May 082012

Damon Albarn, Dr Dee – The phenomenally talented Blur and Gorillaz frontman has already given the world a massive wealth of great music, but Albarn keeps exploring and experimenting. This album is an opera based around the story of 16th-century alchemist John Dee. Sounds about right.

Here We Go Magic, A Different Ship – This Brooklyn indie quintet pulled quite a coup in their producer selection for their third album – Nigel Godrich, famed producer of Radiohead. The result is Here We Go Magic’s most consciously crafted studio experience; it’s a far cry from their jumbled live shows.

OFF!, OFF! - Keith Morris’ punk supergroup gears up the enthusiasm and youthful abandon on their second, somewhat-unexpected release. Apparently Morris spends a good chunk at the album calling out his former bandmates in Black Flag and Circle Jerks.

Silversun Pickups, Neck of the Woods – The fuzzy-retro, guitar-painted L.A. quartet returns with one of its grittiest, darkest releases. Seeing as the band has consistently been criticized as Smashing Pumpkins/My Bloody Valentine sound-alikes, that’s a good thing.