1. And the Anonymous Nobody (CD) ~ De La Soul
2016 release, the ninth album from the hip hop trio. And The Anonymous Nobody is their first studio album in four years. Includes the single Pain featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also features Jill Scott, Usher, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and others. As the band states in their press release: Hey, everybody! We are De La Soul: Posdnous, Dave, and Maseo. Over the last three years, we've collaborated with some of L.A.'s finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. We have a fantastic cast of artist we've collaborated with. Damon Albarn (of Blur/Gorillaz), 2 Chainz, Little Dragon, and David Byrne (of Talking Heads) have blessed us with their talents.
2. Moonbathers (Deluxe 2xCD Digipak) ~ Delain
2016 means ten years of DELAIN– and therefore ten years of larger-than-life symphonic metal! EP Lunar Prelude was a tasty treat earlier this year, but haven`t we all been waiting for the main course? DELAIN’s fifth studio album Moonbathers satiates your hunger for the symphonic greatness, catchy hooks and solid dose of metal that the band is known for. A first glimpse at the depth of the album washes over the listener with ‘Hands of Gold’ – impelling riffs meet full orchestral grandeur with Alissa White-Gluz reappearing as a special guest. Moonbathers showcases the band from both their most extravagant and sensitive sides as they explore all things nocturnal through an especially varied set of tracks including a surprising cover of classic rock legends Queen. The visual counterpart comes courtesy of longtime collaborator and neo-Victorian romantic Glenn Arthur. With ten years, two EP's and now their fifth full length album under their belt, 2016 will undoubtedly prove to be the biggest year for DELAIN so far!
3. Evening With Todd Rundgren-Live at the Ridgefield (CD) ~ Todd Rundgren
Deluxe CD/DVD edition comes in a special six-panel digipak. An incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren! Includes some of Todd's best known songs including "Hello It's Me" and "Bang On The Drum" plus fan favorites that haven't been performed live in decades. Recorded live at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on December 15, 2015.
4. Stay Gold (CD) ~ Butch Walker
As a writer of dozens of songs with hooks that stick in your head, Rolling Stone has called Butch Walker, 'one of America's best singer-songwriters,' as he has penned choruses you want to sing (or shout) along to from acts including Frank Turner, Brian Fallon, Taylor Swift, and many more. He is a teller of authentic stories of exploits and predicaments and romance that are filled with optimism; builder of albums with no boundaries - rock, pop, Americana, singer-songwriter...or, as he says, 'I think it's all just rock & roll.' Walker's last album, 2015's Ryan Adams produced 'Afraid Of Ghosts,' was a cathartic record that dealt with a devastating personal experience, the passing of his father. This one's a celebration. 'Stay Gold' kicks off with the title song, a straight-ahead rocker, loaded with swagger and lyrics that call out native GA locales featuring a nod to the S.E. Hinton novel (and later, a Coppola film), 'The Outsiders.' The lead single 'East Coast Girl' and 'Mexican Coke' are inspired by Walker's move to Los Angeles, the former effectively combining an anthemic chorus with spoken verses, recorded conversationally on an iPhone. The writerly eye for detail is apparent in one of 'Stay Gold''s standout tracks, 'Wilder In The Heart', describing an airport meeting with a girlfriend. The album also includes 'Descending', a beautiful, decidedly tender duet with country singer Ashley Monroe about survival and staying on the course of love. Overall, 'Stay Gold' is clearly Walker's most articulate to date. When asked if the stories are real or imagined, he replies, 'All the songs are half true.'