New Music Tuesday: 6-23-09

I can’t believe it’s been over three years since the release of the Gossip‘s Standing in the Way of Control. The band’s first album with new (and out) drummer Hannah Billie made a huge impact, and lesbian frontwoman Beth Ditto has since become an outspoken activist for the LGBT community, as well as in several other areas, including the fashion world.

Today’s release of Music For Men will be the band’s first chance to illustrate how successful they are in terms of getting their message out in their music. The electro-dance-disco-punk has all of the right elements to get people off their feet and thinking at the same time.

I, for one, am curious as to how it will be received by all the people who know Beth Ditto for the publicity she gets, and hope that any of the negative press will end up having a positive impact on the band and its wonderfully upbeat music.

Here’s what else is new:

Shawn ColvinLive (Nonesuch Records)

Singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin recorded her three night-stand at San Francisco’s Yoshi’s last July, and turned it into a 15-track live album that fans will enjoy. Both her cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and her most famous song “Sunny Came Home” are included.

Tift MerrittBuckingham Solo (Vela Recordings)

The alt-country performer released this live album earlier in 2009, but it’s finally available everywhere for purchase, including iTunes. It’s a solo acoustic set, and Tift plays both the piano and guitar on some of her best known songs, including “Another Country” and “I Live for You.”

Paulina RubioGran City Pop (Universal Latino)

The Latina singer/actress is a sensation in Latin America and Spain, but there are still parts of the U.S. that haven’t quite caught onto her brand of latin pop. However, with irresistible rhythms like those on single “Causa y Efecto,” I wouldn’t be surprised if she gains several new fans over the summer.

Regina SpektorFar (Sire Records)

The eccentric indie-pop singer brings a new album full of songs like single “Laughing With,” which includes the lyrics “God could be funny.” Spektor has a way of making topics like war, death and poverty sit gracefully alongside love songs, and work beautifully as an album of wit and wonderful music.

What are you spinning today?