Drake’s Take: New Releases 03.29.11

I’d have to agree with my friend Drake; the new Peter Bjorn and John is just about the best thing I’ve heard all year. -ed.

Drake’s Take: New Releases 03.29.11

Didn’t get a chance to spend much time on the computer this week, which has me behind and sad that I didn’t get to spend more time writing about this week’s releases. There are a few I’ve been wearing out, namely from Peter Bjorn & John, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Obits and The Mountain Goats. The latest from Radiohead also sees commercial release this week along with new releases from Broken Bells, Those Darlins and Royal Bangs.

Playlist: New Releases 03.29.11

Peter Bjorn & John – Gimme Some
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Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some

Not sure I understand the criticism being levied at Gimme Some, except, perhaps, in frustration with more ear worms from the band that made the world whistle back in 2006-2007. Instead of whistling, perhaps a call for more cowbell (“Second Chance”).

The Pains of Being Pure of Heart – Belong
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The Pains of Being Pure of Heart - BelongMuch of the shoegaziness in past releases is gone in favor of 80s synth, and the result is sometimes breathtaking. The hear breaks much cleaner to sounds that the ghost of John Hughes is writing teen comedies to (“Heart in Your Heartbreak”).

More on the radar (and in the mp3 player) this week:
The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
Obits – All Eternals Deck / “You Gotta Lose” [mp3]
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Broken Bells – Meyrin Fields
Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
Royal Bangs – Flux Outside
The Sounds – Something to Die For
Funeral Party – The Golden Age Of Knowhere
Hunx and his Punx – Too Young to Be in Love
Alcoholic Faith Mission – And the Running with Insanity EP
Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis – Here We Go Again: Celebrating The Genius Of Ray Charles

Pete Yorn – Musicforthemorningafter
Pearl Jam – vs & Vitalogy 3 CD Deluxe Edition