This week on New Hot, we'll take a look at a legendary hip-hop crew out of Atlanta, plus a band whose debut became one of the biggest breakouts of the modern age. These are our three recommended releases for this week.
Franz Ferdinand — Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
A lot of people remember the exact time and place they heard Franz Ferdinand's self-titled album in 2004. It instantly became of the most successful indie debuts of all time, going on to sell over 3.6 million copies around the world. It spawned countless singles and set a high precedent for their following two records, both of which were critically acclaimed. After a four year break, Franz Ferdinand are going back to their early aughts roots with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, a release that has been in production since 2010. The band purposefully limited promotion for the album to ensure that pre-hype would not overwhelm the recording process. It's also our CD of the week — read Mary Lucia's review of the album here, tune in all this week for tracks from the new album and get a first taste via our First Listen feature.
Goodie Mob — Age Against The Machine
Goodie Mob were a sort of hip-hop revelation when they formed in the early '90s, helping to bring a great deal of attention to Atlanta's thriving music community. Made up of Cee Lo Green, Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gripp, the collective went noticeably silent after the turn of the decade to focus on individual projects. Their last album was released in 2004, but now the quartet is back in action with Age Against The Machine — that means the hiatus is officially over. It has been in the works since 2010 when Cee Lo made multiple public statements regarding the rappers being back in the studio. In that time, they recruited a slew of guest collaborators including T.I., Big Rube, Janelle Monae and Big Fraze.
Black Joe Lewis — Electric Slave
Black Joe Lewis is a great example of a musical success story. He got his start playing the guitar after working in a pawn shop in Austin and driving a fish delivery truck to make end's meet. All of those old instruments came in handy — the guy eventually transitioned into a major Texas personality known for channeling James Brown and Howlin' Wolf. 2009's SXSW was a big year for him and his Honeybears, and they gathered the important Esquire distinction of one of the top 10 bands to break out at the festival that year. Now he has dropped the name (while retaining much of the same backing band) for his first album as just Black Joe Lewis.
- Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform live in The Current studio Formed in Austin, Texas in 2007 the retro-blues soul band Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears began after lead-singer Joe Lewis picked up a guitar at a pawn shop. Heavily influenced by James Brown and Howlin' Wolf, Lewis played around town before getting the attention of locals Spoon and Okkervil River.