Weezer’s ‘OK Human’ is at the forefront of this week’s new music releases


Cleveland, Ohio – Weezer A busy year begins, while the productive Ani Di Franco and the newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Martin Gore from Depeche Mode also offer new sounds this week …

Album of the week

Weezer turns the guitars down to “OK Human” (Crush Music / Atlantic), with piano and strings prominently featured in the classic melodic pop arrangements that populate his 14th studio album. (“Here Comes the Rain” is a particular favorite.) Another album, “Van Weezer”, will be out this spring.

Album title of the week

Luper Dupree, “Rain Hat Day” (self-publication)

Did you know?

Fraternity was the late Bon Scott’s band before joining AC / DC for a legendary run. The band summarized their brief tenure in “Seasons of Change – The Complete Recordings, 1970-1974” (Cherry Red).

New & remarkable

Selwyn Birchwood, “Living in a Burning House” (Alligator)

Celeste, “Not Your Muse” (Polydor)

Ani Di Franco, “Revolutionary Love” (Just Baby)

Martin Gore, “The Third Chimpanzee” (silent)

Langhorne Slim, “Strawberry Mansion” (Dualtone)

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, “Macca to Mecca” (Wicked Cool / UMe)

Lucero, “When You Found Me” (Liberty and Lament / Thirty Tigers)

Steven Wilson, “The Future Bites” (Arts and Crafts)

Get out too

Accept “Too Mean To Die”

Breaking in a Sequence, “Acronym” (self published)

Alabama Slim, “The Salon” (Cornelius)

Alostmen, “Kologo” (strut)

Chris Baio, “Dead Hand Control” (glass note)

The Besnard Lakes, “The Besnard Lakes are the last of the major thunderstorm warnings” (FatCat)

Black pistol fire, “Look Alive” (Black Hill / Round Hill)

Bright Siders, “A Mind of Your Own” (Smithsonian Folkways)

Clap your hands, say yes, “New Fragility” (CYHSY / Heimlich)

The Dead South, “Served Live” (Six Shooter)

The dirty streets, “Rough & Tumble” (Alive Naturalsound)

Will Downing, “The Song Garden” (self-published)

Harakiri for heaven, “Maere” (AOP)

Lava La Rue, “Butter-Fly” (marathon artist)

Luper Dupree, “Rain Hat Day” (self-publication)

Mariza, “Mariza sings Amalia” (Nonesuch)

Sea, “playing house” (Karisma)

Mercy, “Forever” (Human Music / Distrokid)

Robert Miller, “Summer of Love (2020)” (Cakewalk)

No, “Djork” (magnetic eye)

Tamar Pahek, “All bets are off” (Kill Rockstars)

Arlo Parks, “Collapsed in Sunbeams” (Transgressive)

Lawrence Rothman, “Good Morning America” ​​and “Not A Son” (KRO)

Les Sabler, “Tranquility” (New Vista)

Mando Saenz, “All My Shame” (Carnival / Empire)

Saugeye, “Saugeye” (Horton)

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, “Bernstein Reimagined” (MCG Jazz)

VanJess, “Homegrown” (Keep Cool / RCA)

Different artists: “That’s what I call music NOW! 77 ”(NOW music)

Ghalia Volt, “One Woman Band” (reputation)

Werewolves, “What a time to be alive” (prosthesis)

WET, “retransmission” (limits)

Lily Winwwood, “Time Well Spent” (self-published)

From the vaults

Alice in Chains, “Facelift: 30th Anniversary Edition” (Warner)

Beachwood Sparks, “Beachwood Sparks Deluxe (20th Anniversary Edition)” (curation)

David Bowie, “David Bowie” (UMe / Decca / Deram)

Byzantium, “Halfway Dreaming: Anthology 1969-75” (grapefruit / cherry red)

Unusual, “The complete recordings” (lemon / cherry red)

Tommy James and the Shondells, “Celebration: The Complete Roulette Recordings 1966-1973” (Grapefruit / Cherry Red)

Gary Lucas, “The Essential Gary Lucas” (knitting factory)

The Mamas & Papas, “If you can believe your eyes and ears” (Geffen / UMe)

Bob Marley, “Songs of Freedom: The Island Years” (Tuff Gong / Island / UMe)

John Mayall, “The First Generation 1965-1974” (Snapper)

St. Germain, “Tourist (20th Anniversary Travel Versions)” (Rhino / Parlophone)

Various artists, “Birth of Soul: Los Angeles Special” (Kent / Ace)

Various artists, “For the Good Times: The Songs of Kris Kristofferson” (Ace)

Various artists, “Golden Age: 25 Years of Signature Sounds” (Signature Sounds)

Various artists, “Lost Innocence: Garpax 1960s Punk & Psych” (Big Beat / Ace)

Various artists, “Our New Orleans (Expanded)” (Nonesuch)

New music videos

Queen + Adam Lambert, “Live Around the World” (Hollywood)