MAY 28, 2013
Aceyalone – Leanin' on Slick (Decon)
The L.A. titan of hip-hop, who began his career at South Central's the Good Life Café, releases his 10th solo album, the follow-up to 2009's Aceyalone & the Lonely Ones. The emcee continues to successfully merge classic hip-hop with elements of soul, funk and R&B on Leanin' on Slick with songs like the title track, "One Cup, Two Cup" and "Boss." Leanin' on Slick also features collaborations with BIONIK, Daniel Merriweather, Treasure Davis and Cee Lo Green. Catch Acey when he performs a solo set as well as with Freestyle Fellowship June 14 at the Airliner.
Crystal Fighters – Cave Rave (Atlantic)
I have wanted to visit Basque Country for a while, to partake of the amazing cuisine and music. Until then, I've got the sophomore effort from the UK-based group, who penned Cave Rave's songs in Basque then traveled to Los Angeles to record with Grammy-nominated producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Paramore). It's impossible to dwell on the hopeless with feel-good tracks like "Wave," "You & I" and "LA Calling." Make sure to wear your dancing shoes when you see them at the El Rey June 4.
Falu – Foras Road (Monsoon)
The New York-based songstress fittingly named her latest album for the oldest red-light district in Mumbai since its songs capture the musical traditions and cultural history of India's centuries-old brothels. Throughout Foras Road, Falu sings in seven different South Asian languages and artfully blends Indian classical and folk elements with modern acoustic instrumentation. Her voice soars on tracks like lead single "Ghumar," "Tarana" and "Hori."
Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle (Ribbon)
After reading the English folk musician's list of accomplishments (four albums, a Best British Female BRIT Award, named NME Best Solo Artist and a two-time Mercury Music Prize nominee), it's a bit hard to believe that she's only 23 years old. Her beautifully heartfelt lyrics and vocals also belie her years, but I guess it's because she was just born for this. All of her vocals and acoustic guitar parts for Once I Was An Eagle were recorded live in one take in one day, and the album encapsulates Laura's journey as she moves forward on the road as a solo performer at time in her life when most of those her age were still in college. Must-listen tracks: "Where Can I Go?" and "Master Hunter."
Also available – Alex Bleeker & The Freaks' How Far Away; Alice in Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here; Anvil's Hope in Hell; Baths' Obsidian; Blue-Eyed Son's Shadows on the Son; Brazos' Saltwater; Cinema Sleep's Truth for the Seeker; Cloud Boat's Book of Hours; CocoRosie's Tales of a Grass Widow; Cas Haley's La Si Dah; The-Dream's IV Play; Eisley's Currents; Hooded Fang's Gravez; Imaginary Cities' Fall of Romance; John Fogerty's Wrote a Song for Everyone; Kermit Ruffins' We Partyin' Traditional Style!; Kid Ink's Almost Home; Kylesa's Ultraviolet; Man Overboard's Heart Attack; Mike Marlin's Grand Reveal; Mount Kimbie's Cold Spring Fault Less Youth; Pastels' Slow Summits; Retox' YPLL; Skinny Puppy's Weapon; The Stranglers' Giants; Tricky's False Idols; Ugly Heroes' self-titled; Various Artists' Arts & Crafts: X; Various Artists' True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series Volume 4; When Saints Go Machine's Infinity Pool
DVD RELEASESFilm – Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directs Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton as a couple whose peaceful life in the suburbs is turned upside down by terrifying and mysterious beings in Dark Skies; Keanu Reeves, Adelaide Clemens and Daniel Sunjata in generation Um…; The Numbers Station stars John Cusack as a former black ops agent who must protect a young woman (Malin Akerman) in a fight for survival.
TV – Beetlejuice: The Complete Series; Covert Affairs: Season Three; Doctor Who: Series Seven – Part Two; Longmire: The Complete First Season; Red Widow: The Complete First Season; Suits: Season Two
Music – Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986; Garbage: One Mile High… Live; Judas Priest: Epitaph
Also available – 6 Month Rule; Attack of the Jurassic Shark; Baby Mama's Club; Dorfman in Love; Life Is Sweet (Criterion Collection); Lore; The Loving Story; Nailbiter