Well, March was a great month for music. Here are some of the best albums released this month:
The Men— Open Your Heart
Brooklyn’s inventive punk band made a great album nine months ago and then returned with an incredible follow-up that lacks the kind of bland repetitiveness found in the work of similarly-prolific artists. Open Your Heart was recorded around the same time as last year’s Leave Home but it sounds fairly different, demonstrating the band’s diverse styles and influences (even the songs within Open Your Heart vary in sound). Best album of March 2012.
Kick off March with some new LPs.
Andrew Bird— Break It Yourself
New album from the violin-looping mastermind, released through Mom+Pop Records and currently streaming at NPR.
Bowerbirds— The Clearing
Latest release from the folk group.
Reunion album for the Bay Area hardcore band.
Every Time I Die— Ex Lives
Sixth album by the metalcore group.
Good Old War— Come Back As Rain
The third full length album from the Philly indie folks, released through Sargent Records.
Matador Records posted a lengthy announcement on their blog today detailing information about the forthcoming album from Northern California hardcore punks Ceremony. Entitled Zoo, the album is Ceremony’s first with Matador Records and the band’s fourth studio album overall. It is set to be released on March 6th, 2012. Ceremony has a history of being one of the hardcore scene’s most unusual and progressive bands— occasionally pushing the genre outside of its loud, short, and fast comfort zone.