Drake’s Take: New Releases 04.20.10

It’s an all Canadian edition as Drake sums up the latest from Caribou and some classic Dan Bejar re-releases. Would have loved to have seen the “Hat Trick” with Plants and Animals or Rufus Wainwright, but I’ll take what I can get I suppose. -ed.

Drake’s Take: New Releases 04.20.10

This week is again a bit thin, but there’s some gold to be found in reissues, with Merge Records releasing early recordings from Dan Bejar’s Destroyer, including the 2001 classic Streethawk: A Seduction. Elsewhere, there’s new releases from Caribou, Plants & Animals, The Apples in Stereo, Roky Erickson with Okkervil River, The Radio Dept., Kate Nash, Aqualung, Rufus Wainwright, The Pipettes, Cypress Hill, Trans Am, Willie Nelson, and a greatest hits comp from Doves.

Playlist: New Releases 04.20.10

Caribou – Swim
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Caribou - SwimDan Snaith’s music, first as Manitoba and now as Caribou, has always been adventurous, ranging just about as far as you can go within the electronic genre. With 2007’s Andorra, Snaith put it all together, garnering critical acclaim, and Swim does well to build upon that feat. Helped by Four Tet‘s Kieran Hebden, Junior Boys‘ Jeremy Greenspan, and Born Ruffians‘ Luke Lalonde, Swim is a bit darker, and after a few listens, even more addictive. Highlights are the incredibly accessible opener “Odessa,” “Kali,” and “Found Out.”

Download: “Odessa” [mp3]
Free Album Streams from Merge Records

Destroyer – City of Daughters / Thief / Streethawk: A Seduction
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Destroyer - Streethawk, a SeductionThis week Merge Records is reissuing the Vancouver trilogy from Dan Bejar’s Destroyer, three albums released from 1998 to 2001 that take Bejar from a lo-fi Bowie fan to the Destroyer that we know and love to this day. Streethawk: A Seduction is a recognized classic, and still sounds great to this day, but if you’re a fan of that album (and if not, why??), the other essential if for no other reason in that they show the progression that Bejar makes as an artist. And even if you already own them, the remastering done for these reissues makes them that much better (Thief, for one, was originally in Mono). Highlights? From City of Daughters you have “No Cease Fires,” from Thief there’s “Destroyers the Temple” and Streethawk is 100% highlight (but pressed, “Sublimation Hour” is the obvious choice).

I still find myself going back to this Bejaromatic, Destroyer lyric generator.

Free Album Streams from Merge Records

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Plants & Animals – La La Land
The Apples in the Stereo – Travellers in Space and Time / Free AOL album stream
Roky Erickson with Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil / Free AOL album stream
The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme
Aqualung – Magnetic North
Kate Nash – My Best Friend is You
Rufus Wainwright – All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu
The Pipettes – Stop the Music
Cypress Hill – Rise-Up
Gotan Project – Tango 3.0 / “Tar and Pine” [mp3]
Doves – The Places Between: The Best of Doves / Free AOL album stream
Trans Am – Thing
Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders – Red Light Fever
Willie Nelson – Country Music / Free AOL album stream
Night Driving In Small Towns – Serial Killer / “Come & Tell Me” [mp3] / “Barstool” [mp3]
Glee Cast – Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna / Free AOL album stream
Shelby Lynne – Tears, Lies, and Alibis / Free AOL album stream

Destroyer – City of Daughters
Destroyer – Thief
Destroyer – Streethawk: A Seduction