New Music Monday: John Frusciante, Susanna Hoffs, Soul Asylum, Billy Joe Shaver

Get ready to tear into new releases from John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame, Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers fame, Susanna Hoffs of Bangles fame, and Soul Asylum — of one-hit wonder fame. There are also intriguing reissues and live sets arriving from the likes of Bachman Turner (don’t you just want to say “Overdrive” next, every time? Us, too), Billy Joe Shaver and Ozzy Osbourne. Other new arrivals include Grant Geissman, Hellyeah, Monday Michiru and Sodom, among many, many others.

SO, LET’S FIRE UP ANOTHER EDITION OF NEW MUSIC MONDAY, FOR JULY 16, 2012 …

Angus StoneBroken Brights (Folk)
Art Hodes and Albert NicholasThe New Orleans-Chicago Connection (Jazz)

BACHMAN AND TURNER – LIVE AT ROSELAND DVD/BLU-RAY (POP/ROCK): A DVD/Blu-ray addendum to the earlier two-CD Eagle Rock collection finds Bachman and Turner reclaiming these songs as their own after years of courtroom battles over the BTO brand, even while expertly blending in their more recent duo material. In fact, Bachman’s “That’s What It Is” and Turner’s “Rollin’ Along” fit perfectly alongside familiar radio favorites like Turner’s “Let It Ride” and Bachman’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

BaronessYellow & Green (Pop/Rock)
Be Good TanyasCollection (Country)

BILLY JOE SHAVER – LIVE AT BILLY BOB’S TEXAS (COUNTRY): This two-disc live set offers a nice overview of a legendary voice in Texas country. — Fred Phillips

Citizen CopeOne Lovely Day (Pop/Rock)
Dafnis Prieto Proverb TrioDafnis Prieto Proverb Trio (Jazz)
Debbie DaviesAfter The Fall (Blues)
Frank OceanChannel Orange (R&B)

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GRANT GEISSMAN – BOP! BANG! BOOM! (JAZZ): Loved the sinuous, nocturnal vibe of “Good Morning, Mr. Phelps” — named after the opening line that begins every episode of the 1960s TV series Mission Impossible. The combination of Russell Ferrante’s warm, discreet Fender Rhodes with Brian Scanlon’s soprano sax throws off a late-1970s Grover Washington, Jr. drift, but with an organic arrangement — such as an acoustic bass from Kevin Axt — and made cooler by Geissman’s soft-toned Montgomery articulations. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Hans ZimmerThe Dark Knight Rises (Pop/Rock)

HELLYEAH – BAND OF BROTHERS (POP/ROCK): Being the Pantera fan I am, I’ve really, really wanted to like Vinnie Paul’s other band over the years, but with nu-metal licks and lyrics like “Let’s get fucked up, till we fall down, so everybody get drink, drank, drunk right now,” they make it tough. I think I’ll pass on this one, too. — Fred Phillips

Jimmy CliffRebirth (Pop/Rock)

JOHN FRUSCIANTE – LETUR-LEFR (POP/ROCK): a millennial amalgam of aerated, early 1980s-inspired electronics, soaring R&B vocals and gritty hip hop realism. You were expecting, like, guitar? Not so much on the former Red Hot Chili Peppers axeman’s Letur-Lefr, a progressive synth-pop surprise which arrives July 17, 2012, through Record Collection Music in advance of the subsequent album on September 25. Instead, Frusciante delves deeper into sounds he’s claimed as influences for years like Depeche Mode, New Order and the Human League, but with new wrinkles courtesy of soulful wailer Nicole Turley (aka Frusciante’s wife) and RZA — the Grammy-winning producer/MC from Wu-Tang Clan. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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BRAD HAMMONDS GROUP – GREENE STREET (PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS): Instrumental string music that’s not too unfamiliar but definitely not rote; Hammonds is onto something good, here. (More here.)

JIMBO MATHUS – BLUE LIGHT (POP/ROCK): Perhaps best known as the leader of the now-defunct band Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jimbo Mathus is back with a raw, ambitious six-song EP that moves from stomping Southern rock (“Blue Light”) to dirt-road garage rock (“Haunted John”) to Stones-y white blues (“Fucked Up World”), then back again to a gospel-soaked country ballad (“Burn the Honky Tonk”). Blue Light continues Mathus’ recent breakthroughs in Southern musical alchemy, a run of thrilling retro-roots triumphs that also includes 2011′s Confederate Buddha. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Marcy PlaygroundLunch Recess & Detention (Pop/Rock)
Michael KiwanukaHome Again (R&B)
Missy HigginsThe Ol’ Razzle Dazzle (Pop/Rock)

MONDAY MICHIRU – SOULCEPTION (VOCALS): In some ways, Monday Michiru is the Norah Jones of Japan: one of the few jazz-oriented female vocalists who are currently a true star, born to a famous musical father from another land. Michiru is the daughter of famed jazz saxophonist Charlie Mariano, and a Japanese mother who is a jazz legend herself, pianist and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi. Michiru has been able to parlay her pedigree into a significant career of her own, staking a place within jazz as singer and composer crafting danceable but artistically significant Brazilian flavored acid-jazz and soul with an underground flair. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Old Crow Medicine ShowCarry Me Back (Pop/Rock)

OZZY OSBOURNE – SPEAK OF THE DEVIL DVD/ (POP/ROCK): Looking forward to having the visual to go along with the audio that I’ve enjoyed for years. — Fred Phillips

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Paula WestLive At Jazz Standard (Vocals)
Quicksilver Messenger ServiceHappy Trails Live 1969 (Pop/Rock)
Smashing PumpkinsPisces Iscariot (Pop/Rock)

SODOM – 30 YEARS SODOMIZED 1982-2012 (POP/ROCK): If you’re a fan of German thrashers Sodom, this should be a treat. It features the official bootleg The Witchhunter Decade on two-LP colored vinyl and CD, a two-CD best-of compilation by bassist/vocalist Tom Angelripper, poster, postcard, sticker and 32-page book with rare photos covering the history of the band. — Fred Phillips

SOUL ASYLUM – DELAYED REACTION (POP/ROCK): With Delayed Reaction, you hear bits of their ragged indie sound, but also a few moments of spit-shine polish that will surely connect with fans of the major-label 1990s breakout hit “Runaway Train.” That layered complexity is probably to be expected, though, since Soul Asylum pieced this appropriately named album together in sessions spread out over six years. More pleasantly surprising is how cohesive, and energized the recalibrated group sounds. A long time coming, but well worth the wait. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

SUSANNA HOFFS – SOMEDAY (POP/ROCK): Hoffs has already released an utterly charming acoustic five-song set in advance of this forthcoming solo project, and if that EP’s any indication Someday — the longtime Bangles frontwoman’s first since 1996 — is going to be terrific. The full album was produced by Mitchell Froom, known for his work with Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney and Crowded House. (He also played the memorable keyboard riff on the Bangles’ hit “Manic Monday,” from 1986.) In all, Hoffs recorded 10 new songs for Someday, writing eight of them with Nashville musician Andrew Brassell. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Travis Matte and KingpinsLet’s Party (Blues)
Various artistsBlack On Blues: A Tribute to the Black Keys [Iggy Pop, Ginger Baker, Walter Trout, Mike Zito, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit, Leslie West, Papa Mali, Dave Davies, Albert Lee, Pat Travers] (Pop/Rock)
Various artistsEven More Songs Of Route 66: From Here To There [The Band Of Heathens, Dale Watson, Slaid Cleaves, Elizabeth McQueen, Carolyn Wonderland, Seth Walker] (Folk)

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