Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Old Money

Read my review of Omar’s new solo album for Stones Throw here. Sure, it sounds kinda like Mars Volta, sure he jams hard and long. But for all that, it’s not half bad.

Bon Iver – Blood Bank (Jagjaguwar)

Bon Iver’s new EP, Blood Bank (Jagjaguwar), has won me over. From the amazing title track to the Vocoder-soaked “Woods,” this is good music. Read my review here.

John Forte Out of Prison and Making Music

Seven years is a long, long, long time. Especially in prison. Ex-Fugees cohort, John Forté, was recently released after serving a seven-year bid for possession and attempted cocaine distribution. Guess who commuted his sentence last November? That’s right, W.

He hasn’t wasted any time, getting back into the game with a new column at The Daily Beast and recording new music with Talib Kweli and Kanye West. Check it out here:

“Homecoming” John Forte + Talib Kweli from The ICU on Vimeo

New Albums – 1/27

I’ll be posting weekly updates on album release dates from now on. So, for tomorrow, here’s what’s up:

Franz FerdinandTonight: Franz FerdinandDomino/Epic
The boys are back. Check it out, they filmed some of this at Spaceland.

Magnetic MorningA.M.Friend or Faux
Swervedriver meets Interpol.

Goblin Cock – Come With Me if You Want to LiveRobcore
Rob Crow’s metal.

Eliot LippPeace Love Weed 3DOld Tacoma

Omar Rodriguez-LopezOld MonkeyStones Throw
Mars Volta dude’s solo album.

Loney DearDear JohnPolyvinyl
Swedish dude.

Franz Ferdinand’s Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Streaming Online

Curious about the new Franz Ferdinand album? It’s not out until Jan. 27th, but right now you can stream it for free on their MySpace page.

Tone Loc – Loc-ed After Dark (20th Anniversary Edition)

Holy shit, it’s been 20 years since Tone Loc and “Wild Thing”! If that doesn’t make you feel old, you’re young. In celebration, Delicious Vinyl is releasing a special edition of this classic album on Jan. 27th. And yeah, it’s classic. Six bonus tracks are included: “On Fire (OG 12″ version)”, “Cheeba Cheeba (OG 12″ version)”, “I Got It Goin’ On (Remix)”, “The Homies (On Tilt Mix)”, “Wild Beat,” and “Funky Beats.”

If that ain’t enough, Delicious Vinyl will be releasing a slew of 20th Anniversary albums this year, including Masta Ace, Brand New Heavies, and Young MC. Keep your eyes open.

Tone Loc – “Wild Thing (Moguai Remix)”

Jason Lytle – Yours Truly, The Commuter (Anti-)

Remember Grandaddy? Sure, you do. Well, main daddy Jason Lytle has been holed up in Montana for the past few years, but don’t think he’s left music behind. In addition to appearing on the new M. Ward album, he’ll release a record of his own this May on Anti- called Yours Truly, The Commander. The tracklist:

1) Yours Truly, The Commuter
2) Brand New Sun
3) Ghost Of My Old Dog
4) I Am Lost (And The Moment Cannot Last)
5) Birds Encouraged Him
6) It’s The Weekend
7) Fürget It
8) This Song Is The Mute Button
9) Rollin’ Home Alone
10) You’re Too Gone
11) Flying Thru Canyons
12) Here For Good