A good week into October, we take a look at 7 solid albums releasing this month. With 2011 coming to an end and the holidays around the corner, these 7 releases may have to take us into the new year. Lets take a look at what October has in store for us…
October is usually the last month for big releases before the New Year. Most of the music scene seems to slow down after Thanksgiving and into the holidays with groups usually releasing EPs or Singles with short regional tours. With a lot of uncertainty for November & December releases, October has some new albums by some great bands who have been long overdue for a new release. Lets see if these will be enough to take us into the New Year if November & December don’t show us any new releases.
Whenever there is new music, there is generally tours to support them, so be sure to check our Show Locator to see where each band will be playing next. If there’s a group you don’t see inside our Show Locator, let us know and we’ll update it. In the meantime, save your paycheck and take a peak at what August holds for us with new album releases…
October 2011 Album Releases
Tatanka – Jon Dunbar
Release Date: October, 2011
Tatanka will be releasing a 12 track album that will include a song called “The Shark” that will feature Ted from Passafire. The album is going to be 80 minutes of what the group describes as “Electro dub sound scapes that are sure to make you groove”. Based out of Denver, CO Tatanka actually had to cut a couple of tracks to fit the 80 minute disc. It’s being produced by Dave Jackson, Joel Scanlon & Tatanka. This will be an independent release and the album will be titled Jonh Dunbar. If the name sounds familiar, then that’s because you’ve seen the movie Dances With Wolves with Kevin Costner. The cover art was designed by Nick Hughes. The album will be released digital, except for those fortunate to catch them at a live show. Expect it out in October some.
You can read The Pier’s Exclusive Interview with Tatanka discussing John Dunbar by clicking HERE
Fishbone – Crazy Glue EP
Release Date: Oct 11th, 2011
Fishbone, with their frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show, will be releasing their highly anticipated new seven song EP, Crazy Glue via DC-Jam Records on October 11, 2011. This is Fishbone’s first release in 5 years and the group has even discussed creating a Part 2 & Part 3 follow up to Crazy Glue. With a blistering combination of punk and funk Fishbone demolishes the walls of genre and challenges the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Brice Poircuitte is responsible for the cover art as he was the lucky winner of the Covert Art contest!
Fishbone will also be celebrating the release of the monumental DVD documentary “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone,” narrated by Laurence Fishburne. The documentary features celebrity testimonials from an A-list cast of rock icons such as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) & Gwen Stefani (No Doubt). The film also includes similar admiration from the likes of Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addition), Questlove (The Roots), Tim Robbins (Grammy Winning Actor), Ice T and many more. DVD and broadcast release is expected in early 2012.
I Wayne – Life Teachings
Release Date: Oct 11th, 2011
Born Cliffroy Taylor, the Kingston native captivated fans in 2005 with his debut release of Lava Ground. Now, on Oct 11 2011, I Wayne has a new 14 track album titled Life Teachings that he’ll be releasing on VP Records. On Life Teachings, I Wayne rejects materialism, predicts the imminent downfall of Babylon, rails against the violence and successfully ventures into the dancehall terrain. The intricately-crafted album features organic rhythms rife with rugged basslines and one-drop drumbeats, produced mostly by Patrick Z. Henry, who is responsible for 11 of the album’s songs and I-Wayne’s breakthrough hit “Can’t Satisfy Her.” The album features Assassin (a.k.a. Agent Sasco) & Jamaican songstress Etana.
Katastro – Gentle Predator
Release Date: October 11th, 2011
Katastro is a melting pot of hip-hop, blues, jazz, rock, and just the right spice of reggae. Katastro has developed a unique sound unlike any other in the reggae-rock community. They’ll be releasing their new 7 track album titled Gentle Predator on Oct 11th. Katastro went to work locally in Phoenix at Novel Motion Recording Studio and took their talents to the Golden State to record at The Den Recorders in Pasadena, CA. The album was produced by Joe Fikany (B Foundation) and mixed by Eddie Ponce with Eddie contributing some keyboard play to album. The creative and detailed artwork on the cover, consisting of a peacock with its feathers firmly pointed to the sky—ready for battle, was designed by Michael Tierney who has done all of our Katastro’s artowrk and happens to be the cousin to drummer Andrew Stravers.
Josh Heinrichs – Satsified
Release Date: October 18th, 2011
Former Jah Roots lead man Josh Heinrichs is set to release his new 12 track album titled Satsified on Oct 18th via his own label, GanJah Records. The album features 2 songs by SkillinJah, Rexie Adlawan who sings in a Hawaiian reggae band Inity Collective and New Zealand roots artist Regan Perry on a song called “Cruizin”. The album was recorded in Branson, MO at Roller Pro Studios, produced by Greg Roller, who produced most of the Jah Roots albums. The album also includes a couple of instrumental interludes for the first time on an Josh Heinrichs album. One on guitar and one on ukulele. Listen out for Josh’s duet on the song “What Can I Do” with Rexie as he says its one of his favorites from the album.
The Green – Ways & Means
Release Date: October 25th, 2011
The Green’s 2010 self-titled debut was a break-out of gargantuan proportions in the reggae community. The album moved over 20,000 copies and earned props from both iTunes and Billboard as one of the strongest reggae releases of 2010. Now The Green is set to follow up that album with their 2nd full length album titled Ways & Means to be released on Oct 25th via Easy Star Records. The group is joined by touring bassist/producer Brad Watanabe and touring drummer/producer Leslie Ludiazo. The album features production from Danny Kalb (Ben Harper), Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), Jim Fox (Rebelution, SOJA) and Matthew Honda. The album includes 14 brand new songs with a special guest appearance by Jacob Hemphill of SOJA on the song “Come In”.
Whiskey Avengers – Dead Man Rockin’
Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Presiding in the dormant pits of the San Francisco Bay Area, renegade Reggae and Rocksteady outfit the Whiskey Avengers are on the cusp of their third full length album ‘Dead Man Rockin.’ Staying true to their origins of traditional Jamaican style Ska and Rocksteady mixed with West-Coast Reggae, they have seamlessly infused a new blend of Rock, Soul and Folk Americana that lends itself to multiple generations of castaways and bad apples. They have teamed up with legendary studio engineer Michael Rosen to spit shine their sound creating a seemingly unstoppable independent musical force. The album was recorded at Roofrock Japantown Studio in the bay area of northern CA.