Out This Week 2/21

Happy Presidents Day week, everybody. A commanding list of new releases awaits you in stores today. Among them is the latest by our recent guest and longtime friend of KEXP, Damien Jurado, whose Maraqopa would be good enough to get him elected President of Seattle if there were such a thing. Our Music Director, Don Yates, says the new album “sounds like nothing else in Jurado’s illustrious catalog. It’s a dynamic and expansive set of adventurous psych-folk with a variety of haunting, well-crafted songs featuring trippy guitar work, atmospheric keyboards, swelling strings and various ambient noises accompanying Jurado’s soothing vocals and evocative lyrics.” This may be Jurado’s tenth album in his fifteen-year career, but it’s easily one of his best yet. Another stellar new release comes from another recent guest, who performed live on KEXP just yesterday: Claire Boucher a.k.a. Grimes. Visions, her fourth release in two years, has earned high praise from many internet tastemakers and is “a stunning set of adventurous electro-pop incorporating a wide variety of atmospheric synth sounds to accompany her eerie, girlish falsetto (which is often processed and looped to sound even more otherworldly) on intricately textured, R&B-tinged songs that are darkly mysterious, wildly inventive and proudly pop.” Look for both albums making the ballot on many critics’ “best of 2012″ year-end lists!

But if you really want to be ruled, Sleigh Bells‘ much anticipated Reign of Terror ignites a full-on electro-riot. The duo’s second album builds upon Treats‘ crunchy beats and inescapable hooks with a barrage of metal riffs from guitarist/producer Derek E. Miller and much more of Alexis Krauss’s lilting sugar-pop lyrics. Check them out for yourselves this Friday when they play Showbox at the Market. It’s also a day to celebrate a different kind of chief as well. February 21, 2012, is Mardi Gras Day, and what could be a more fitting release than Carnivale Electricos from New Orleans’ own Galactic? Mardi Gras indians Big Chief Juan Pardo and the Golden Camanche are the first of many New Orleans artists to join Galactic on their third release, which with its emphasis on Brazilian roots makes for pure party fun.

Other outstanding new releases include the second album of atmospheric indie-pop from Seattle’s Mike Hadreas (a.k.a. Perfume Genius), a promising debut of catchy lo-fi garage-pop from San Francisco’s Terry Malts, and a more crystalline ‘80s-influenced ethereal-pop follow up by former Vivian and Dum Dum Girl Frankie Rose. Idiosyncratic songwriters abound this week as the always witty southern songwriter Jim White returns with his latest; Lambchop, once self-proclaimed as “Nashville’s most fucked-up country band,” dedicates their 11th album to the late songwriter Vic Chesnutt; and brooding British orchestral band Tindersticks following a 5-year hiatus and a handful of French film soundtracks with their return-to-form, The Something Rain.

You’ll find all of these, plus another Archers of Loaf re-release, in record stores today. Head out to cast your vote today, but first, check out these fine tracks:

Archers of Loaf – Harnessed in Slums (MP3)
from Vee Vee (reissue) on Merge Records

Peter Broderick – It Starts Here (MP3)
from http://www.itstartshear.com on Hush Records

Burning Hearts – Burn, Burn, Burn (MP3)
from Extinctions on Shelflife Records

Guy Capecelatro III – Girlfriends (MP3)
from North for the Winter on Dromedary Records

Dirty Ghosts – Shout It In
from Metal Moon on Last Gang Records

Ducky – Like Rain (MP3)
from The Whether EP (self-released)

Fun. – We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monáe)
from Some Nights on Fueled By Ramen

Galactic – Hey Na Na
from Carnivale Electricos on Anti- Records

Grimes – Oblivion (MP3)
from Visions on 4AD

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

The James Low Western Front – I Would Have You (MP3)
from Whiskey Farmer on Union Made Records

Damien Jurado – Museum of Flight (MP3)
from Maraqopa on Secretly Canadian

Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow (MP3)
from Mr. M on Merge Records

Leland Sundries – Apparition (MP3)
from The Foundry EP on L’Echiquier Records

Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters – Loose Ends (MP3)
from Lungs, Dirt, and Dreams on Adair Park Recordings

Perfume Genius – Hood
from Put Your Back N 2 It on Matador

Pontiak – Lions of Least (MP3)
from Echo Ono on Thrill Jockey

Princeton – Remembrance of Things to Come (MP3)
from Remembrance of Things to Come on Hit City U.S.A./Easter Everywhere

Sara Radle – The Pins (MP3)
from Same Sun Shines on Jeez Louise Records

Frankie Rose – Know Me (MP3)
from Interstellar on Slumberland Records

Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid
from Reign of Terror on Mom + Pop

Terry Malts – Nauseous (MP3)
from Killing Time on Slumberland Records

Tindersticks – Frozen (MP3)
from The Something Rain on Constellation Records

Water Tower Bucket Boys – Meet Me Where the Crow Don’t Fly (MP3)
from Where the Crow Don’t Fly (self-released)

Jim White – Infinite Mind
from Where It Hits You on Yep Roc Records

Wild Nothing – Nowhere (MP3)
from Nowhere 7″ on Captured Tracks

Dustin Wong – Pink Diamond (MP3)
from Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads on Thrill Jockey

Wooden Shjips – Crossing Remix [Andrew Weatherall]
from Remixes 12″ on Thrill Jockey

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