Today in Music: New Releases 7/24

John Vanderslice at SXSW 2006
photo by mrmatt

No need to break out the big shopping bag this week, as there are probably only a handful of new releases that you’ll be interested in. That’s not to say it’s slim pickings on Largehearted Boy‘s list, but the choices are varied: John Vanderslice and Bishop Allen may draw one crowd, Robbers on High Street and Manic Street Preachers another. Prince, Talib Kweli, and UNKLE a whole other. Of course, you KEXP listeners have eclectic tastes, so you just may want to pick up them all. Here are a few samples to help you choose:

In celebration of his latest release, Emerald City, John Vanderslice is releasing a live recording of each song from the album on a different blog each day. Each song was recorded at Tiny Telephone studio. The first, “Kookaburra,” was posted yesterday on Stereogum. Be sure to catch John Vanderslice at the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend and live on KEXP next Monday morning at 9:30 am.

After a year of releasing a year’s worth of monthly EP‘s, Brooklyn band Bishop Allen is releasing their second full-length containing a number of those fantastic songs as well as two new songs, like “Rain.” On August 4, Bishop Allen will perform with Page France at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle.

Bishop Allen – Rain (MP3) You can hear Tiny Vipers perform live in the KEXP studio today. Tiny Vipers is really the name under which Seattle’s Jesy Fortino performs, and Hands Across The Void, released today on Sub Pop, is her debut full-length: Tiny Vipers – On This Side (MP3) The EP of previously performed but not officially collected songs by Yeah Yeah Yeahs comes out today also. Here’s a great live performance of “Rockers to Swallow,” one of the five songs on Is Is. Thanks to Product Shop NYC for this: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Rockers to Swallow [live] (MP3) Tegan and Sara, who recorded their latest, The Con, with Death Cab’s Chris Walla, documented their recording experience and their label, Sire, posted several “video chapters” on the ‘Tube. They are all as amusing as this chapter featuring “Hop a Plane”:

Here are a few more songs to consider, including a new one from UNKLE, featuring The Cult’s Ian Astbury (thanks to Rock Sellout for hosting this):

UNKLE – Crown Victoria (MP3) Prince – Planet Earth (MP3) Robbers On High Street – Crown Victoria (MP3) Okay, now go out there and fill your shopping carts!

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