The month of June brings yet another slew of new releases for the Toronto music fan to sink their teeth into. Here is a preview of just a few titles people will be downloading, throwing into their bags on CD or carrying under their arms on LP as they walk out of some of the finer record stores our city has to offer. This month’s releases are so interesting, that we are going to start a day early.
Eddie Vedder: Ukulele Songs: Long known as the lead singer of Pearl Jam and cultural icon in the world of alternative rock, Ukulele Songs is just as it sounds a collection of covers and original songs performed by Vedder on a ukulele. Special guests include Glen Hansard of The Swell Season and Cat Power. A Live DVD, Water On The Road drops the same day.
Death Cab For Cutie: Codes & Keys: After a three year hiatus, Death Cab For Cutie returns with a new record that breaks away slightly from their guitar driven sound using more piano and electronic based sounds in harmony with it to create a fuller sound. Toronto fans have already gotten a sneak preview as their tour in support of the album kicked off on May 18 at the Phoenix and their fans will no doubt be snapping up their seventh album in droves.
Kate Bush: Director’s Cut: Back on the scene after a six year break, Kate Bush is back with something a little different. Rather than a collection of new songs, Kate has take a selection of tracks from her past 2 albums and either rerecorded some elements, added new ones or simply remade the whole song. It’s bound to be a fascinating example of an artist in a constant state of musical evolution.
My Morning Jacket: Circuital: With their sixth studio album, Circuital is yet another musical reinvention that keeps true to the spirit of their other works. Toronto fans will get to experience this first hand as they roll in to town on July 11thto play the Kool Haus.
Arctic Monkeys: Suck It and See: Returning with their fourth studio album, “Suck It And See” will no doubt be the hot release for that week, especially for those who attended their sold out show at Kool Haus this past Saturday night.
Ziggy Marley: Wild & Free: With his fourth solo album, brings us more of that classic Marley family sound. Special guest Woody Harrelson performs on the title track.
Bon Iver: Bon Iver: Singer-Songwriter Justin Vernon is back again with Bon Iver for their second self-titled release. In an attempt to change their sound, Vernon brought in several new musicians for a resulting record that according to Vernon is much more “horn heavy”. Fans will be to judge for themselves when Bon Iver comes to the Sound Academy in Toronto on Aug. 8.
Beyonce: 4: As if there was ever any doubt that she does run the world, the lady otherwise known as Sasha Fierce is back to tell us exactly that. With her new single “Run The World (Girls)” already tearing up radio, there’s no question that this will be a huge seller when it finally drops.
David Cook: This Loud Morning: As the seventh season winner of American Idol, David Cook seems to have survived the Idol jinx of actually getting to record his second major studio release (third overall). Collaborating with many different artists including Canada’s own Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk, Cook promises to bring more of his accessible rock stylings that made him so popular during his run on American Idol.
Simply a selection of what music lovers will have to choose from this month, all of these will be available on CD/Digital Download and some will even be available on LP as well. For a list of some of the finer stores in town used or new, click here. I’d recommend Vortex Records, they get both used and new CD/LP’s, you can check out their site right here.