Record Store Day may be over, but its spirit lives on this week (and every week). In fact, the Sub Pop release of The Head and the Heart‘s self-titled debut, which was available this past Saturday as a Record Store Day preview, comes out officially today. The local band owes much to the Seattle record shops that first sold (and sold out of) their self-released CDs. Now the rest of the nation can pick up copies as this band continues to soar into the stratosphere (and if you missed their two 10-song plus in-store sets at Sonic Boom and Easy Street Records, stay tuned, as we’ll soon have video from each!). Another Seattle band poised for much more attention is My Goodness, comprised of guitarist Joel Schneider and drummer Ethan Jacobsen. While this bluesy combo will certainly remind listeners of Black Keys or maybe even The White Stripes, My Goodness sharpens their licks with a more punk-influenced ferocity on their debut out today.
Also out this week is the second full-length from New England native Merrill Garbus, a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs, who continues to twist pop tunes into something simultaneously weird and familiar. Slightly jarring at first, her songs quickly become comforting friends as they burrow into your skull. And speaking of undeniably catchy, Gorillaz are officially releasing the album they made available digitally last year and which was recorded entirely on Damon Albarn’s Apple iPad while they were on tour. Conceptually, it sounds like a commercial, but musically, the album is full of interesting songs and speaks to Albarn’s unflagging prolificacy.
Other albums you can pick up in record stores today come from Seattle’s Zoe Muth & Lost High Rollers, who will be live on KEXP on Swinging Doors this Thursday at 7PM; John Davis’ (Q and not U, Georgie James) current project, Title Tracks; and German producer Pantha Du Prince, who follows up last year’s Black Noise with a remix album. A bit more exotic sounds come from L.A.’s Cambodian psych-pop band Dengue Fever, Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Omara “Bombino” Moctar, and Montreal’s francophone indie rock band Malajube.
For a list of more, including the latest from The High Llamas, The Unthanks, and an audiobook of Rudolph Wurlitzer’s Slow Fade read by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s Will Oldham, head over to Largehearted Boy. But for now, stick around and sample excerpts of the week’s new releases... and don’t forget that every day is Record Store Day!
American Babies - Dance All Night (MP3)
from Flawed Logic on Engine Room Recordings
Anti-Social Music - Bitter Suite (Fear) (MP3)
from Is the Future of Everything on Peacock Recordings
Bombino - Tar Hani (My Love) (download)
from Agadez on Cumbancha
Dengue Fever - Cement Slippers (download)
from Cannibal Courtship on Fantasy Records / Concord Music Group
Eliza Doolittle - Skinny Genes
from Eliza Doolittle on Capitol
Futurebirds - Dirty D (MP3)
from Futurebirds EP
Gorillaz - Phoner To Arizona
from The Fall on Virgin Records
The Head and the Heart - Lost in My Mind (MP3)
from The Head and the Heart on Sub Pop
The Heavenly States - Model Son (MP3)
from Oui Camera Oui on Hippies Are Dead Records
The High Llamas - Fly Baby, Fly (MP3)
from Talahomi Way on Drag City
I’m From Barcelona - Get In Line (MP3)
from Forever Today on Mute
Jonwayne - Crumbled Luna (MP3)
from Bowser on Alpha Pup Records
Malajube - Synesthésie
from La Caverne on Dare To Care Records
Matthewdavid - International (feat. Dogbite) (MP3)
from Outmind on Brainfeeder
O’Death - Bugs (MP3)
from Outside on Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Quiet Parade - I Never Have Wanted Love Like That (MP3)
from Please Come Home (We Hate It Here Without You) (self-released)
Street Chant - The Fatigues (MP3)
from Means on Arch Hill Recordings
Title Tracks - All Tricks (MP3)
from In Blank on Ernest Jenning Record Co.
tUnE-yArDs - Bizness (MP3)
from w h o k i l l on 4AD
The Unthanks - Queen of Hearts (MP3)
from Last on Rough Trade
Rudolph Wurlitzer - Slow Fade (audiobook excerpt) (MP3)
from Slow Fade on Drag City