New Releases Roundup

It’s been a little while since I’ve rounded up my latest new releases, so without further ado, here’s what has come in lately:

Iron And WineBoy With A Coin EP (Sub Pop)
Patrick WatsonClose To Paradise (Secret City)
Tegan and SaraThe Con (Sire)
The BoschHurry Up (Indepedent)
Beat RadioThe Great Big Sea (Moon or Mars)
Bishop AllenThe Broken String (Dead Oceans)
Bang LimeBest Friends In Love (Last Gang)
James BlackshawThe Cloud of Unknowing (Tomkins Square)
PinbackAutumn of the Seraphs (Touch and Go)

Tegan and Sara - The Con Bishop Allen - The Broken String Pinback - Autumn of the Seraphs

Iron and Wine - Boy With A Coin Beat Radio - The Great Big Sea The Bosch - Hurry Up

James Blackshaw - The Cloud of Unknowing Bang Lime - Best Friends In Love Patrick Watson - Close To Paradise

Here are some my musings on these records:

I enjoyed the Beat Radio record quite a bit, it’s worth seeking out. The new Pinback album is also good, definitely worth giving a try. The pop-punk sensibilities of Bang Lime were not exactly to my tastes. In my opinion, the best cut of the Iron and Wine EP is “Boy With A Coin”, and that is already an album track (so unless you are a superfan, I’m not sure this one is worth getting). I wasn’t that impressed with The Bosch record, they have a little The Strokes/VU thing going on, but with a little less edge. Tegan and Sara have put yet another strong pop record with some great songs on it, but on the whole, I don’t think it is as fun to listen to as So Jealous. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still recommend it, but if you don’t own a copy of So Jealous yet, pick that up first. I haven’t listened to Patrick Watson, James Blackshaw or Bishop Allen yet, so no comment at this time.