Look out for these albums released this week….
MMW drummer Billy Martin and trumpeter Steven Bernstein hatched the idea for a freaky avant brass band twenty years ago, a concept that has finally come to fruition with Wicked Knee’s full-length debut, Heels Over Head. The recording, available from Amulet Records, http://www.amuletrecords.com brings Martin and Bernstein (Sexmob, the Millennial Territory Orchestra) together with two other renowned New York City improvisers, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes (John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Jazz Passengers, Bill Frisell) and tuba player Marcus Rojas (Spanish Fly, John Zorn, Michael Jackson). “I’ve always had this seed planted,” says Martin, whose musical friendship with Bernstein stretches back to their early days in the Lounge Lizards. “It always made sense to have a small, pocket brass group.” For more with Billy Martin, be sure to check out the March issue of Modern Drummer magazine, on newsstands and at the iTunes App Store soon.
Boston’s Dropkick Murphys have released their new album, Signed and Sealed In Blood. It’s their second with producer Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show) and was recorded at Boston’s Q Division studios and mixed by Joe Chiccarelli (the White Stripes). Longtime drummer Matt Kelly is on board.
The debut album by Thorcraft Cobra, comprised of multi-instrumentalist Billy Zimmer and drummer Tammy Glover, features guest performances from several of the duo’s collaborators, including Russell Mael of legendary cult prog/pop band Sparks, with whom Glover has been touring and recording for over ten years.
Joe Lovano’s Cross Culture is his twenty-third for Blue Note and the third consecutive release by his quintet, Us Five, featuring drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela. Check out the aptly titled “Drum Chant” at iTunes to hear how the two work together.
Los Angeles goth-glam-metal band Black Veil Brides have released their third full-length, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. Upon its release, the album hit the number-one spot on the iTunes Top Album Chart and the iTunes Rock Chart. It was produced by John Feldmann, who has worked with the Used, Neon Trees, Panic! at the Disco, and the Veronicas, among others. Recent recruit Christian “CC” Coma is on drums.
Rock Candy Funk Party features drummer Tal Bergman (Joe Zawinul, Billy Idol, Chaka Khan), guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Ron DeJesus (Emotions, Hugh Masekela), bassist Mike Merritt (Conan’s Basic Cable Band), and keyboardist Renato Neto (Prince, Sheila E). The album, which features eight originals and one cover that fuse funk, jazz, and rock, also comes with a DVD that includes a making-of featurette, two in-the-studio featurettes, and the official music video for “Octopus-e.” Check it out here. www.rockcandyfunkparty.com
Carl Palmer is on Emerson Lake & Palmer’s Live in California 1974, recorded during the California Jam at the Ontario Motor Speedway. For more on Carl Palmer, go to moderndrummer.com.
Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. is on Lifehouse’s latest, Almería. For more, visit lifehousemusic.com.
Former Wings drummer Steve Holley is on Jeff Slate’s Birds of Paradox. For more visit digitalretro.com.
Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, k.d. lang, the Wallflowers) is on the self-titled EP by southern rock band Big Hat. Check it out here.
Cody Hanson played drums on and co-produced Hinder’s latest, Welcome to the Freakshow. For more visit hindermusic.com.