We're standing on the brink of summer and the outlook is groovy! There are only four weeks in June's release schedule, but there's a lot of rock 'n' roll goodness here to kick off the season. You'll find new albums by folks like the Black Keys, Chris Stamey, Bruce Springsteen, the Raconteurs (with Jack White), the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Santana, Peter Frampton, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, among many others. There are a few choice archival releases this month as well, including a long-lost live Neil Young album, a vinyl reissues of James Taylor's One Man Band and a 25th anniversary vinyl reissue of Americana legend Dave Alvin's classic King of California album (with bonus tracks).
Speaking of the archives, Krautrock and prog fans will like Universal's reissues of seven classic mid-to-late '70s albums by the legendary Tangerine Dream on CD with bonus tracks. Isaac Hayes' classic soundtrack to the movie Shaft gets a deluxe reissue, Prince is represented by a collection from his vaults, and Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule return with a red-hot live set. It's safe to say, no matter your taste in music, there's something in June to tickle your fancy!
If you’re interesting in buying an album, just hit the ‘Buy!’ link to get it from Amazon.com...it’s just that damn easy! Your purchase puts valuable ‘store credit’ in the Reverend’s pocket that he’ll use to buy more music to write about in a never-ending loop of rock ‘n’ roll ecstasy!
Perry Farrell - Kind Heaven BUY!
Peter Frampton Band - All Blues [w/Sonny Landreth] BUY!
Dylan LeBlanc - Renegade BUY!
Gary Nicholson - The Great Divide BUY!
Gary Nicholson (as 'Whitey Johnson') - More Days Like This BUY!
Pelican - Nighttime Stories BUY!
Santana - Africa Speak BUY!
Silversun Pickups - Widow's Weeds BUY!
Slowness - Berths BUY!
James Taylor - One Man Band [vinyl reissue] BUY!
Neil Young & Stray Gators - Tuscaloosa [1973 concert] BUY!
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Servants of the Sun BUY!
Roger Daltrey - The Who's Tommy Orchestral BUY!
Isaac Hayes - Shaft (Music From the Soundtrack) BUY!
Iron & Wine/Calexico - Years To Burn BUY!
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - Turn Off the News, Build A Garden BUY!
Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars BUY!
Tangerine Dream - Cyclone [CD reissue] BUY!
Tangerine Dream - Encore [CD reissue] BUY!
Tangerine Dream - Force Majure [CD reissue] BUY!
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra [CD reissue] BUY!
Tangerine Dream - Richochet [CD reissue] BUY!
Tangerine Dream - Rubycon [CD reissue] BUY!
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear [CD reissue] BUY!
Collective Soul - Blood BUY!
Def Leppard - Def Leppard - Volume Two [box set] BUY!
Hollywood Vampires - Rise BUY!
Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ectasty BUY!
Chuck Mead - Close To Home BUY!
Prince - Originals BUY!
The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger BUY!
The Allman Betts Band - Down To the River BUY!
Dave Alvin - King of California [vinyl reissue] BUY!
The Black Keys - Let's Rock BUY!
Generation Axe - The Guitars That Destroyed The World [Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde] BUY!
Gov't Mule - Bring On the Music [live] BUY!
Magma - Zëss
Chris Stamey - New Songs For the 20th Century BUY!
Album of the Month: The Black Keys' Let's Rock. It was another tough decision this month, with cool new music coming from talents like Chris Stamey, the Raconteurs, Bruce Springsteen, and Lukas Nelson, among many others. I'm going with the Black Keys this month, tho' as Let's Rock is the blues-rockin' duo's first new LP of studio material in five years and is said to be a return to the guitar-heavy sound of their early material. Recorded in the frontman Dan Auerbach's Nashville studio, it will be good to hear singer/guitarist Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney back in the groove again!