Out This Week 2/14

Although Tennis claims the release date is a coincidence, Valentines Day is perfect for the release of Young & Old, the Denver band’s second album. If you don’t know the story: the espoused Patrick Riley and Aliana Moore spent a romantic half-year sailing along the East Coast, during which they composed songs that would become their debut, Cape Dory. Produced in part with The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, the new album finds the duo evolved into a band, with drummer James Barone now a full member. You can read an exclusive interview with the band here and a more in-depth review of the album here.

At their beginning, Austin band Shearwater also contained a husband and wife duo, songwriter/guitarist Jonathan Meiburg and bassist Kimberly Burke. The two have since split but continue to find their “Animal Joy” as a musical trio with percussionist Thor Harris. Their latest, and first to be released by local label Sub Pop, follows their previous lush trio of albums on Matador. In the words of our Music Director, Don Yates, it’s a “dramatic contrast to the increasingly expansive art-pop found on their previous records” and “is the band’s most straightforward, rock-oriented release.”

Other great new releases out this week include the 10th solo album from British artist Barry Adamson, former bassist for legendary bands Magazine and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, who continues to sear with this “vibrant, edgy blend of noirish garage-rock, industrial funk, smoky jazz, moody soul and more, with well-crafted songs featuring bristling guitars, haunting organ, fuzzed-out bass and Adamson’s own stylish crooning”; the third album from Bay Area rockers Howlin Rain, led by Comets On Fire’s Ethan Miller, with a “diverse and expansive take on their bluesy, ’70s-influenced psych-rock, with sprawling, shapeshifting songs fleshed out with the band’s fiery guitar interplay and impressive layered harmonies”; and the fourth album from Canadian band Islands, led by Nick Thorburn (The Unicorns, Human Highway, Reefer, etc.), which “finds them switching gears yet again for a darker, more streamlined and subdued set of brooding indie-pop featuring a stripped-down, piano-based sound and melancholy lyrics reflecting on a relationship fallen apart.” Kind of a bummer for Valentines Day, but as we all know, love hurts! Speaking of that, Heartless Bastards have a new record of bluesy southern rock.

While you’re grabbing these albums in record stores today, also look for the latest from infectious disco funksters Phenomenal Handclap Band, darkly melodic Seattle drone rockers Earth, British brothers/synth rockers Field Music, local singer/songwriter/comedienne Rosie Thomas, and much more. Also, the woefully underrated and recently reunited Austin, Texas band Cotton Mather are re-releasing their out-of-print power pop classic Kontiki. Go get yourself a valentine!

Barry Adamson – Turnaround (MP3)
from I Will Set You Free on Central Control

Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
from Sweet Sour on Vagrant

Bears – Eleven a.m. (MP3)
from Greater Lakes on Misra

Busdriver – No Blacks No Jews No Asians (MP3)
from Beaus$Eros on Fake Four Inc.

Cotton Mather – My Before and After (MP3)
from Kontiki (remastered and expanded) on The Star Apple Kingdom

Earth – Sigil of Brass
from Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II on Southern Lord

Exdetectives – The Lawn (MP3)
from Take My Forever on Post Planetary

Field Music – (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing (MP3)
from Plumb on Memphis Industries

Heartless Bastards – Parted Ways
from Arrow on Partisan Records

Howlin Rain – Phantom In The Valley
from The Russian Wilds on American Recordings

Isidore – Song of the City (MP3)
from Life Somewhere Else on Communicating Vessels

Islands – Hallways (MP3)
from A Sleep & A Forgetting on Anti- Records

Phenomenal Handclap Band – The Unknown Faces At Father James Park
from Form and Control on Tummy Touch Records

Shearwater – You As You Were (MP3)
from Animal Joy on Sub Pop

Shearwater – Whipping Boy (MP3)
from Winged Life (reissue) on Misra

Tennis – My Better Self
from Young and Old on Fat Possum

Rosie Thomas – Where Was I (download)
from With Love on Sing-A-Long Records

Ticktockman – Blackhole Waltz (MP3)
from Ticktockman (self-released)

Unicycle Loves You – Wow Wave Cinema (MP3)
from Failure on Mecca Lecca

Young Magic – Night In The Ocean
from Melt on Carpark

Yuksek – Always On the Run (Tome Furse Remix) (MP3)
from Living on the Edge of Time on Ultra Records

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One Comment

  1. John Lampe
    Posted March 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I think everyone is totally sleeping on Heartless Bastards. The new album slows it down a bit from their hard charging past but still hits hard in a lot of places. I’d put their live show up again nearly anyone in their genre. Hope to hear more things about them during their stint at SXSW.

    John L
    Louisville, KY

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