Today's New Releases: Hanni El Khatib, Nguzunguzu, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Complete Anthology of American Folk Music
HANNI EL-KHATIB, "BUILD. DESTROY. REBUILD." 7" (INNOVATIVE LEISURE)
"Build. Destroy. Rebuild" is the second fuzzy single from Hanni El-Khatib's upcoming debut album Will The Guns Come Out, which I've been anxiously awaiting ever since I heard his first 7" months ago. "Build. Destroy. Rebuild." hints that Will The Guns Come Out is going to be absolutely incredible. Hanni El-Khatib is one of the most talented acts in L.A. right now, a one-man band, singing, songwriting, and producing all on his own and synthesizing 50s and 60s garage rock, soul, blues, and even a bit of folk. El-Khatib's attitude is his greatest attribute; anyone who strives to write songs for "anyone who's ever been shot or hit by a train" and brings with him the rawness of Phil Spector, Jack White, the Shangri-Las, and the Black Keys.
NGUZUNGUZU, NGUZUNGUZU (INNOVATIVE LEISURE)
NGUZUNGUZU is L.A. duo Daniel Pineda and Asma Maroof -- you might know them as M.I.A.'s tour DJs -- who, after releasing several mixtapes, remixes, and EPs are finally releasing their first full-length album. Their self-titled record is an amalgamation of so many different sounds that sourcing them more precisely than using no less than six genres is about as difficult as trying to pronounce 'Nguzunguzu.' Nguzunguzu reimagine dance music as a blend of the best of R&B, house, funk tropical, cumbia, kuduro, and dub. These are the real-deal mind-expanding international and intergalactic dance beats you've known must exist--but they were always just out of reach until now.
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, IF I LOVE YOU EP (A RECORDS)
If I Love You is a 180-gram vinyl only re-issue of the 1996 EP and the last in the '90s EP series released on Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe's own 'A' Records label. Side A features three songs from the Bravery Repetition & Noise sessions and Side B features four tracks from the band's early years, documenting the beginnings of the neo-psych sound that defined their work for the next two decades. This is obviously nothing new for hardcore BJM followers, but this EP has been hard to find for years and until now was incredibly expensive for a seven-song EP.
V/A, HARRY SMITH'S COMPLETE ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC (DOXY)
Harry Smith's legendary folk anthology is finally being released all together on vinyl as four double LPs, with the three original volumes released in 1952 (Ballads, Social Music, Songs) reinforced by the great and long-lost country/bluegrass EP -- unearthed after nearly fifty years. The lost LP features Monroe Brothers, Carter Family, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Lead Belly, Uncle Dave Macon and Sleepy John Estes and tons more -- songs from Smith's personal collection of 78s that he saved from being melted down and turned into shellac in WW II. Smith's meticulous fieldwork earned him a place in the folk pantheon as his anthology saved many of these tracks from falling off the map; his donation of his record collection to the Smithsonian in 1952 paved the way for the folk revival of the '60s and the various folk reincarnations in subsequent decades. This anthology is a crucial historical document of an entire musical movement, but may be just a bit overwhelming for the casual folk fan.