Out This Week 6/14

Junior Boys top this week’s list of new releases, and the Hamilton, Ontario duo even manage to top themselves! As our Music Director, Don Yates, says, their fourth album, It’s All True, “is their most varied and vibrant release, ranging from energetic dance-pop decked out with bumping synths and tricky rhythms to haunting ambient-soul ballads.” By the way, if you’re in NYC, they’re playing tonight at Webster Hall! You don’t want to miss them if you get the chance. Marissa Nadler, who was in town here in Seattle last week, and whose session will be broadcast today at 3PM, returns with her fifth full-length, though her first to be completely self-funded through Kickstarter and Etsy sales. Her complete freedom in recoding it, which also explains her choice to self-title it, has allowed her to create her most fully realized album to date. Be sure to listen to her play the songs live!

Since forming, Brooklyn band Woods crank out at least one release per year, and they’re all mini lo-fi masterpieces. Their latest, and 6th album, is no exception, which, as our Music Director calls it, is “another charming set of lo-fi psych-pop combining strummed acoustic and fuzzy electric guitars, ramshackle rhythms, fragile vocals and sweet pop melodies.” 13 & God is a fruitful collaboration between German electro-pop experimentalists The Notwist and Oakland, CA, art-rappers Themselves, and their new album, only their second in six years, is a fascinating and adventurous exploration of life and death. Also out this week is second release from 13 & God’s anticon labelmate Son Lux, a.k.a. Ryan Lott, who wrote, recorded and produced the entire album in the 28 days of February, all because NPR challenged him to do it. The resulting album is hardly an off-the-cuff experience as Lott chops and splices samples into original performed compositions with the deft hand of a hip-hop producer and the talent of a classically trained composer, which he is! And Seattleites have been waiting for the latest from local hip-hop duo Blue Scholars, who premiered some new songs on KEXP last summer. Now, Cinemetropolis is finally available. They’ll be celebrating the album’s release with a live session on KEXP tomorrow, June 15, at noon!

Local label Sub Pop has three great new releases out this week, including the a 12″ by new signees Niki and the Dove, a Stockholm-based duo whose electro-pop sound will remind some listeners of The Knife; a new full length from Vetiver, the project led by San Francisco’s Andy Cabic; and a re-issue with bonus disc of Sebadoh‘s breakthrough 1994 album, Bakesale. All that, and the CD release of Thee Oh Sees‘ latest, Castlemania, awaits you in record stores today. Check out Largehearted Boy’s list and sample all of these great tunes before heading out to re-stock your collection.

13 & God - Old Age (MP3)
from Own Your Ghost on Anticon

Brice Randall Bickford - Songstress (MP3)
from Brice Randall Bickford on Trekky Records

Botanical Bullets - Fantastic Romantic (MP3)
from We Bleed Fluorescent (self-released)

Blue Scholars - Fou Lee
from Cinemetropolis on MassLine

Dark Mean - Happy Banjo (MP3)
from Dark Mean (self-released)

Diskjokke - Panutup (MP3)
from Sagara on Smalltown Supersound

Emmy The Great - Iris
from Virtue on Close Harbour

Grace Sings Sludge - The Same Way (MP3)
from Last Year’s Friend on Secret Seven Records

Is Tropical - The Greeks (download)
from Native To on Kitsuné

Junior Boys - ep (download)
from It’s All True on Domino Record Co.

King Post Kitsch - Walking on Eggshells (MP3)
from The Party’s Over on Song, by Toad Records

Light Asylum - Dark Allies (MP3)
from In Tension EP on Mexican Summer

The Mattson 2 - Black Rain (MP3)
from Feeling Hands on Galaxia Records

Marissa Nadler - The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You (MP3)
from Marissa Nadler on Box of Cedar Records

Niki and the Dove - The Fox (MP3)
from The Fox on Sub Pop

Planningtorock - Breaks (MP3)
from W on DFA Records

Joel Plaskett - When I Go (MP3)
from EMERGENCYs, false alarms, shipwrecks, castaways, fragile creatures, special features, demons and demonstrations on New Scotland Records

The Qualia - Guess I Lied (MP3)
from Memorial Gore (self-released)

Radical Dads - Walking Wires (MP3)
from Mega Rama (self-released)

Sebadoh - Rebound (MP3)
from Bakesale (Deluxe Edition) on Sub Pop

John Shannon & Wings of Sound - Darkness (MP3)
from Songs of The Desert River on Creek Valley/ObliqSound

Smoke Fairies - Strange Moon Rising
from Through Low Light & Trees on Year Seven Records

Son Lux - Rising (MP3)
from We Are Rising on Anticon Records

Southerly - Trials (MP3)
from Champion of the Noisy Negativists on Greyday Productions

Stuyvesant - Duly Noted (MP3)
from Fret Sounds on Dromedary Records

Thee Oh Sees - I Need Seed (MP3)
from Castlemania on In The Red

The Trophy Fire - The Last American Phone Booth (MP3)
from Armor EP (self-released)

Vetiver - Can’t You Tell (MP3)
from The Errant Charm on Sub Pop

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