Out This Week 2/24


If you caught the end of the Academy Awards on Sunday night, you got to hear Beck’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat,” which can be found on this week’s release of War Child: Heroes. Proceeds from the album benefit the War Child organization, which works with children affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The concept for the collection is fantastic: 15 iconic musicians select one song from their own back catalogue and ask a contemporary artist of their choosing to create a unique interpretation. You’ll find Lily Allen covering The Clash, Elbow covering U2, The Kooks covering The Kinks, and a whole lot more. Although a glance at the track list is surely enough to make you rush out and buy the album, you can preview it here and watch the trailer:

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For more of this week’s releases, which include excellent new albums from Black Lips, Clem Snide, Kinky, Laura Gibson, Here We Go Magic, and others, check out Largehearted Boy’s list and preview these fine songs below:

Black Lips – Short Fuse (MP3)
from 200 Million Thousand on Vice

The Bran Flakes – Stumble Out of Bed (MP3)
from I Have Hands on Illegal Art

Laura Barrett – Bluebird (MP3)
from Victory Garden on Paper Bag Records

Clem Snide – Me No (MP3)
from Hungry Bird on 429 Records

Laura Gibson – Spirited (MP3)
from Beast of Seasons on Hush Records

Here We Go Magic – Fangela (MP3)
from Here We Go Magic on Western Vinyl

Jar-e – An Idea (MP3)
From Chicas Malas on Exotic Recordings

Kicksville – Surrender (MP3)
From The Singles – Season 1: Collector’s Edition on Ropeadope Digital

Kinky – Hasta Quemarnos
from Barracuda on Nettwerk Music

K’Naan – Dreamer
from Troubador on A&M/Octone Records

The Lovetones – Journeyman (MP3)
from Dimensions on Planting Seeds Records

The Picture – Deer Crossing (MP3)
from the self-released Bluebirds EP

Spiritual Mansions – The Sweeter Side (MP3)
from Touched on Afternoon Records

Ume – The Conductor (MP3)
from Sunshower EP on Pretty Activity Records

Van Morrison – Sweet Thing
from Astral Weeks Live At The Hollywood Bowl on Listen To The Lion Records

Western Civ – I Am a Waterfall (MP3)
from the self-released Shower The People You Love With Gold

Window Twins – Maybe It’s Time (MP3)
from I’m This Tall City on Broken Twilight and Howells Transmitter

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