Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Dark Necessities”
The Getaway (Warner)
After five years without any new music, the RHCP are ready with a Danger Mouse-produced record June 17. That’s right: for the first time since 1989’s Mother’s Milk, Rick Rubin did not have anything to do with producing this album. Would Rick have every encouraged the use of a piano? I wonder. If you’re a hardcore fan, there will be a special 180-gram vinyl edition (limited to 5,000 copies worldwide) coming soon. A world tour should begin in August.
Arkells, “Private School”
Morning Report (Universal)
RIYL: Please. You must know them by now.
Lots of cooks involved in producing this one, including guys behind records by The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Beck, M83, SIA, AWONATION, The Stills and Wintersleep. The band promises that this is their “weirdest, funniest and saddest record yet—and therefore, our most honest.” Release date is August 5.
Band of Horses, “Casual Party”
Why Are You OK (Columbia)
RIYL: Neil Young, Kings of Leon and oddly, you might hear some Pink Floyd influences in a few places on this album.
I was given a stream of this record a few weeks ago and I had it on repeat for an entire day. Is this the band’s major breakthrough? Given that they’re managed by the same people as the Foo Fighters, Beck and Queens of the Stone Age, don’t bet against it. Release date is June 10.
JPNSGRLS, “Bully for You”
Single (Light Organ Records)
RIYL: Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cloud Nothings
It’s pronounced “Japanese Girls”, in case you didn’t know—What’s with all the bands dropping vowels from their names?—the Vancouver garage pop band has reaped some nice reviews for this single from around the planet.
Young the Giant, “Something to Believe In”
Home of the Strange (Fuelled by Ramen)
RIYL: Cage the Elephant, Cold War Kids, X Ambassadors
Another track from third studio album (the first was “Amerika,” not to be confused with the Wintersleep song of the same name) which is set to be release August 12.