New Releases, Aug. 10: Blake Shelton, Animal Collective, Budos Band
The Budos Band, "The Budos Band III" (Daptone Records)
Produced by Bosco Mann and TNT at Daptone Records' House of Soul Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the band's third full-length studio effort was conceived during weekly, beer-fueled Staten Island writing sessions -- as well as more than 150 live gigs over the last two years. The set was recorded during a 48 -hour period in January 2010. Longtime Budos de facto frontman and baritone saxophonist Jared Tankel said in a statement, "Heading into the studio for 'Budos III,' I really thought we were going to make the first psychedelic, doom-rock record ever recorded at Daptone, but somehow it ended up sounding like a Budos record."
Lost in the Trees, "All Alone in An Empty House" (Anti)
Ari Picker leads this ambitious folk-pop collective from Chapel Hill, NC, that brings together folky guitar and hushed string arrangements. It's homey and sad -- yet hopeful -- music, the sort that connects with fans of Nick Drake and Grizzly Bear. They released the album on their own two years ago, and L.A.'s Anti has polished it up for release. They're playing several L.A. shows -- Spaceland on Aug. 9, Amoeba Music on Aug. 10 and the Hotel Cafe on Aug. 12.
Animal Collective - "ODDSAC" (Plexifilm) (DVD)
Danny Perez's 55-minute film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and was praised as a new synthesis of music and film. Perez, a visual artist known for his concert projections, collaborated on two AC music videos ("Who Could Win A Rabbit" and "Summertime Clothes"), and the film is the result of four years of collaboration between Perez and the band. The DVD package includes the film in 5.1 surround sound audio and a 40-page art book in a slipcover case. Songs in the film will not be released in any other form.
Blake Shelton - "All About Tonight" (Reprise)
Blake Shelton offers yet another of his "Six Paks," selling six tunes on a CD along with two different merchandise packages that includes posters, bottle openers and a T-shirt. One of the new tunes, "Draggin' the River," features Miranda Lambert and, as usual, one has an intriguing title, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking."
Other releases of interest:
Eli "Paperboy" Reed - "Come and Get It" (Capitol)
Emily West - s/t (Capitol Records Nashville)
Mike Posner - "31 Minutes to Takeoff" (J Records)
Holary Kole - "You are There" (Justin Time)
Black Label Society - "Order of the Black" (E1)
John Debney - Score to "Predators" (La-La Land)