Out This Week 6/26

You’ll find plenty of great new music for the long days and late nights of summer among this week’s new releases. aA reunited Beachwood Sparks offer sunny Cali vibes on their first album in 11 years, featuring a warm blend of folk, pop, and mellow psychedelia — just right for kicking back on your lawn or sitting out on the beach. You can hang out with your pals listening to The Flaming LipsHeady Fwends LP, previously available as a Record Store Day vinyl exclusive, now yours to pick up in CD form, featuring collaborations by Wayne, Steven and the band with as diverse a group of “fwends” as Bon Iver, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu and Neon Indian, among others. Keep it going into the night with the energetic psych rock sounds of Swedish group The Soundtrack of Our Lives, who sound their swan song with Throw It to the Universe, their sixth and final album, according to the band. Then, take it after hours with self-proclaimed loudest band on earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, whose third full-length, Worship, has evolved into what our Music Director, Don Yates, calls “a darker, colder sound… incorporating elements of shoegazer psych-rock, post-punk, goth-rock, industrial and German prog with a menacing blend of squalling, tension-filled guitar noise, pummeling, often-motorik rhythms and sinister, half-buried vocals.”

This week’s new releases also include a lot of rising new bands or great ones that are still flying below radar. New NYC band DIIV (formerly “Dive”) is turning heads with their Captured Tracks debut, full of chiming guitars and dreamy psychedelia that you’d expect not only from that label but from members associated with Beach Fossils and Smith Westerns. K Records’ radical soul hipsters Chain And The Gang lock down their third LP with the swingin’ In Cool Blood, while Ty Segall Band rips out the chainsaws to carve up Slaughterhouse, their latest fuzzy punk pop album on In The Red. If you wished that Grizzly Bear sounded a bit more like Animal Collective (or vice versa), check out the latest from Chicago group A Lull, who develop their sound with new experimental vision. Glendale, CA’s The Henry Clay People claim a firm insistence on their youth with the rocking, ramshackle Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives. And new Portland band Shadows On Stars debut with a dreamy self-released album.

Pick up all of these and many other excellent new albums, including New Wave icon Joe Jackson‘s take on The Duke (Ellington), at a record store near you. But not before sampling these fine tunes:

Air Traffic Controller – Blame (MP3)
from Nordo on Sugarpop Records

A Lull – Summer Dress (MP3)
from Meat Mountain on Lujo Records

A Place to Bury Strangers – You Are the One (MP3)
from Worship on Dead Oceans

Beachwood Sparks – Sparks Fly Again (MP3)
from The Tarnished Gold on Sub Pop

Chain And The Gang – In Cool Blood
from In Cool Blood on K Records

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons – I’ve Been Accused (MP3)
from Old Believers on Readymade Records

DIIV – How Long Have You Known? (MP3)
from Oshin on Captured Tracks

Edmund II – Riptide (MP3)
From Floating Monk (self-released)

Everest – Rapture (MP3)
from Ownerless on ATO/Vapor Records

Exray’s – Ancient Thing (MP3)
from Trust a Robot on Howells Transmitter

The Flaming Lips – Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee (feat. Prefuse 73)
from The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends on Warner Bros

The Henry Clay People (MP3)
from Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on tbd records

Infantree – Here Goes Nothing (MP3)
from Hero’s Dose on Vapor Records

Jeans Wilder – Spanish Tile (MP3)
from Totally on Everloving Records

Jesca Hoop – Born To (MP3)
from The House That Jack Built on Bella Union

Joe Jackson – I’m Beginning to See the Light (MP3)
from The Duke on Razor & Tie

Light Asylum – Dark Allies (MP3)
from VA – Snacky Tunes Volume 2

Milk Maid – Do Right (MP3)
from Mostly No on FatCat Records

New Beard – Doom (MP3)
from New Beard City on Shoulder Tap Records

Parallels – Moonlight Desires (MP3)
from XII on Marigold Records

Shadows On Stars – Here
from Shadows On Stars (self-released)

The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Throw It to the Universe
from Throw It to the Universe on EMI

Ty Segall Band – Wave Goodbye (MP3)
from Slaughterhouse on In The Red

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