Out This Week 3/9

broken bells

When mega-artists team up for a collaborative project like the new two-piece band, Broken Bells, the outcome is sometimes so good, it’s scary. After two years, James Mercer, lead singer and guitarist of The Shins, and Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, hot-shot producer and co-founder of Gnarls Barkley (also produced the Gorillaz and 2004’s infamous The Grey Album) have finally revealed the labor of their hard and glorious work with Broken Bell’s 10 track self-titled debut record. Cinematic and unexpectedly dark and eerie, Danger Mouse trades in much of his signature sampling for live instrumentation, creating an entirely new sound for the two distinct musicians.

California psych-rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club released their fifth album and first full-length on their very own label, Abstract Dragon. Beat the Devil’s Tattoo is just as sinister and sin-filled as their 12 years worth of deep southern gothic tunes (tune in on Friday, 3/19 at 2 p.m. to hear them live from SXSW). Glasgow-based Frightened Rabbit creates yet another emotive and dramatically gorgeous third album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, which may very well land them the stardom they deserve (also playing live on KEXP’s SXSW broadcast on Thurday, 3/18 at 1 p.m.). The almighty British virtual act Gorillaz released their first album in five years since the critically acclaimed Demon Days. Damon Albarn (Blur) and Jamie Hewlett (co-creator of the post-apocalyptic comic book, Tank Girl) united once again, experimenting with glitched-out club beats and Asian-inspired melodies in Plastic Beach. Jason Collett locked himself away with some vintage instruments in a Toronto garage in 2009, emerging with his new release, Rat A Tat Tat, a passion-filled story of an album and worthy follow up to the 2008 beauty, Here’s To Being Here. Five albums deep, the LA-based, Australian fronted Liars experiments with the epic and bizarre in Sisterworld.

The Beggars Group, a family of labels encompassing everything from XL Recordings to Rough Trade, put out a bounty of albums this week. Worth mentioning are Ted Leo & the Pharmacists’s The Brutalist Brick, Tanlines’ Settings, Pavement’s Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement , Lemonade’s Pure Moods, The Morning Benders’ Big Echo, Titus Andronicus’ The Monitor and Janka Nabay’s Bubu King. Secretly Canadian which includes labels Jagjaguwar and Dead Oceans is also celebrating with the releases of jj’s jj no 3, Besnard Lakes’ The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night and White Hinterland’s Kairos.

Check out Largehearted Boy’s list for more great albums and vinyl re-releases before hoppin’ on over to your local record shop.

1986 – Undertow (MP3)
from Everybody Is Whatever I Think They Are on Palentine Records

Acrassicauda – Garden of Stones (MP3)
from Only The Dead See The End Of The War EP on VICE Records

The Besnard Lakes – Albatross (MP3)
from The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night on Jagjaguwar

Broken Bells – The High Road
from Broken Bells on Columbia

Judson Claiborne – Song for Dreaming (MP3)
from Time and Temperature on La Société Expéditionnaire

Jason Collett – Love Is A Dirty Word (MP3)
from Rat A Tat Tat on Arts & Crafts

Emanuel and the Fear – Dear Friend (MP3)
from Listen on Paper Garden Records

Epstein Y El Conjunto – A Lost Animal (featuring School of Seven Bells) (MP3)
from When Man Gets Full He Falls Asleep on Asthmatic Kitty

Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Cant See Land
from The Winter of Mixed Drinks on FatCat

Ghostkeeper – By Morning (MP3)
from Ghostkeeper on Flemish Eye

Gonjasufi – Made
from A Sufi And A Killer on Warp

Gorillaz – Stylo (Feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack)
from Plastic Beach on EMI

Grand Atlantic – Coast Is Clear (MP3)
from How We Survive on Laughing Outlaw Records

Jatun – Circuit Eater (MP3)
from Blanket of Ash on Other Electricities

jj – Let’s Go (MP3)
from jj no 3 on Secretly Canadian

The Knife – Colouring of Pigeons (MP3)
from Tomorrow, In a Year on Mute/Rabid

Lay Low – By and By (MP3)
from Farewell Good Night’s Sleep on Loo Records

Lemonade – Lifted (MP3)
from Pure Moods on True Panther Sounds

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – The Mighty Sparrow (MP3)
from The Brutalist Bricks on Matador

Liars – Scissor
from Sisterworld on Mute

McCabe & Mrs. Miller – Fare Thee Well (MP3)
from Time for Leaving on Magnetic Motorworks

Method Actors – Do the Method (MP3)
from This Is Still It on Acute Records

The Morning Benders – Promises (MP3)
from Big Echo on Rough Trade

Janka Nabay – Eh Congo (MP3)
from Bubu King on True Panther Sounds

Nervous Curtains – Accomplice (MP3)
from Out of Sync With Time on Latest Flame Records

Pavement – Gold Soundz (MP3)
from Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement on Matador

The Pharmacy – Coldest Morning Light (MP3)
from Weekend on Park The Van

Pretty Good Dance Moves – Leave Me Alone (MP3)
from PGDM EP on Township Records

Tanlines – Real Life (MP3)
from Settings on True Panther Sounds

Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union (MP3)
from The Monitor on XL Recording

Thrushes – Crystal (MP3)
from Night Falls on Morphius Records

White Hinterland – No Logic (MP3)
from Kairos on Dead Oceans

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

Zola Jesus – Night (MP3)
from Stridulum EP on Sacred Bones Records

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One Comment

  1. Darrin
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    1986 is amazing!

    They have a really cool way to download the record for free

    http://www.rockandrollponzischeme.com I wish more bands were as creative…both musically and business-wise.

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