Out This Week 1/25

This week’s list of new releases is full of challenges. As you head out, you’ll find yourself testing the limits of your strength as you lug around your shopping cart full of all the great new albums on record store shelves today and the endurance of your ears as you listen to it all. But never fear: with great challenges come great rewards!

Perhaps most anticipated this week, and most likely to challenge your expectations, is the latest from Iron & Wine. Sam Beam has taken his formerly indie project to the majors -- from Sub Pop to Warner Bros. -- and with it he has expanded his typically spare, rustic sound for lush production and musical styles reminiscent of 70′s FM radio. It’s a bold artistic leap that will confound some and please many others. Perhaps several steps ahead of Beam already is Dan Bejar, a member of The New Pornographers, whose long-running project Destroyer has been confounding and pleasing listeners for over a decade. Appropriately, Kaputt (which we certainly hope the band is not) is being touted by many critics as Destroyer’s best yet even as they malign Bejar’s source music as “cheesy” disco, smooth jazz, and new wave. Perhaps more easily accessible, though by no means less likable, is the energetic jangle pop debut from Apex Manor, a project born after the demise of The Broken West by its former frontman, Ross Flournoy.

There are too many other excellent new releases out this week to describe them all here, but you’ll find each of these and more already in regular rotation on KEXP: Deerhoof, Gang of Four, Grouplove, John Vanderslice, The Veils, Fujiya & Miyagi, Los Chicharonns, The Radio Dept., Say Hi, Woodsman, Cloud Nothings, and the Jack White-produced new album from the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.

So you had better get started now. Check Largehearted Boy’s list and the many samples below... and be sure to hydrate!

Acrylics - Nightwatch (MP3)
from Lives and Treasure on Hot Sand Records

Apex Manor - Under the Gun (MP3)
from Year of Magical Drinking on Merge Records

Ben + Vesper - An Honest Bluff (MP3)
from Honors on Sounds Familyre

David Berkeley - George Square (MP3)
from Some Kind of Cure on Tijuana Gift Shop

Chikita Violenta - All I Need’s a Little More (MP3)
from TRE3S on Arts & Crafts

Cloud Nothings - Understand At All (MP3)
from Cloud Nothings on Carpark Records

Cold War Kids - Louder Than Ever
from Mine Is Yours on Downtown Records

Com Truise - Slow Peels (MP3)
from Cyanide Sisters EP on Ghostly International

Deerhoof - The Merry Barracks (MP3)
from Deerhoof vs. Evil on Polyvinyl Records

Delicate Steve - Butterfly (MP3)
from Wondervisions on Luaka Bop

Destroyer - Chinatown (MP3)
from Kaputt on Merge Records

Duchess Leo - Bloom (MP3)
from Golden Gray on Whale Heart Records

The Ex - Cold Weather Is Back (MP3)
from Catch My Shoe on Fishtank/Carrot Top

Exray’s - You Forgot (MP3)
from Exray’s on Howells Transmitter

Fujiya & Miyagi - Sixteen Shades Of Black & Blue (MP3)
from Ventriloquizzing on Yep Roc

Gang Of Four - You’ll Never Pay For The Farm (MP3)
from Content on Yep Roc

Duke Garwood - Jesus Got a Gun (MP3)
from dreamboatsafari on Fire Records

Greater Pacific - The Distance (MP3)
from Rainfall EP on Yer Bird Records

Grouplove - Colours
from Grouplove EP on Atlantic

I Was a King - Nightwalking (MP3)
from Old Friends on Sounds Familyre

Lia Ices - Grown Unknown (MP3)
from Grown Unknown on Jagjaguwar

Iron & Wine - Tree By The River (download)
from Kiss Each Other Clean on Warner Bros.

Wanda Jackson (feat. Jack White) - Thunder On The Mountain
from The Party Ain’t Over on Nonesuch

Los Chicharrons - Ma Do Nar (MP3)
from Roots of Life on Tummy Touch

Phil Manley - Life Coach (MP3)
from Life Coach on Thrill Jockey

James Vincent McMorrow - If I Had a Boat (MP3)
from Early In The Morning on Vagrant

Metal Mountains - Structures in the Sun (MP3)
from Golden Trees on Amish Records

Monotonix - Give Me More (MP3)
from Not Yet on Drag City

Paper Diamond - From Now Till... (MP3)
from The Levitate EP on Pretty Lights Music

The Radio Dept. - The One (MP3)
from Passive Aggressive: The Singles 2002-2010 on Labrador Records

Say Hi - Devils (MP3)
from Um, Uh Oh on Barsuk Records

Sidi Touré - Bon Kum (MP3)
from Sahei Folk on Thrill Jockey

Stripmall Architecture - Lemoncholic (MP3)
from Albino Peacock EP (self-released)

Thank You - 1-2-3 Bad (MP3)
from Golden Worry on Thrill Jockey

U.S. Royalty - Equestrian (MP3)
from Mirrors (self-released)

John Vanderslice - The Piano Lesson (MP3)
from White Wilderness on Dead Oceans

The Veils - Bloom (MP3)
from Troubles Of The Brain EP on Pitch Beast

Woodsman - Insects (MP3)
from Rare Forms on Lefse Records

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