Out This Week 4/24

It’s hard to believe after all the projects that Jack White has been involved with over the years that he’s only just now getting to his first solo album. Blunderbuss tops this week’s list of new releases, and if you’re fan of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs or The Dead Weather, grabbing this one is a no brainer, though you’ll get a you’ll definitely be in for some surprises. As our Music Director, Don Yates, says, it “features a more expansive and diverse sound than anything’s he’s recorded with, masterfully combining elements of garage-rock, folk-rock, blues, country, ragtime, funk, prog, psychedelia and more on imaginatively arranged songs of lost love and betrayal, with White’s spitfire guitar often taking a back-seat to vintage keyboards (acoustic piano, Hammond organ and Rhodes electric piano) and fleshed out with a variety of other instrumentation ranging from harp and clarinet to violin and pedal steel.” Fortunately for fans, Blunderbuss is no self-indulgent, middling mid-career miss -- just check out rockin’ current single, “Sixteen Saltines,” and you’ll hear know that Jack White isn’t pulling any punches.

Other albums KEXP listeners will want to pick up this week include the eighth studio album from Portland band The Dandy Warhols, whose latest “features a darker, more stripped-down and focused take on the band’s psych-tinged glam-rock,” and the debut by a new collaboration called Diamond Rugs, featuring members of Deer Tick, The Black Lips, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate and Six Finger Satellite. Their self-titled LP is “a fun set of rootsy, beer-fueled garage-rock reminiscent at times of early Replacements along with a bit of Exile-era Rolling Stones.” Formed in West African refugee camps after a bloody civil war, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have turned their misfortune into a stellar musical project, and their third album, Radio Salone, “sounds like their strongest, most confident work to date, seamlessly blending soukous, Afro-beat and more traditional West African styles with roots-reggae, dub, funk and more on a variety of buoyant, hope-filled songs.”

While you’re out there, you’ll also want to pick up the latest from veteran Seattle songwriter Shawn Smith and his project Brad, whose United We Stand is “a solid set of moody alt-rock with heavy guitar riffs, lumbering rhythms and Shawn Smith’s soulful lead vocals”; the second album from Brooklyn band Suckers, whose Candy Salad is “a more streamlined and somewhat tamer take on their psych-tinged indie-pop combining twinkling synths, rumbling guitars and boisterous harmonies into melodic, sun-kissed jams”; and the full length debut from Portland-based singer-songwriter Matt Drenik, a.k.a. Battleme, whose self-titled release is “a well-crafted blend of intimate folk-pop, New Wave synth-pop, atmospheric psych-rock and bubblegum soul-funk that’s reminiscent at times of artists like Grandaddy, Sparklehorse and eels.”

And be sure to pick up the official release of early rare recordings by Toro Y Moi, whose June 2009 was originally part of a 16-song tour CD-R; a collaboration by Chicago’s Waco Brothers and Nashville troubadour Paul Burch; a new EP anticipating a new release by The Raveonettes; the first of two 2012 albums by punkish experimental hip-hop group Death Grips; and the latest from Cincinnati duo Bad Veins.

Also, Jack White’s cohort in The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson, has his own solo release out today. You can pick up all of these in record stores today. And remember, every day is really Record Store Day!

Theresa Andersson - Hold On To Me (MP3)
from Street Parade on Basin Street Records

Bad Veins - Dancing On TV (MP3)
from The Mess We’ve Made on Modern Outsider Records

Battleme - Touch
from Battleme on Trashy Moped

Brendan Benson - What Kind of World (MP3)
from What Kind of World on Readymade Records

Johnny Bertram and the Golden Bicycles - Miracle (MP3)
from Neon City on Esperanza Plantation

Brad - Needle And Thread
from United We Stand on Razor & Tie

CFCF - Exercise #3 (Building) (MP3)
from Exercises on Paper Bag Records

The Dandy Warhols - Sad Vacation
from This Machine on The End Music

Death Grips - Get Got (MP3)
from The Money Store on Epic Records

Diamond Rugs - Country Mile (MP3)
from Diamond Rugs on Partisan Records

The Maccabees - Pelican
from Given To The Wild on Fiction Records / Cooperative Music

Leigh Marble - Walk (MP3)
from Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows on Laughing Stock Records

The Raveonettes - Into the Night (download)
from Into the Night EP on Raveonettes LTD

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars - Mother In Law (download)
from Radio Salone on Cumbancha

Some Ember - Face of Sand (MP3)
from Hotel of Lost Light on Crash Symbols

Stars in Coma - Dismantle Your Heart (MP3)
from Midnight Puzzle on KinGem Records

Ty Segall & White Fence - I Am not a Game (MP3)
from Hair on Drag City

Suckers - Turn on the Sunshine (download)
from Candy Salad on Frenchkiss Records

Torche - Kicking (MP3)
from Harmonicraft on Volcom

Toro Y Moi - Dead Pontoon (download)
from June 2009 on Carpark

Twin Trip - Heavy Load (MP3)
from Twin Trip on Flower Records

Waco Brothers and Paul Church - Chicago Fire (MP3)
from Great Chicago Fire on Bloodshot Records

The Way We Were in 1989 - Cleanse (maximal mix) (MP3)
from Floating Islands on Team Pegasus

Jack White - Sixteen Saltines
from Blunderbuss on Third Man Records

Yuna - Live Your Life
from Yuna on FADER Label

Zoon Van Snook - Lomograph (Fujiya & Miyagi Remix)
from (Remixes from) The Nutty Tree on Mush Records

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One Comment

  1. THE GAJILLIONAIRES
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Been waiting a while for the Jack White album, excited that its out!

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