Kristine, Liv – Skintight
Krizz Kaliko – Shock Treatment
Lefty Dizz – Ain’t It Nice To Be Loved
Lil Cuete – Dia De Los Muertos Mix
Lil Ronnie – L.N.I.C. Pt. 2
Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns
Locco – Evolution
Lonely Drifter Karen – Fall Of Spring
Majeure – Timespan
Maylay Sparks – Flaskworthy
Mcdonald, Michael – No Lookin Back (Original Reco
Megafaun – Heretofore
Memphis Slim – Legend Of The Blues Volumes 1 & 2
Mice Parade – What It Means To Be Left-Hande
Michelle Branch – Everything Comes And Goes
Mingus, Charles – Playlist: The Very Best Of Charles Mingus
Miss Lady Pinks – Tell It Like It Is
Mollie O’brien & Rich Moore – Saints & Sinners
Monk, Thelonious – Playlist: The Very Best Of Thelonious Monk
Monroe, Bill – Bill Monroe And Friends / Stars Of The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame (2-For-1)
Neal, Kenny – Hooked On Your Love
Nelson, Jonathan – Better Days
Nelson, Ricky – The Last Time Around 1970 – 1982
Ne-Yo Tribute – Smooth Jazz Tribute To Ne-Yo
Nimmo, Stevie – The Wynds Of Life
Nixon, James – Live In Europe
Norma Winstone – Stories Yet To Tell
Nortec Collective Presents: Bo – Bulevar 2000
Of Montreal – False Priest
Orgone – Killion Vaults
Original Soundtrack – For Love Of Liberty
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell (Deluxe)(3cd)
Pearcy, Stephen – Fueler
Pearse, John – The Lost 1966 Waldeck Audition
Porcupine Tree – Recordings
Prince Rama – Shadow Temple
Putumayo Presents – Yoga
Queen:Carlos Bonell – Guitar Rhapsodies
Reinhard, Django – Quintessential
Rivera, Robbie – Juicy Ibiza 2010
Robert Plant – Band Of Joy
Rochereau, Tabu Ley – The Voice Of Lightness
Rogers, Robin – Back In The Fire
Rory Gallagher – The Beat Club Sessions
Scaggs, Boz – Boz Scaggs & Band (The Deluxe
Scaggs, Boz – My Time (The Deluxe Edition +
Scarlet Grey – Fancy Blood
Scott, Bishop Leonard – My Worship Experience
Simon, Jason – Jason Simon
Snowy White Blues Project, The – In Our Time… Live
Soundtrack – Beauty & The Beast
Soundtrack – Lost: The Final Season (Michael Giacchino)
Soundtrack – Never Let Me Go (Rachel Portman)
Soundtrack – True Blood: Season Two (Nathan Barr)
Soundtrack/Cast Album – 100 Greatest Western Themes: City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Soundtrack/Cast Album – Baaria: Morricone, Ennio
Soundtrack/Cast Album – Stieg Larrson’s Millennium Trilogy: Jacob Groth
Soundtrack/Cast Collection – Town, The Gregson-Williams
Staples, Mavis – You Are Not Alone
Sully Erna – Avalon
Sung, Helen – Going Express
Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
System F – Champions
Tamaryn – The Waves
The Bad Plus – Never Stop
The Drums – The Drums
The Fleshtones – Hexbreaker! / Speed Connection: Live In Paris 85 (2-For-1)
The New Czars – Doomsday Revolution
The O’jays – Christmas With The O’jays
The Praetorius Consort; Christopher Ball – Praetorius: Dances From Terpsichore & Other 17th Century Dance Music
Thriving Ivory – Through Yourself & Back Again
Tides Of Man – Dreamhouse
Tocco, Chuck – I Know That You Can Hear Me
Trae – Can’t Ban The Truth
Trae & Bay Bay – King Of The Streetz And King Of The Clubs
Trey Songz – Passion, Pain & Pleasure
Trey Songz Tribute – Smooth Jazz Tribute To Trey Songz
Twilley, Dwight – Best Of Dwight Twilley 1975-1984
Twitty, Conway – The Ballads Of Conway Twitty
Tzuke, Judie – Road Noise
Underworld – Barking
Van Buuren, Armin – Mirage
Various – 5k1 Soundtrack
Various – 35 !!! Years Of Bear Family Records
Various – Outsinging The Nightingale-Lost Treasures Of Bulgarian Music 1905-1950
Various (Narration By Bebel Gilberto And David Francis) – Swing Café
Various Artists – Sixteen F –  – Ucking Years Of G-Stone Recordings
Various Artists – Forces Sweethearts
Various Artists – Classic Rockabilly
Various Artists – The Dawn Of Doo-Wop
Various Artists – Africa – 50 Years Of Music
Various Artists – The Very Best Of Country Legends
Various Artists – I’m Here (Original Soundtrack)
Various Artists – Christmas Classics Feat. Rudolph, Frosty & The Little Drummer Boy
Various Artists – Coast
Various Artists – Chant4change Live
Various Artists – Rough Guide To Bhangra (Second
Various Artists – Rough Guide To Greek Cafe
Various Artists – Rough Guide To The Music Of Af
Vaselines, The – Sex With An X
Walker, Charles – Soul Stirring Thing
Weather Report – Playlist: The Very Best Of Weather Report
Webb, Jimmy – Ten Easy Pieces + Six
Weezer – Hurley
White, Matt – It S The Good Crazy
Whiteley, Ken – Another Day’s Journey
Will Downing – Lust, Love & Lies (An Audio Novel)
Withers, Elisabeth – No Regrets
Wressnig, Raphael – Party Factor

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  1. Linkin Park is a legendary band.
    For all who think otherwise, know them well before commenting.

    They have a pretty deep history dense with amazing music.