Today in Music: New and Newer

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Jenny Lewis surprises concertgoers at Ben Gibbard show
The Showbox, Seattle, May 20

This spring has been packed with incredible new releases -- we’ve already seen Arcade Fire, Wilco, Bright Eyes, Bjork, and Elliott Smith. Today’s selections continue to add to what seems to be a never-ending list, including the much anticipated new album by The National. As always, Largehearted Boy lists the new releases and here are some to get excited about:

Meg Baird - Do What You Gotta Do (MP3)

Battles - Ddiamondd (MP3)

Handsome Furs - What We Had (MP3)

The Maccabees - First Love (MP3)

Motor - Bleep #1 (MP3)

The National - Fake Empire (MP3)

Parts & Labor - Fractured Skies (MP3)

Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead [Remixed by Final Fantasy] (MP3)

Voxtrot - Kid Gloves (MP3)

Thanks to Rock Sellout, I Rock Cleveland, Gorilla vs. Bear, I Guess I’m Floating, Headphone Sex, and Spinner for the links.

There’s still a lot more to come in 2007, like the forthcoming releases by Spoon, The White Stripes, Ryan Adams, Interpol, Art Brut, and The Beastie Boys. Later in the year, we expect to see releases by Iron & Wine, The New Pornographers, Okkervil River, and Smashing Pumpkins. We might even see new albums by The Postal Service, Band of Horses and Built to Spill, among many others, but who knows? While you’re waiting, here’s what the new kids are up to:

  • One of the more anticipated albums yet to be released is Kala by M.I.A. Unfortunately, Sasquatch Music Festival attendees will not get a preview of her new material this weekend. As reported by Travis Hay of Ear Candy, M.I.A. has been forced to cancel her appearance due to visa issues (hey, I thought every college get got those applications in the mail!). However, The Long Winters have been added to the roster.
  • The anticipated new album by Editors, An End Has A Start, now really has one -- a start, that is. According to The Tripwire, you can start buying it on July 17. Idolator has a different point of view on the upcoming release than many other bloggers, apparently, but considering what I’ve heard of the new Interpol and Snow Patrol songs, I’ll guess that Editors stick around for a while yet, especially with a song like “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors”:
  • Amy Winehouse has already released her new album, and it’s a success in the U.S., so why not live the American dream? To that end, Winehouse has snuck off to Florida to get hitched. Though the couple were engaged for less than a month, Amy’s new hubby, Blake Fielder-Civil, is said to have inspired much of Back To Black. Good luck with that, Blake. By the way, thanks to our friends at Three Imaginary Girls for the tip for this hilarious promotion (via Best Weekend Ever).
  • New TV on the Radio? New Raveonettes? New 120 Days? Sort of. Adult Swim is offering a full album for your listening or downloading pleasure, consisting of newer and older songs by an impressive collection of indie rock faves. Entitled Warm & Scratchy, the compilation features Broken Social Scene, Les Savy Fav, The Rapture, and The Good The Bad and The Queen. Also, on the website is this bizarre little video:
  • If things go well, you could be listening to an album by The Walkmen by the end of the year. Lead Walkman Hamilton Leithauser tells Spinner that they intend to follow up their Spiderman 3 soundtrack entry “Red River” (you can stream the album here.) with a bunch of new songs, including “calypso-sounding” songs and a “slow waltz.”
  • The newly reuned Smashing Pumpkins have a new one, Zeitgeist, coming out in July, and there’s a radio rip of a song entitled “Tarantula” floating around the blogosphere. Don’t waste your time looking for it, though. Spinner has clean stream of the song which you can hear here or here:

    Smashing Pumpkins - “Tarantula” (hosted by Spinner)


  • Austin’s Okkervil River plans to release Stage Names in August on Jajaguwar. Pitchfork got its grubby little hands on “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe,” the opening track:
  • Okkervil River - Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe (MP3)

  • As you already know, Paul McCartney is going digital with his vaguely computer-related June release, Memory Almost Full, and now NME reveals that the first video for the album will premiere on YouTube tomorrow, May 23. Don’t really care about McCartney’s solo work? The fact that Michel Gondry, auteur of the famed White Stripes video and the excellent “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind,” has directed this Sir Paul’s as well.
  • If you have any news of new releases and any interesting music to share, drop us a line at blog@kexp.org.

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