This week Drake gets local (on both coasts), with the latest edition of “The Take”. -ed.
Drake’s Take: New Releases 03.30.10
It’s another not-so-deep week of new releases, featuring the debut on Sub Pop from Dum Dum Girls, plus the latest from The Living Sisters, Angus & Julia, Annuals, Holly Golightly, Black Francis and a great reissue of the recordings of Black Tambourines.
Playlist: New Releases 03.30.10
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
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Originally envisioned as a soundtrack to an imagined 1960s Italian prison movie, I Will Be turned out, in the end, to be a fairly accessible debut for Dee Dee (aka Kristin Gundred) and her Dum Dum Girls. With Go-Go’s and Blondie producer Richard Gottehrer twiddling the knobs, perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising. The one song left over from the prigione concept is undoubtedly the best track, “Jail La La La,” fittingly sounding like the long forgotten Halifax band Jale — like some cross between 60s girl groups and Magnetic Fields.
With horror mainstreaming right now, you have to go out of your way to avoid hearing about vampires, zombies and the like in your popular culture, From Twilight to Pride Predjudice and Zombies, the world of monsters is your door. The Little Black Bottles must have some sense of this, as their debut release might just be indie rock’s answer to this interesting trend. Fronted by the married couple Jackie and Myke Fedyk, TLBB mixes the folk-y quirkiness of Neutral Milk Hotel with some of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s bite in their freakshow. “Ginger Snaps,” is a sonic highlight, referencing the werewolf-centric horror series of the same name, and “The Devil Takes a Girl” is a fun take on Demon-human romance. Worth checking out, if you can handle the horror.
More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
The Living Sister – Love to Live
Angus & Julia Stone – Down the Way
Annuals – Sweet Sister / “Loxstep” [mp3]
Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs – Medicine County
Black Francis – Nonstoperotik
Method Man-Ghostface-Raekwon – Wu Massacre
Wooden Shjips – Vol. 2
Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh
The Go Find – Everybody Knows It´s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dirty Shirt Rock ‘n’ Roll: The First Ten Years
Stax Number Ones