Out this Week 2/23


Record label’s are feeling especially generous this week, releasing some of the most anticipated albums of 2010. Austin’s Shearwater once again encapsulates nature’s fragile beauty with The Golden Archipelago, the third panel in a trilogy which includes 2008’s brilliant Rook and 2006’s Palo Santo. While staying within the three-album theme of environmental decay and human’s cataclysmic impact on the natural world, The Golden Archipelago is soaked in starkness and mysticism which only life on an island can foster. Known for her labyrinthine lyrics and harmonious harp, Joanna Newsom releases over two hours of her most ambitious and borderless music to date with the 3-CD magnus opus, Have One On Me. Manchester bedroom-pop project LoneLady (Julie Campbell) celebrates her Warp Record debut with Nerve Up. With the help of My Bloody Valentine and Stereolab producer Guy Fixsen, the post-punk Nerve Up swims in aggressive guitar pluck and clack/clatter percussion.

Seattle’s own Past Lives’ new record Tapestry of Webs reflects the quartet’s maturity, showcasing their inner chaotic cores without going off the deep end. Between Tapestry’s slow pop burn and 80s underground mod, you’d never suspect three-forths of the members are from screamo-punk/metal Blood Brothers. Fellow Seattle band Post Harbor released their second album They Can’t Hurt You If You Don’t Believe In Them: an epic dance between soft and loud, lumnious and overcast. Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave features the final recordings of the American legend before his death in September 2003. The sixth and final installment of the American Recordings album series will be released on February 26, what would have been the 78th birthday of the Man in Black. Other worth noting releases are Clem Snide’s The Meat of Life, Balmorhea Constellations, Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate’s Ali & Toumani and Holly Miranda’s The Magician’s Private Library.

For more new music check out Largehearted Boy’s list before heading on over to your local record shop.

Alexisonfire – The Northern
from Old Crows/Young Cardinals on Vagrant Records

Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate – Kala Djula
from Ali & Toumani on Nonesuch

April Smith and the Great Picture Show – Colors (MP3)
from Songs for a Sinking Ship on Little Roscoe Records

Balmorhea – Bowsprit (MP3)
from Constellations on Western Vinyl

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Detka!Detka!Detka!
from Who Killed Sgt Pepper on A. Records

Efterklang – Modern Drift (MP3)
from Magic Chairs on 4AD

Elaine Lachica – Rapture (MP3)
from I Think I Can See the Ocean on Stunning Models on Display

Electric President – The Violent Blue
from Violent Blue on Fake Four Inc.

Eluvium – The Motion Makes Me Last (MP3)
from Similies on Temporary Residence Ltd

Holly Miranda – Waves (MP3)
from The Magician’s Private Library on XL

Holy Fiction – Iron Eyes (MP3)
from Hours From It on Nile Music

Jack Rose – Woodpiles (MP3)
from Luck In the Valley on Thrill Jockey

Joanna Newsom – Kingfisher (MP3)
from Have One On Me on Drag City

Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave
from American VI: Ain’t No Grave on American Recordings/Lost Highway

Joy Kills Sorrow – Kill My Sorrow (MP3)
from Darkness Sure Becomes This City on Signature Sounds

LoneLady – Intuition (MP3)
from Nerve Up on Warp Records

Michael Yonkers – Lovely Gold (MP3)
from Lovely Gold on Drag City

Past Lives – Deep In The Valley (MP3)
from Tapestry of Webs on Suicide Squeeze

Picastro – Twilight Parting (MP3)
from Become Secret on Monotreme Records

Plimsouls – Zero Hour (MP3)
from Live Beg Borrow & Steal: October 31, 1981, Whiskey on Alive Records

Quasi – Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (MP3)
from American Gong on Kill Rock Stars

Post Harbor – Caves, Hollow Trees and Other Dwellings (MP3)
from They Can’t Hurt You If You Don’t Believe In Them on Burning Building Recordings

Rob Swift – Rabia 2nd Movement
from The Architect on Ipecac Recordings

Rocky Votolato – Red River (MP3)
from True Devotion on Barsuk

Sambassadeur – Stranded (MP3)
from European on Labrador Sweden

Shearwater – Black Eyes (MP3)
from The Golden Archipeligo on Matador Records

The Stance – Jenny Jitters (MP3)
from I Left Love Behind a Long Time Ago on Just Friends Records

Shout Out Louds – Walls (MP3)
from Work on Merge

Superions – Who Threw That Ham at Me
from Superions EP on Happy Happy Birthday to Me

Was (Not Was) – Walk the Dinosaur
from Pick of the Litter 1980-2010 on Micro Werks

We Are Wolves – Blue (MP3)
from Invisible Violence on +1 Records

White Hills – Dead (MP3)
from White Hills on Thrill Jockey

Xiu Xiu – Gray Death (MP3)
from Dear God, I Hate Myself on Kill Rock Stars

Zeus – Marching Through Your Head (MP3)
from Say Us on Arts and Crafts

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One Comment

  1. Emily
    Posted February 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Joanna Newsom’s “Kingfisher” isn’t working, was it pulled?

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