Out This Week 10/11

It’s fitting that as KEXP broadcasts for the first time internationally from the KEX Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland, that the most well-known singer from that country, Björk, would be putting out a new album and topping this week’s list of new releases. In what she’s described as “a multi-media project encompassing music, apps, internet, installations and live shows,” Biophilia returns the elven queen of alternative music to a more experimental phase, as she uses a collection of custom made instruments to turn her dynamic sounds from spare and stark to rich and occasionally explosive. Also releasing a new album this week is the ever-prolific Ryan Adams, who turns in his most stripped down album since Heartbreaker. The new one, Ashes and Fire, may be de-amplified due to his ongoing bout with Ménière’s disease, but the low voltage allows him to really showcase his songwriting talents.

Other new releases you should pick up when you do your record shopping this week include the latest from Casiokids, whose Aabenbaringen over aaskammen, finds the Danish band experimenting a bit more with their sound and style, and just having fun! Former (current?) Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann returns as Crooked Fingers with his sixth album, Breaks in the Armor, which our Music Director, Don Yates, calls “another well-crafted set of mostly dark folk-rock, with understated arrangements and finely chiseled lyrics detailing some of his strongest Crooked Fingers songs to date.”

Plenty more worthwhile new albums await this week from artists including High Places, Future Islands, Jeffrey Lewis, Still Corners, Joe Henry, and others. Check out Largehearted Boy’s list for a full lineup and sample these tracks before making your way out the door:

Ryan Adams - Lucky Now
from Ashes & Fire on PaxAm

Björk - Moon
from Biophilia on Nonesuch

Casiokids - Golden Years (MP3)
from Aabenbaringen over aaskammen on Polyvinyl Records

Color Radio - Quiet House (MP3)
from Architects on Mapless Records

Crooked Fingers - Typhoon (MP3)
from Breaks in the Armor on Merge

Danielle Duval - Sundowner (featuring Jason Collett) (MP3)
from Of the Valley (self-released)

Extra Arms - Race to Sleep (MP3)
from In Parallel on Bibliotec Recordings

Future Islands - Balance (MP3)
from On the Water on Thrill Jockey

John Wesley Harding - Sing Your Own Song (MP3)
from The Sound of His Own Voice on Yep Roc Records

Hess is More - Creation Keeps the Devil Away (MP3)
from Creation Keeps the Devil Away on Nublu Records

Joe Henry - album promo
from Reverie on Anti- Records

High Places - Year Off (MP3)
from Original Colors on Thrill Jockey

Gill Landry - Annie (MP3)
from Piety & Desire on Nettwerk

Jeffrey Lewis - Cult Boyfriend (MP3)
from A Turn in the Dream-Songs on Rough Trade

Library Voices - Traveller’s Digest (MP3)
from Summer of Lust on Dine Alone Records

The Morning Clouds - The Wrong Things (MP3)
from Wasted Youth Blues EP on Lefse Records

Radio Moscow - Little Eyes (MP3)
from The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz on Alive Records

Rocket from the Tombs - I Sell Soul (MP3)
from Barfly on Fire Records

Savaging Spires - Bending the Rules of Time (MP3)
from Savaging Spires on Critical Heights

Still Corners - Cuckoo (MP3)
from Creatures of an Hour on Sub Pop

Sun Hotel - Alchemy (http://bantermm.com/tracks/SunHotel-Alchemy.mp3)
from Gifts (self-released)

T.W. Walsh - Make It Rhyme (MP3)
from Songs of Pain and Leisure on Graveface Records

Rachael Yamagata - Starlight (MP3)
from Chesapeake on Frankenfish Records

Yukon Blonde - Fire (MP3)
from Fire/Water EP on Dine Alone Records

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One Comment

  1. George Casandrian
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Great album from the crooked fingers! Looking forward to listening also to the rest! I think you are doing a great job! Stay indie

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