I wanted to start a thread about new music released in 2012. The purpose of this thread is to give everyone ideas of new stuff to listen to. We are almost halfway through the year 2012. Please post pictures, ideas, comments, reviews, etc. about new music you are listening to. The rule for this thread is only post about recordings that were not released until at least January 1, 2012. Any genre or type of music is okay, but the records should be ones that were released after January 1, 2012. That way, everything in here should be new and fresh for people looking for new music.
I'll get us started with some new stuff I've been listening to.
Dr. John - Locked Down
The good Doctor returns with a heady mix of New Orleans gumbo that is sure to please old and new fans alike. This album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Some of it is politically charged, and it combines many different styles of music.
Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe
R & B and Soul legend Bobby Womack's new record is his first new album since 1994. Co-produced by Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) and Richard Russell, this album combines soul and R & B stylings with electronica and samples for a whole new sound.
Diamond Rugs - Diamond Rugs
This is the debut album by Diamond Rugs. It's a side project of Deer Tick's John McCauley along with members of Dead Confederate, The Black Lips, and Six Finger Satellite, along with Steve Berlin from Los Lobos. It's a straight-ahead rock record that is getting compared to bands like The Replacements.
The Bombay Royale - You Me Bullets Love
This is the debut album by The Bombay Royale. I've never heard anything quite like it. Apparently, it was made by some Australian musicians who are fascinated with old Bollywood movies. The album was made as if it's the soundtrack to a movie, however, the movie doesn't exist. What it sounds like is themes from a bunch of old James Bond movies, if those movies were made in India. Almost all of the vocals are in Hindi or Bengali, as far as I know. It has plenty of horns, synths, and electric guitars and an infectious groove. If you want to hear something truly different, check it out.
The Rolling Stones - L.A. Friday (Live 1975)
Okay, this live album is from 1975, but it wasn't released until 2012. It was around as bootlegs, but it was never released and it didn't become an official Rolling Stones release until 2012. This album finds the band with newly acquired guitarist Ron Wood. Also, Billy Preston is featured prominently in the performance, and takes center stage to perform two of his own songs. The Stones sound like they are having a rollicking good time with the new lineup. I would have to say that Mick Jagger takes a very casual approach to his vocals on this record. He sounds like he isn't too concerned with getting the lyrics right or actually singing his best, but he sure sounds like he is having a good time. It's great to hear this concert professionally produced and released, as it's like a trip back in time.
John Fullbright - From The Ground Up
This is the debut studio album from a young man from Oklahoma. His influences include people like Townes Van Zandt and Woody Guthrie. Some of his lyrical content takes a spiritual bent. He sounds skilled way beyond his years on this impressive studio debut that I would file under "Americana."
Well, okay. That should get us started. That will give you an idea of some of the brand new music I've been listening to since the start of 2012. Please contribute your own insight into some of the best new sounds (any genre) released after January 1, 2012, so everyone will have ideas about fresh new stuff to hear! The records above are some of what I've been listening to, but please join in with hip-hop, jazz, classical, metal, or anything else you like that's new!