The Menahan Street Band is one of a crew of performers -- Sharon Jones, The Budos Band, Antibalas, Sugarman 3 to name a few -- who record on the Daptone Label out of Brooklyn. The Daptone artists as well as a bunch of other musicians are leading the Nu-Soul movement.
Menahan Street Band / The Crossing
Thomas Brenneck of the Menahan Street Band says it best, "The Crossing is music to an unreleased Sergio Leone western starring the Wu Tang set in 1992."
Ty Segal / Twins
In the malevolence of Segall's album onslaught (this is #3 for 2012), Twins is the most organized, like a less-severe natural disaster.
An indie-pop packed soundtrack for the black & white stop motion remake by Tim Burton of his '84 short film of the same name. It's cute & expected, but with a few tracks not to miss.