New Music Monday: Bob Mould, Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Dave Stewart, Mark Knopfler

You’ll want to jump start your short week with some new sounds from the likes of Bob Mould, Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, and Melissa Etheridge.

Also featured in this latest edition of New Music Monday are fresh reissues and concert recordings from the likes of Judas Priest and Tommy Bolin. The stack of new stuff also includes albums from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Drew Paralic and the Missing Cats — featuring JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic — along with, yes, many, many others.

NOW, ON TO THIS SPECIAL LABOR DAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 EDITION OF NEW MUSIC MONDAY …

Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz (Pop/Rock)
Arizona DranesHe Is My Story (Folk)

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY – RATTLE THEM BONES (JAZZ): Moving far afield of the Cab Calloway favorites that made up this group’s most recent release, Rattle celebrates influences as diverse as Mark Twain and George Gershwin, Randy Newman and Django Reinhardt. That’s appropriate, seeing as 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of this hard-swinging group of throwback hipsters led by vocalist Scotty Morris. The group does a tangy cover of Jon Hendricks’ “Gimme That Wine,” while Canadian singer-songwriter Meaghan Morris sits in on “It Only Took A Kiss.” Elsewhere, their note-perfect take on Newman’s “It’s Lonely at the Top,” originally written with Sinatra in mind, is a delight. Newly signed to Savoy Jazz, BBVD’s new album is produced by pianist Joshua Levy and Morris. — Nick DeRiso

BOB MOULD – SILVER AGE (POP/ROCK): This new Mould record works like a belated follow up to his old band Sugar’s Copper Blue, so unadorned is its sense of old-school propulsion, so straight forward is its will to rock, so universal are its themes. There’s even a weird symmetry to the titles: Copper Blue, with time, with experience, becomes Silver Age. When, on the title track here, Mould reminds us that he’s “never too old to contain my rage,” we can all be assured that he means it. But, perhaps more importantly, Mould has recaptured his similarly once-uncontainable sense of serrated punk-pop aggression, too. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Buster HootenNa Na Na (Pop/Rock)
Carmen McRaeCan’t Hide Love [Expanded Edition] (Jazz)
Cat PowerSun (Pop/Rock)

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CHICK COREA AND GARY BURTON – HOT HOUSE (JAZZ): Their creative arrangements, interplay, and somersaults around chord progressions remain a point of appeal, of course. Hot House carves out its niche in the selection of songs. “Time Remembered,” with its esoteric, winding harmony, is cut out for the cool, sophisticated approach of Burton and Corea. “Strange Meadow Lark,” which is incidentally my favorite Brubeck original, is treated with tender majesty in the hands of the duo. “Can’t We Be Friends” always conjures up memories of Ella Fitzgerald’s famous 1956 meeting with Louis Armstrong, since their album begins with this tune, but Corea and Burton opt for the stride approach to this song championed earlier by Art Tatum, and the two swing with the confidence of a big band. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

DAVE STEWART – RINGMASTER GENERAL (POP/ROCK): We loved the advance track “Girl in a Catsuit,” featuring the smoking-hot Australian-born guitarist Orianthi (Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood). Stewart retraces the lyric, verse by verse, with all of the insistence of a shotgun’s report — repeating them like mantras, but dirtier, hungrier, with a carnal desire for this woman that guys like Howlin’ Wolf would have appreciated — until Orianthi bursts into the song like a thunderclap of nervy frission. “Girl in a Catsuit” actually one of one of several duets featured on Ringmaster, with other guests including Alison Krauss, Diane Birch and Joss Stone. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

DREW PARALIC – WINTERTIME TUNES (JAZZ): In some ways, the album is a bit like those “Christmas in July” sales, where we’re allowed — for just a moment — to imagine our world tilted in another direction, with the concurrent joys of a down-coat collars and snowflaked eyelashes amid the crackling fireplace’s glow. It’s like the Beach Boys, you could say, in reverse. After this scorcher of a summer, do we need that, or what? As with last year’s Roll With It, Baby, Paralic composes and arranges the tracks here, and they are then realized by a group of hand-picked sidemen, each of them adding these crystalline touches to their leader’s crisp constructions. — Nick DeRiso

Four80EastOff Duty (Jazz)
Greg LewisOrgan Monk: Uwo In the Black (Jazz)
Ian HunterWhen I’m President (Pop/Rock)

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Imagine DragonsNight Visions (Pop/Rock)
Itzhak PerlmanEternal Echoes: Songs & Dances for the Soul (Classical)
Jens LekmanI Know What Love Isn’t (Pop/Rock)
Johnny MathisLove Is Everything Plus the Unreleased “Broadway” Album (Vocals)

JUDAS PRIEST – SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (POP/ROCK): Man, do I feel old. Granted, I got the record a few years after it came out, but 30 years. Wow. The album features six bonus tracks, but most interesting to me is the second disc, which is a DVD of the band’ show at the U.S. Festival in 1983. — Fred Phillips

MARK KNOPFLER – PRIVATEERING (POP/ROCK): Knopfler works with a loose theme here, that of living by your wits on the high seas, but the broader messages found on Privateering are sure to resonate with anyone who’s faced down life’s mighty struggles. It’s been three years since the former Dire Straits frontman issued Get Lucky, and he clearly has been busy: This album includes 20 new original songs — to go with eight additional cuts on an expanded super deluxe edition. I’m struck not just by the depth of music, though, but also by the breadth of sounds on this, Knopfler’s seventh solo album. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Matchbox TwentyNorth (Pop/Rock)

MELISSA ETHERIDGE – 4TH STREET FEELING (POP/ROCK): In this uncertain era, we need people to frame the issues as much as we need life-affirming voices to lift us from the doldrums. Enter Melissa Etheridge, with the lead single from this album — the loose-limbed and sharply optimistic “Falling Up.” She’s encouraging us to use today’s experiences, no matter how difficult, to construct a better tomorrow — and that starts with our attitudes. If the rest of this project matches that early triumph, there will be much to recommend about the 12-song 4th Street Feeling, which follows 2010’s Fearless Love. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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MISSING CATS – LARRY BROWN AMEN (POP/ROCK)): Widespread Panic’s JoJo Hermann and singer-songwriter Sherman Ewing, old college buddies, reunited musically back in 2006, with a subsequent tour in ’09. Those concert-trail experiences the duo shared together no doubt strengthened their friendship’s bond, if Larry Brown Amen is any indication. They’ve made a personal album, but in the very best sense of the word: The Missing Cats, so full of communal joy, yet so determined to dig down into the truth of things, connect with a natural authority — like listening to stories told around the kitchen table. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Nina SimoneUltimate Nina Simone (Jazz)
Ruby Velle and the SoulphonicsIt’s About Time (R&B)
Smash MouthMagic (Pop/Rock)
StarsNorth (Pop/Rock)
Tanita TikaramCan’t Go Back (Pop/Rock)
Tarja TurunenAct 1 (Vocals)
Ted Hefko and the ThousandairesIf I Walked on Water (Jazz)

TOMMY BOLIN – THE ULTIMATE TEASER (POP/ROCK): Bolin’s original 1975 album — an unpredictable gem that blends heavy rock, sizzling fusion, Latin rhythms, island sounds and greasy funk amid these stunning displays of raw emotion — is now paired with two additional CDs of outtakes and alternative takes, a stark reminder of the former James Gang and Deep Purple guitarist’s shooting-star career. Bolin would issue only one more solo album before tragically overdosing in 1976. The outtakes and alternate takes, while not essential, further illustrate the power, the almost sexual drive, that Bolin’s playing possessed. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Two Door Cinema ClubBeacon (Pop/Rock)
Uptown Vocal Jazz QuartetHustlin’ for a Gig (Vocals)
Various artistsThe Ramones Heard Them Here First (Pop/Rock)

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