New & Notables: New Releases For The First Half Of September

Yes, like a nasty rash you picked up from that Thai hooker when you were on leave oh so many years go, I’m back yet again. For those of you entirely new to Inside Pulse and the wacky crew of misanthropes, sociopaths and other mindless degenerates (of which yrs. truly stands alongside proudly), I was with that Other Website and have since hopped over to a reduced role here. I’ll be covering NEW RELEASES for the upcoming couple of weeks, telling YOU, the avid consumer, what you SHOULD be investing your hard earned monies into, and what you SHOULDN’T be. Hell, play it right, and I’ll have your Christmas shopping taken care of.

Also, it wouldn’t be fitting to have a Trevor Presiloski column done up without at least a BRIEF mentioning of hockey, so let’s get that out of the way really quick. Hate the Americans after their little meltdown/tantrum against the Russians Thursday night, loving the rest of the tourney thus far. I’m hoping for a Sweden/Canada final, although Finland has a really great chance at going to the finals as well. Hopefully this won’t be the last hockey we’ll be seeing for awhile.

As for the new releases? Well, September is looking to be a pretty damn good month for music. The first week of September would be…

September 7th

And has the following material coming out. Oh, please note that release dates are always subject to change, so if something is coming out and I’ve the wrong date for it, take it up with the band, not me! Ok? OK!

Black Keys – Robber Factory
Meredith Brooks – Shine
Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine
D.O.A. – Live Free Or Die
Fear Before The March Of Flames – Art Damage
God Among Insects – World Wide Death
Alan Jackson – What I Do
Liars Academy – Demons
Matchbook Romance & Motion City – Split EP
OST – Wicker Park
Silkk The Shocker – Based On A True Story
Matthew Sweet – Living Things
Trashcan Sinatras – Weightlifting

Black Keys are signed with Epitaph, and are a really good little guitar & drum number, and is worth checking out. Meredith Brooks is gonna be all over the place since a song off this stupid album is the theme for the Dr. Phil show. Anyone who has read me in the past should know what I think about musicians appearing on Oprah, or people related to Oprah, so expect this to be perfectly safe, and do huge numbers because, oh my god, it’s been on Oprah.

Death From Above 1979 are a Toronto act and would probably be my pick of the week if you were to buy only ONE CD. The disc is frantic, high paced material, also consisting of a drum and guitar duo. What is with all these groups cutting out the bass player? Anyway, check out Death From Above. Import the damn thing if you have to!

DOA, well, they’re Canadian punk legends and are releasing their tenth studio album, so that has to count for something. Incidentally, you might want to check out Joe ‘Shithead’ Keithley’s book, “I, Shithead, a life in punk.” Came out earlier in the year and is an entertaining read, if you like music autobiographies.

Fear Before The March Of Flames, Liars Academy, Matchbook Romance and Motion City all seem to be popular with the kids these days, and I believe the first two did some Warped Tour dates. Check it out if you’re into that whole emo/screamo/placebo/Al Pacino thing, I guess.

Alan Jackson makes great birthday material for your dad/mom/whatever and hey, he’s not THAT bad as far as country artists go. This has been hyped to hell and back, so if you’re looking for a ‘safe’ present for someone who likes country, you won’t go wrong with this.

The Wicker Park soundtrack should satisfy the scenester in you, and you should be expecting a review of that by Inside Pulse’s own Gloomchen pretty soon, as well as a review of God Among Insects. Haven’t heard a damn thing from the Trashcan Sinatras, but they did a Peel Session, so they ought to be moderately good.

Silk The Shocker is your rap release of the week, and Matthew Sweet rounds things out in the ‘Whao, he’s still doing shit?’ Dept. I’ve always liked Sweet’s material, so here’s hoping his new one is just as good.

Here’s what things are looking like for the week following…

September 14

Bowling For Soup – Hangover You Don’t Deserve
Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway
Datsuns – Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Dayglo Abortions – Holy Shiite
Flogging Molly – Within A Mile From Home
Fu Manchu – Tunnelvision
Har Mar Superstar – Hndler
Medeski, Martin & Wood – End Of The World Party
Megadeth – The System Has Failed
Nelly – Sweat and Suit
Dizzee Rascall – Inspiracion-Espiracion
Super Furry Animals – Phantom Force
Tegan & Sara – So Jealous
Thrills – Lets Bottle Bohemia
Tin Foil Phoenix – Living In The Shadow Of The Bat
Butch Walker – Letters

Well, Bowling For Soup should change the name of their album to ‘CD You Don’t Deserve’ HAHAHAHA! Get it?! Because they completely SUCK and, and I changed one of the words to like totally insult them! HAHAHA! Yeah, in case it isn’t obvious, I’m not too hot on Bowling For Soup, and find it hilarious they were nominated for a f*cking Grammy. Hell, they won one, too, didn’t they? If one ever needed proof that the Grammys were a complete crock of shit, one need look no further than Bowling For Soup.

Kelly Clarkson should be a pretty good listen, if you don’t mind that sort of kitschy, pop stuff. Plus, she was the original American Idol winner, so I’ll give HER a pass, while Ruben, Clay, Justin and whoever the hell else that is involved with that show can f*ck off and die. Plus, she’s pretty easy on the eyes, which makes dealing with her music all the more bearable. Or was I confusing Clarkson with Mr. Aiken again….? Hmm, well, they’re both DREEEEEMY, at any rate.

Expect reviews of The Thrills by Beth, Butch Walker by none other than Mr. Widro himself, and a review of The System Has Failed by Gloomchen.

The Datsuns were produced by John Paul Jones, who has declared them to be one of the greatest groups ever. I wasn’t too hot on their first disc, viewing them to be one of those groups record companies sign to capitalize on the success of other groups (re: The Strokes) but we’ll have to see what the bassist for Led Zeppelin has done for them.

Dayglo and Flogging Molly are your punk CDs of the week, while Fu Manchu will suit your ‘desert rocks’ needs quite nicely. Check out Tegan & Sara if you’re looking for some folksy Canadian music, as these sisters who hail from the same province as I do are really quite good.

Har Mar Superstar is getting a huge buzz thanks to NME, over in the UK, and his new album features a duet with none other than Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Tin Foil Phoenix is a recent signee to Chad Kroeger’s label, so I think we can all guess as to what that one will sound like. However, I’ve no idea what the Medeski, Martin & Wood disc will sound like, as these jazz pioneers are absolutely incredible, and I would have to name that disc as the ONE disc to pick up if you’re looking for something to listen to that week. I caught these guys a couple of years ago at the Calgary Jazz Festival and was blown away with what they were doing on stage. Seriously, you owe it to yourself to check them out if Linkin Park ISN’T your favorite band ever.

Finally, Nelly and Dizzee Rascal are going to be releasing some very different hip hop releases on the 14th, with Nelly going the route of Bruce Springsteen by releasing two albums on the same day. I’m going to assume both are going to suck ass, and would vote you check out Mr. Rascal’s disc in lieu of Mr. Band-Aid, if you’re fixing for some hip hop.

And that about does it for new releases for the first half of September. Check back in a couple of weeks where I’ll run down the latter half of September, and take a look at the BIG month in music new releases: ROCK-tober. I’m Trevor, and that was…wait, that won’t work anymore. Well, at any rate, I’ll see you all in the next little while, keep yourselves honest!