Does this make you happy?
Dr. Cliff Arnall is the researcher from Cardiff University who has made his name identifying Blue Monday, “the most depressing day of the year.” (OK, It’s not exactly splitting the atom or pasteurizing milk, but let’s give Professor Cliff his fifteen minutes here.) We’ll skip his formulas (weather, failed new years resolutions – what, already?), flow charts and graphs, and get right to it — the third Monday of each January is the date he’s come up with.
That, of course, was yesterday. So for those of you who somehow clawed your way forward to today — congratulations! Claim your prize below… a bevy of guilt-free MP3s from a nice crop of new albums, as the new-release black hole known as “the holidays” starts to fade. Skip right on down there and start mouse-clicking. If a little Barton Carroll doesn’t put a spring in your step, give Dead Confederate a try.
Come on… do it for Cliff.
from In The Future on Jagjaguwar.
Barton Carroll – Brooklyn Girl, You’re Going To Be My Bride (MP3)
from The Lost One on Skybucket Records.
Dead Confederate – The Rat (MP3)
from the Dead Confederate EP on
Dengue Fever – Sober Driver (MP3)
from Venus On Earth on M80 Records
Evangelicals – Skeleton Man (MP3)
from The Evening Descends on Dead Oceans
Liam Finn – Second Chance (MP3)
from I’ll Be Lightning on Yep Roc
Hello, Blue Roses – Shadow Falls (MP3)
from Hello, Blue Roses on Locust
Hey Willpower – Hundredaire (MP3)
from P.D.A. on Tomlab
Instruments of Science & Technology (Richard Swift) – Shooting a Rhino Between the Shoulders (MP3)
from Music From the Films of R/Swift on Secretly Canadian
MGMT – Time to Pretend (MP3)
from Oracular Spectacular on Columbia (thanks to Spin.com)
Jack Penate – Second, Minute or Hour (MP3)
from Matinee on XL
Team Robespierre – 88th Precinct (MP3)
from Everything’s Perfect on Impose
Times New Viking – Drop-Out (MP3)
from Rip It Off on Matador
The Whigs – Right Hand on my Heart (MP3)
from Mission Control on ATO Records
The Whitsundays – Sorry James (MP3)
from The Whitsundays on Friendly Fire
For a full run-down of the new albums out this week, including new efforts from Cat Power, Drive-By Truckers, and The Fleshtones, among a huge assortment of independent releases, check out Largehearted Boy’s list.