Out This Week 4/27


Some things are worth waiting for, and Seattle band The Lights prove that four years isn’t too long to wait for their third release in a decade. On Failed Graves, recorded once again with producer/engineer extraordinaire Erik Blood, The Lights continue to sound like a punk band writing pop tunes in the only way they know how, with a potent combination of aggression, melody, social consciousness, and unconventional song structures, as if Fugazi, The Minutemen, and The Ventures were all mixed into the same band… so, in other words, like The Lights.

Another excellent hard-hitting Seattle band, Unnatural Helpers, manage to cram 15 songs of buzzing guitar riffs, shouted vocals and razor-sharp hooks into just over 25 minutes. And they just so happen to be performing LIVE on KEXP today at noon to celebrate the release. In other Northwest related releases: Avi Buffalo debut with their self-titled release — okay, they’re from Long Beach, CA, but they’re on the venerable local label Sub Pop — and Courtney Love reforms Hole for their first album in a dozen years, which for many critics seems to hold the same sharp anger that made for their best songs.

Excellent new releases abound from other parts of the world: Leeds indie pop band The Lodger returns with their third album, French/Chilean songwriter Ana Tijoux returns to her rap roots on 1977, Germany electronic experimentalists Lali Puna come back after a six-year hiatus, and fans of gypsy punk can rejoice with two masterful releases from Balkan Beat Box and Gogol Bordello!

And while you’re out picking up all those great releases, don’t forget the latest album of alluring dark folk from Emily Jane White, the shoegazing sonic bliss of Ceremony (friends and former bandmates of A Place to Bury Strangers’ Ollie Akerman), and the insistently idiosyncratic indie folk of Frog Eyes.

Check out all of these, and more from Largehearted Boy’s list, below before heading out to prove that any day is Record Store Day!

Alcoholic Faith Mission – My Eyes to See (MP3)
from Let This Be the Last Night We Care on Paper Garden Records

Avi Buffalo – Remember Last Time (MP3)
from Avi Buffalo on Sub Pop

Balkan Beat Box – War Again
from Blue Eyed Black Boy on National Geographic Records

Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles – Private Land (MP3)
from Days That Passed on Esperanza Plantation

Ceremony – Someday (MP3)
from Rocket Fire on Killer Pimp

Common Prayer – Us vs. Them (MP3)
from There Is a Mountain on South Cherry Entropy

Frog Eyes – Frog in a Glove (MP3)
from Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph on Dead Oceans

Gogol Bordello – Pala Tute (MP3)
from Trans-Continental Hustle on American Recordings

Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound – Do Not The Clothes Make The Man!? (MP3)
from Damnant Quod Non Intelligunt EP on Ah Ritualism

Lali Puna – That Day
from Our Inventions on Morr Music

The Lights – Puerto Escondido (MP3)
from Failed Graves on Wantage USA

Linfinity – MSG (MP3)
from Martian’s Bloom on American Myth

The Lodger – The Back of My Mind (MP3)
from Flashbacks on Slumberland Records

The Mynabirds – Numbers Don’t Lie (MP3)
from What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood on Saddle Creek Records

My Education – Oars (MP3)
from Sunrise on Strange Attractors Audio House

No Second Troy – Black and White Movie (MP3)
from Colors (self-released)

Anders Osborne – Echoes of My Sins (MP3)
from American Patchwork on Alligator Records

The Pack A.D. – Crazy (MP3)
from We Kill Computers on Mint Records

People of the North – Tunnels (MP3)
from Deep Tissue on Jagjaguwar

Brian Posehn – More Metal Than You (MP3)
from Fart and Wiener Jokes on Relapse Records

Sonoi – Sherry Fall (MP3) (courtesy of Magnet)
from Sonoi on Low Transit Industries

Sugar & Gold – Feels Like Fire (MP3)
from Get Wet! on Antenna Farm Records

Ana Tijoux – 1977 (MP3)
from 1977 on Nacional Records

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
from Tourist History on Glass Note

Unnatural Helpers – Sunshine /Pretty Girls (MP3)
from Cracked Love & Other Drugs on Hardly Art

Emily Jane White – Liza (MP3)
from Victorian America on Milan Records

White Fence – The Love Between (MP3)
from White Fence on Woodsist

Wounded Lion – Creatures in the Cave (MP3)
from Wounded Lion on In The Red

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  1. luiz paulo
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    My God as I have not heard this before Balkan Beat Box, would be an amalgamation of James Brown and the clash is still existed, if someone knows more about them please send me emails

  2. Kathy
    Posted May 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Did you watch Gogol Bordello on Jimmy Fallon? You can check out the album on their site’s widget: http://www.gogolbordello.com/transcontinentalhustlewidget

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