Category Archives: New Releases

AC Newman Record Streaming at HuffPo, Playing Record Release Show at The Rock Shop

AC Newman Record Release Show at The Rock Shop (10/09/12)
AC Newman - Record Release Show
Download: “Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns” – AC Newman

As I mentioned previously, New Pornographers frontman AC (Carl) Newman is putting out a new record on Oct 9 entitled Shut Down The Streets. As is the custom these days, the new record is streaming in advance of its release, but rather than NPR, iTunes, or Spin, SDTS is streaming over at eyeball aggregator, the Huffington Post. In addition to his already announced tour dates (Oct 22 @ Bowery Ballroom), Carl is also playing a special one off record release show at The Rock Shop on Monday, Oct 8. To get tickets to that show, you can purchase the album starting on Saturday, Oct 6 at the following NYC independent record stores (while supplies last):
Other Music
Sound Fix
Ear Wax
In Living Stereo
Rebel Rebel
Co Op 87

Video for “Want You To Know” by James Blose and more AC Newman tour dates after the jump.

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Diamond Rugs Premiered A New Track + Central Park Pics

Diamond Rugs at Central Park Summerstage (06/24/12)
Diamond Rugs at Central Park Summerstage
Photo: Jon Klemm

On Monday, VICE premiered “Blue Mountains,” the second single off of Diamond Rugs self-titled debut LP. The boys also recently stopped by Daytrotter to record a session, you can listen to that over here.

More pictures of Diamond Rugs at Central Park Summerstage after the jump.

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Passion Pit Cancel July Shows (Including The Apollo), Gossamer Streaming Now on NPR Music

Passion Pit – Gossamer

Michael Angelakos posted a special message to the Passion Pit website today announcing the cancellation of all the band’s scheduled July shows. That’s bad news for those of you who were looking forward to the Gossamer record release show at the Apollo next week, but I’m pretty sure they’ll make it up to us. Read Michael’s message below”

Hello all,

On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancelations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I’d like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light.

The tour page on our website currently reflects all upcoming tour dates.

With love,

As a consolation for the cancelled dates, (well, I’m sure it was going to happen either way), you can stream Gossamer right now as part of the NPR Music First Listen series. Gossamer comes out on July 24 on Sony/Columbia.

Passion Pit Playing The Apollo Theatre, Listen To A New Track from Gossamer

Passion Pit at Celebrate Brooklyn (06/29/10)
Passion Pit
Photo: Marisa McGrody (more)

On July 24th, Columbia Records will release Gossamer, the highly anticipated follow-up to Passion Pit’s critically acclaimed 2009 debut album Manners. The album will be comprised of 12 new tracks that showcase Michael Angelakos’ ever-expanding lyrical talents and bring to life his trademark irresistible beats (see full track listing below). Gossamer was made throughout 2011 in Los Angeles and New York City, and again finds Angelakos working with Manners producer Chris Zane. The Boston Herald raves that with “a stunning new album…Passion Pit is about to outgrow the electro fad. The album is an artistic breakthrough — pure pop hasn’t had this much depth since Prince’s golden age — and it’s bound to be a commercial one as well.”

Well, that’s it folks, the Boston Herald has spoken, this one’s gonna be a smash. If you’d to judge for yourself, you can listen to a new track that Pitchfork premiered today off of Gossamer entitled “Constant Conversations.” But wait, there’s more, in addition to their already scheduled tour dates, the band has also just announced a special “record release” gig at the Apollo Theatre on July 23, tickets for that show go on Amex presale on Jul 11 at noon, regular on sale begins on Jul 13 at noon.

Gossamer track list and more Passion Pit 2012 tour dates after the jump.

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Drake’s Take: New Releases 06.26.12

The eyes have it — Ty Segall Band release Slaughterhouse
Ty Seagall Band
Words: Drake Lelane

Welcome back Drake! – ed.

I’ve been taken out of the game for a bit, thanks to Sasquatch! Music Festival (with editing nearly 5k photos) and a new job. There have been some great releases I’ve lost out on in the process (Fiona Apple’s latest, for one), but I couldn’t pass up this week’s great releases from Ty Segall and DIIV, even if we have to keep it short. Other notable new releases come from Sonny & the Sunsets, the return of Beachwood Sparks, The Flaming Lips, The Henry Clay People, Everest, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Chain and the Gang, Milk Maid and Joe Jackson‘s tribute to Duke Ellington.

Playlist: New Releases 06.26.12: Spotify

Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse [Insound]
LP via Insound / iTunes / Stream via Rhapsody

Ty Segall Band - SlaughterhouseFollowing so quickly on the heels of 2011’s quieter and more controlled Goodbye Bread, Ty Segall’s 2012 barrage of garage rock gems quickly put to bed any fears that Segall was mellowing out. Two months ago it was the excellent collaboration with Timothy “White Fence” Presley (Hair), and this week he returns with more friends to lay waste to your garage rock expectations. Slaughter is Segall at his fuzzed-out best, loud and brash but always with an ear out for a pop loving melody. There’s so much good pop to be had under all the muck that the closing 10-minutes of distortion (the aptly named “Fuzz War”) merely acts as a palate cleanser, working it’s way through your ears and cleaning out any of the many earworms that Slaughter has left behind.

Download: “Wave Goodbye” [mp3]

DIIV – Oshin [Insound]
LP via Insound / iTunes / Stream via Rhapsody

DIIV - OshinCombining the dream pop of Disintegration-era Cure with the shoegaze/Creation Records sound, Brooklyn’s DIIV (pronounced “Dive” in honor of the Nirvana song) have produced a compelling debut. Great songs like “How Long Have You Known” and “Doused” are surrounded by instrumentals and eightiesish audio landscapes making an end-to-end dream-like experience for the ears.

Download: “How Long Have You Known?” [mp3]

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Sonny & the Sunsets – Longtime Companion [Google Play] / Stream from Polyvinyl Records
Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream / “Forget the Song” [mp3]
The Flaming Lips – The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends [emusic]
Henry Clay People Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives [emusic] / Free AOL Album Stream
Everest – Ownerless [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream / “Rapture” [mp3]
Milk Maid – Mostly No [emusic]
Joe Jackson – The Duke [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Throw It to the Universe [emusic]
Chain and the Gang – In Cool Band [emusic]
A Place to Bury Strangers – Worship [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream / “You Are the One” [mp3]
The Daredevil Christopher Wright – The Nature of Things [emusic]
Jessica Hoop – The House That Jack Built [Google] / Free AOL Album Stream / “Born To” [mp3]
Lorn Ask the Dust [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream

The Mountain Goats – Hound Chronicles/Hot Garden Stomp [emusic]

Drake’s Take: New Releases 05.15.12

Beach House release another stunner with their new album Bloom
Beach House - Bloom
Words: Drake Lelane

Maybe it’s the effects of a full week of sunny weather, but it’s been hard not to feel optimistic about new music, even when there’s only a couple albums with May release dates that I’m wearing out in the headphones. One of those releases has been Beach House‘s latest, Bloom, which expands only slightly on their breakthrough 2010 release, Teenage Dream.

Longtime Drake fave Tenacious D stage a comeback, and decide to include some new fans (my kids, for one) with a thoughtfully done clean version.

Elsewhere, look to new releases from Best Coast, Cornershop, Plushgun, Josephine Foster, MV & EE, Bang On!, Willie Nelson, The Cribs, the comedic stylings of Reggie Watts and an Occupy compilation featuring veteran artists like Patti Smith. In reissues, check out the first digital offerings from the back catalog of Seattle’s proto-grunge group Skin Yard (started by legendary producer Jack Endino and bassist/CZ records’ Daniel House in 1985).

Playlist: New Releases 05.15.12: Spotify

Beach House – Bloom [Insound]
LP/CD purchase via Sub Pop / iTunes / Stream via Rhapsody

Beach House - BloomFour albums into their already impressive career, Baltimore’s Beach House have never seemed like they were in a hurry to get anywhere. “Drifting in and out,” begins the stunning opener, “Myth,” and the duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally are content to do just that through Bloom. While the release is merely a lateral move from the 2010’s breakout Teenage Dream, is there really any need to venture out from the oasis they’ve carved out in the land of dream pop? The band is staying put, venturing only to switch out some light bulbs (can these rooms seem even softer?) paint the trim, polish the silver and maybe set out some hallucinogenic potpourri. I thought, for a moment at least, that fellow Baltimore dream pop agents Lower Dens (with their release Nootropics)had possibly made another Beach House release unnecessary this year. Bloom, however, proves itself to be very necessary.

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More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Best Coast – The Only Place [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Plushgun – Me.Me. [emusic] / “Waste Away” [mp3]
Cornershop – Urban Turban [emusic] / Free AOL Album Stream
Guided By Voices – Class Clown Spots a UFO (Single) [emusic]
Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band – Perlas [Google Play]
MV & EE – Space Homestead [Insound]
Willie Nelson – Heroes [Google Play]
The Cribs – In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Occupy This Album [Google Play]
Tu Fawning – A Monument [Google] / Free AOL Album Stream / “Anchor” [mp3]
Slugabed Time Team [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Mewithoutyou Ten Stories [Google Play]

Skin Yard – Skin Yard [Google Play]
Skin Yard – Hallowed Ground [Google Play]
Skin Yard – 1000 Smiling Knuckles [Google Play]
Skin Yard – Start at the Top [Google Play]

Drake’s Take: New Releases 05.01.12

Ex-Fleet Fox Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty
Father John Misty
Words: Drake Lelane

Welcome to the merry month of May, where promises of summer melt under clouds of impending rain. That’s Seattle, though… it’s enough to drive a Pacific Northwesterner south, like it did with J. Tillman, formerly the drummer for Fleet Foxes. Holed up in the sunnier environs of Laurel Canyon with “enough mushrooms to choke a horse,” Tillman took a different approach to songwriting, adopting some Harry Nilsson along other idioms previously made famous in Laurel Canyon. The result brought forth a new name (Father John Misty), attitude and sound which are on full display with this project’s debut out this week. Other notable new releases this week come from Lower Dens, Santigold, Ane Brun, Sea of Bees, Patrick Watson, Portland Cello Project, the Spinto Band and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Enjoy in moderation.

Playlist: New Releases 05.01.12: Spotify

Father John Misty – Fear Fun [Insound]
LP/CD purchase via Sub Pop / iTunes / Stream via Rhapsody / Stream via Spotify

cJosh Tillman always seemed like he was on loan to Fleet Foxes, having a semi-successful run as a solo artist (7 albums as J. Tillman). So when he left the band, it wasn’t too much of a surprise to fans of Tillman. But leaving Seattle for California surprised many. “I got into my van with enough mushrooms to choke a horse and started driving down the coast with nowhere to go,” relayed Tillman to Sub Pop. A shack in Laurel Canyon is where he ended up, writing a novel and finding his voice as Father John Misty. “I never liked the name Joshua, I got tired of ‘J'” he explains at one point during Fear Fun closer “Every Man Needs a Companion,” and there’s plenty of lyrical clues scattered throughout the album that suggest much of Tillman’s transformation. The album starts with the other worldly Fleet Foxes sound, but gradually moves further and further away, incorporating the sarcastic wit of Harry Nilsson, along with much of the musical variance he liked to employ in his recordings. For fans of Tillman, the stylistic changes can come as a shock, and coupled with his new found lyrical boldness, at times it’s about as far from J. Tillman as you could go. “Oh pour me another drink. And punch me in the face. You can call me Nancy,” opens the excellent “Nancy From Now On,” while “I’m Writing a Novel” starts with “I ran down the road, pants down to my knees, screaming please come help me that Canadian shaman gave a little too much for me.” It’s an awful lot of fun, the kind you have with enough mushrooms to choke a horse. The hallucinogens are optional, but ignoring this release is not.

Free AOL Album Stream
Download: “Nancy From Now On” [mp3]
“Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” [mp3]

Lower Dens – Nootropics
Purchase [mp3 purchase via emusic] / iTunes / Stream via Rhapsody or Stream via Spotify

Lower Dens - NootropicsLower Dens may operate within the same dream pop territory that Baltimore mates Beach House occupy, but with their sophomore debut, they’ve staked a new claim within the realm through an enticing mix of Krautrock and a heavy influence of the Eno/Bowie collaborations from the late 70s. Advance single “Brain” may have merely signaled their elevation, but most of Nootropics delivers on that song’s promise. “Brain” takes its Joy Division drive into “Stem,” “Propagation” provides a great change of pace that is nearly grinded down to a standstill with “Lion in Winter Pt. 1.” Thankfully, “Pt 2” makes the 4+ minutes of drone worth the trip. I’m less enamored with the nearly 13 minutes of meandering in the closer “In the End is the Beginning,” but your mileage may vary.

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Santigold – Master of my Make-Believe [emusic]
Sea of Bees – The Money Store [InSound]
Ane Brun – It All Starts With One [Google Play] / “Do You Remember” (with First Aid Kit) [mp3]
The Lumineers – The Lumineers [emusic]
Patrick Watson – Adventures in Your Own Backyard [emusic]
The Spinto Band – Shy Pursuit [Google Play]
Rufus Wainwright – Out of the Game [emusic]
Portland Cello Project – Homage [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Aufheben [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Archie Powell & the Exports – Great Ideas in Action [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Reptar – Body Faucet [Google] / Free AOL Album Stream
Avengers Assemble: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture [Google Play]

Drake’s Take: New Releases 04.24.12

Ty Segall and Timothy “White Fence” Presley
Ty Segall
Words: Drake LeLane

We’re [Drake et al. -ed.] back after taking a week off for a little R&R in Mexico last week (sorry Spiritualized and Moonface… we’ll get you next time). This week is marked by a lot of classic guitar-based rock influences. Ty Segall and White Fence hole up in a garage for 30 minutes of psych rock fun, while Jack White puts all his appreciation of rock history into his debut solo release. Elsewhere, White’s Raconteur partner Brendan Benson returns with an album, while there’s noteworthy new releases from Death Grips, Brad (Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard + friends from Satchel), Bad Veins, Diamond Rugs, Toro y Moi, Torche, Battleme, Human Don’t Be Angry (Arap Strap guitarist Malcolm Middleton), The Raveonettes, Eddie the Gun and a live album from Peter Gabriel.

Playlist: New Releases 04.24.12: Spotify

Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair [Insound]
LP/CD/FLAC/mp3 purchase via Drag City / iTunes

Ty Segall and White Fence - HairFor those already familiar with the psych rock of both Ty Segall and White Fence, the side project of Darker My Love’s Timothy Presley, than Hair won’t seem so much of a surprise as it is a realization of how two great tastes can taste great together. Sure, throwing the two in a room to jam in a room full of illicit drugs (of my own imagining) could have gone horribly wrong, but the Syd Barrett on speed mix of Hair is the kind of beautiful mess that a psych rock jam should shoot for. Joined by White Fence bro Sean Presley and Segall collaborator Mikal Cronin, Hair is further insurance (along with Thee Oh Sees, Davilla 666, etc) that the prolific SF Bay area garage scene isn’t slowing down any time soon.

Download: “I Am not a Game” [mp3]

Jack White – Blunderbuss
Purchase [mp3 purchase & stream via Google Play] / iTunes / Stream via Rhapsody or Stream via Spotify

Jack White - BlunderbussWrote in some depth already about Blunderbuss‘ prevalent theme of relationships and the ensuing chaos, but it’s worth pointing out that White has made a point that his debut solo release has little or nothing to do with his recent ex, model Karen Elson. Considering how much of the album is dedicated to a man scorned by his love, Meg White appears to be the target of much of the fiery barbs and resulting melancholia. Besides the consistent ground covered via lyrics, White has varied up his sound enough here that you don’t feel too White’d out, a danger given how much of the same ground the blues-rock purveyor has had to tread over the years. It’s accessible, but just weird enough for it to seem like an odd introduction for the remaining few not familiar with White’s oeuvre — not that there are that many by this point. As with any White-related release, one of the highlights is what song he chooses to cover, and in the case of Hair, it’s no exception — “I’m Shakin'” was originally a hit for Little Willie John, and hin White’s hands, it’s a moving tribute to the power of rock from that era of time. And reminds us that those bouncy numbers sung by the brothers Miser were cribbed a bit from Little Willie.

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More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Brendan Benson – What Kind of World [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Death Grips – The Money Store [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Brad – United We Stand [Google Play]
Toro y Moi – June 2009 [emusic]
Bad Veins – The Mess We’ve Made [Google Play]
Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs [Google Play]
Battleme – Battleme [iTunes] / Free AOL Album Stream
The Raveonettes – Into the Night [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
Human Don’t Be Angry – Human Don’t Be Angry [Google Play]
Waco Brothers and Paul Church – Great Chicago Fire [Google] / “Chicago Fire” [mp3]
Torche – Harmonicraft [Google Play] / “Kicking” [mp3]
Eddie the Gun – Kids [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream
The Macabees – Given To The Wild [Google Play]
Peter Gabriel – Live Blood (Live In London/2011) [Google Play] / Free AOL Album Stream

Drake’s Take: New Releases 03.27.12

Justin Townes Earle
Justin Townes Earle
Words: Drake Lelane

I’m mostly back after an Amazon-related debacle. You’ll notice there’s no more links to Amazon here going forward, which has been a hassle, but the switch to in links to emusic, Insound and others should be better in the long run for users. I’ll grant that Amazon was convenient, but a case can be made that they aren’t good for the user or the artist. Missed The Shins last week, but our return is marked with Justin Townes Earle and Miike Snow, so it can’t be that bad. Also of note this week are releases from the Seattle hip hop THEESatisfaction, La Sera (Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman), Paul Weller, Retribution Gospel Choir, Poor Moon and the Mars Volta.

Playlist: New Releases 03.27.12: Spotify

Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About me Now
Purchase via emusic / itunes / Stream via Rhapsody / Stream via Spotify

cIt’s odd that it takes a move to London for Justin Townes Earle to sound more like his old Memphis home than ever, both in horns and attitude. Sadly, most of the stylistic change for Earle on Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now is feels a bit stagnant and predictable, unlike his previous offerings (especially 2010’s excellent Harlem Blues River). Thankfully, even a predictable JTE release can work some magic (see “Memphis in the Rain”), even when it’s only 30 minutes in length.

Justin Townes Earle, “The Good Life”

Miike Snow – Happy to You
Purchase [mp3 vie emusic] / Stream via Rhapsody or Spotify

Miike Snow - Happy YouKnowing two-thirds of Miike Snow is producers Chris Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (Bloodshy & Avant — hitmakers for Britney Spears [“Toxic”], Madonna and Kylie Minogue), it’s hard to believe that Happy You should feel so restrained. Their sophomore release,Happy You, is still full of potentially exciting hits (see “Waves,” “Paddling Out), but so much of the release just washes over you and is forgotten after listening. I’m still listening, though.

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE / Free AOL Album Stream
La Sera – Sees the Light / Please Be My Third Eye [mp3]
Paul Weller – Sonik Kicksall / Free AOL Album Stream
Retribution Gospel Choir – the revolution ep / “The Stone (Revolution)” [mp3]
Poor Moon – Illusion / Free AOL Album Stream / “People in Her Mind” [mp3]
Rocket Juice & the Moon – Rocket Juice & the Moon
Zeus – Busting Visions
The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
Rusko – Songs / Free AOL Album Stream
Macy Gray – Covered / Free AOL Album Stream
Cowboy Junkies – The Wilderness / Free AOL Album Stream