Today in Music: New Releases 9/18


This week is another bank account drainer, as fall now seems to be in full swing, with a huge list of new releases compiled the unfailing Largehearted Boy. Several reissues (For Against, Immaculate Machines, Iggy Pop and box sets (Emmylou Harris, John Coltrane) complement this collection of independent and mainstream releases.

A few highlights this week of albums from bands you typically hear on KEXP (or will soon) include Akron/Family, Carolyn Mark, The Donnas, Magnet, Rogue Wave, Hard-Fi, The Fall, Gravenhurst, Mary Gauthier, Ben Lee, and Les Savy Fav. Local bands Green Pajamas, Schoolyard Heroes, and The Vells also have releases hitting shelves today.

There are quite a few worthy solo releases as well: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (his is really a soundtrack), and Nyles Lannon (formerly of Film School), who will be in KEXP’s studio for a live performance tomorrow at noon!

Here is a sampling of songs from these new releases to help you make some tough choices, including a song by Biffy Clyro from Puzzles, the debut by the Glaswegians currently touring with Editors (and at Chop Suey tonight!)

Akron/Family – Love Is Simple (MP3)

The A-Sides – Diamonds (MP3)

Biffy Clyro – Living’s A Problem Because Everything Dies (MP3)

Carolyn Mark – The 1 That Got Away [With It] (MP3)

The Donnas – Bitchin’

Eddie Vedder – Hard Sun (stream)

Gravenhurst – Hollow Men

Green Pajamas – Wild Pony (MP3)

Health – Glitter Pills (MP3)

Kevin Drew – TBTF (MP3)

Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers – Old Spur Line (MP3)

Les Savy Fav – What Would Wolves Do? (MP3)

Magnet – You Got Me

Ministry – Let’s Go (MP3)

Nyles Lannon – Did I Lose You (MP3)

Rogue Wave – Lake Michigan (MP3)

Schoolyard Heroes – Dude Where’s My Skin? (MP3)

Songs of Green Pheasant – King Friday (MP3)

The Vells – Precious Sweet (MP3)

Thanks to Spinner, Spin Magazine, and all of the labels and distributors with enough foresight to allow MP3 downloads. For samples of other releases this week, you’re on your own!

v3_cover.jpgAnd don’t forget to pick up a copy of Live at KEXP Volume 3 while you still can. This limited release, which contains exclusive songs by The Shins, Beirut, Ghostland Observatory, Lady Sovereign, The English Beat, and many others, is available from our website and at Seattle area record stores.

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