Out This Week 5/3

It’s youth versus old age in this week’s roundup of new releases. Seattle’s Fleet Foxes have reason to celebrate as they embark on a tour starting with two sold out shows at the Moore Theater in their hometown (last night’s show was magnificent!) and a brand new, critically applauded sophomore release. Helplessness Blues is rich in archaic and pastoral themes that dip as frequently into 19th Century poetic references like William Butler Yates’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” as they do into 60’s folk rock influences like Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks — somehow, and through much labor in recording this by the band, the album feels as refreshing as an autumn day in spring. Yet while Fleet Foxes manage success by seeming old despite their youth, pioneering trio Beastie Boys do the opposite, and 25 years after their record-breaking debut, return with Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, their first full-on rap album in seven years. Originally titled Hot Sauce Committee and delayed for its intended 2009 release due to MCA’s battle with cancer, the new album sports fun as “Part Two” and contains all the faux mic battles, cheeky pop culture references and downright funky beats that fans wished for more on their comparatively lackluster 2007 album. Clearly, age has refreshed them!

Other worthwhile new releases this week come from artist young and old. The young Spokane-based musician and beat producer James Pants puts out his third album this week; veteran musician (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and artist/producer (PJ Harvey) Mick Harvey has a new solo album out on Mute; and Australia’s Architecture in Helsinki return with their latest. Jazz/funk/jam collective Galactic let loose a blazing live album just in time for Jazz Fest, while British pop group The Wave Pictures have released something like their 11th album! Sample all of these and more below, and check out Largehearted Boy’s list for a full list of what you’ll find in stores this week.

Architecture in Helsinki – Contact High (MP3)
from Moment Bends on Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records

Priscilla Ahn – When You Grow Up (download)
from When You Grow Up on Blue Note Records

Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise
from Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 on Capitol Records

Cat’s Eyes – Face in the Crowd
from Cat’s Eyes on KOOYP/CooperativeMusicUSA/DowntownRecords

Dead Rider – Stop Motion (MP3)
from The Raw Dents on Tizona

Dave Depper – Dear Boy (Paul McCartney cover) (MP3)
from The Ram Project on Jackpot Records

Det Vackra Livet – Viljan (MP3)
from Det Vackra Livet on Labrador Records

Jason Forrest – Raunchy (MP3)
from The Everything on Staastakt

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (MP3)
from Helplessness Blues on Sub Pop

Galactic – album preview
from The Other Side Of Midnight: Live In New Orleans on Anti Records

Grand Pianoramax – Roulette (MP3)
from Smooth Danger on ObliqSound

Mick Harvey – Famous Last Words
from Sketches From The Book Of The Dead on Mute

The Jolly Boys – Emmanuel Road (MP3)
from Great Expectation on Ent. One Music

Les Blanks – Straw Man (MP3)
from In Country (self-released)

Joel Morales – Cyanide Breath Mint (MP3)
from When Beck Was Cool on Future Farmer Recordings

Mount Moriah – Lament (MP3)
from Mount Moriah EP on Holidays For Quince Records

James Pants – Clouds Over the Pacific
from James Pants on Stones Throw

Pulseprogramming – First They Fire
from Charade is Gold on Audraglint

Gruff Rhys – Sensations In The Dark
from Hotel Shampoo on Wichita Recordings

Anni Rossi – Rude Boy (Rhianna Cover) (MP3)
from Heavy Meadow on Syllables Records

Sounds Under Radio – Sing (MP3)
from Where My Communist Heart Meets My Capitalist Mind on Caroline

Vandervelde – More Than You Can Feel (MP3)
from More Than You Can Feel on Secretly Canadian

The Wave Pictures – Little Surprise
from Beer In The Breakers on Moshi Moshi

VA – No Future: A Tribute To The Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned on Released Emotions Records
Leatherface – Melody Lee (Damned cover) (MP3)

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