Out This Week 8/11


Can you believe it’s already been two months since the last Robert Pollard-related release? I know, right?! It felt almost like three months! I mean, single-celled organisms have gone through at least a couple of life cycles, and the loaf of bread you bought back then might be a little moldy now. But Bob Pollard is not mold spore… no, he’s more productive, having this month topped his previous ’09 outings — Cosmos’ Jar Of Jam Ton Of Bricks, Circus Devils’ Gringo, Boston Spaceships’ The Planets Are Blasted, and The Crawling Distance — with 22 two-minute tracks on his latest solo effort, Elephant Jokes, an album some critics are calling a return to mid-90’s form.

Other worthwhile releases come from Black Mold, an experimental side-project of Chad Vangaalen; Patrick Wolf, who was supposedly giving up showbiz amid the buzz generated by his last album; The Bottle Rockets, who are going over 15 years strong; and Malcolm Middleton, the other half of Arab Strap, whose fifth solo release may very well be his last (so he’s alluded). One you don’t want to miss: the remixed version of Balmorhea’s excellent 2008 album All Is Wild, All Is Silent. Check out the highlights below and get the full list from Largehearted Boy — and head out to your local record shop quickly, before Robert Pollard puts out another one!

AM – Grand Opinion (MP3)
from Future Sons & Daughters on AM Sounds

ApSci – Under Control (MP3)
from Best Crisis Ever on Quannum Projects

Balmorhea – Truth (Helios remix) (MP3)
from All Is Wild, All Is Silent Remixes on Western Vinyl

Black Mold – Tetra Pack Heads (MP3)
from Snow Blindness is Crystal Antz on Flemish Eye

The Bottle Rockets – Hard Times (MP3)
from Lean Forward on Bloodshot Records

The Darlings – If This Is Love (MP3)
from Yeah I Know on Famous Class Records

The Dry Spells – Batwood (MP3)
from Too Soon For Flowers on Antenna Farm Records

Esser – Headlock (MP3)
from Braveface on Chocolate Industries

Foxtails Brigade – Chat with Sivan (MP3)
from Chat with Sivan on Third Culture

Dan Mangan – Road Regrets (MP3)
from Nice, Nice, Very Nice on File Under: Music

Imelda May – Johnny Got A Boom Boom (MP3)
from Love Tattoo on Verve Forecast

Jeff Merchant – Crazy Ship (MP3)
from City Makes No Sound on Merchy Music

Malcolm Middleton – Carry Me (MP3)
from Waxing Gibbous on Full Time Hobby

Robert Pollard – Jimmy (MP3)
from Elephant Jokes on Guided By Voices, Inc.

Sam & Ruby – Sarah (MP3)
from The Here and Now on Rykodisc

Anna Ternheim – What Have I Done (MP3)
from Leaving on a Mayday on Verve Forecast

Patrick Wolf – Hard Times
from The Bachelor on Bloody Chamber Music

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  1. Posted August 11, 2009 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Love the Malcolm Middleton.

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