Out This Week 3/30


How scuzzy do you like your rock? A lot? Good, ’cause you’re in luck. Fans of fuzz, drone, grit, and lo-fi will find plenty to choose from on this week’s list of new releases. Perhaps the newest in the pack is Dum Dum Girls, the all-female project (you never can tell by names these days!) led by L.A.’s Dee Dee, whose Sub Pop debut of “blissed out buzzsaw” and 60’s style harmonies has been getting plenty of airplay on KEXP (RIYL Vivian Girls and Crocodiles). Former Headcoatee Holly Golightly slinks through a sultry set of dark, lo-fi numbers deep from the backwoods of Georgia, while on the other coast, San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips lay down thick slabs of psych/garage goodness. Robert Pollard, king of the lo-fi home recordings, if not at least their most prolific producer, returns this week with another outing from his tripped-out group Circus Devils.

Going back a few years, and owing a debt to The Jesus & Mary Chain, the short-lived Black Tambourine, often cited as an inspiration themselves by several bands on this week’s list, are releasing a new, “more complete” compilation of their recordings dating back to the early 90’s. And from about the same time, the “First Ten Years” of scuzz rock heroes and blues destroyers The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are collected in a new 22-song anthology. Blues/folk veteran Seasick Steve has been kicking around the music scene in the US and UK since the 60’s but has only in the past decade starting making his own albums, including like this week’s release, Man From Another Time. The White Stripes, perhaps the most successful scuzz rockers of late, have unleashed their limited edition box set, Under Great White Northern Lights, which contains six CDs, a hardcover book of photography, a double vinyl LP, a DVD, some 7″ singles and a silkscreened print — a must-have for die-hard fans. Even electronics get the scuzz treatment this week as L.A. beat artist Free The Robots introduces his debut, Ctrl Alt Delete.

There’s a bit of something for everyone, though, hitting the record store shelves this week, so try the cleaner twee sounds of Slow Club, the masterful Ethiopian jazz of Mulatu Astatke, the weird carnavalesque concept album by Evelyn Evelyn, or many other new discoveries found on this week’s list, courtesy of Largehearted Boy:

Annuals – Loxtep (MP3)
from Sweet Sister on Banter Media

Mulatu Astatke – Green Africa (MP3)
from Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records

Black Tambourine – Ex Lovers (MP3)
from Black Tambourine on Slumberland Records

Patrick Bower – The Dark Lord (of Love) (MP3)
from The Dark Lord (of Love) on Fun Fact Records

Circus Devils – Hard Art (MP3)
from Mother Skinny on Happy Jack Rock

Dum Dum Girls – Jail La La (MP3)
from I Will Be on Sub Pop

Evelyn Evelyn – Have You Seen My Sister (MP3)
from Evelyn Evelyn on Eleven Records

Extra Life – (Pay Up) The Ladder (MP3)
from Made Flesh on LOAF Recordings

Free the Robots – Orion’s Beltbuckle (MP3)
from Ctrl Alt Delete on Alpha Pup

The Go Find – It’s Automatic
from Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight on Morr Music

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs – Forget It (MP3)
from Medicine County on Transdreamer Records

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Wail
from Dirty Shirt Rock n’ Roll: The First Ten Years on Shout Factory!

The Living Sisters – Double Knots (MP3)
from Love to Live on Vanguard Records

Jen Olive – Wire Wire (MP3)
from Warm Robot on APE

Seasick Steve – Diddley Bo (MP3)
from Man From Another Time on Rykodisc

Slow Club – The Trophy Room
from Yeah So on !k7

Sneaky Thieves – When I Die (MP3)
from Brotherly on Other Electricities

Angus and Julia Stone – And the Boys
from Down The Way on Nettwerk Music

Tarlton – Learn by Example (MP3)
from Evergreens on Afternoon Records

Turin Brakes – Sea Change
from Outbursts on Cooking Vinyl

The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights clip
from Under Great White Northern Lights (box set) on Warner Bros.

Wooden Shjips – I Hear the Vibrations (MP3)
from Vol. 2 on Sick Thirst

The Young Sinclairs – Tribe (MP3)
from Songs of the Young Sinclairs on Kindercore Records

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One Comment

  1. Eugenia
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Please don’t forget to mention (ex-Hole, ex-Smashing Pumpkins bassist) Melissa Auf der Maur’s new album that was also released today. The sound of her new album is extremely experimental and alternative, and has nothing to do with her “just rock” first album 6 years ago. It has a very strong indie feel, the kind of music that major labels don’t usually release.

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