Hey, that’s pretty funny – Dave Matthews Band and Black Sabbath together! Ahem. OK, we got some new stuff from various sources and without making any value judgements, thought we’d present to you (for a limited time only!). UPDATE: Sorry, time’s up – links removed.
The Dave Matthews Band has Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King coming out on June 2. The album is named after and dedicated to band member Leroi Moore, who died last August.
MP3: “Funny How It Is” by the Dave Matthews Band
Heaven and Hell is the perfectly legal name for the band formerly known as Black Sabbath, led by the perfectly venerable Ronnie James Dio. Their newest, The Devil You Know, comes out April 28 and the first single is titled, appropriately, “Bible Black.”
MP3: “Bible Black” by Heaven and Hell
No need to further introduce Bob Dylan – his 46th album is titled Together Through Life, and “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ ” is the first single. Check out that cool guitar solo from Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). This is an unusual Dylan album in that all of the songs here were co-written: Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter collaborated on the words for nine of the 10 songs while “My Wife’s Home Town” co-credits long-dead bluesman Willie Dixon. Y0u can read more about that here.
MP3: “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ ” by Bob Dylan
Death Cab For Cutie has a new EP, The Open Door, out now. It includes five tracks, with four previously unreleased songs and a demo version of “Talking Bird” from the 2008 studio album Narrow Stairs.
MP3: “My Mirror Speaks (EP version)” by Death Cab For Cutie
Fastball is an Austin-based unit that had a hit a long time ago with “The Way.” Miles Zuniga and Co. are back, with the new album Little White Lies, out now. The title track is a good sample of their catchy power pop.
MP3: “Little White Lies” by Fastball
Sonic Youth just joined Matador Records, and the new album The Eternal is coming June 9. “Sacred Trickster” is a Kim Gordon tune that’s the leadoff song and first single.
MP3: “Sacred Trickster” by Sonic Youth