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August Music Guide: 10 Albums to Look Forward To This Month

Check out the 10 most anticipated album releases for the month!

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

 

The record temperatures and world gone mad aren't stopping this Summer music season from being the most kickass in recent memory! There's a barrage of new releases hitting this month, from bands we've been highly looking forward to – including Rob Zombie, Black Light Burns, Incubus, Brother Ali and more.

Check out the 10 most anticipated album releases for August 2012 below!

 

Antony & the Johnsons – Cut the World

Release Date: Aug 7

The new album from Antony and the Johnsons is a collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band's four albums, recorded in Copenhagen, DK with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. With featured arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony, the sound is a varied and complex retelling of some of A&TJ's more beloved material. Additionally, the title track "Cut The World" is featured here for the first time. Cut The World was recorded live on September 2nd and 3rd, 2011 at the DK Concert Hall in Copenhagen, DK and represents Antony's continued meditation on light, nature & femininity.

Check out the title track performed live at the Cascais Music Festival:

Order it up right here.

 

Rob Zombie – Mondo Sex Head

Release Date: Aug 7

A long time in the making, the official Rob Zombie remix album Mondo Sex Head, with two digital EP’s featuring remixes from the effort along with exclusive bonus tracks preceding the release. Korn‘s Jonathan “JDevil” Davis (in his DJ incarnation) and Crosses (†††) are among those contributing remixes for the album. KCRW music director Jason Bentley curated the entire affair, which means you're damn well getting your money's worth.

Pick it up on iTunes.

 

Black Light Burns – The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall

Release Date: Aug 14

Abrasive, seductive and fun as hell, Black Light Burns' upcoming new album The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall is a 15 track assault of artistic excellence, a thrashing live wire of rock and blistering energy that's a new high-water mark of creativity for its creators. To make matters even more exciting, CraveOnline is very proud to present the album's first single, "How To Look Naked" – Listen Here.

Due in stores stores 8/14 via Rocket Science/THC: MUSIC, the full proper follow-up to 2007's Cruel Melody finds Wes Borland – who most are familiar with as the guitarist/bodypainted alien freakrocker of Limp Bizkit – once again leading the charge into a churning cauldron of sound and nut-busting power that mixes everything from rock to punk to industrial and back again.

To hell with the labels – all you need to know is that when Borland steps up to the mic, an entirely new creative dynamic comes into play, and this aint just a side project for Bizkit fans to wrap their heads around. In fact, The Moment You Realize You’re Going To Fall is far more attuned to the universe inhabited by Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and the like than anything involving red fitted caps.

Preorder the album here – and yes, vinyl is the preferred route for this one. Some albums demand the physical immersion. 

 

Incubus – Incubus HQ Live

Release Date: Aug 14

If you're a diehard fan after two decades of the band's existence, this collection is specifically for you. After 20 years together, alt-rock giants Incubus turned a Los Angeles storefront space into a low-key, hi-tech residency that resulted in six nights of free performances and fan encounters now chronicled on Incubus HQ Live. The celebration takes place across three separate multi-disc packages released by Legacy Recordings.

The three configurations are:

Incubus HQ Live (16-track CD + DVD, available August 14th)

Incubus HQ Live Special Edition (28-track double-CD + DVD, available August 14th);

Incubus HQ Live Limited Edition Box Set 

Get the goods at the official Incubus site.

 

Insane Clown Posse – Mighty Death Pop

Release Date: Aug 14

Where's your clown paint? Insane Clown Posse's upcoming album, The Mighty Death Pop!, is being hailed as the band's "the last ode to the physical CD" — which is why the Detroit rap duo is issuing it in three separate versions, each with an elaborate bonus disc. And believe us when we say that this is some Twilight Zone-level shit: The album includes covers of songs by Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson, N.W.A., Tears For Fears, Yo Gabba Gabba and others with features by artists from ICP's Psychopathic Records roster.

"The way we look at it, this is the last of the CD. It's almost gone now, and the next time we put an album out it may be non-existent," the group's Violent J (aka Joe Bruce) told Billboard.com. "So if the CDs are going away, this is the last of the collectible, 'I gotta find all three!' thing that we'll do before our concentration switches to how to make digital CDs more awesome. So it's almost like a wave goodbye to the art of the fresh-popped cellophane and huffing that smell of a new CD."

What's that? Still not convinced? How about a 19 minute album trailer/infomercial then?

You know you're dying to pick this one up.

 

Kreayshawn – Something 'Bout Kreay

Release Date: Aug 14

No. Everything about this is a ten-thousand jigawatt neon sign in the night screaming "No!" The internet was collectively swindled by click-goblins and fatcat dirtpushers who insisted that Lana Del Rey was the next smash superstar great bridge between the hipster clique and the Walmarted mainstream. The thick, mucosal sheen of compromise and mediocrity still lingers to this day, and now we're talking about adding this to the batch? Here's all you need to know about that:

Yeah. That's nearly 1.2 million plays since its debut a week ago. We've got a lot more to worry about in our culture than some gun-toting psychopath dressed as the joker.

 

Slightly Stoopid – Top of the World

Release Date: Aug 14

Sure, the band's been out of the studio for four years (since 2008's Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid), but through relentless touring during that time they've honed their sound to an even tighter grip on the signature feel-good SoCal stoner sound. Now they're back with a passion, as Top of the World will drop on August 14th, on their own label, Stoopid Records.

"The main thing between albums was more based on our touring schedule," singer and multi-instrumentalist Miles Doughty tells Rolling Stone. "And also, we started families – me and Kyle [McDonald, the group's other singer/multi-instrumentalist] both have kids. And we started our own studio in San Diego, which took us a couple of years to really get up and going. What was nice about that was we were able to take our time and make the music that we wanted to make, and really dissect the songs. We put 21 tracks on the record, so we had plenty of music to pick from. I think it's going to be a nice treat for the fans."

Look for plenty of guest appearances on Top of the World, as one-third of the album features drop-ins by the likes of G. Love, Fishbone's Angelo Moore and Don Carlos, among others. "One of my favorites is Don Carlos," says Doughty. "I've been listening to Don Carlos my whole life. So it's really a treat to not only be sharing the stage with him, but also the recording process. He's just one of those guys that can almost be like your grandfather – he has so much to teach you. You hear him speak, everyone in the room just shuts their mouth and listens. He's got that energy, vibe and knowledge."

This one's bound to be good – especially if you've got sand between your toes and your eyes are bloodshot this very minute.

Pass the dutchie on the lef han side and pick up the album right here.

 

Bloc Party – Four

Release Date: Aug 21

After lineup drama and all kinds of questions of the band's longevity, Bloc Party's first full-length since 2008's acclaimed Intimacy is a labor of love – and one of promise. Produced by Alex Newport (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, Polysics), the album was recorded and mixed in New York City, beginning in the winter of 2011 following a year-long hiatus.

Of Four, frontman Kele Okereke says, "It is the best thing that we have ever done and finishing this record has taken us on quite a journey. In the past there has been so much written about what our records have meant, so much context and back story but I am adamant that this time these songs will stand on their own. This record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only the four of us could make and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made."

Head to the official Bloc Party site to pick this one up.

 

Brother Ali – Mourning in America & Dreaming in Color

Release Date: Aug 21

Over the span of seven remarkable albums and an archive of underground material, Brother Ali’s one-love sermonizing has relentlessly rejected posturing and self-aggrandizing lyricism, opting instead for a unifying theme that’s delivered as a survivalist mandate in a world of championed disconnect.

The Minneapolis rapper and Rhymesayers crew’s spiritual anchor returns with a new dose of next-level street philosophy now returns with Mourning In America and Dreaming in Color, a Jake One-produced collection that will boast features from Dr. Cornel West, Bun B, and Amir Sulaiman

In a press release, Brother Ali explained of the album, “This is not just a new album, but a new chapter. There’s a kind of democratic reawakening in people at this point in time. I was really looking to take these topics and really hit them hard. To try to open ears and hearts and invite people to take some action and feel empowered. To be engaged and take some agency and responsibility for what’s going on in the world.”

This one is special. Find it at the official Rhymesayers website. Dig deep.

 

Minus The Bear – Infinity Overhead

Release Date:Aug 28

Reuiniting with former member and longtime producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis, Cursive), Minus The Bear have returned with ten tracks of guitar-rich rock that expands on the band's existing sound. Check out a preview trailer for the record:

"We wanted to branch out on the last record and explore some more musical directions and work with someone we didn't know," says guitarist Dave Knudson about the band's 2010 LP, Omni, produced by Joe Chiccarelli. "That was very educational and eye opening but at the same time we weren't in our wheel house." Drummer Erin Tate adds: "I look at it like when we started this band we were building a house with the first three records, then with Omni we decided to go to a beach house. Now, with Infinity Overhead, we are back working on our house." Bassist Cory Murchy succinctly exclaims: "We didn't go anywhere, but we're back."

Find out more and pre-order the album at minusthebear.com.