Drake’s Take: New Releases 11.02.10

This week Drake puts Brooklyn funsters Matt and Kim under the microscope. ed.

Drake’s Take: New Releases 11.02.10

The long march towards the holidays continues with reissues, compilations and other releases geared to be fitted with gift-wrap paper. Breaking free of the holiday drudgery are new releases from Matt & Kim, Elvis Costello, The High Dials, The 1900s along with notable compilations of Elliott Smith, Keith Richards and Weezer; and special reissues of Weezer‘s Pinkerton, Paul McCartney‘s Band on the Run and The Fall‘s The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall.

Playlist: New Releases 11.02.10

Matt & Kim – Sidewalks
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Matt and Kim - SidewalksBrooklyn’s Matt & Kim have always had this sugar rush associated with their recordings, but with Sidewalks, it’s as if they’re worried about diabetes. The sweet of M&K feels buried in slick production, thanks to Ben Allen, who instead dials up the electro & hip-hopish elements at the expense of our sugar fix. “Block by Block” and “Cameras” work the magic, but there’s not much else that I sticks with me as a result.

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
Elvis Costello – National Ransom
The High Dials – Anthems for Doomed Youth / “Chinese Boxes” [mp3]
Destroyer – Archer on the Beach (7″)
The 1900s – Return of the Century / “Babies” [mp3]
Cornershop – The Battle of New Orleans EP
N.E.R.D. – Nothing
The Autumn Defense – Once Around / “Back of My Mind” [mp3]
Neil Diamond – Dreams
Amy Bezunartea – Restaurants & Bars / “Doubles,” “All the Things We Are Supposed to Be” [mp3]
Brian Eno – Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Mini Mansions – Mini Mansions
Bleu – Four
Violens – Amoral / “Violent Sensation Descends” [mp3]
Barn Owl – Ancestral Star / “Light From the Mesa” [mp3]
Huey Lewis & the News – Soulsville

Elliott Smith – An Introduction to Elliott Smith / “Twilight”, “Last Call”, “Between the Bars” [mp3]
Weezer – Death to False Metal
Keith Richards – Vintage Vinos
Punk Goes Pop: Volume 3

Weezer – Pinkerton (Deluxe Edition)
Paul McCartney – Band on the Run
The Fall – The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall (Expanded Edition)
Joe Cocker – Mad Dogs & Englishmen (Rarities Edition)