The RZA Presents Afro Samurai: Resurrection, 2nd Release From Wu Music Group

This morning Wu Music Group, the newly formed label run by the administrative mind of Mitchell “Divine” Diggs and the creative force of Wu-Tang Clan’s chief architect “The RZA” (and home to all things Wu), announced The RZA Presents Afro Samurai: Resurrection. The album will be the second new release from Wu Music Group, following 2007’s 8 Diagrams.

But this isn’t just any Wu-Tang release. Afro Samurai: Resurrection is the soundtrack to the second season of Afro Samurai, an animated series executive produced by and starring Samuel L. Jackson as a black samurai hell bent on revenge. RZA soundtracked the first season in 2007 with collabos with the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, and more. Afro Samurai: Resurrection continues the trend with tracks featuring members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, and new Wu Music Group proteges such as Boy Jones, the late ODB’s son. RZA’s streaming the first two singles on his Wu Music Tube right now, and the album hits stores on January 27th, the same day season two starts airing on SPIKE TV. True Afro Samurai fans can grab the Afro Samurai: Resurrection video game for PS3 or XBox 360 on the same day and the Afro Samurai: Resurrection DVD with extras on the DVD on February 3rd. Tour dates after the jump.


Top Ten Albums of 2008 – Josh Grabelle (Trustkill)

Trustkill is the brainchild of its current president, Josh Grabelle.  Starting out as a hardcore punk fanzine, it quickly moved into the role of record label when Grabelle decided to release a compilation. The move turned out to be a good one, and Trustkill’s wide array of rock, metal and hardcore releases has now earned them the recognition of being one the most important hardcore labels out there, with such notable albums as Poison the Well’s “Opposite of December.”

So, we asked Josh to let us know what releases he couldn’t stop playing this year.

VOLBEATRock the Rebel/Metal the Devil
FOUR YEAR STRONG – Rise or Die Trying
ANBERLINNew Surrender
RISE AGAINSTAppeal To Reason
Scream Aim Fire

And to refresh your memory, Trustkill put these records out in 2008:

STONERIDER Three Legs Of Trouble BUY
CRASH ROMEO – Gave Me The Clap BUY
TERRORForever Crossing The Line
ADVERSARY Singularity

Our Favorites Are Your Favorites Too – Part II – Paste Magazine

The glossy for contemporary media aficionados, Paste Magazine, spoke well of some of The Rind’s most cherished releases in their Best of 2008 album picks. The SF boys The Dodos, whose sound has been dubbed “acoustic troubadour meets freak-folk,” made the list with their Frenchkiss debut, Visiter. Icelandic one-man band Mugison got some love for his fourth cut, Mugiboogie. Indie pop favorites, Mates of State, came back for another acclaimed round with Re-Arrange Us, while The Raveonettes perfected their fuzzed out noir-rock on February’s, Lust Lust Lust. We’re also proud to see The Walkmen on the list, not only because of their stellar album, You & Me, but also thanks to their impressive charity efforts.

Take a look at the rest of the list here.

Our Favorites Are Your Favorites Too – Part I – The Times (UK)

The Times recently published a month-by-month list of the best albums that grabbed critics’ ears in 2008, and we must say that they have some incredible taste in music! We’re proud to report that seven of the artists mentioned are part of The Rind family. Peter Broderick‘s album, Home, was hailed for its raw power and clever delivery while Mugison‘s Mugiboogie was praised for its passion and ferocity. Earlier in June, Joan As Police Woman released the moving To Survive, brimming with reflection and melancholy. Jim Noir gained respect with his self-titled Tower Of Love follow-up, which garnered comparisons to the Beach Boys and Badly Drawn Boy. The late great Jeff Healey received much praise for his platinum-selling grammy-nominated albums, and his final record, Mess Of Blues, is no exception. After a five-year hiatus, the fuzztone soul group, The Dirtbombs, rocked with doo-wop splendor on their last release, We Have You Surrounded. And never a group to forget, Nada Surf returned with their latest exploit, Lucky, which was regarded as hugely rewarding by our British friends.

It’s good to hear that the folks across the pond at The Times found some of our nearest and dearest to be the objects of their admiration. Check out their list in its entirety right here.

There’s Something About Death Cab

Death Cab For Cutie / Something About Airplanes [Deluxe Edition] / Barsuk Records / BUY

Ten years after its initial release, Death Cab For Cutie‘s Something About Airplanes still sounds every bit as defining as it did in 1998. Predating the band’s meteoric rise to alt.weekly super-stardom (and a good seven years out in front of their Billboard conquering major label releases Plans and Narrow Stairs), this ten track offering is where it all began. Ben Gibbard’s plaintive vocals, Chris Walla’s unadorned guitar lines, and all the calling cards this little band from Bellingham built a throng of adoring fans on make appearances. The special deluxe reissue, courtesy of the fine folks at Barsuk Records, comes with a companion collection of performances from the February ’98 live performance that marked the band’s Seattle debut. For completists and casual fans alike, not to be missed.