Category Archives: New Music

Billy Gibbons Of ZZ Top To Release First Solo Album, Perfectamundo, In October

Billy Gibbons PerfectamundoAs if the realm of ZZ Top weren’t enough, guitarist and vocalist, Billy Gibbons, has decided to move beyond (not quit) the band and record his first ever solo album. The new album is a reflection of beloved musical styles that includes forays into a Latin flavored brand of hot Rock and Roll as only he might be able to deliver it. The new album is called Perfectamundo, and is scheduled for release via Concord Records on October 23.

Perfectamundo allows Billy Gibbons to explore things that are special to him. The album contains eleven tracks including a unique Hip-Hop styled “You’re What’s Happenin’, Baby”. Of course, as would be expected, much of this new album is Rock. The “Piedras Negras” tune is Stones-like, and “Hombre Sin Nombre” conjures up Santana. With combinations like these, Perfectamundo is likely a listen down the right path.

Perfectamundo is collaborated on by a select group of favored musicians being called The BFG’s.

Perfectamundo – Billy Gibbons and The BFG’s
Track List
01. Got Love If You Want It
02. Treat Her Right
03. You’re What’s Happenin’, Baby
04. Sal y Pimiento
05. Pickin’ Up Chicks On Dowling Street
06. Hombre Sin Nombre
07. Quiero Mas Dinero
08. Baby Please Don’t Go
09. Piedras Negras
10. Perfectamundo
11. Q-Vo

New XMas Album From Brian Setzer Orchestra Scheduled For October (And MORE)

BSORockin RudolphWell, since there’s has always been a sense of July interest in Christmas, it then seems appropriate to announce that The Brian Setzer Orchestra has their first new Christmas album in ten years coming out in October. The new album is being called Rockin’ Rudolph. It will contain twelve newly recorded tracks of bonafide classic Christmas tunes (see track-list below).

Rockin’ Rudolph is being planned for not only a standard CD issue, but also a Deluxe Edition Box that will include the following PACKED goodies in addition to the CD (This Deluxe Edition Box can only be acquired via Pledge Music here.):

  • Brand New Rockin’ Rudolph album on CD
  • Commemorative Sheet Music / Guitar Chart to “Nutcracker Suite” (just as Brian reads on stage!)
  • Custom Brian Setzer Die-cut Christmas Tree Ornament (3″ tall, alloy metal)
  • Brian Setzer’s Own Murray’s Pomade (Hair Product)
  • Commemorative BSO “Martini Logo” Stainless Steel Guitar Pick
  • BSO Christmas Album Cover Drink Coasters
  • Six Polaroid-style BSO Concert Photos
  • “Live in Nashville” 10×10 print
  • Reusable 8GB USB Credit Card w/ Extras, including:
    Hi-definition .wav files of full 12-track ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH album
    2 New Bonus Instrumental Tracks Not Included on Album: “Deck The Halls” & “Little Drummer Boy”
    Album Cover Rough Sketches by Artist Derek Yaniger
    Brief Behind-the-scenes video footage of BSO’s Rockin’ Rudolph recording session (House of Blues studio in Nashville, TN.)
    “Jingle Bells” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
    “Nutcracker Suite” – Live Performance by BSO (previously released)
    Behind-the-scenes look at Brian writing entire big band arrangement from scratch (previously released)

The album promises the following songs:

01. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
02. Yabba-Dabba Yuletide
03. Most Wonderful Time of the Year
04. Rockabilly Rudolph
05. Here Comes Santa Claus
06. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
07. Swingin’ Joy
08. Carol of the Bells
09. Little Jack Frost
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
12. Yabba-Dabba Yuletide (extended)

The best part? Brian Setzer will take his Orchestra out on the road beginning in support of the new album for his 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour (dates announced in August).

Rockin’ Rudolph will be released via Surfdog Records on October 16.

New Keith Richards Solo Album, Crosseyed Heart, Planned For September

Keith Richards Crossyed HeartKeith Richards can have the age of 71 thrust upon him all everybody wants. Truth is, he still has that heart of the rock and roller that he’s been in possession of during his early years with The Stones. Same guy!

On September 18, Keith Richards will release his next solo album, Crosseyed Heart. This is his first solo set since Main Offender from 1992. He has released a track from the new album, which is called “Trouble”. And yes, it IS good (hear for yourself below).

The new album will feature fifteen new songs. Many of them were performed with Keith on most of the instruments.

New Ben Folds Solo Album, So There, Scheduled For September

Ben Folds So ThereBen Folds has been making music for his audience since 1995 when he was a part of the alternative band, Ben Folds Five. With that band, he has released four studio albums along with a compilation (Ben Folds Five – 1995, Whatever And Ever Amen – 1997, The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner – 1999, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind – 2012, and the comp, Naked Baby Photos – 1998). In addition to those, Ben Folds has provided three solo works without the band (Rockin’ The Suburbs – 2001, Songs For Silverman – 2005, Way To Normal – 2008). Scattered throughout his time, there have been a number of wonder collaborations.

On September 11, New West Records will release his next solo work, So There. This new album will bring a new flavor to his art by providing several compositions that utilize strings and chamber music.There are eight chamber music pop tracks, and a long 21-minute piano concerto recorded in three movements. The song, Concert For Piano and Orchestra, was recorded with the Nashville Symphony.

So There will be released on CD, vinyl 2LP, and DD. The 2LP set will provide a download card for digital tracks.


The Enemy To Release New Album, It’s Automatic, In October

The Enemy Its Automatic CDBack in 2007, a band called The Enemy (The Enemy UK for US audiences) released a number one album, We’ll Live And Die In These Towns. the album was an extraordinary one eclipsing many of the more seasoned bands with an album full of potential singles. In fact, that debut released seven singles. The album itself soared to the coveted Number One slot in the UK charts in its first week of release.

The band nervously followed it up with their second album, Music For The People. Released a few short years later in 2009, the album failed to recall the brilliance of its predecessor. It did yield three singles doing various business in the charts.

Streets In The Sky was released in 2012 and was not too well received by fans and critics. It would seem that the band had its day in the sun. The thinking would be that at least they had that brilliant and shining first album.

After lots of work, the band is re-emerging with a fourth album to be released on October 9. The new album is a make or break set that the band seems to be completely happy with. It is being called It’s Automatic.

The lads are going to great lengths to tell their audiences and fans that the new album will be different than any of their previous three. They have hope that It’s Automatic will be accepted on its own merit much like the debut had been. There is a first song available currently that will be offered free with pre-orders.  They had this to say bout the new album on their Facebook page: “It’s a fucking great record, and we’re delighted to say that we’re back with Warner Bros again via VAM Records. To people who are still living in 2007 it’ll be a shock but to us it’s a natural progression. The songs are some of the best we’ve ever written, the production is brilliant and you have to put the fear behind you.”

It’s Automatic will be released on CD, LP, DD, and hopefully a Deluxe Edition. The album is also being sold as signed CD and LP sets, and bundled editions with limited edition tees. The first song from the album, “Don’t Let Nothing Get In The Way”, can be heard on Spotify. For me, having been a long time fan of the three lads (Tom Clarke, Liam Watts, Andy Hopkins), I’m pleased with the new track. I suggest searching it out on Spotify if you have an account. Pre-orders of It’s Automatic will give you the track for free right away.

I hope you find this news as good as I have. I’m excited.

The Enemy Band


New Album From The Libertines, Anthems for Doomed Youth, Planned for September

The Libertines AnthemsThe Libertines started back in the late ’90s with Carl Barât and Pete Doherty as the mainstays. They released two brilliant albums, Up The Bracket (2002), and The Libertines (2004). Eventually, bad will and decaying friendships left the band in tatters, and they broke up with what looked like no hope for the future.

Pete Doherty went on to assemble the equally great Babyshambles band, while Carl Barât formed several bands with Dirty Pretty Things, and The Jackals, as well as a solo set (as did Pete Doherty). So…they’ve been busy.

As luck would have it, Doherty and Barât would put the bad blood behind them, and plan the eventual release of a new album. That album, Anthems For Doomed Youth, will be released on September 4. The new album and its standard edition will feature twelve tracks. The Deluxe Edition will provide four bonus tracks.

Anthems For Doomed Youth will be released on CD, Deluxe Edition CD, LP, DD, and a Super Deluxe Edition with all of the music, and formats included as well as a film, and signed art prints.

The album’s first single, “Gunga Din”, is currently available.

New Paper Kites Album, Twelvefour, Planned For ‘Late August’

The Australian band, The Paper Kites, have released a series of excellent EPs and a full length album filled with delightful tunes. The last recorded output was States, issued in 2013. Recently, they visited Seattle, WA to record their second full-length album.

The Paper Kites

Yesterday, on their Facebook page, they announced the sneak listen to a song from the new album, “Electric Indigo”, which I missed (DAMN!).  The song was debuted by Triple J’s Good Nights program, hosted by Linda Marigliano. Linda described “Electric Indigo” with “vocals that yearn, melodies that burn”. Thus far, the song is not available for streaming (not that we haven’t wasted an hour trying to locate a stream because we have).

It is also noted that the new Paper Kites album is being titled Twelvefour, and is expected August 28.  It is currently available for pre-order at iTunes, here! When a stream and/or specific release date becomes known, I will post everything. So…stayed tuned!

Electric Indigo

In the meantime, give similar bands like The Middle East (who are no longer together), and The Starry Field a shot.