Out This Week 1/17

Aaaaand... we’re back. After a slow start to the year, this week provides a relative bounty of new releases, including the latest from London-based group The Duke Spirit, who, according to our Music Director, Don Yates, “add a bit more studio polish and musical sophistication to their bluesy psych-rock sound on their third album, a solidly crafted set ranging from tension-filled rockers to atmospheric ballads.” Fellow Brits The Big Pink also drop a new album, their second, and if their super-catchy single “Stay Gold” is any indication, it’s going to be full of hooky, fuzzy dance-pop (remember “Dominos”?), while Londoners Trailer Trash Tracys also catch the fuzz but in their navels rather than on the dancefloor, with their lovely My Bloody Valentine-esque shoegazing debut. From our side of the Pond, young Minneapolis band Howler, led by 19-year-old Jordan Gatesmith, also debuts with an album of “punkish power-pop combining the scrappy barroom punk of the Replacements and the Strokes with early rock ‘n’ roll and ‘60s girl-group melodies on catchy, lo-fi songs fleshed out with scruffy guitars, energetic rhythms, handclaps and irreverent lyrics.”

The reunited Guided By Voices have released their first of two projected albums for 2012 (though this probably won’t stop the pathologically prolific Robert Pollard from releasing other music as well), and French duo Herman Düne get primed with a new EP of catchy pop recorded right here in the Northwest. Also out this week is the latest from San Antonio’s Ernest Gonzales (aka Mexicans With Guns), whose instrumental electronic soundscapes are both “equally brooding and propulsive,” and from Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, whose second album is “a distinctive set of quirky indie-pop with a playful, adventurous, at times unsettling sound featuring carnival keyboards, off-kilter rhythms, bristling guitar lines, dark lyrics and dusky, haunting vocals.”

There’s a lot more to find in stores this week -- including some contemporary twang from Nashville’s Jessie Baylin and Canada’s Kathleen Edwards, whose latest is co-produced by her current beau, and Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon -- so if you’re in Seattle, hike up your snow boots and gloves, and get on out there. But not before sampling these fine tunes:

Jessie Baylin - album trailer
from Little Spark on Thirty Tigers

The Big Pink - Stay Gold
from Future This on 4AD

Bombay Bicycle Club - Leave It
from A Different Kind of Fix on A&M / Octone

Paul Brill - The Royal Oui (MP3)
from Breezy on Scarlet Shame Records

Buried Beds - Ivory Towers (MP3)
from Small Stories EP on Admiral Byrd

Matthew Dear - Headcage (MP3)
from Headcage EP on Ghostly International

Ani DiFranco - Which Side Are You On? (MP3)
from ¿Which Side Are You On? on Righteous Babe Music

The Duke Spirit - Don’t Wait
from Bruiser on Shangri-La Music

Kathleen Edwards - Change The Sheets
from Voyageur on Zoë/Rounder Records

Frankie Rose - Know Me (MP3)
from Interstellar on Slumberland/Memphis Industries

Ernest Gonzales - The Scattered Thoughts of Raindrops (MP3)
from Natural Traits on Friends of Friends

Guided By Voices - The Unsinkable Fats Domino (MP3)
from Let’s Go Eat the Factory on GBV Inc.

Herman Düne - Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (MP3)
from Tell Me Something I Don’t Know on Strange Moosic

Howler - Back of Your Neck (download)
from America Give Up on Rough Trade

Cate Le Bon - Puts Me to Work (MP3)
from CYRK on The Control Group

Old Monk - Sacred Birds (MP3)
from Birds of Belize on Eenie Meenie

Rags & Ribbons - The Glass Masses (MP3)
from The Glass Masses (self-released)

Walter Rose - Drive South (MP3)
from Cast Your Stone (self-released)

Trailer Trash Tracys - Dies in 55
from Ester on Double Six/Domino

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One Comment

  1. Erin
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Listened through some of this music....found you guys through HypeM....Rags and Ribbons is really really good! do you guys ever play them on your station?

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