Out This Week 1/19


This week features everything from long anticipated albums to new releases of the underrated and obscure. Austin’s indie darlings Spoon took a step back from their Top 10 Billboard 200 record Ga, Ga, Ga, Ga, Ga with their seventh studio album Transference. In fact, the quartet turned inside-out this time around, trading in their signature jovial melodies for shifting textures and undercooked rhythms. Beat master RJD2 breaks in his new record label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, with his forth album, The Colossus. Drawing on the multiplicity of sound and styles of his previous albums, RJ’s forth release is once again an example of his overachieving mentality, balancing forceful funk with moving ballads, not to mention he’s singing again.

Birmingham, Alabama’s eccentric rockers Vulture Whale not only cranked out their Bamboo You EP, but truly morphed into a legitly tasteful pretend British band influenced by American music (think Guided By Voices). All six songs waver between humorous and deeply inspirational, complimented by frontman Wes McDonald’s entertaining faux British accent. CMJ band Surfer Blood has finally given the world some music with their debut release Astro Coast. Recorded in their University of Florida dorm room, the album has been compared to the Pixies, Vampire Weekend and even Weezer’s Blue Album-era. Self-recorded on a four track tape machine, EELS eighth studio record End Times, is a lovely “divorce record” about the personal trials and tribulations of the band’s leader Mark Oliver Everett aka E. But perhaps the most tantalizing albums of the week belongs to Seattle’s Feral Children and their second haunting LP Brand New Blood. A complete musical manifestation of the Pacific Northwest’s gloomy and mystifying territory, it’s definitely a soundtrack to what’s left of winter, which in our case will last for another six months.

Get the full list from Largehearted Boy’s list before you head out to your local record shop (or use what’s left of your holiday gift certificates!).

Barton Carroll -The Poor Boy Can’t Dance (MP3)
from Together You & I on Skybucket

Cold War Kids – album teaser
from Behave Yourself EP on Downtown Records

Dinowalrus – BEAD (MP3)
from % on Kanine Records

Editors – Papillion
from In This Light And On This Evening on Fader Label

EELS – Little Bird
from End Times on Vagrant Records

El May – Don’t You (feat. Matthew Caws & Khaela Maricich) (MP3)
from El May (self-released)

Feral Children – On a Frozen Beach (MP3)
from Brand New Blood on Sarathan Records

The Hot Rats – Drive My Car
from Turn Ons on Fat Possum

Horse Stories – Hummingbird (We’ll Be Okay) (MP3)
from November, November (self-released)

Len Price 3 – After You’ve Gone (MP3)
from Pictures on Wicked Cool Records

Motion City Soundtrack – Disappear
from My Dinosaur Life on Columbia

RJD2 – Let There Be Horns
from The Colossus on RJ’s Electrical Connections

Ruby Isle – So Damn High (Will Eastman Club Edit) (MP3)
from Night Shot: The Remixes on Kindercore

Shapes Stars Make – album preview
from These Mountains Are Safe on Facedown

Spoon – Written in Reverse (MP3)
from Transference on Merge

Surfer Blood – Swim (MP3)
from Astro Coast on Kanine Records

Cortney Tidwell – 17 Horses (MP3)
from Boys on City Slang / Removador Recordings

Zoey Van Goey – City Is Exploding
from The Cage Was Unlocked All Along on Chemikal Underground

Vulture Whale – The Pipe
from Bamboo You EP on Skybucket Records

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