You finally get a break from the budget busting weeks previous of new releases — but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook entirely. There are a handful of worthwhile albums that require your attention.
The soundtrack to the Joy Division biopic Control comes out today and includes songs from the seminal band and others by their equally formative contemporaries like Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, The Buzzcocks, and New Order. As Joy Division continues to influence bands today, it’s only fitting that (at least) one of them appear on the album:
Also out today is the offbeat Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, which features seven stages of the songwriter’s life portrayed by six very different actors including Richard Gere, Christian Bale, and Cate Blanchett. The soundtrack includes a similarly diverse mix of artists covering Bob’s songs, such as Steve Malkmus, Tom Verlaine, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Cat Power, Richie Havens, Sufjan Stevens, and Los Lobos. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the trailer to the movie:
You can divide out the rest of your cash between indie albums by Ian Ball of Gomez, country rapper Buck 65, and Swedish songstresses Kate Tucker and Sally Shapiro. Also worth considering are releases by Nicole Atkins, Pusifer, The Carribean, and Charalambides. Check out a complete list at Largehearted Boy and sample of few of these releases here:
Nicole Atkins – Neptune City
Ian Ball – Failure (MP3)
Buck 65 – Shutter Buggin (MP3)
The Caribbean – Bees, Their Vision and Language (MP3)
Charalambides – Do You See? (MP3)
Puscifer – Queen B.
Sally Shapiro – He Keeps Me Alive (MP3)
Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden – Faster Than Cars (MP3)
Thanks to Stereogum and all of the labels and distributors who make songs available for potential buyers to sample.