Out This Week 6/15


It may be that the music of 2010 will be remembered as a time when maturity in music is considered a good thing. In the past, a new release branded as “more mature” usually was a nice way of saying either “not as good” or “didn’t sell as well.” But many of the releases of the new decade have proved otherwise. Yeasayer, for instance, updated their raw, catchy hippy jams with Odd Blood, a gathering of even catchier electronics-heavy synth-pop gems. The new songs slowly leaking out of Arcade Fire’s Suburbs show, like this one, a less frenetic but more concentrated style. And the same can be said about Foals latest, Total Life Forever, out today on Sub Pop, which our own Music Director called “a remarkably mature work that’s more adventurous and expansive while also containing much more emotional depth.”

The other new releases this week come from bands in various stages of ripening. The more seasoned acts include Pernice Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Cowboy Junkies, and Shinyribs, which although is a relatively new project, it’s really the pseudonym of The Gourds’ Kevin Russell. Veteran punk guitarist Stephen Egerton (The Descendents) brings in old friends on his first solo album, The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton, and Austin-based Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma celebrate a decade together and their fifth studio release. And although The Gaslight Anthem is only on their third LP, lead singer Brian Fallon is about as “old soul” as there is in music today. Check out their “mature” new album, American Slang.

Check out all of these and more, including the Oasis retrospective singles collection, Time Flies… 1994-2009, on Largehearted Boy’s list and sample these fine tunes before heading out to your local record shop:

Blood Feathers – Don’t Know You At All (MP3)
from Good Gracious on Philebrity Label

Cowboy Junkies – Cicadas (MP3)
from Renmin Park on Razor and Tie

John Cunningham – You Shine (MP3)
from John Cunningham 1998-2002 on Ashmont Records

Stephen Egerton – Our Last Song (feat. Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio)
from The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton on Paper + Plastick Records

Foals – Balloons (MP3)
from Total Life Forever on Sub Pop

The Gaslight Anthem – The Making of… (part 1)
from American Slang on Side One Dummy

Grupo Fantasma – Telarana (MP3)
from Existential on InGrooves

The Guggenheim Grotto – The Universe is Laughing (MP3)
from The Universe Is Laughing on United for Opportunity Records

The Hot Toddies – Keep on Runnin’ (The Vampire Song) (MP3)
from Get Your Heart On on Asian Man Records

Kacey Johansing – Oh, Brother (MP3)
from Many Seasons on Porto Franco Records

Jonny Rumble – BRZRKR (MP3)
from JR on Rock Proper

The Like – He’s Not A Boy
from Release Me on Downtown Records

Locks – The Sergeant’s Daughter (MP3)
from Suicides Don’t Commit Themselves on Static Station Records

People Like Us & Wobbly – Giant Love Ball (MP3)
from Music for the Fire on Illegal Art Records

Pernice Brothers – Jaqueline Susann (MP3)
from Goodbye, Killer on Ashmont Records

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Jefferson Jericho Blues
from Mojo on Warner Bros

Pineapple Thief – Nothing At Best
from Someone Here Is Missing on Kscope Records

Shinyribs – Who Built the Moon (MP3)
from Well After Awhile on Nine Mile Records

Sleep Good – Schlitterbahn (MP3)
from Skyclimber on Autobus Records

Sunglasses – Whiplash (MP3)
from Sunglasses EP on Lefse Records

Telepathic Butterflies – Circle Man (MP3)
from Wow and Flutter! on Kill Beat Music

Venice is Sinking – Falls City (MP3)
from Sand and Lines: The Georgia Theatre Sessions on One Percent Records

We Are Scientists – Nice Guys
from Barbara on Red General Catalog

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  1. Terry
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    That Jonny Rumble MP3 rocks!

  2. Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Blood Feathers is on Philebrity Label. Thanks for the post. We’ve got a lot of friends in KEXP land.

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