Out This Week 4/13

MGMT-Congrats

All systems are go on perhaps the biggest album out this week: MGMT‘s sophomore effort, Congratulations, on which the Brooklyn band veers away from creating dancey pop singles to more experimental, spacey territory. Produced by space rock pioneer Peter Kember, formerly of Spacemen 3, the new album is hardly a psychedelic drone-fest. As the album cover pictured above suggests, it’s a whole lot of weird wacky fun.

And if you’re looking for more of that, check out Rafter‘s latest LP, Animal Feelings, a kaleidoscopic pop culture romp that blends electronics and live instruments into clever jams. Dosh, another acoustic/electronic hybridizer, skips most of the goofs but is no less quirky on his latest, Tommy, which features guest vocals from his occasional collaborator Andrew Bird, among others. In a more serious effort, Iceland’s Jóhann Jóhannsson composes a masterful work of electronica meets orchestra in his new album, & In the Endless Pause There Came Sound of Bees. And if you want more electronic sounds, be sure to pick up Ghostly International‘s two-part collection Horizon Line / Ghostly By Night, which gathers ten remixes and reinterpretations of Ghostly classics on one disc, and ten new, forthcoming, and unreleased songs, on the other.

If you’d rather pop of a more acoustic bent, you can finally pick up the official label release of Freelance WhalesWeathervanes, which has seen serious airplay on KEXP over the last few months (and the band recently performed during KEXP’s broadcast from SXSW). Other great new releases, with even more folky leanings, include the latest from the Vermont-raised Sam Amidon, Sweden’s The Tallest Man on Earth, Portland’s Nick Jaina, and Jesse Marchant, aka JBM, whose debut will likely appeal to fans of Justin Vernon’s atmospheric, acoustic indie folk with Bon Iver.

But if it’s something more punishing you want, try the latest from Canadian metal brokers Cancer Bats, who do a riffing take on Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” or Heliocentric from the Swiss band The Ocean. Or maybe if hip-hop is your thing, the Murs & 9th Wonder collaboration ForNever, or if blues punk, the Legendary Shack Shakers‘s new one, or all-girl Swiss 80s post-punk, the re-release of Chin-Chin‘s Sound Of The Westway. No matter which way fly, there’s plenty landing on record store shelves this week... and don’t forget that this Saturday is Record Store Day! Look for soon-to-be hard to find exclusives as you support one of the last pleasures of a pre-digital world.

Sam Amidon - How Come That Blood (MP3)
from I See the Sign on The Bedroom Community

Benni Hemm Hemm - Retaliate (MP3)
from Retaliate EP on Kimi Records

Blasfemea - Maria (MP3)
from Galaxia Tropicalia on La Lisbonera

Burnt Ones - Gonna Listen to T-Rex All Night Long (MP3)
from All Night Long 7″ on Roaring Colonel Records

Cancer Bats - Sabotage
from Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones on Lakeshore Records

Chin-Chin - Dark Days (MP3)
from Sound of the Westway on Slumberland/Mississippi Records

Olney Clark - Tea And Thunderstorms (MP3)
from Olney Clark on Friendly Police UK

Coheed and Cambria - Inspiration
from Year of The Black Rainbow on Sony

Dosh - Number 41 (MP3)
from Tommy on Anticon

Freelance Whales - Generator 2nd Floor (MP3)
from Weathervanes on French Kiss

Holy Hail - Keymaker’s Summer (MP3)
from The Dying (After) Party on PseudoScience Records

Nick Jaina - Sleep Child (MP3)
from Bird in the Opera House on Hush Records

JBM - Ambitions and War (MP3)
from Not Even in July on Partisan Records

Jóhann Jóhannsson - Rainwater
from & In the Endless Pause There Came Sound of Bees on Type Records

Legendary Shack Shakers - Sin Eater (MP3)
from Agridustrial on COLDL

Mantler - Fresh and Fair (MP3)
from Monody on Tomlab

Mathemagic - Breaststroke (MP3)
from Mathemagic EP on Paper Bag Digital

MGMT - Flash Delirium (MP3)
from Congratulations on Columbia

Moneybrother - Born Under a Bad Sign (MP3)
from Real Control on Bladen County Records

Murs & 9th Wonder - The Problem Is ( feat. Sick Jacken & Uncle Chucc)
from ForNever on SMC Recordings

The Nels Cline Singers - Floored (MP3)
from Initiate on Cryptogramophonej

The Ocean - Heliocentric promo
from Heliocentric on Metal Blade Records

Rafter - Paper (MP3)
from Animal Feelings on Asthmatic Kitty

Carrie Rodriguez - Big Love (MP3)
from Love and Circumstance on Ninth Street Opus

Saint Bernadette - Already Gone (MP3)
from Word To The Lourdes EP on Exotic Records

Senryu - Inklings (MP3)
from Inkling on El Deth Records

Sightings - Tar and Pine (MP3)
from City of Straw on Jagjaguwar

Sin Ropas - Fever You Fake (MP3)
from Holy Broken on Shrug Records

The Tallest Man on Earth - King of Spain (MP3)
from The Wild Hunt on Dead Oceans

Various Artists:
Choir Of Young Believers - Claustrophobia (The Antlers Remix) (MP3)
Deastro - Mowgli The Lynx (MP3)
from Horizon Line / Ghostly By Night on Ghostly International

Various Artists:
Take It Easy Hospital - Human Jungle (MP3)
from No One Knows About Persian Cats Soundtrack on Milan Records

Gordon Withers - Revolving Doors (MP3)
from Gordon Withers (self-released)

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One Comment

  1. Jeff Wheeler
    Posted April 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Come on, no Foxy Shazam love? I know y’all like Foxy Shazam. :)

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