Look out for these albums and DVDs released this week.
Dumpstaphunk Dirty Word
The New Orleans funk band’s third album and first with former Beyoncé drummer Nikki Glaspie features a slew of guests, including Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “We just hope to spread the good word through funk,” says Glaspie. “If we can create an escape, give people a reason to get down and forget their problems, then we’re doing what we set out to do.”
Patrick Cornelius Infinite Blue
For the saxophonist’s second album on Whirlwind Recordings, he enlisted the help of veteran drummer Jeff Ballard. Of Ballard’s playing on the track “Waiting,” Cornelius says, “All I told him was ‘medium-slow swing,’ and he channeled a mellow Elvin Jones vibe, which was perfect.”
Alex Sipiagin From Reality and Back
Aerosmith Rock for the Rising Sun
In March 2011 Japan suffered a massive earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. To help heal the nation, Aerosmith brought their Back on the Road tour to the country. Footage from the tour is now available on Rock for the Rising Sun (Blu-ray and DVD), on which drummer Joey Kramer and band can be seen playing classics such as “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion.”
Renowned drumming enigma Danny Carey is keeping himself busy during Tool’s absence. The debut album from Volto! features Carey playing as intensely and creatively as ever but in a jazzier environment than Tool fans are used to hearing him in.
Virgil Donati In This Life
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
The folk darlings are back with their third album, featuring the single “Better Days.” Frontman Alex Ebert, who produced the album, calls it “The rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we’ve done.” Drummer Josh Collazo and percussionist Orpheo McCord appear on the record.
Joe Silva Blue
Truth and Salvage Co. Pick Me Up
The Australian band’s third record and first since 2009 is out now digitally; physical copies will be available August 6. Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Mastodon) produced the album, which features drummer Steve Judd.