This week hits hards with a ton of new, much-anticipated music in its third week. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Arp, MORE (Smalltown Supersound)
The Band In Heaven, Caught in a Summer Swell (Decades)
Berlin, Animal (Something-Music/INgrooves Fontana)
Bill Callahan, Dream River (Drag City)
The Bloody Beetroots, HIDE (Ultra)
Blouse, Imperium (Captured Tracks)
Campfire OK, When You Have Arrived (Fugitive Records)
Clark, Feast/Beast (Warp)
Claude VonStroke, Urban Animal (dirtybird Records)
The Cloak Ox, Shoot the Dog (Totally Gross National Product)
Cloud Control, Dream Cave (Votiv)
This group of Aussies put out one of my favorite albums of 2011 and are finally delivering a follow-up. This is their second full-length album of feel-good mellow psych-folk music with surf rock and Afro/tribal percussive flavor. Video for second single "Scar" after the jump along with the rest of this week's new releases...
Elvis Costello and The Roots, Wise Up Ghost (Blue Note)
I bet you couldn’t think of a more odd pairing than the veteran spectacle-wearing British rocker and the hip hop superstars, but here it is, and somehow, it works, with Costello's snotty vocals brayed over grooving, funking instrumentals marked by deep honking horns and a stealthy sort of drive. Check out "Walk Us Uptown" lyric video below, and then get even more curious about what the rest of the LP sounds like...
Daedelus, Drown Out (Anticon)
Dangerkids, Collapse (Rise Records)
The Darcys, Warring (Arts & Crafts)
Breathy high-register post-soulful vocals, driving instrumentals, and sonic details apparently inspired by studio opuses of the 1970's can be found in the third studio LP from the nuanced art rock outfit, produced by Tom Mcfall (Stars, Bloc Party). "Hunting" below.
Dream Boys, Dream Boys (Art Fag)
Mike Doughty, Circles Super Bon Bon... (MRI)
In his memoir last year (and in our interview that followed), the former Soul Coughing frontman, current prolific solo artist pretty much said he'd never have positive feelings about the material he produced with Soul Coughing because of all the shit (band strife, label BS and bureaucracy, drug problems) he went through during his tenure as a member. Which apparently got him to thinking: "Can I go back and re-approach those songs I wrote, and try to recapture who I was when I wrote them, what sounds I was trying to incorporate, what I wanted them to be in the first place?" This album is the result. His current tour featuring backing from a full band, playing Soul Coughing material, hits Crowbar in Ybor on Nov. 16.
Five For Fighting, Bookmarks (Aware/Wind-Up)
The Goldberg Sisters, Stranger’s Morning (self-release)
Actor, filmmaker, photographer and musician Adam Goldberg (you remember him as the token Jewish dude in such films as Dazed and Confused and Saving Private Ryan) presents the third release from his music project, which he produced entirely on his own; all his vocals (yep, he can sing, too), all his instrumentals, and all hi self-directed videos. The results are suprisingly pleasing. The video below for "Wandering I" is made up of 2,100 photographs.
Gwar, Battle Maximus (Metal Blade Records)
HSY, HSY EP (Buzz Records)
Islands, Ski Mask (Manque Music)
Jack Johnson, From Here to Now to You (Brushfire Records)
The breezy, modern day surfer-songwriter and environmentalist issues his sixth studio album of his usual tender lovely serenades and upbeat bounce. Check out some of the former below in "I Got You."
Mark Lanegan, Imitations (Vagrant)
Machinedrum, Vapor City (Ninja Tune)
Maybach Music Group, Self Made Vol. 3 (Maybach Music Group/WEA International)
Del McCoury Band, Streets Of Baltimore (McCoury Music)
MGMT, MGMT (Columbia)
The third album from the psych rock anti-fame whores. Review forthcoming. I'm only a few listens deep and so far, rather disappointed. No, I wasn't expecting pop music; but I was expecting high quality art rock that evolves and improves upon 2010's Congratulations, not a divergence into psych rock excess. Whatever. I'm just another hater. Check out first single "Your Life Is a Lie" below.
Moonstone Continuum, Salon Edition (Totally Gross National Product)
Múm, Smilewound (Morr Music)
The Naked and Famous, In Rolling Waves (Republic Records)
Nightmares on Wax, Feelin’ Good (Warp)
Tom Odell, Long Way Down (RCA/In The Name Of)
Odesza, My Friends Never Die (self-release)
It's groove-driven beat tape production ala Sweet Valley, with Bonobo-quality ambiance. The electro duo opens for Michal Minert at Crowbar next Tue., Oct. 1.
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Take Me to the Land of Hell (Chimera Music)
Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands, Tess (Bloodshot)
Pillars and Tongues, End-dances (Empty Cellar Records)
Plankton Wat, Drifter's Temple (Thrill Jockey)
Gregory Porter, Liquid Spirit (Blue Note)
Johnathan Rice, Good Graces (SQE Music)
Royal Bangs, Brass (Modern Art)
Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels (Fool's Gold)
The hard copy release of the new LP by El-P + Killer Mike.
The Sadies, Internal Sounds (Yep Roc)
Said the Whale, hawaiii (Hidden Pony)
Sam Fermin, Sam Fermin (Downtown Records)
Satyricon, Satyricon (Nuclear Blast)
Sebadoh, Defend Yourself (Joyful Noise)
Sisu, Blood Tears (Mono Prism)
The side project of Dum Dum Girls' Sandra Vu.
Sky Larkin, Motto (Wichita Recordings)
Jessy Lanza, Pull My Hair Back Out (Hyperdub)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Fly By Wire (Polyvinyl)
Missouri-based indie-pop trio finally drops a follow-up to 2010's Let It Sway. Listen to "Young Presidents" below.
Twin Forks, Twin Forks EP (self-release)
A super folk group of sorts that includes Chris Carabba (Dashboard Confessional), Ben Homola (Bad Books), and Suzie Zeldin and Jonathan Clark (The Narrative)
Windhand, Soma (Relapse Records)
Yip Deceiver, Medallius (New West)
The band features a few members from of Montreal, producer/songwriter Davey Pierce and accountant/vibes manager Nicolas "Dobby" Dobbratz. Playful, funky strutting dance music that's definitely of Montreal reminiscent but minus all the ADD-riddled sonic jumps and quirky Kevin Barnes vocal delivery and lyrical turns. Check out "Get Strict" below.