Out This Week 7/10

With summer finally coming into Seattle, your car/stereo/other music player is certainly in need of some fresh new music. One of this week’s biggest releases is also one of the year’s most anticipated: Swing Lo Magellan, the sixth studio album from Dirty Projectors. Dave Longstreth and company holed up in New York for a year to write the album, and the end result is definitely worth the wait. Our Music Director, Don Yates, says the album is full of “unusual musical textures, abrupt transitions, tricky polyrhythms and intricate yet gorgeous harmonies to flesh out the band’s warmest and most melodic set of songs to date.” The band remains a completely singular force in today’s musical landscape, so be sure to give this album a spin. Also returning this week is Twin Shadow, whose sophomore album, Confess, is filled to the brim with sick 80s inspired jams. Recalling Purple Rain at some points, George Lewis Jr.’s songwriting is emotionally immediate in its uptempo moments as it is during the ballads. Darkly attractive, it’s an album that begs to be played after midnight. Aesop Rock returns this week with his sixth LP, Skelethon, his first album in five years. Complex lyricism has become his calling card, and Aesop hasn’t lost a beat in his time away. You can hear it for yourself by tuning in during KEXP’s broadcast of the Capitol Hill Block Party on July 21st. Debuting this week is the world music group Debo Band, whose name means “collaborative” in Amharic. Although formed in 2006, the Boston-based group is just now releasing their recorded debut, which cites Ethio-groove, Charlie Haden, and avant-garde jazz as influences to its unique, multi-cultural mix.

Seattle’s group The Young Evils, fronted by Mackenzie Mercer and KEXP’s Troy Nelson, follows up 2010’s charming Enchanted Chapel “by revamping their previously sunny indie-pop for a darker, more electric and aggressive fuzz-pop sound to frame their most fully developed batch of songs yet.” To celebrate this release, The Young Evils just performed live on KEXP today on The Morning Show with John Richards. You can go back and listen to it later on our Live Performances Archive. Another duo reaching for a darker sound, Chicago’s Supreme Cuts debuts with “an evocative set of atmospheric, bass-heavy beats with a dark, densely produced sound thick with reverb, combining celestial synths and haunting R&B vocal fragments with hip hop rhythms mostly rooted in the Chicago styles of footwork and juke.”

Also releasing an album this week is Mission of Burma, whose newest album, Insound, is their first after departing Matador earlier this year and their fifth overall — the post-punk legends have now made four albums since reuniting in 2002, which is three more than they produced during their original run. Aussie band Husky makes their American debut on Sub Pop with Forever So, filled with gorgeous harmonies and pastoral instrumentation. Out this week too is the official release of Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones 1981 show in Chicago, where the two blues-rock legends jammed long into the night playing blues standards alongside Waters originals. It’s a glimmering snapshot of the stadium-filling rock band kicking back and playing an intimate show near the end of their prime era.

There’s a lot more to be found in record stores this week, including new albums from Holograms, Clare and the Reasons, Chatham County Line, a lovely new EP from Twin Cities’ Johnny Solomon a.k.a. Communist Daughter, and the solo debut of Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring, so there’s no excuse to not enjoy the sunny weather with some new tunes in the near future. Be sure to sample these tracks, gathered just for you, before heading out into the sun.

Aesop Rock – Zero Dark Thirty (MP3)
from Skelethon on Rhymesayers Entertainment

Jonathan Byerley – I Still Pull the Silver (From the Penny Drawer) (MP3)
from Catherine Market on La Société Expéditionnaire

Chatham County Line – Closing Town
From Sight and Sound on Yep Roc

Clare and the Reasons – Make Them Laugh
From KR-51 on Frog Stand

Communist Daughter – Ghosts (MP3)
from The Lions & Lambs EP on Grain Belt Records

Debo Band – Asha Gedawo (MP3)
From Debo Band on Sub Pop

Deep Time – Clouds (MP3)
From Deep Time on Hardly Art

Deleted Scenes – Bedbedbedbedbed
from Young People’s Church of Air on Park the Van

Delicate Steve – Two Lovers (MP3)
From Positive Force on Luaka Bop

Digitalism – A New Drug
from DJ-Kicks on !K7 Records

Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger
From Swing Lo Magellan on Domino

Woody Guthrie – The Making of Woody at 100
From Woody at 100 on Smithsonian/Folkways

Holograms – ABC City (MP3)
From Holograms on Captured Tracks

Husky – History’s Door (MP3)
from Forever So on Sub Pop

Dan Le Sac – Play Along
from Space Between the Words on Sunday Best

Mission of Burma – Second Television (MP3)
From Insound on Fire

Erika Spring – Hidden (MP3)
From Erika Spring EP on Cascine

Summer Camp – Life
from Always EP on Apricot Recording Company/ Moshi Moshi Records

Supreme Cuts – Lessons of Darkness (Apology) (MP3)
from Whispers in the Dark on Dovecote Records

Twin Shadow – Five Seconds (MP3)
From Confess on 4AD

Videoing – Night Watch (MP3)
from Reader LP on Slack Electric

Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones – Baby Please Don’t Go
From Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 on Eagle Rock

Western Affairs – Laura (MP3)
from 2000 (self-released)

The Young Evils – Dead Animals
from Foreign Spells (self-released)

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