Fatboy Slim and David Byrne, Jakob Dylan, Slash and Sharon Jones lead April 6 new release slate
Dr. Dog, Robyn Hitchcock, Melissa Auf der Maur also on the docket
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April 6 one of those release dates that’s more interesting than star-studded. There are some fine albums coming out from very talented folks like David Byrne, Slash, and Jakob Dylan, but few are likely to make a mark in the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 next week.
Melissa Auf der Maur, “Out of Our Minds” (Phi Group): Former member of Hole beats her old boss, Courtney Love, to the punch by releasing her album first. This is Auf der Maur’s second solo album, and first in six years. She told Billboard that the album, as well as the accompanying film and comic book, were “part of a multidisciplinary Viking-themed project.” I have no comeback for that.
Cary Brothers, “Under Control” (INgrooves): Singer/songwriter best known for his inclusion in soundtrack for “The Garden State” returns with second set. You can also find the Hotel Café poster boy on Tiesto’s new record, “Kaleidescope.”
Solomon Burke, “Nothing’s Impossible” (EI Entertainment): If you don’t know who Solomon Burke is, you need to. He has more soul than anyone you’ll ever know. He first recorded for Atlantic Records in the ‘50s and he’s still going strong. Simply a legend.
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, “Here Lies Love” (Todomondo/Nonesuch): In what has to be one of the strangest themed projects coming down the pike (other than Auf der Maur’s Hagar the Horrible project), Byrne and Fatboy Slim have joined together for this two-disc set that plumbs the depths of Imelda Marcos’ rise and fall. The set includes an astonishing array of guest vocalists on the 22 tracks, among them Tori Amos, Santigold, Natalie Merchant, Florence Welsh (Florence + the Machines), Martha Wainwright, Nellie McKay, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Sia and Roisin Murphy.
Dr. Dog, “Shame, Shame” (Anti-/Epitaph): Philadelphia-based group often gets compared to Flaming Lips crossed with Wilco. Check them out for yourself on their debut for Anti or during their eight-week headlining tour that starts April 14.
Jakob Dylan, “Women & Country” (Columbia): Wallflowers’ leader Dylan reunites with producer T Bone Burnett for his second solo album. He’s also joined by Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, who sing back-up on eight tracks. The largely acoustic album builds on the themes Dylan first broached on his solo debut, “Seeing Things.”
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus Three,” Propellor Time” (Sartorial): Revered British singer/songwriter recruits fellow Brits Nick Lowe, Johnny Marr and John Paul Jones for his latest.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “ I Learned the Hard Way” (Daptone): Will this be the album that propels Sharon Jones, a former prison guard, into superstardom? Her last set certainly got her half way there. Her incredible voice and soulful, funky songs are an irresistible combination.
Slash, “Slash” (Dik Hard/EMI Label Services). Do you really need to know anything else about this set other than the name of Slash’s label? Well, sure you do because Slash and his 10-year-old sense of humor are joined by such luminaries as Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Kid Rock and, improbably enough, Fergie on this solo set.
Various Artists, “Songs of the Spectrum” (SingSOS): Artists such as Jackson Browne, Jonatha Brooke, Teddy Geiger and Dar Williams lend their talents to this album of songs co-written by New York Times editor John O’Neil, whose son has autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Proceeds from the album benefit a number of autism organizations.
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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