Well I will be the first person to note that this is not my usual bunch of albums. but being that I am looking for some new flavour this week for my sound bytes, I have a feeling I will thoroughly enjoy some new tunes from Die Antwoord, Matisyahu, Echo and the Bunnymen, Fu Manchu, Buzz Osborne and yes...even 50 Cent. All artists bring something to to table and have skills beyond what I could ever put on a record of theirs. Some of these artists such as Matisyahu and Fu Manchu have extensive catalogs so it's rather interesting to see their music progress over the years.
Of course we can't forget about the video releases as well. Highly anticipated "Super Duper Alice Cooper" and Pantera's "Far Beyond Bootleg: Live In Donington '94" are sure to keep your eyes glues to the television or computer screen for a few hours. I'm hoping to get a few copies myself for the weekend viewing party!
So that being said, these artists need YOU just as much as you need them. So when out and about in your daily life, be sure to pop into a local record store to grab a copy and show the love. If not, then be sure to get it from an online retailer or other authorized digital sources. Cheers and have a great Tuesday release day!
(Die Antwoord - Donker Mag)
Big boomy booty club tracks like "Pitbull Terrier" and "Cookie Thumper" can't lose in these acid calamity surroundings, while the skits and interludes broaden the Die Antwoord mythology, but feel free to enter here, as not understanding what "zef," "dwank," or any of this means is actually the key to becoming an Antwoord insider. As inspired, awful, and awesome as their debut, the only bummer about Donker Mag is that H.P. Lovecraft, H.R. Geiger, and H.R. Pufnstuf didn't live long enough to hear it. -All Music
(50 Cent - Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win)
50 can still be captivating when he wants to be. On the whisper-privy "Irregular Heartbeat," he confidently evokes a sense of dread, spewing verses like, "We by the schoolyard waiting for you to get your kid." This highlights Animal Ambition's greatest issue: he is clearly capable of reaching his former highs, yet can't seem to maintain a solid grasp.
Either way, Animal Ambition showcases a very creatively confused 50 Cent, trapped in some sort of musical purgatory we can only hope he find his way out of. -Exclaim
(Matisyahu - Akeda)
In the Jewish tradition, akeda is a reference to the "binding" of Isaac on the rock of sacrifice -- bound by his father, Abraham, in accordance with God's command. But unlike Judaism's traditional emphasis on Abraham's great faith and the reward for that faith, Matisyahu's Akeda is an exploration of the great "toll" such acts of faith take on one's life.
Often, we do what we must, driven by the call from within; but it isn't always pretty. Matisyahu's Akeda is ultimately a Kierkegaardian contemplation on the aftermath of this act of faith, of answering the divine call, ayeka? -- "Where are you?" -- and how it is possible to find solace, and even a sense of wholeness amid the brokenness of the sacrifice. -Huffington Post
(Fu Manchu - Gigantoid)
This last shirking of expectation is perhaps the most satisfying of all on the album, since it demonstrates just how capable Fu Manchu are 20 years on from No One Rides for Free of still catching their listeners off guard, and in emphasizing just how much Gigantoid delivers both what Fu Manchu fans want and what the band needs. Across Gigantoid‘s fuzz-laden course, Fu Manchu sound reinvigorated and like they’re making precisely the music they want to make, on their own terms and with the intent of meeting their own expectations. I can’t think of anything I’d ask of the album more than it delivers, and for many heavy rockers, myself included, Gigantoid will no doubt serve as one of 2014′s best when the year’s over. They never really left, but this feels like a great welcome back. -The Obleisk
(Buzz Osborne - This Machete Kills Artists)
There are some signs of forced experimentation. “Instrument of God”, for example, opens and closes with Osborne in a thick shout, but it spends its middle in a soft-strummed, detached nowhere. But on the whole, Osborne turned a confusing detour into an interesting wrinkle and a worthwhile addition to his massive catalog. “I came alive seething with ideas,” he burns on “The Blithering Idiot”. Osborne is the kind of maniac who is equal parts scary and appealing. Though his acoustic side sometimes fails to highlight both, it never ignores either. -Consequence of Sound
(Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites)
Meteorites has truly proven a journey of deeply personal self discovery for the frontman, whilst remaining a Echo and the Bunnymen project through and through. McCulloch believes the result is one of their best, only more truthful, lyrically powerful and spiritually cleansing. How did it become so poetic and emotionally intense? “I wrote from the soul, more so than the heart and the brain”. -Renowed For Sound
(Super Duper Alice Cooper - Welcome To His Nightmare)
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr Jekyll whose rock n roll Mr Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, preacher's son, who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each others' souls. The is the first ever 'doc opera' - a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of Alice Cooper. -Rotten Tomatoes
(Pantera - Far Beyond Bootleg: Live From Donington '94)
“It was freezing cold outside, it was about 36 degrees and pouring rain. It didn’t seem like it was going to be a whole lot of fun to play that day. Everyone was standing around in their rain coats and blowing smoke. Next thing we knew, once we hit the deck the crowd f—in went ballistic. Pits everywhere, one of the best audiences I ever remember playing to, you can hear it on the disc. So that’s basically it.” -Vinnie Paul (via Loudwire)
(Soundgarden - Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)
In 2014 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Soundgarden's massive album Superunknown which to date has sold 9 million albums worldwide and is certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the US. Both a critical and commercial success, in 1994 Superunknown debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and earned the band two Grammys® for the singles 'Black Hole Sun' and 'Spoonman' in 1995. As relevant today as they were in 1994, the multi-platinum-selling Soundgarden continues to be in the Top 10 most played artists on Active Rock radio and the band's top 4 most played radio songs - accumulating over 1 million in total airplay and 4 billion in total audience to date - are all from this very beloved album: 'Black Hole Sun', 'Fell on Black Days', 'Spoonman' and 'The Day I Tried To Live'. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties. -Amazon