Jesus Wants Me For | New Releases

by Billy DeFrain

Here is where I would normally offer an elongated, somewhat wanky intro, but I’m not feeling it this week.

Animal Farm | Culture Shock | Focused Noise Productions
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like hip-hop albums consistently have the most incoherent, unfocused album art: 

Arsonists Get all the Girls | Motherland | Century Media

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones| #Rock?et > Sci?ence? | E One
Wank wank wank wank wank.

Ben Harper | Give Till It’s Gone | Virgin
More music for Starbucks.

BMX Bandits | C 86/Star Wars | Rev-Ola Records
Reissue from the ‘80s Scottish Power Pop band, whose name reminds me of this:

But for '80s Scotch-pop, you’re better off sticking with Teenage Fan Club or the Vaselines.

Chad VanGaalen | Diaper Island | Sub Pop
More consistent and less adventurous than Soft Airplanes and Skelliconnection. Which is too bad, because Skelliconnection is really good!

Colourmusic | My ______ is Pink | Memphis Industries
This Oklahoma band likes to make recordings based on colors, which sounds pretentious, but they clearly don’t take themselves too seriously: Also, this doesn’t sound like pink to me, it sounds like the color awesome.

Damon & Naomi | False Beats & True Hearts | 20/20/20
New one from 2/3s of '80s greats Galaxie 500.

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi | Rome | Capitol
Danger Mouse and an Italian film score arranger make an album inspired by Spaghetti Western soundtracks.

The Elected | Bury Me In My Rings I Vagrant
Side project from the guy in Rilo Kiley, who is also the guy who is Pinksy from Salute Your Shorts.

Elvin Bishop | Raisin’ Hell Revue | Delta Groove Productions
Album art of the week!

Friendly Fires | Pala | XL

Haemorrhage | Hospital Carnage | Relapse Records
I’m guessing you can figure this out yourself.

Herpes | Symptome Und Beschwerden | Tapete
Unpleasantly named.

Jadakiss | I Love You: A Dedication to My Fans | Def Jam
But I’m not in love with you.

Jun-Nes | Just the Lord and Me | Chrematizo
Updates Christian Rap with the one thing keeping it from relevancy: indiscriminate use of autotune!  

Moby | Destroyed | Mute
I don’t think anybody has described a Moby concert in such a way. Also, this: *

NRBQ |Keep This Love Goin’ I Clang
I just assume it stands for “Not Rated Barbeque” which sounds sexy.

Putridity | Degenerating Anthropophagical Euphoria I Willowtip Records
Anthropophagy is cannibalism, so think me for looking that one up so you don’t have to.

Vampires Everywhere | Kiss the Sun Goodbye | Century Media
One more reason to hate the Twilight books.   

 *Thanks, Neal, for reminding me that exists!