Wow, what a great day to spend your disposable income (even if its not so disposable). After a quick scan of all the new albums that drop today, I have to say that this is probably one of the biggest days for summer releases that you're likely to see. I counted about 20 new sonic gems that include just about every genre (from Deer Tick to Cheap Trick, Dream Theater to Regina Spektor). And with all the incessant touring, promotion and general awesomeness that comes with concert season, some of these bands have even been pushing their presence right in our own backyard.
Bands like Dinosaur Jr., whose album The Farm come out today, are fresh off a packed show last week at Detroit Bar. Rock and roll crooner Pete Yorn kicks off a tour in support of his latest, Back and Fourth, at an acoustic show courtesy of Fingerprints Record Store in Long Beach.
Then of course you have OC/LB's ubiquitous aural provacateur Ikey Owens, whose band, The Mars Volta (pictured), releases their highly anticipated album Octahedron. And yes I did mention Ginuwine in the title of this post (you remember that 90's jam "My Pony" right? How could you forget?). Today marks the R&B icon's first album in four years (A Man's Thoughts) as he reemerges with a national tour to follow.
But seriously, this IS definitely a day to celebrate your love for music by disregarding your cheap, penny-pinching ways for just one afternoon to drop some cash on some new ear candy. Follow me after the JUMP to check out a full list of today's releases, courtesy of Meta Critic (note: The new Roots album How I Got Over is NOT out today). Any new releases I missed? Plug your shit here.
AI B. Sure- Honey I'm Home
Alexisonfire-Old Crows/New Cardinals
Amber Asylum-Bitter River
Cheap Trick- The Latest
Deer Tick- Born on Flag Day
The Dear Hunter- Act III: Life and Death
Dinosaur Jr.-The Farm
Dream Theater- Black Clouds & Silver Linings
Gossip- Music For Men (digital release)
Ginuwine- A Man's Thoughts
He Is Legend- It Hates You
Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)- Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)
Michael Johns (Season 7 American Idol)- Hold Back My Heart
The Lemonheads- Varshons
The Mars Volta- Octahedron
Regina Spektor- Far
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